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  • #2396
    Bobbie
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    [img:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040305b.JPG[/img:1ao1cod4]

    <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    That’s the lead-in to ‘Three Snye’…..

    We were lucky to catch the lower Mag (Wawashkesh Lake down to Hwy.69) at higher than usual summer flows… According to the Govt. website, we started the trip at around 30cms, and it dropped to 25cms during the five days we were on the river…..

    The first rapid is the dam at Wawashkesh… It was pretty lame, so I’m not including any photos of it here… Nonetheless, at levels higher than 30cms I could see it forming a serious hole…

    The first real class 3 was a short drop near the beginning of Canal Rapids. Canal is the first of two long rapids on the lower Mag:

    The lead-in: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040231.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    The meat: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040232.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    The first of the following pictures is the main canyon section of Canal Rapids. I’m guessing that when the Mag runs at 200cms in the Spring this would be among the biggest rapids in Ontario. At this level it was a mellow class 3. The photos after the canyon shot are of me running it:

    The canyon: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040237.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Boat scouting: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040239.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Whee :smile: : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040240.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Wheee :smile: : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040241.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Wheeee :smile: : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040243.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Wheeeee :smile: : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040244.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Getting a Royalex canoe through there was a real biatch! <img loading=” title=”Confused” /> : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040258.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Next was ‘Three Snye’ (after ‘Graveyard’ and ‘Mountain Chute’ which were both dinky at this level). I would say ‘Three Snye’ is a very solid class 4:

    The line in: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040306.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Close-up in the meat: [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040307.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    One happy camper <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> : [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040309.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Here’s the whole rapid in three photos:

    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040311.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040313.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040314.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    Next was an unnamed drop. Super clean, big, and just honkin’ good fun <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> :

    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040341.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040343.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040344.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    ‘Thirty-Dollar Rapids’ was next on the list. Here’s a little slideshow of the best part:

    (The lean-in was about 200 meters of mellow class 1/2 :smile: The photo makes it look like I got turned sideways at the bottom of the drop, but I didn’t… I was very happy with my line down that one :smile: )

    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040388.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040389.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040390.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040391.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040392.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]
    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040393.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    This last photo is the final (runnable) drop of the river. It was tiny compared to some other stuff I’d done the previous day, so I didn’t scout it very well….. There’s actually a video of this which is pretty funny…. I sorta hit the wrong line :oops:

    [url:1ao1cod4]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040435.JPG[/url:1ao1cod4]

    The ‘unrunnable’ drop that I mentioned was a 4-5 foot vertical with pour-overs on either side… The pour-overs didn’t have enough water to boof them (sticky rocks), and the meat of the drop formed a crazy, crazy hole! I have photos of it, but there’s no boat going down it <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    And that’s my lower-Mag trip report… I don’t have a personal website for this stuff, so I thought I’d just stick it here.

    So, am I upset about missing Garb at -0.5 that week….. No way!

    ~R

    #20342
    harris
    Participant

    Cool pics / trip report. How far is that from Toronto approx?

    #20343
    Jayak
    Participant

    Nice job! Looks like it would be knarley in the spring eh!

    Happy paddlin’

    #20344
    deemo
    Participant

    nice pics rob, sign me up for a spring-time run <img loading=” title=”Wink” />

    are you paddling this weekend?

    #20345
    Bobbie
    Participant
    "harris":13b8k745 wrote:
    Cool pics / trip report. How far is that from Toronto approx?[/quote:13b8k745]

    It’s 4-5 hours from Toronto, but that’s a multi-day trip with no easy access to any of the rapids (except maybe ‘Canal’ with a motorboat, or possibly ‘Three Snye’ from Harris Lake with 2 km hike). You’ve got to have time to paddle 60 kms of flat-water.

    "deemo":13b8k745 wrote:
    nice pics rob, sign me up for a spring-time run <img loading=” title=”Wink” />
    are you paddling this weekend?[/quote:13b8k745]

    Don’t worry Deemers, you’re already signed up for the Spring 2007 ‘Canal Rapids’ expedition <img loading=” title=”Cool” />

    I might paddle the Gull on Saturday, depending on the level… I’m fishing with my dad on Sunday, so Ottawa is out for me… If the Gull level sucks, I could head down to St. Catharines for some Weir and Mystery Wave on Saturday…

    ~R

    #20346
    deemo
    Participant
    "Bobbie":2zgij3xr wrote:
    I might paddle the Gull on Saturday, depending on the level… I’m fishing with my dad on Sunday, so Ottawa is out for me… If the Gull level sucks, I could head down to St. Catharines for some Weir and Mystery Wave on Saturday…

    ~R[/quote:2zgij3xr]

    I work saturday till 5, but maybe will go to the weir after that. let me know.

    #20347
    yuro
    Participant

    yo, rob..

    sign me up too…

    from pics it looks like it’s totally doable in playboat? or you have to have a bigger boat because of all the gear that you have to carry?

    #20348
    Bobbie
    Participant
    "yuro":3dyu3uer wrote:
    from pics it looks like it’s totally doable in playboat? or you have to have a bigger boat because of all the gear that you have to carry?[/quote:3dyu3uer]

    Yo guy!

