Kiss the rock

Novice whitewater training with the YCCC, June 19-21, 2004

Photos

Saturday morning. A little land lecture before heading out onto the water.

Saturday morning. A little land lecture before heading out onto the water.

Like a bearded action figure. Not visible is the string at the back, which, when you pull it, says either "vertical paddle," "paddle forwards" or "angle."

Like a bearded action figure. Not visible is the string at the back, which, when you pull it, says either "vertical paddle," "paddle forwards" or "angle."

Sizing your paddle. So many guidelines, so few answers.

Sizing your paddle. So many guidelines, so few answers.

Reviewing the stern draw on the flat bit at Palmer Rapids.

Reviewing the stern draw on the flat bit at Palmer Rapids.

Paul looking curiously at a fish just off his port bow.

Paul looking curiously at a fish just off his port bow.

Demonstrating the Duffek. What you and I might know as the crossbow cut, or the running draw, or the plant and pivot.

Demonstrating the Duffek. What you and I might know as the crossbow cut, or the running draw, or the plant and pivot.

Some other bunch of paddlers heading down the lower set.

Some other bunch of paddlers heading down the lower set.

Scouting the first chute at the lower set. Big tongues leave a lot of spit.

Scouting the first chute at the lower set. Big tongues leave a lot of spit.

We were sharing Palmers with many groups that weekend, including the intermediate tandem course from the YCCC.

We were sharing Palmers with many groups that weekend, including the intermediate tandem course from the YCCC.

But who was better dressed? Let's not be afraid to ask the difficult questions.

But who was better dressed? Let's not be afraid to ask the difficult questions.

We almost look like we're at prayer, don't we? Pippa, Lawrence and Michael demonstrate the official, YCCC River Reading Position™.

We almost look like we're at prayer, don't we? Pippa, Lawrence and Michael demonstrate the official, YCCC River Reading Position™.

A boat from the intermediate group wades confidently into the fray. But are their paddles vertical? The camera does not lie.

A boat from the intermediate group wades confidently into the fray. But are their paddles vertical? The camera does not lie.

They look hot. They're not actually from our group, but they're YCCC paddlers

They look hot. They're not actually from our group, but they're YCCC paddlers

Now that angle bit over there angle is how we're angle going to angle take this first angle bit. Then angle eddy out just to angle river angle right. Don't forget to set your angle.

Now that angle bit over there angle is how we're angle going to angle take this first angle bit. Then angle eddy out just to angle river angle right. Don't forget to set your angle.

Setting up to try that one again.

Setting up to try that one again.

Paul was very adept at bipping around in that cute little blue boat of his, but walking seemed a bit more of a challenge.

Paul was very adept at bipping around in that cute little blue boat of his, but walking seemed a bit more of a challenge.

Lawrence and Pippa head down the first chute.

Lawrence and Pippa head down the first chute.

Piano rock. Sunday morning. We had two beautiful paddling days.

Piano rock. Sunday morning. We had two beautiful paddling days.

Looking downstream toward the lower set. I left my digital camera in the car today. Why tempt fate.

Looking downstream toward the lower set. I left my digital camera in the car today. Why tempt fate.

more pictures (I hope - you never can tell) when I get the disposable waterproof camera developed.