The whitewater highlight from last year
was the Zakogawa.
When we were in the area it was obvious there was a lot of other
whitewater up and down the watershed, but most of it was too high. Now,
with our warm-up done, we head back up the Zakogawa to see what the
rest of it is like.
Heading into a long tunnel.
Driving up the beautiful canyon it was
obvious the river was at a good level. We were too scared to tackle it
the year before, but we scrapped out plans of heading further up the
watershed and put on at a beautiful red bridge. At this point the river
is known as the Nakatsugawa, and we know there should be a portage or
two down here because of dams.
Yoshi Takahashi at put-in.
A mile or two of beautiful read and run
III-IV follows, but ends with some dam portaging, the first around a
sixty foot dam. After that we enjoy a touch of whitewater and portage
planned on taking out here at a bridge, but it's still early in the day
decide to paddle on through the lower section too.
Charcter changes, the canyon tightens
and rapids get steeper. Yoshi prepairs to launch a boof.