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Wednesday, July 20. The Callaghan was too high to paddle. With the massive snowpack that fell during the winter of 2010/2011 and the dismal summer that we’ve been having in southwest BC it really looked like the Callaghan Race would have to diverted to a race on the upper Cheak because of high water – a bit of a bummer after all the training runs and the stoke that had been building for the few weeks prior to the event.
Just 2 days later the rain stopped, it stayed cloudy and it got very cool – Mother Nature realized how nice it would be to have a race on the Callaghan and basically turned off the taps, dropping the Callaghan down every day thereafter. While we were still uncertain what to do on Friday night, we got there on Saturday morning to see the level had dropped out to almost the same level as the race in 2010 – game on!
The morning started out with one of the best parts of the weekend – a massive group paddle down the river, with about 20-25 bodies on the water checking out the lower water level and cheering each other on.
Once 4pm rolled around, 8 teams decided to challenge the river and each other, with participants from all over BC and Alberta. This year we were graced with no carnage during the race with clean runs all around (well, clean runs were had by the racers….). Maxi and Ric, two summertime Whister locals, walked away with the win, absolutely smashing the winning time from the year before by about 30 seconds. Perhaps most impressive is the short time span between the winners and everyone who came after – some of these guys only ran the Callaghan 2 or 3 times prior to firing up the race. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Here are the full results:
Maxi Kniewasser/Ric Moxon – 15:43
Sam Ricketts/Greg Dashper – 16:09
Mark Basso/Mikkel St. Jean-Duncan – 16:13
Matt Kompass/Andrew Slater – 17:07
Ali Marshall/Steve Arns – 18:00
Hector Darby Maclellan/Chris Ryman – 18:36
Adrian Kiernan/Jared Taylor – 18:37
Shane Kroeger/Paul Harwood – 19:19
I think it’s fair to say the 2nd Callaghan Race was a great success. Perfect weather, good flows, an excellent crew of participants, volunteers and spectators and of course a great after party made for a one hell of a day. What next year will hold in terms of weather and water is always a question (maybe it will be a bit lower for a change!), but there’s no doubt that the Callaghan Race is here to stay.
I recently worked with Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions to shoot a trail running video showcasing Patagonia’s new 2012 running collection. We had the pleasure of shooting with Krissy Moehl, Patagonia Ambassador and Ultra runner extraordinaire. Read more about Krissy
KS magazine used an image from a spring trip down the Homathko river in the central coast area of British Columbia. The image is of Steve Arns and Peter Murphy preparing for a cold night at camp two just above the Mosley/Tiedman Trifluence.
This area is one of the more dramatic areas of the trip with large impressive peaks all around, the entry of the Tiedman glacier and BC’s highest peak Mt Waddington looking down upon you, right before the river doubles in volume and enters the fearful Tragedy canyons.
Classically this trip is under taken in the late summer early autumn when the river is at it’s lowest flows before the rainy season begins. We opted to gamble on the spring melt being a little late and holding off long enough for us to pass through the canyons with manageable water levels. Words do little justice to the scale and beauty of the place. It is hard to describe the feeling these places give, I guess there is a simplification process involved to some degree. Having only the basic needs covered and being alone with only your kayak and a sleeping bag strips you back to a simple animal far less cluttered and free.
Rapid Magazine recently printed this shot from the Ashlu box canyon. This shot was actually a out-take from a quest for a shot that still has not worked.
Whilst paddling the box canyon there is one view that kayakers get when they exit the third of the triple drops, it looks directly back upstream at all the drops stacked upon each other in the super dramatic box canyon. To me this is the absolute essence of the run as it captures the total commitment of the canyon and the impressive vertical drop of the rapids which is very hard to achieve from an aerial prospective. So far though the only way that I can achieve the positioning is via a fleeting glance from the kayak as you pass through the exit pinch. Maybe there is no other way to feel that feeling, other than in a kayak, who knows ? What I do know is I have been very close using some SRT rope techniques, but still not quite got there. I suspect I may be chasing that shot for sometime to come.
