Thursday, May 27, 2010

Quebec Stakeout



QUEBEC STAKEOUT


Every year our crew of whitewater addicts congregates to the lands of Northern Quebec... Generally our mission is to seek and destroy the biggest river waves we can find. See the Quebec section of Dream Result for a better idea (DreamResultMovie.com)



This year however has been very different. Eastern Canada is experiencing the lowest water levels in recorded history. (meanwhile California has the craziest snow pack ever). For example, most our favorite rivers were running at around 1/3 of their normal flow for this time of year. This forced us to adapt and turn the mission into a creeking expedition. The result was amazing and we came away with some epic footage and good times...

Logan Grayling dropping in on a first D (8 chutes river)
yours truly following

Some highlights included a swim tally of seven for the boys, (including me on the chutes Blanche) as well as Erik Boomer's heroic descent of Chutes Magnan, a few other first descents, and a spot that could potentially turn into the World's biggest river wave! Even with low water this feature was still huge, and we feel like with double or triple the flow we may have found a proper monster....
World's biggest river wave? Maybe with higher water...

First known descent of Chutes Blanche
My second run down I aimed for the center....
And swam....

Ben Marr on the Mastigouche....


An epic rooster tail first D I rallied on the last day. A fine line to land between two rock ledges falling about 20 feet.... It took me 3 tries to get it right...




There is a reason Quebec remains one of my favorite places to paddle. There is still a lot to explore and I am already looking forward to next years Stakeout...


Iceland and Norway are next... More updates soon!

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