    Yeah, I was carrying 40 pounds of gear in the back of that boat. Plus, there’s no way I could’ve kept pace with the canoe on the 60 kms of flatwater in a playboat. I was doing 10-15 kms of flatwater a day, and I can barely paddle from McCoy’s to the Lorne in my playboat :lol:

    Actually… I wouldn’t have run ‘Three Snye’ in a playboat… You may not be able to tell from the photos, but that’s one honkin’ big rapid :shock: It’s way more intense than ‘Triple Drop’ on the Irvine or ‘Pinball’ on the Beaver. If you look at the third photo of the rapid (the one with no boat going down) what you can’t tell from the photo is the size of that reactionary and height of the final portion of the drop. That’s a 2-3 foot high reactionary before a 3-4 foot near vertical over a shallow grind on one side, or an undercut on the other.

    Here’s a photo of just the last portion of the bottom section from downstream:
    [url:3dyu3uer]http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2006-9/1215330/P1040302.JPG[/url:3dyu3uer]
    (Upside down in there would be serious injury time… There are tons of jagged, shallow rocks…)

    Imagine the Otter Slide (on the Gull), but give it a big reactionary at the bottom, and then it leads directly into Whitehorse, but give whitehorse a big-ass rock right where the little rooster-tail is, plus an undercut just after that, and then you’ve pretty much got ‘Three Snye’.

    I’d have been a little sketched about running that drop in ‘Thirty-Dollar’ in a playboat as well… There was enough recirc to make it pretty intense…

    #20349
    katie
    Participant

    rob, rob, rob. how do i get my name on the list for this trip….SIGN ME UP YO!!!! (that is if you think you can handle it…<img loading=” title=”Razz” /> haha)
    Not to mention its (kinda) near my cottage….*hint*hint* (read: more boating; more partying!!!!!!)

    peace out – for now –

    *kt
    ___________
    [i:1yd1j60c]blackflies will NEVER taste like blueberries…unless you mix them with creamers. (obviously).[/i:1yd1j60c]

    #20350
    Bobbie
    Participant

    If we have a base of operations we could hit the upper part from Knoephli falls on a separate day. Two great runs in one weekend. Unless you’re thinking you want to do the whole lower Magnetawan in the Spring?!? Good luck convincing Dimitri to paddle 60kms of flatwater :roll:

    I’d do it again… The fishing was great, so I don’t mind the flatwater parts at all…

    [b:3r84lfut]Deems… Yuro,[/b:3r84lfut]

    If you guys see this let me know if you can paddle on Sunday. I’ve switched fishing with my dad to Saturday. Gull or Weir, I’m game for either… Otherwise I’ll windsurf if there’s wind…

    ~R

    #20351
    Boydo
    Participant

    Hey Bobbie,

    I should be at the Gull Sunday afternoon.

    and now you all have me dreaming of Springtime Mag… mmmm.. man I love that run. I would love to see the lower part in spring… I may be convinced for a 2-3 day run down it. and from what I remember it is only 45 km of flatwater, but I could be wrong.

    Geoff

    #20352
    deemo
    Participant
    "Bobbie":2t21yul1 wrote:
    If you guys see this let me know if you can paddle on Sunday. I’ve switched fishing with my dad to Saturday. Gull or Weir, I’m game for either… Otherwise I’ll windsurf if there’s wind…

    ~R[/quote:2t21yul1]

    I’m game for pretty much anything on Sunday. Although the wind is supposed to be howling, and I havent been kiteboarding in a couple of weeks now so thats another option. I’ll let u know by saturday though.

    #20353
    Joe P
    Participant

    Listen there guys if you are thinking of heading to the mag. in spring levels I’m in. I live in Parry Sound and the mag is kinda my backyard. I have a few friends in the area as well that would be into it and some of them have run that river a million times so they know all the runs. There are other rivers in the area as well that would make the trip worth your while.

    If you are into doing some great heavy water creek’n there is the manitouwabing river very sweet big drops and a few others. let me know I’ll be there with boats!!

    #20354
    Bobbie
    Participant
    "Joe P":xqh8yw4l wrote:
    Listen there guys if you are thinking of heading to the mag. in spring levels I’m in.[/quote:xqh8yw4l]

    Hey Joe, All I can say is watch the boaterboard in April… We’ll probably be organizing the trip for sometime in early May… Maybe we’ll turn it into a huge party down the frosty cold Mag <img loading=” title=”Cool” />

    Yo Geoff… I should be there by 1:30pm…

    Dimitri, you wanna drive up with me? Leave tomorrow from Toronto at 10-11am? Looks like the wind might be ok, but it’s also supposed to rain… Wind on Monday & Wednesday looks better, with no rain (if you’ve got the time off work…)

    Deems… Call me on my cell, or I’ll give you a shout this evening…

    ~R

    #20355
    deemo
    Participant
    "Bobbie":3qgdxn8a wrote:
    Dimitri, you wanna drive up with me? Leave tomorrow from Toronto at 10-11am? Looks like the wind might be ok, but it’s also supposed to rain… Wind on Monday & Wednesday looks better, with no rain (if you’ve got the time off work…)

    Deems… Call me on my cell, or I’ll give you a shout this evening…

    ~R[/quote:3qgdxn8a]

    Hey dude,
    I wont be going up to the gull. Lake surf on Erie is supposed to be good, (the wind is supposed to howl, but its actually too much for kiting). I’ll bring my kiteboarding stuff as well, and if its manageable then i’ll be out on that, if not then i’ll be surfing the waves.

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