|A Swim on the Eel River|
Pete, I hear you and your buddies took a close look at the falls on the Eel and decided to run the rapids in the canyon just below the main drop. Tell us how you made out!
Well, Nanook, in all our wisdom we decided to put in right below the main falls and run the next four drops.
Three of us, one amateur, and of course, the amateur made it through, I've been shaking my head ever since in disbelief.
I have a couple of new theories since this trip.
If you want to get in shape, go run up and over those cliffs eight or nine times. I'm still sore.
We're going to try the river again this weekend, minus the rapids perhaps but we'll see. Depends if I can find some flotation.
Here's a story from Derek B.:
Hi Ken, I was just poking around your Nanook site and read the Eel River story. What a thrilling river eh? In it you mentioned a legend of soldiers from Gagetown running amok there. Small world, I just posted my video of running the falls on youtube and got a call next morning from a veteran who remembered that story well. I can't remember now if he said it was back in the late fifties or sixties, it was decided that it would be great training to send soldiers down in a raft. They did go over the falls (four of them), but no life was lost: two had to be taken to hospital, and they lost all their gear. He thinks they sent swimmers up later that week to retrieve the machine guns, etc ... Ha, the reason he called me is because he didn't think the falls in my video were the same ones ... his wife was from up that way and she figured the 'real falls' had to be bigger than that!
Mitchell, you and Alicia went for a trip on the upper Nashwaak after several days of heavy rain. How did you make out?
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