Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Ultra-Classic Stikine River Day 1

The Ultra-Classic Stikine River Day 1

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We headed to the put in at 8 am. The conditions were cold and snowing a significant amount. The apprehension in the crew was palatable. We set off into the wilds onn the worst of conditions, hopping to make it out the other side three days later.

The crew at the putin


After about 1 hour of paddling we reached the head of the canyon. After a high scout on the canyon wall, river left, we dropped in and, for the first time, flet the power of the mighty Stikine River.

Here are Tommy Hilleke and Daniel DeLaVergne running entrance falls.

photo by Nikki Kelly

photo by Nikki Kelly

photo by Nikki Kelly

photo by Nikki Kelly

Once in the canyon, the rapids were huge, the scouting long and the portage options marginal.

Here is Johnn Grace somewhere in the 1st Narrows, Grand Canyo nof the Stikine.

photo by Nikki Kelly
Daniel somewhere day 1, narrows 1.

photo by Nikki Kelly

One of the big rapids on day 1 is Pass/Fail. Pssing means you make it left of the rock in the middle of the river, failing means you went right. The right slot is somewhat reminiscent of toaster on the Futa.
Well, Toby and Myself both failed, but fortunately we passed the failing side and did not swim.
Toby Fails.

photo by Nikki Kelly
Daniel, failing.

photo by Nikki Kelly
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photo by Nikki Kelly
The crew offering support of r thte wayward failers.

photo by Nikki Kelly

Another big rapid, Wassons hole, can be seen in the images below. John Wasson made this drop famous by swimming out of the hole and climbing up the steep rock face on river left. The footage of this daring escape was filmed from a helicopter and forever burned into the memory of those lucky enough to catch it on film.



Here is Tommy at the Site Zed campground, drying out his union suit.

photo by Nikki Kelly

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Tommy poof up his dry suit like that? ~ Jeff@Tallman.com

10:29 PM  
Blogger &rew said...

Help me out; I'm one of Tommy's cousins, though I've never actually met him nor am I sure who his father is. If you would let me know who his parents are, I'd be spared having to contact everyone of my father's cousins and asking them bluntly.

There's only so many of us Hilleke's, after all (though strangely enough there are two, maybe three, Tommy Hilleke's). - Andrew Hilleke: ahilleke@yahoo.com

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