Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Here are some photos that Matt sent from the Feb. 3rd trip. All the photos are from the Jondachi, and they look great!
I can see why you guys liked this run so much.

Good work Matt.



(Poor Eric, he has just been beat at his own game by Dave the RMCP from Vancouver).

This crew taught us a wonderful new game called ¨Do you Play Beer for Life.¨ The rules are far too complicated to explain on a blog, but just ask them about it sometime--it involves drinking beer.

Besides drinking, the crew (Ryan, Frank, Eric, Martha, Paul, Dave and Tina) saw a lot of Ecuador and paddled lots of whitewater kilometers.

Happy hour, was of course a very important component of each day of kayaking, and by the end of the week, Ryan had us Small Worlders trained up to bring him beer TO THE TAKE-OUT. None of this waiting until we got back to the lodge crap.

Here is a photo of Ryan, the trip organizer
and beer demander, styling the bottom drop of Typhoid Falls on the Upper Jondachi.

But, they earned their beers. Over in Tena, they ran both the Lower and the Upper Jondachi, which served up plenty of boofs over perfectly rounded granite boulders. Combine this with lush jungle scenery, warm clear water, and good friends and you can’t go wrong.

Dave looking myserious on the Jondachi

Why´d ya have to splash Frank like that?

Well, sort of good friends, I don’t know why Eric had to go splashing Frank like this—I think you got water in his eyes!

After 2 good days in Tena, we headed back to the Quijos Valley with a quick stop at the town of Kilometer 28 for refreshments. Yes, you actually can buy Red Bull in this town. Unfortunately, too many kayakers found out and she was out this day…

We came back to Small World’s private riverside lodge for some of Lili’s outstanding cooking, and Larry’s BBQ special.

Rain or shine, Larry serves up some of the best meat on a stick in South America. Frank can attest to that.

The next day we paddled the Oyacachi River (a tributary to the Quijos River). 6 miles of non-stop creeking action left everyone smiling.

Paul, mastermind of, boofs on the Oyacachi. Check out his site for river flows, boat reviews, forums, trips and more. Keep up the good work Paul.

For our last day, we hit up the Bom Bon section of the Quijos for a surf session.

Larry and Tina came along in the Shredder, and ripped it up.
We all got some good surfs, and one last beer at the take-out before heading back to winter in the U.S. and Canada.

One last scenic shot, cuase let's not forget, besides having great whitewater, Ecuador is kinda pretty too.
Thanks to the Feb. 10th crew for all the entertainment!

Yes, yes I do play beer for life.

Monday, February 12, 2007

January and February Trips 2007

Ok, here is my attempt to catch us up to date with trips. January 14th-20th was a week off for Small World. Don, Larry, Jason and I (Darcy) did a little boating. We checked out a new (to us) run just outside of our valley that turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise! We also did a few of our old favorites. Here is a nice series of Don running the confluence rapid on the Papallacta.

Don and I also went to Lago Agrio to check out the fabled frontier oil town and Larry worked some of his logistical magic to make sure things Small World continue to run smoothly.

Jan. 20th-28th was a double trip once again. One was class a II/III and Tropical Tune-up and the other was a class IV Torrents trip. Jan. 27th-Feb. 4th was a class III/IV Rivers and Beaches trip, and this last trip was a class IV Rivers and Beaches.

During the Jan. 20th week, we had Massachusetts, Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado and New Zealand represented down here in Ecuador. The Tropical Tune-up trip paddled most the week in Tena with Larry, and also got a chance to see the spectacular San Rafael waterfall on the Quijos River. They paddled runs on the Anzu, Misahualli, Jatunyacu and Tena rivers in the Napo Valley and paddled on the Quijos and Salado Rivers in the Quijos Valley.

Trip Highlight:

--Big water run down the Jatunyacu

--Hiking to San Rafael waterfall where the Quijos River plunges nearly 500 feet.

The class IV crew paddled most of the week with Don and Jason. A little bit of high water directed them to some big water play runs, but they did get in a few days of creeking.


--Upper Misahualli—tight technical boulder garden, clear water, shorty weather.

It was a good crew from The first Rivers and Beaches Trip began their trip at Small World’s riverside lodge for 4 Arizona, Oregon, Canada, and the UK. They paddled 3 days of different big water runs and spent 1 day creeking on the Cosanga.

Thursday, they left for Quito to catch their flight to the beach.

A coca cola truck was stuck in the middle of the road on Papallacta pass, which nearly interfered with the perfect trip, but with a little logistical creativity, trip leader Don Beveridge figured out a way around it. The crew caught taxis from our lodge to the traffic stoppage, and had a van meet them on the far side. They did have to walk just under 1km with their beach luggage, but they made it to airport with 30 minutes to spare! Out at the beach, they enjoyed a few days of point break and beach break and few sunset drinks afterwards.

Trip Highlights:

--Lower Quijos—remote big water class III play run with great waves and great scenery.

--Rum drinks on the beach after an all day surf session.

The 2nd Rivers and Beaches trip started their vacation off at the beach. After arriving in Quito, they hopped on a plane early the next morning to the beach and surfed in the ocean for 3 days. Again, a nice combination of point break and beach break offered plenty of waves for everyone.

After 3 days at the beach, they were ready to hit the rivers, and get back to the comfort of Small World’s lodge—Cabanas Tres Rios. (Not to mention Lili’s outstanding food).

They continued the theme of surfing on the first day with a play run down the Bom Bon section of the Quijos. Three great play waves made for a nice afternoon/evening session.

After that, we split the group of 8 into two groups of 4 and headed out to the Upper Jondachi.

The “Salt Lake City” crew paddled the Jondachi the first day while the “Outdoorplay” Crew paddled the Lower Cosanga. The second day the Outdoorplay group ripped up the Jondachi while SLC crew did El Chaco Canyon on the Quijos. The last day we did a Cosanga/Quijos split once again, and everyone left for Quito that afternoon feeling sufficiently paddled!

Trip Highlights:

--Jondachi—with over 80 pool drop rapids in only 10km, this run will leave any paddler happy and satisfied.

--The beers and Red Bull we bought at the town of Kilometer 28 on our way home from the Jondachi.