Monday, December 15, 2008

Got to get some action - Upper Kakapotahi then what?

Over the last couple of weeks all I had been able to get on was a couple of runs down the Styx and even with good flows I was starting to feel the itch. Barny mentioned some of the boys were in town so I packed up my car and headed down to Hokitika to see what was up.

Classic class IV creeking.

Styx boulder gardens.

The afternoon I arrived there I met up with Mike Dawson, Dylan Thompson, Sam Sutton and Big Bad Brad Lauder. After a brief introduction we were en route to the Upper Kakapotahi for a lazy afternoon after creeking. Simon and Bill Shepperd were at the get out waiting for us and before soon we were on the water and squeezing down the narrow entrance slot. Here are some photos of the run courtesy of Mike.

Sam on Postmans Falls

Me on Postmans

Mike having fun in his plastic boat on Airmail

Bradley throwing down

Dylan stomping out Airmail

Loving my life at this moment.

The Upper Kakapotahi just added to my hunger for whitewater. The plan was for the Upper Hokitika the next day which had plenty of water and was going to be my first trip down it. Surely this would mean an early night... Yeah Right!!! Here is a couple of photos to illustrate how wild that night ended up.

Quiet post paddle drinks

This was less than two hours later (about 10pm) and we were out until about 4am...
not need to guess how things went

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