Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Adirondack Boating

We just got back from the Adirondacks in upstate New York, and what an adventure it was. The geology of the region leaves the rivers full of huge rapids with monster drops. It feels something like paddling on a pond, then hucking off of a class IV-V rapid into another pond, with a heavy beatdown to be had for a bad line. The tour included the Black River Canyon, Raquette (Stone Valley), and the Moshier, Eagle, and Taylorsville sections of the Beaver. Of all those rivers the Raquette and Eagle section of the Beaver stand out as truely tremendous. Big gnarly class V drops with consequences all around. I took the camera along, but very much felt the need to focus on the paddling and leave the filming for another time. Thankfully, a number of people in our group had still cameras, and I did manage to shoot some video on the Moshier section.

Jason Hilton @ Colton Falls, Raquette, NY

Horseplay on the Beaver