Scouting the Perfect River

Scouting the Perfect River

“When in doubt, scout.” When scouting the perfect kayaking river ,make sure it has an exit. If I’m paddling on an unfamiliar stretch of river and no one knows it, then it’s crucial that there is a way out of a rapid before you commit to jumping in. Pete Delosa of California, is sponsored by Immersion Research and a member of Team Pyranha. He recommends that, if you know it’s going to be a hard rapid to paddle, to study the flow and get an understanding of what the water is doing. Look for hazards you want to avoid and the line you want to make. See how much of the water is going into the hazards versus where you want to go. Ask yourself Are there certain features that are going to flip me?” said Delosa, “Maybe there is a feature like a small eddy that I can use to get to where I want to go, or maybe there’s a really big hole that I need to avoid because it feeds into a sieve.” I suggest people scout a rapid that in my opinion does have a life-threat in it, and even something that could result in a negative enough experience for them to want to quit kayaking. Otherwise, let them enjoy the pleasure of the one chance they have to run it blind.” Always start at the bottom and work your way back up to your boat, suggested DeLosa. He says to find landmarks that you will be able to spot from the water. Landmarks are really helpful for knowing where you are in a rapid when you can’t see the entire thing from the entrance. If you’re on a longer mission day to save time, a good habit to develop is to always take your rope with you whenever you get out to scout. Delosa says by doing this you won’t have to go back to your boat and then back down stream if someone in your crew asks you to set as the safety. These tips will help in your scouting for a good spot to fish and kayak. #HappyFishing