Indus River through the Rondu Gorge
Northern Territories, Pakistan V+
good nights sleep on the beautiful Indus.
beauty of traveling is that each day offers up the promise of the
exotic. Eating beef in most countries is a rarity, and these guys look
stoked about the prospect.
Boyer scouts the first large rapid.
Ortiz dodges a hole.
One of the few industries on the Skardu Highway is
semi-precious gem mining. From what we gathered, it’s a temporary
dangerous job that pays well. Families camp out while men mine for a
loved to watch us figure out the puzzle pieces of the Indus.
Ortiz figures it out once piece at a time.
Ben Stookesberry out in a big rapid.
Ortiz finishes a rapid, dwarfed by the vastness of the Karakoram.
In route to lodgings we had seen a good chunk of the
rapids from the road, and many looked intimidating. The assumption was
made that we would be scouting a lot. Ben Coleman on paddling big
water; “you just have to let go”.
And let go we did! We would take turns leading into long
rapids, catching eddies, aggressively boat scouting as far as possible
and then pushing past the point of no return. Not wanting to slow the
team down we all followed as best we could, as the lead paddler would
disappear behind massive waves. Drive right squeezing past a hungry
hole, then quickly turn and paddle as hard as possible back to the left
avoiding yet another equally scary hydraulic.
and repeat the same cycle for many miles.
had progressed off the river too, and we were given a personal security
escort from the police.