I finally got around to updating my web portfolio with some of the last few years images, take a look if you have chance www.steveophotos.com
The Callaghan race this past Saturday was a resounding success! Despite some worries about water levels and an organizational hiccup days before the race the local community came together to throw a fantastic grass-roots event with beautiful summer weather, a perfect water level and a great turnout of both competitors and spectators. Water levels dropped from a high medium to a perfect medium just in time for the race making the course far more manageable than days before.
I went along to shoot some photos for the race and to generally hang out and boat with all the folk who turned up to celebrate the Creek.
Calagahan Creek is the defacto afterwork classic for Whistler locals and is a classic Southwest BC run that draws kayakers from across the globe to paddle it’s perfect waterfalls. Read Steve Arns’ of Liquid Lores description of the run
The race itself went really well – when the dust settled the team of Kurt Braunlich and Fred Norquist took the title down to Bellingham until next year – great work guys! The top three teams all finished within 30 seconds of one another. Also notable is Mark Basso’s finish with a broken and sinking boat from a small piton while still coming in third place and Maxi Kniewasser and Ric Moxon racing without posting a time after putting in a valliant effort to get to the start line in time but just coming in 5 minutes to late (we were all relieved that we didn’t have to compete against these monsters…).
Check out some shots below from the race. I experimented with using the new Fuji Instax 210 wide to grab some portrait and personality shots for the race. What a fun little toy that turned out to be. The others were taken off the Nikon D3S.
Here are the competitors times for the whole length of the Calaghan Creek ! Next time you paddle the creek and spend 3 hrs scouting it all bear in mind these times !
Fred Norquist – Kurt Braunlich – 16:55
Matt Kompass – Ben Hawthorne – 17:09
Mark Basso – Benjamin Hjørt – 17:23
Greg Dashper – Mikael Aubin – 17:29
Jakub Drnec – Matt Mackinnon – 18:17
Jordie Mackenzie – Bryce Shaw – 18:31
Spencer Cox – Sean Allen – 20:05
Ali Marshall – Steve Arns – 23:40
Jonas Grünewald – Leif Embertson – DNF
River Gypsies just finished publishing their new Guide to Whitewater Kayaking Classics throughout North America. I managed to get a page in there for some of Squamish’s classic waterfalls.
Bryan Smith of Reel water Productions just put out their showreel of cable camera shots from 2009. It’s well worth the watch………
I was along shooting stills for most of these shoots and you hardly ever get to actually see the end result of all the rigging and time spent. Great to sit back and watch the results….
Respect to Bryan and Matt for the rigging and cable camera operation….
Patrick Camberlain of formerly YGP and more recently the Tribe riders has come up with the ‘Rider of the year awards’ . This is a yearly competition to celebrate whitewater kayaking in all it’s forms and recognize some of the key players in the progression of our sport.There are a variety of different awards from the best freestyle move, which will be a video submission to the more subjective rider of the year which will be peer voted.
Hopefully this concept will grow for Pat and will gain the support required to become an annual event that grows and continues for years to come. Working in Whistler I often get to go to all the contests and similar set ups in the snowsports industry and often wish kayaking had some sort of similar platform. Well here it is….. Great idea Pat….
On a personal level , I was pretty excited because I got invited to submit photos to the ‘photographer of the year’ section. This is super exciting as it is an opportunity for all the amazing whitewater photogs to showcase their work next to each other. Great to see the talent pool of photography that exists within our fringe sport that in reality has little to no financial potential for a photographer.
Bryan Smith of Reel Water Productions and Fitz Cahall began this Spring to produce a Web TV series chronicaling the Lives of five Adventure Athletes through the ups and downs of an adventure lifestyle.
They have just released the trailer……….22 more episodes to come…….
Here is the low down….
The Season. Five lives. A world of possibility.
From the creators of The Dirtbag Diaries and 49 Megawatts comes a new web television project following five athletes through the course of a single season in the Pacific Northwest. A veteran climber invents a new piece of gear. A pro snowboarder searches for a way to return to the roots of his sport. A boulderer returns from a series of injuries with new perspective. A family man goes to Whistler to test himself against mountain biking’s elite. A young sea kayaker with a troubled past sets out to reinvent his sport.
Shot entirely in HD, this 22-episode series is available to you for free at a number of locations. Every episode premieres on the Arc’teryx web site. You can have the HD version delivered right to your computer and find all the old episodes by subscribing on iTunes. Expect new episodes once or twice a week.