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Runaway – South East Trip 2015

Runaway - South East Trip 2015

After a really long and cold winter up here in Quebec, we were pretty excited to hit the road, head south and finally escape from this endless winter blues. We got pretty lucky with the water levels and managed to hit some local classics in North Carolina and West Virginia. Huge thanks to all the people who helped us Quebexicans hitting the right creeks and the rights lines on the water as well. We met some incredible paddlers along the way.

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Levels: Great Falls 3.3ft

Great Falls looks a superb stretch of water. Ian Van Wingert leads us down stream.

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Out to Lunch – Lower Clear Creek High Water

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Out to Lunch – Lower Clear Creek High Water. The boof, Elbow Falls, And Screaming 1/4 mile. At above recommended flows! 1300 CFS

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Northern Territory – River Swale

The Swale, for many the most enjoyable, hassle free section of Class 4 (occasionally 5) in the UK. It’s all down to preference of course, however, a little time invested in this true classic normally leaves paddlers with a beaming smile.

River Swale

At its source, about 2 miles upstream of Keld, the Swale picks up pace and, set amongst some stunning scenery and isolated gorges, this river drops like a stone and often rises just as quickly: we recently witnessed the river rising 50cm within the hour it took us to complete the run. It rose a further 10cm in the time it took to get changed and do a shuttle; a factor that should be borne in mind when paddling this stretch after heavy rainfall. Potentially difficult to judge accurately, running this little gem has been made much more reliable since the introduction of the environment agency river levels gauge. This provides the source data for the invaluable Rainchasers site (http://rainchasers.com/river): an excellent information resource for which we are enormously grateful to Rob Tuley and crew supporting the site.

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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Playing on Sorba slides, Italy. Was messing around as it was our 3rd time down, went with a cross-deck boof, missed the boof stroke unfortunately and pencilled it and then went round a few times before getting spat out. Playboating skills coming into play a bit here.

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TV2 Norway – Kayaking Accident Story

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In July 2014 Josh Neilson was kayaking with friends in Norway near Sjoa. After 5 of his crew paddled ‘Matzes Drop’ it was his turn. After a good entry the nose of his kayak was thrust into the air and caused him to fly through the air and land at the bottom in an undesirable way. At the moment of impact he broke his back and had to be flown to Lillehammer hospital and then on to Elverum for surgery. One year of rehab later and he returns to Voss in Norway for Ekstremsportveko and to go kayaking. This is the story by TV2 on his accident and return to kayaking.

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The Hole That Ate Chicago

The Hole That Ate Chicago

Kayaking The Hole That Ate Chicago on the Grand Canyon of the Stikine in Northern BC.

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Colorado 2015

Colorado 2015

This summer we spent 23 days in Colorado from mid May through early June. We arrived to a couple weeks of low flows, but the snow eventually started melting and we managed to get on 14 different rivers and creeks.

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Sesia Gorge – Entry Rapid

A great edit from the Kayaking Company – Canoeing Ireland Level 5 assessment, Sesia Gorge, Italy 2015. Sesia Gorge – Entry Rapid.

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Northern Territory – Langstrath Beck

In April 2009 Nathan Butler and Martyn Sollars embarked on journey across the United Stated of America. Nathan invested in the ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’. This book became the bible, a tick list by default – It featured handpicked paddlers sharing their experiences of each river and stating why it is a classic.

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The book was by no means a guidebook, but suggestions made by accomplished and proven pioneers of the sport. Contributors to the Northern Territory project haven’t got the reputation or world titles as featured in ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’, but do share the same desire and passion for the sport.

Over the next few weeks Unsponsored will be sharing Nathan’s thoughts and comments on some of the many whitewater classics in Northern Britain.

From Nathan:

Although this UK Northern Territory series doesn’t cover the vast range of rivers the ‘Whitewater Classics: Fifty North American Rivers’ edition does I hope it details those that are worthy of exposure, a mixture of known classics and lesser known sections of whitewater that are carefully selected as not to dilute an abundance of excellent whitewater found in Northern Britain. We hope this works best and gives you the same excitement and is as helpful and as fun to experience as it was for us to produce.

Enjoy and Happy Hucking!

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Brokeback Gorge

Brokeback Gorge

Knowing that much of the NY’s First D potential has yet to be tapped, Eric Adsit has been feverishly studying his local topography looking for the next best thing. He began his research in his own back yard, the foothills of the Adirondacks and came up huge with this beauty. With only a handful of descents, chances are, you’ve already driven past the take out without even noticing.

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Last Exit

Last Exit

This is a nice edit from Sam Grafton showing the Last Exit rapid in the Tumwater canyon.

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