Monday, March 20, 2006

Fear Canyon - Elaho River, BC

In September of 2005 a group of us decided to try and do the Clendenning River is BC, but we got shut down due to weather. After much deliberating and watching Ricky crash on the skateboard we decided to go do Fear Canyon on the Elaho River.

Erik and Chris talking over plans

Photo by Matt Thomas

Ricky demonstrating his skating skills

Photo by Matt Thomas

The Elaho River is some of the biggest water I've ever run. The level was about 110 cms (~4000 cfs), which I gather is medium-high level.

We put-in just below the drop shown in the picture below for obvious reasons.

Ugly Sieve just above the put-in

Photo by Matt Thomas

The character of this run is pool drop, but there are some long complex rapids. There are 2 rapids that are distinctly harder then the rest, but if you don't want to do the 2 hardest ones then I would say the run isn't really worth it. Unless you like long portages, but if you're into running some big water then this is a great run!

The next few pictures are of a typical drop on the Elaho, not counting the two big ones. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the first big one because the lighting was too low.

Andrew peeling out

Photo by Matt Thomas

Andrew Givin'er

Photo by Matt Thomas

Ricky showing his boating skills

Photo by Matt Thomas

The next picture is of the last significant drop on this run, which is the second of the two most difficult rapids. It's called the squeeze. Chris is standing on some rocks about 2/3 of the way through the rapid on river left to give you some perspective. Only two of us ran it, and the first run is shown in the latest LVM (#18) movie. The second run through it was a bit cleaner, but not perfect by any means.

The squeeze

Photo by Matt Thomas

Here's a pic from Kato's run through the Squeeze that can be seen LVM #18.

Kato at the Entrance to the Squeeze

Photo by Matt Thomas

We ran this run on September 4, 2005.

Fear Canyon should definitely be on your to do list if you like big water creeking. It's a cool run in a scenic canyon. Logistics are relatively easy especially for BC. Easy put-in and take-out, and the only hard part is getting to the take-out once you put-in.
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