it goes a little something like this…
1995 - 2005
The first time I had heard of rafting was in Nepal during my first trip overseas. I signed up for a five day trip Kali Gandaki. Returning home, then moving to Banff, AB another rafting trip took place. This time on the Jarbridge and Bruneau rivers of Idaho, USA.
I was hooked and with that I started raft guiding in 1997 on the Bow River with Rocky Mountain Raft Tours. At the same time I learned how to Kayak, spending many a day on the Kananaskis river, in my yellow Dagger Crossfire.
March 2005 - A Blog Is Born
In 2005, while working in Honduras, I decided to start a Blog. I had my first digital camera and wanted to share some of the images and stories from my travels. Sitting in the computer shop in a mall in La Ceiba, the blog was born. It contiunes to evolve as, as we all do thoughout life.
Guiding full time throughout the calendar year changed at the end of January with a significant shoulder injury while working on the Futalefu. This lead to taking a large amount of time off. Also spent time wondering if I would get back to paddlign in the future. After a 1.5yr break whitewater, it was possible to get back to the river with help from friends and family. Ten years on from this injury the river continues to bring joy and happiness to me.
September 2010 -2018
Kayaking Instruction and teaching rafting opportunites have come up on Vancouver Island. Working at Strathcona Park Lodge teaching the WW Kayaking componet of the Canadian Outdoor Leadership Program. While also teaching rafting at School District #69 as part of the Rivers, Oceans, and Mountains program. Both of these programs are fantastic and great to introduce adults and teenagers to the river and lifestyle/culture.
Now paddling through the Fall/Winter/ Spring on Vancouver Island and guiding in the Yukon during the summer while mataining a Health Care Career in the Comox Valley .... Life is never dull!!
Questions & Answers
What is your Favorite river on Vancouver Island?
There are many rivers on Vancouver Island, my favorite is the Puntledge due to its close proximity to where I live, it's great play boating and amazing slides on the upper section. Others that are up on my favorite list are the Oyster, Cameron River, Adam River, Gordon and the Copper Canyon of the Chemainus.
What is your Favorite Kayak?
This is a hard question to answer, however currently it is the Liquid Logic Mullet . Great river running with the ability to play the river.
What is your Favorite bit of Kit that you currently use?
My favorite bit of kit currently is my Astral Green Jacket which I picked up from Western Canoe and Kayaking. Comfy and great for rafting and kayaking.
What is the Scariest river on Vancouver Island you have paddled?
What was the most interesting place to raft around the world?
One of my favorite places to raft had to be India. With a large variety of rivers from the Tons river, the Kali river, the Zanskar, the Subansari , the Ganges and the Mighty Brahmaputra . Makes for a pretty wild place to check out.
Follow Dave along as he chases whitewater in Kayaks and Rafts on Vancouver Island and around the world.