Multi Day River Training Completed on the Kali Gandaki – Supermarket on riverbank!

Welcome refreshments after on the banks of the Kali Gandaki after a day of river running, Oct 2013.

Welcome refreshments after on the banks of the Kali Gandaki after a day of river running, Oct 2013.

IRGT – Multi day river training completed!

We are back in Pokara having completed the 3 day trip down the Kali Gandaki river. With water levels still slightly higher than normal for this time of year it certainly gave students a step up from the previous period of initial training on the Trusuli.

Big volume class 4 and right off the start it was straight into ‘Little Brother’ and ‘Big Brother’ around the first corner! We stop to scout the first rapid and look at lines before Waza, one of the students, took the guide seat for the first big rapid. Slightly too far right, a drop into a hydraulic, and we ended up with an airborne guide heading forward over the gear strapped into the centre of the boat. Lesson learnt, and score stands at Kali Gandaki 1, IRGT students 0!

Big brother was a portage due to water levels and a big rock!, then back into the big volume wave trains, big sweeping corners with boils and eddies, and plenty to get their teeth into!

Students were finding the fast flow and long rapids a real test, as we stopped to look at routes and hazards and until they gained a full understanding of reading this type of river, it was proving a real challenge.

Just before our first nights camp spot a dropping cascade into a corner sent 2 of the guides clean out of the raft, one managing to hold the line on the raft whilst the other took a little closer look under the raft for a while!

Students preparing for multi day trip on the Kali Gandaki

Students preparing for multi day trip on the Kali Gandaki

Rafting the Kali

Rafting the Kali

Kali Gandaki 2, IRGT students 0! Learning a little respect for the river the hard way!

After setting up camp the students spent an hour practicing technical rope work before the essential hand of ‘dirty clubs’. With Glenn still struggling with the concept he boldly took another forfeit, a swim in the water, roll in the sand and then eating his food before washing off again!

Our camp was directly above the first rapid for our second day on the water – Refund! With students having had a pep talk and lessons learnt from the previous day the task in hand was to get to grip with the guide seat during a full day of white water set in stunning surroundings, cascading falls coming in from both banks, and the Annapurna range as our backdrop!

Day 2 was a great day, as students took turns to run some big water, still requiring the odd correction and tweak, but definitely the level of control was getting there, as was confidence and when things did go slightly wrong, the right calls were being made. Kali Gandaki 0, IRGT 1!

After the last night camp, Which saw Glenn taking another forfeit (fantastic tribal dance on the beach) it was a morning run down to the take out with guides getting some great lines and things starting to click! Kali Gandaki 0, IRGT 1!

So the students pulled it back to even things out after the first day, to end on a good result. Today is a rest day in Pokhara before heading out to do the Lower seti for a 2 day trip tomorrow.

Although not as difficult as the previous river, both Gerry and Ant step out of the raft to leave students to run the river, make decisions and run a safe two day trip. This is then followed by a two day assessment back on some bigger water on the Trusuli where we started 2 weeks ago. The last IRGT blog will be at the end back in Kathmandu where I’ll let you know how everyone did as the course comes to a close!

Kali take out point

Kali take out point

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