Published on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 14:56
Kayak Diaries - A kayaking blog by Dan Simenc
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Kayaking the Royal Gorge is normally a three-day mission, with paddlers stowing basic camping necessities in the back of their kayaks. For those unfamiliar with this style of boating, it is comparable to backpacking except you’re paddling through class V whitewater instead of hiking along a trail. On the first day of the trip paddlers negotiate the Heath Springs Gorge, then often camp above Rattlesnake Falls. On the second day you paddle down below Scott’s Drop and Wabena Falls, and try to get as far downstream as possible. What remains on the third and final day is paddling out Generation and Giant Gap-two old classics, but a long stretch of river that feels relatively tame after what you’ve just been through.
Our trip followed the above itinerary, putting on the river at The Cedars, mid-morning on the 13th of July. Our truckload of Matt Baker, Rush Sturges, Ben Marr, Ben Brown, and myself, joined the Bomb Flow crew of Evan Garcia, Fred Norquist, The Seiler Bros, Ryan Lucas, Shannon Carroll, and Katie Scott. About a mile into the run, Robby Hogg hopped on with us after the other two members of his group were forced to hike out.
By about noon our motley crew of 12 was gathered above the impressive Heath Springs Gorge. This stunning gorge begins with a fun sliding, curvy entrance rapid, which leads directly into the 45-foot Upper Heath Falls. Only a short pool separates Upper Heath Falls from its larger sibling downstream. Lower Heath Falls drops into a large cauldron backed up by another short waterfall. All this leads into several fully walled-in rapids, which round out the Heath Springs Gorge in dramatic fashion. READ MORE HERE