Sunday, December 17, 2006

In Murchison




Internet is not so fast here in Murchison....Sorry if the pictures are round the wrong way, the internet place won't let me rotate them....

So I've picked up a car, gone to Dunedin to pick up a boat, picked up another boat in Christchurch, and am now in Murch. It's varying between sunny, cloudy, rainy etc, usually within the same hour.

So far we have a paddled some of the Buller, Matakitaki and Glenroy. The Glenroy is my favourite, which is why I've done it the most I imagine. Yesterday me and Charles the french man paddled it with a group of paddlers that had a truly international flavour - Me (Aussie) Charles (French), a Japanese dude, two germans and a Kiwi. It turns out the Japanese dude was a bit crazy (thought he could paddle the rapid that was completely obstructed by a log = death) - luckily we stopped him from doing this. The Germans were typically german too - the Father recognised that his lifejacket was crap so had hired himself a nice one from the Kayak school. He also had a creekboat. The lifejacket was however, good enough for his daughter, who also made do with a bike helmet and tiny playboat that she had never paddled before....