50 Years of Umko 1966 - 2016 1966 - 2016 - Page 99

a fibreglass racing K2. Pete Peacock famously got swept over it next to his boat and Frank Emmett lost Tony Scott’s whitewater boat over it while he safely made the bank above the falls. If we were American we would have the exact location of each one (“Granite at Mile 93.9”) but we’re more approximate. A lot of Umko paddlers go through rapids thinking WTF was that!? By not knowing the names or exact location we paddlers can claim we ‘got through all the big ones but swam in a little unnamed bubbly, would you believe!?’ Portaging - often a good decision In the marathon - as in life - one is allowed to portage any rapid, but portaging is only allowed on the riverbank. No overland portaging to cut out stretches of river is permitted. The portaging should always be slower than a successfully-shot rapid. Each paddler decides for himself whether he feels confident enough to shoot a rapid or not. It is obviously wise to find out what you can from experienced paddlers beforehand, scout the rapid and watch others negotiating it if possible. And even then, if you don’t see a clear line and/or don’t feel confident you can make it, portage. Named rapids from Hella Hella bridge to Goodenough’s Weir. There are different names used by other paddlers (Stripey Rapid, Yellow Cliffs Rapid, Charlies’ Rapid, Washing Machine). Here are the names as known by most KCC paddlers: The Approaches No.1 2 3 4 5&6 House Rock has developed a huge hole at certain levels 7 8 Staebrae’s T-Junction Arthur’s Rapid The Bitch The Staircase Captain Honk’s 4ft Drop Old Buck Mpompomani Bad Rapid Kingfisher Falls (‘The Waterfall’) Whirlpool Gully No Name Goodenough’s Weir Gradient: Steep - 7,6m per km over 19km Gradient: Moderate - 3,5m/km over 76km Gradient: Steepish - 4,7m/km over 35km William Nealy - courtesy Menasha Ridge Press sources: 1. The Annals of Umkomaas by local historians - Killie Campbell Museum 99 UMKO 50 Years