Saturday, December 21, 2013

Waitaha River - It had been a while!

Since the price of chopper flights went up and the fact that Carnage Gorge on the Kokatahi was no longer a portage, the Waitaha was never one of my go to options when the weather was fine and it was time to fly. Well a couple of weeks back, just after the Kokatahi trip, it was time to fly... I'd done the Whitcombe, the Mungo was to low, the Perth would of been boney and the Upper Whataroa would of been a bit high for the upper section. So, it would seem the stars were aligning for what would be only my third trip down the Waitaha. The usual suspects of Mark Basso and Ari Walker were keen, Daan-gerous got a pass and two Italians, Thomas and Luca, would round off our crew. The weather wasn't perfect, but the day itself was. A medium flow and good lines all round left us all completely stoked with our trip, and I personally re-gained my love for this epic south-westland heli-trip. 

I didn't take many photos of the trip, but here are a couple of good shots from the day and a little clip of me paddling the seal-launch portage. I still haven't paddled Morgans and, now, there is talk of an assult on Windhover... the Waitaha is truely a rugged class V river and just generally place to be!

We've been busy lately, getting multiple laps of the Toaroha Canyon. I will get a post up in the next few days, there are some stellar images.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kokatahi - Home!

Plenty has been getting done here on the coast this season, plenty of people around with most of the classics having already been run. I was gutted that I wasn't part of the first crew down the Kokatahi but that said, going in with a padded-out medium flow was sick to say the least. Not too much had changed, but there is something brewing in Carnage Gorge, with a 4-foot boof now in the narrow point of the gorge... and it is likely to get worse. Other than that much was the same and I was stoked to show my new friends Basso, Dag, Thomas, Luca and Taylor down my favourite run on the coast and to enjoy another sick lap with my boys Daan and Ari the Currie. Too many posts about the Kokatahi over the years so I will leave it at that, here are some snaps from the trip.

Pat driving shuttle again, shame he wont do it for a massage and a bottle
of wine like girls do in california!

Best Coast.

 Luca getting the local treatment, little beta... heaps of fun.

 Perfect weather makes for a perfect day.

 Daan runs pretty much everything off verbals...

 Really is hard to beat!

 More to come as we've been VERY busy!