Rocks don't move
Trip Start Sep 23, 2004
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We went to a great resort for the evening- an adventure centre called Borderlands near the Tibetan border. I had my own expedition tent, surrounded by tropical plants and butterflies, which was invaded by a very large and hairy caterpillar who didn't like it when I made him sleep outside. I could hear the river rushing by and when i woke up in the morning i opened the flysheet and watched the butterflies and the waterfall tumbling down the huge hill on the other side of the river. Eventually we got up for a late breakfast and then were off! It was quite an adventure! We had two safety kayakers in case someone fell out and we couldn't get them back ourselves. WE started off on class 3 rapids, which made a good refresher, but later got to class 4 and 4+. We were all present and correct by the end of the day, after justin fell out and went down a rapid by himself without the raft (when asked what it was like, his answer was 'blloody fast!'). Enrique and Rob both tumbled in too (Rob forgot the first rule of punting when his paddle got stuck- 'don't hold on!' It took him with it then stayed stuck- thankfully we had a spare, but that got lost later too....)
Nearly lost Mani overboard after hitting a rock (it didn't move, so he did), and also managed to run over a kayaker (that must be an unusual occurance). The kayakers run the rapid first then indicate to mani the best way to go. One pointed the way, and we went over as the other got stuck in a hole. We couldn't go back (it was a HUGE rapid) and ended up going over the guy- there was suddenly part of a kayak sticking out from underneath! So we tried to haul it out... luckily the guy was fine, got out and bobbed away down the river, and we got the kayak and paddle, then finished the rapid and waited for him somewhere calm (he reached the shore and had to get out and walk).
It was an amazing experience- the environment is so perfect it's almost like a theme park ride as you shoot over huge boulders and waves and get whirled about all over the place. Except you can only hold on tight if you don't have to paddle! My arms and shoulders ache today!