Forums Trip Reports Cache Creek Wilderness Run Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total) Author Posts July 10, 2008 at 4:50 pm #570217 jibmaster 446 Posts I paddled the 17 miles of the Wilderness Run with a complete newbie yesterday. Janzalo was willing to get in a borrowed kayak and try it for the first time. He actually did better than I would have thought. I never even got a chance to show him how to wet exit, because the first 30 seconds put him right in the drink! So, with that out of the way, we paddled on. He improved quickly and was able to keep his balance in the borrowed Dagger. We put in at 1:30. Several hours later, he had enough control of the boat to stay out of the water on some of the biggest waves. However, I did lose count of how many times he swam. Most of the time, he would go down just after a whitewater section, where he misjudged the whirlpools, etc. By 4:30 or 5, he was beat up pretty bad and was losing his mind due to fatigue. It was at this point that he started to swim more often and wasn’t even trying to keep track of the boat or the paddle. I spent the next several hours chasing his gear all over the river. 😆 I knew this would be a long trip. So did he. We took several breaks, but never rested for more than 5 minutes. Just long enough to drain his boat and continue on. Then we got to Mad Mike. The last of the big(for us – class III) rapids. He charged right into it and made it. Only to lose it just after it ended by getting spun around in the whirlpools. I watched him cling to the bank in a pathetic attempt to stay dry! 😆 As for myself, I never swam. I thought I might seeing as I haven’t paddled for over a year and the fact that I still can’t perform the roll when I need to. I felt really good all day. We took out at the beginning of the highway run at 8pm. Six and a half hours after we put in! The run usually takes 4.5 hours. It was a long day, but janzalo, though badly beaten and bruised, was still amped to do it again. Way to go janzalo! There’s no better way to spend a 120 degree day than on the river! __________________ July 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm #606766 TEX 2486 Posts Donde esta las pictores? July 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm #606767 jibmaster 446 Posts Yeah, I know. I’m going to do it again next wednesday. I’ll be sure to buy a waterproof disposable camera. September 12, 2008 at 7:47 pm #606768 jibmaster 446 Posts Well, here are some shitty pics of a bunch of yahoo’s in boats. The blue duffy has a warning on it that it should not be used for moving water. Of course, we had the bright idea of taking it down Chili Bar (class III) a few years ago. Doctorjib is in the blue duffy, jibC is in the Dagger and I’m paddling the red Wavesport. JibC and myself don’t know how to roll, so we take it easy on class II, with a couple III’s thrown in. September 13, 2008 at 3:51 am #606769 TEX 2486 Posts Oh now that looks like a farkin blast :clap: September 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm #606770 jibmaster 446 Posts Found my camera from a trip down the highway run of Cache Creek. This is with another kayaking buddy of mine. Viewing 6 posts - 1 through 6 (of 6 total) You must be logged in to reply to this topic.