Sheena became more familiar with the subtleties of The Omen rapid, and as the days passed the river rose slowly but steadily – presenting an ever-changing experience.
We also took a rest day in between, and scouted for some climbing spots in the gorge. Great rock with super climbing potential. Slopers, crimpers, jugs – if this crag becomes developed it will provide some of the greatest variety of climbing – and lots of it. It will be winter climbing though, this gorge is a furnace in summer!
Day 10 – Day of the Lost Paddle
We decided to make another run from the top of The Omen. This time in higher water. Sheena had a great line, but then things went wrong… She had a spectacular swim, and lost a paddle. It was time. Time for her first bootie!
More Omen sessions, with Sheena styling it! This time we went to a small hole below The Omen to home Sheena’s hole surfing skills. With her old Eskimo Topo having a reputation for getting stuck in hole this was a critical skill to master.
Croccing the Commercial Section. Not being ready yet to take on everything in the commercial section in a kayak, Adam Gray of Oribi Outdoors offered us two Crocs to take down the commercial section: