We wanted to make a quick post about some of our offerings, additions and discounts that are happening. For more details on any of our trips give us a call or visit our website at www.adventurekayaking.com
New Rogue River date added August 21-24, 2013. Due to popular demand (for the second year in a row) we have added a third trip to our Rogue offerings. This 4-day, raft supported camp trip is a great way to sample what it is to eat, sleep and live along a river while having fun paddling your way downstream.
Grand Canyon, in addition to our regular fall date next year we are also offering a trip in the spring. Join us May 13 – 26, 2014 and experience the canyon in bloom.
Bhutan: exotic, beautiful, fascinating, and home to some of the most gracious, gentle people on earth. This small Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom has plenty to offer from rivers, scenery and culture. We are really excited about the changes to this year’s Class III and Class IV itineraries.
We finished up our last kayaking trip in mid-February but we’re far from being done here in Ecuador. We’ve extended our intended departure date by a couple of weeks allowing us extra time to travel, visit friends and boat. After bidding farewell to our last group in Quito we returned east to Borja in the Quijos river valley. That evening we ran into our friends Ken and Juliet and Dan Dixon and his family where they told us they had just come from the Cuevas de los Tayos (cave of the oil bird) and told us what an amazing place it is. We’ve passed by the sign for it a number of times on our way back from running the lower Quijos and had added it to our long list of “things to do in the Quijos valley when we have the time”. After hearing their description we made a point to go out the next day. Continue reading “Time Off But Staying Wet.”→
Here’s a slide show featuring work from our good friend Merida who joined us for two weeks in Ecuador this season. She’s got a great eye for photography. I enjoy her work because it makes me think. She has such a great sense of form and design! While we are addicted to kayaking, being in Ecuador is also about the places our kayaks take us and the things we get to see from them. Thank you, Merida!
If I could package up the Upper Misahualli (Mish for short) river near Tena, Ecuador and bring it home in my duffle I would. The run just puts a smile on the face of anyone who paddles it.
Technical and continuous is how I would describe the Mish but you would also be amazed at how “doable” it is for a variety of skill levels. It’s the perfect training ground for developing and improving your creeking skills and a playground for those that want to keep those skills sharp. Continue reading “If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Tena”→
It’s almost the end of January and we’re having a great season down here in Ecuador. We first arrived in early December with nearly a month to settle in. We spent the time paddling, visiting friends and gearing up for our first trip which we ran nearly a month ago. I’m realizing that if I don’t start writing something now the season will slip away.
This is a quick post to say that we arrived in Ecuador a little over two weeks ago. We purposefully came in early to get things ready for our trips, pre-scout runs and spend time with friends; old and new. Right now we are in the Quijos River valley, east of Quito where the rain has been falling steadily for the last three days. The locals will tell you it is due to the new moon- why not, it affects ocean tides.
The rain has inspired me to post this poem I first became aware of when on a paddling trip in New Zealand. Very appropriate.
It rained and it rained and it rained and it rained;
the average fall was well maintained,
and when the tracks were simply bogs,
it started raining cats and dogs.
After a drought of half an hour
we had a most refreshing shower,
and then the most curious thing of all:
a gentle rain began to fall.
Next day was also fairly dry,
save for the deluge from the sky,
which wetted the party to the skin,
and after that the rain set in.
Our first trip of the 2010/2011 Ecuador season kicked off with a trip that could be summed up as the Boys’ Trip, plus Mary.
Mark A. returned to Ecuador after an 8 year hiatus with 4 of his good paddling buds from Portland. Also returning was Arn S. from Seattle. Allen R. took a break from his PhD studies at Stanford, and Joe Brief ventured forth from Florida.
After our day on Antisana with Murray, Rickie and I headed to the Quijos valley for the start of our annual boating safari. I grabbed my gear out of storage and we drove south to Tena for some paddling with local residents Dan Dixon, Matt Terry and Jaime Dalgo.
Here I heard firsthand from Dan and his family about the flooding that had taken place in April. They had an epic night when the Tena and Pano rivers flooded their home and claimed most of their possessions. That night Dan and his kayak were very instrumental in coming to the aid of others in Tena. (Matt happened to be in the U.S. as his fleet of kayaks and gear floated about in his warehouse.)
Our paddling safari was “excellente”! We had perfect levels for the Piatua (I always think of this run as California in the Jungle. It has a very technical nature and beautiful granite boulders), the Upper Misahualli (Mis) and the Upper Jondachi.
Every once in a while here in Ecuador, a unique opportunity comes along that doesn’t have to be about kayaking. For us that happened a few days after arriving in country when our good friend Rickie Alzamora invited us to travel to the flanks of Volcan Antisana on a photo shoot with Murray Cooper. Murray is an amazing photographer whose work I have long admired. His specialty is wildlife and conservation.
Murray had been documenting the nest of a pair of rare falcon and it was time to revisit the site. Permission to visit the area is required, making the invitation all the more unique.
With an early start from Quito we arrived at the mountain an hour after sunrise. The falcon’s ground nest revealed an abundance of feathers about. The birds were gone. Murray felt it was too early in the nesting cycle for the chicks to have left on their own and suspected that they may had fallen prey to fox or wolves, predators of the paramo. This finding served to remind us of the delicate and vulnerable existence of something as seemingly invincible as a bird of prey. Continue reading “Birding with Murray”→
This was our last trip of the season and it started in the middle of Carnival weekend. Carnival is big enough down here that they take four days off to celebrate and spend the next two Saturdays making up for the lost work time. Water is a big part of Carnival, the coastal beaches are usually packed and it’s customary to try to douse unsuspecting victims with balloons or buckets filled with water.
Since we’re dressed to get wet most of the day and we don’t see anyone while we’re on the water, it’s not a big deal but it can put you on your toes while walking about town. I’m always listening for the sound of footsteps running up behind me or on the lookout for a wet spot on the pavement below a two story building. Continue reading “Ecuador Kayaking: Feb.13-21 Carnival & Class III+/IV-“→