The hard part about the third crux
rapid is staying on line coming in, the boils are so big they will move
you twenty feet in a second or two. A hole on the top left must be
skirted, but a large eddy is waiting on the right as well. We've heard
of people getting into this eddy and having to portage out, no easy
task as getting out of a kayak in an eddy that surges 10' is no small
enters the crux rapid.
It's hard to see, but the river drops about fifteen feet into the first
wave. Take a moment to ponder the wall of water Rok Sribar is about to
A final rapid waits at the exit to the
gorge, it has a classic big water line cutting between two holes. Igor Mlekuž.
Yoshi Takahashi powers past the hungry hole.
The second canyon has no real "rapids"
but is full of big eddy lines that will pull a creekboat under. It's
often more exciting than the first gorge, but all read and run.
Team Suran loads up
at what you would think is a footbridge, until you see a dump truck go
I've heard many a story of how remote
the Rio Baker is. It is remote, yet it isn't. The amenities are there
if you're willing to pay, and have been for years thanks to it's
popularity for fishing. It's normally warm and sunny at Rio Baker, but
we are here quite early in the season and it's off and on rain the
whole time. With temps around 44f/6c we're sick of camping in the rain
manage to secure off season rates at a nice cabin. The second we get
the fireplace going it's worth it.
Civilized life on Rio Baker.