We had beautiful weather in Wisconsin last weekend for the final beginner trip of the year. The water was running a little high and warm (70). We had 8-9 beginners on the two day trip although several students was their 2nd year on this trip. We had 4 NEW paddlers who really put themselves out there and ran everything! Jennifer, Jeff, Mike and Al (NEW 4) all had great attitudes and coached each other on.
Saturday we did Wolf River Section 3. The water was at about 525 CFS which covered a lot of the rock and made things a bit easier. This was the first time on a true whitewater river for the NEW 4 and it was a long day as we had 15 paddlers in the group. There were several swims and people learned the importance of hitting eddies high, ferrying and avoiding the holes we just spent 20 minutes pointing out:-). We'll work on bracing next.
Sunday we were up early and off to the Red River. The CFS was 250 CFS or about 6.5 ft. The locals were out and no bugs, yet. I took this video of some of the highlights I was able to catch. Bob Menard also posted a great video on YouTube of some of the others on the trip. Most of the video is at a rapid called Monastery, for the old monastery in the background. This is a steep, class 3 rapid with holes,curliers and a nasty sticky hole at the top. The water was high enough to run the ledge on the right, which bypassed the hole in the left, making it a little easier. If you are out of your boat, nothing will keep you and the rocks are pretty smooth so the consequences are not that bad. I was surprised that the NEW 3 (Mike has to leave on Sunday) all ran Monastery. Pretty gutsy for folks who've only been in a kayak outdoors for a couple of cold months. https://youtu.be/O3d1Z9bDDFA
For Bob's video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNXyZ-iw6Qc