There is always some misgiving about a wall shot. Nothing like it at home….new rivers with no particular course in mind tend to curve and wind and create new channels at whim when they tire of the old channel they traveled. Sometimes this means a river bank gets in the way. So the river travels straight towards the wall and when it can go no further, it pillows up on the wall and then banks downstream, following a tight course alongside the wall. So a kayaker travels the same route: straight towards the wall, bank up on the pillow and then ride the current downstream, all the while leaning towards the wall and staying balanced in what can be somewhat squirrely water. Once wall shots are mastered they are a hoot. But some initial counter-intuitiveness must be overcome. With high water and lots of wall shots during the Nov 15 – 22 trip, we had plenty of oportunity to come to some sort of understanding of the finer points of paddling wall shots.
I had a great time on the trip…thanks for all the tips and guidance on the rivers. As I told you, I now, actually ENJOY wall shots! Hope you have great weeks to wind out the season….you guys do a really nice job with your international travel….very much appreciated.
For additional wall shot photos and more check out the fun shared photos from the week.
And more photos are up from Peter.