Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The Transcontinental Stikine Mission Begins

At 3:30 am this morning mobilization to the Grand Canyon of the Stikine began.

Fred Coriell and Justin Beckwith left their Vermont home in the wee hours of the morning and headed t o the airport, headed to the team rally point in Vancouver, BC.

Tommy Hilleke, after a stressful and late departure from Asheville, rallied with Toby in Atlanta and caught a 1 pm flight bound for Vancouver.

John Grace and Nikki Kelly, with staggered flights from Knoxville, began their migration as well. Nikki, facing immediate expulsion from the country due to Visa issues, had the added pressure to ensure that all the things she wanted to take home to New Zealand were on her person.

I awoke @ 6:30 am to head out to Transylvania County, NC to film Pat Keller and Austin Rathman running the large, and seldom flowing, Looking Glass Falls.

To watch pat run the falls=>
Click Here
To watch Austin Run the Falls=>
Click Here

On the way back to Asheville, I received a number of messages from folks at Riverside Industrial Park (home of Astral Buoyancy and Watershed), each more and more alarmed. It seemed that the French Broad River was escaping its banks at a rapid pace.

The messages went something like this:

“Ahhh, Daniel, you better get down here and move your Subaru, the river is at the top of your tires”

-Scott Albright

**I had been storing my second car in the parking lot next to the river.

“Daniel, this is Justyn at Watershed, we need you to come get your care before the river does”

“Daniel, its Scott, Dude, your car is loosing, are you coming to get it?”

“Daniel, this is Phillip, we are currently tying your car to a telephone pole, but its 4 feet from current and its not looking good, where are you bro?”

-Phillip Curry

“Dude, its at the top of your door handles, better hurry up.”

Pat and I raced to the scene and this is what we found

To watch video of the extraction, death and draining of the ‘Ruu’ Click Here

After the exciting watery death of my first paddling shuttle vehicle, it was homeward bound to finish packing and head for the airport.

I am currently in Denver, awaiting my connector to Vancouver and a late night rally with the crew.


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