Despite our "epic party night" in Molina
we wake early and hop back on Interstate 5, heading south to the well
known Pucon region where we'll hopefully find more water It's 600km and
ten odd hours, so we dedicate the whole day to driving, arriving in
Pucon without enough daylight to paddle anything.
Keeping it classy, we make breakfast at a gas station.
A hostel in town suits our
needs and we relax for the evening. Early the next morning our good
friend Yoshihiro Takahashi comes in on a bus. Although he is quite
jet-lagged we coerce him into joining us for a run on the well known
Yoshi seal launches into the Palguin.
Put in is an incredible land bridge.
Really the photos don't explain how cool it is. Fabian Bonanno seal
None of us known the run, but with a few quick scouts we make quick
progress, running a few unusual lines here and there. Yoshi on an early
We find out after that run that people
normally run the other channels than a few we are running. Flows are
quite low and we are making up things as they go.
Yoshi drops in.
Igor Mlekuž launches one of the best -
boof to swim.
Due to low water levels, boof to swim is just boof and very fun. Yoshi
Middle Palguin is probably the worlds
most run large waterfall. Or perhaps that honor goes to Metlako on
Eagle Creek in Oregon? Regardless, Middle Palguin is shorter but
considerably more complicated than Metlako. It also looks gigantic
while we scout it, because we're another twenty feet above the lip.
None on our team seem particularly fond of seal launching. The lower
water probably makes the "stout ten" entrance falls easier too, and we
all run it. Age is not everything, but whether we like it or not our
bodies are not as resilient as we get older, and we inherently make
more conservative decisions.The highlight of the day is watching Rok
Sribar (48) have a great run down Middle Palguin.
Andrej Bijuklic styling down Middle
Rok Sribar lines up the lip.
Clay Wright told us to do the
whole run and his beta is spot on. It's not particularly long and the
rest of the run goes well with us making a portage here or there for
some nasty crack drops. Only too soon it's all over and we head back to
Pucon to lay some plans for the next several days.
What's up next? (coming soon)