Thompson is about three hours from Vancouver, has a park and play spot
called "The Frog" and a big water class III-IV play run. We were told
expect to be alone up there during the week, but were pleasantly
surprised to run into several boaters at the Frog, with more and more
showing up. I geared up and gone on, its a good play spot with one
downside. It likes to surf you into the middle of the river, and you
can't get the eddy from the middle of the river, so like Skookumchuck
lots of walking was in order for me.
about an hour or two surf
session lots of people were there and
we all decided to do the run. We ended up with 8-10 people on the water
and it was a blast.
The Thompson was "low" at 14,500cfs, and was a mecca for hucking
wave-wheels off all the gigantic wave trains, and entertaining to watch
multiple people being trashed in big water eddy lines. Good scenery as
well, 10,000' mountains with a little snow.
half-way through the run we
eddied out to look at a catch it on
the fly wave that was a blast. Looking downstream at it.
me surfing the wave, and if you look closely you can see people play in
the eddy on the left of the rapid. The eddy was somewhere between fun
and scary, sometimes you would move out into the current and nothing
would happen, but occasionally you would move out into a whirlpool and
get spun and sucked underwater...in your boat, I found these to be
larger than the Skook ones, but very fun. After this rapid the run
mellowed out and had a bit of a long flat but not too bad at the end.
Well worth traveling to, the next day we played at the Frog and headed
back for California.
at the Frog.
All the people.
camping in Washington is hard to
find, but questionably legal camping has great