Friday, February 5, 2010

Chile update 1

Currently, World Class Kayak Academy is in Chile. We have been here since the 17th of January and having a blast. We started off our trip with a week on el rio Maipo. This river has three sections: the upper, middle, and lower. We spent our time on the Upper and Lower.
The upper puts in at the Rio Yeso, a quarter mile of fast, chunky class IV creeking. The Yeso then spills into the Upper Maipo, big water scattered with huge holes, huge waves, and lots of fairly good play waves. By the end of our time on that section, we racked up 3 swims (one of which was mine), a lot helmet, and a lost paddle. In addition to the upper, we ran the more mellow Lower section. With much more play and quite a bit less carnage, it made for a great after-school paddle.

Hike to Glacial lake
El rio Yeso
View from our house
A few of our boats


Our next stop was the Siete Tazas. This section of waterfalls is located on the rio Claro, and is the perfect stomping grounds for beginning huckers. We spent three days here, each day running the falls. Every one did really well and it was a blast.

video

Our next stop was Pucon, Chile. Pucon is a whitewater mecca for Chile. A post will come soon for Pucon.