Today was our last day on the BakerRiver and tomorrow we’re off to the FutalueFuRiver.Our Japanese friends, Masa and Tatsu, have left us.Like I said before, they were a complete joy to have with us…..always in great spirits and laughs.
The last two days have been quite interesting to say the least. I feel as though I’m playing a character in the next John Grisham or Tom Clancy book in this small town of Cochrane where the Rio Baker flows by….
The trip from the
was a two-day drive, which is basically driving from the East Coast to
. However, instead of going through
filled with flat farmlands, we traveled through one phenomenal geological landscape after the next.
Wowsers….the Rio Baker is a full-on Class V big water river run. Big boats are a must!!! The YGP boys have run the entire section of the Rio Baker. The first and third sections are extremely lethal if you swim, monster-size holes that could eat huge semi trucks alive. The second section is easier than the first and third but filled with whirlpools and boils. A swim there could also be nasty.
By Tanya Shuman, RiverAngels.com February 21, 2007
Today we ran the lower section of the Futa where you put in at a bridge and take out at a bridge. Easy shuttle with a perfect big-water play run equals a paddler´s paradise. This is my favorite section since it is filled with one rapid after the next of constant wave trains. The first rapid there is a wave called Pistola, which is very fast and bouncy. Great training for the Worlds.