Now we know exactly what's happening
with this watershed.
The Zakogawa was a true highlight of our
previous trip. Now that we've paddled our way up the watershed, so to
speak, it's time for the classic section. There is a chance we can run
one more waterfall at the put-in, and focused on that I direct the team
to our previous put-in forgetting that just a half mile downstream is a
much better access point.
Good thing they plow this road!
Before gearing up I hike down to see the
second waterfall. The first just doesn't go, but maybe the second does.
That's exactly the conclusion I come to this time again. It's just
impossible to tell of the landing is deep, and there is a ton of water
flowing off the thirty foot waterfall. Once again we descend the very
steep slope below the waterfall and soak in the beauty of the Zakgogawa.
Rok Sribar just below put in.
Flows are perfect as we make quick time
down to the other access point. Oh yes, the other access point...it's a
diversion dam. Suddenly flows are low. Still fun, but low.
can read and run what was scary before, and the water has incredible
color at this flow. Diane Gaydos
David Maurier finishing a nice double set.
Daniel Brasuell takes a good boof.
Another great rapid on the Zakogawa.
Then the big one. It was a big deal last
time, and now it's no different. It still pushes into an undercut,
although not as quickly. Boofing is out of the question. Knowing how
bad the portage is, I run it far left again.
Rok Sribar takes a center line.
After making the portage, most the team agrees that it is probably less
dangerous to run than portage.
Yoshi Takahashi exits the gorge.
Rain pours as we pull into take out. We stick to our program for the
trip and pay to use the Onsen at take out. Soaking in hot water after a
long day on the river, worth every penny.
Back to our Zakogawa camp for a peaceful nights sleep.