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whitewater means wear a helmet

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whitewater is much prized by canoeists and kayakers. it is extremely dangerous, full of undertows and rocks. this stretch of the river is well-known internationally as an extreme kayak experience.

for me, it is clean, fast water, the sound is incredible.

a sideways waterfall.

Jigalong says:

Did you do a run a and whats its classification :)

27th Jun 2007, 00:32

swamprose says:

hold on, J. am up north and the connection runs by dog sled. sloooooow. but possible.

27th Jun 2007, 01:25

swamprose says:

no. I canoe, and this is strictly kayak territory, or canoeing for people who don't care if they ever get their canoe back in one piece.

for whitewater, it is a level 2. that means serious, wear a helmet and know what you are doing. Level 1 is suicide.

27th Jun 2007, 02:02

Jigalong says:

When I was in the Kununurra, the Ord Dam had a spill way. During the wet season, the spill way was the place for white water rafting. Quite often is was described as unclassifiable:)

27th Jun 2007, 02:08

swamprose says:

same thing here. in spring melt, no one thinks about levels, classifications. I hope you went.

27th Jun 2007, 02:29

walkhard98 says:

what are the other levels of whitewater?

16th Nov 2010, 17:56

walkhard98 says:

what are the other levels of whitewater?

16th Nov 2010, 17:56

micko says:

White water is rated from class 1 to class 6. Class 1 is simple swift water while class 6 is very extreme and often unrunnable. Occasionally class 6 rapids are run by professional teams of extreme white water kayakers but only once in a while and at great risk. I'm in Kununurra now and the town is cut off by floods. I paddled a white water section of the spillway 2 days ago in a dinghy with water levels at one in ten year flood levels. We avoided the burly sections but still sunk the dinghy twice, great fun. Its currently a farely continuous class IV big volume stretch, some sections are pushing class V but it is definitely not off the scale and never will be because its not steep enough. I think its just locals who know nothing about white water who would say that it gets off the scale. I must say though that at at 1 in ten yr flood levels the spillway provides the best big volume white water in Australia more like Zambezi style white water which is normally impossible to find in OZ.

Unfortunately it only overflows once every few years and it will only pump along as it is today once every decade or so. I feel lucky to have the priveledge of running it.

Ill be back out there ASAP!

26th Mar 2011, 03:38

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