W is for wavetrain

In my memory, Hancock was a Main Salmon rapid that was mainly a nice long set of big standing waves. A wavetrain. Back in the day when I was guiding this drop was memorable because you had to do very little. Get on the tongue at the top, centered and straight and enjoy the ride. Up and down, up and down. Over and over. It was great in a raft. Maybe even better in a paddle boat, possibly superb in an inflatable kayak. Here is one of the shots I still have from running Hancock. That’s me in the white turban, a guest on the floor up front, knocked down by a wave as she tried to ride the front tube. My Dad was on the gear pile behind, with the then precious fragile and NOT waterproof old school SLR film camera.


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