Last Thursday Garrett had posted on the VIWPS Facebook group about paddling the lower three drops on the Little Qualicum river. He wanted to go at 1pm and with a meeting finishing, for myself, at 1230pm I said I could meet him around 145pm. The time was set and it was a go! 🙂
Little Qualicum river has a couple of different sections, the Lower is a playboat run with a bit of adventure to it. Then there is the main even which is a 8ft to a 20 odd ft drop to a 30 odd ft drop. A lot of paddlers seal launch in just below the 8ft drop. Can check out a couple of links to recent runs here and a full run here.
Below this is a 10/12ft drop a 15ft drop and another 10ft drop. The variations in height happen with the lower flows. We were in there on the low side, for sure.
Enjoy a few photos below of Garrett and myself running some of the rapids. Three of the photos by Dean Degraff. Cheers for sending those in.
Garrett getting ready #safetyfirst
Hiking in to the river #snowday
Garrett having a look at the big drop #sunlighandsnow
Raftinglife.ca Author and Photographer running the first of the three drops. Photo by Dean Degraff
Lining up the middle drop
Sending off the middle drop #riversedgeview
Sending off the Middle Drop #Rivertrailview Photo by Dean Degraff
Garrett and the Rainbow
Raftinglife.ca Author and Photographer Dave Prothero on the Middle drop. Photo by Dean Degraff
Garrett coming in hot #fullsend
Midair Little Qualicum #lowerthree
Stoked with the day
Looking back up stream at the last drop of the run. Super fun times. #vancouverisland