Cataract Creek Post Flood

May 11, 2014
Eric Howey

The following is a very detailed overview of the run and in particular any changes to it since the flood. The creek was running between 3.0-3.3cms and was paddled by myself, Brad and Ben. A quick synopsis is as follows: there really isn’t any significant wood to worry about; some river wide pieces on the float in and some partial obstructions that are easy to see but no surprise wood or fully blocked rapids. Titan has changed and now has a boulder on the river left side of the landing. Box Canyon has a wider slot on the right side. Other things are more or less the same.

The put in and take out are the “same”, i.e. in the same place, but Sentinel parking lot is completely washed out. You can just pull off the highway on the shoulder and park where Sentinel parking lot used to be. At the put in you will now probably use the river left side instead of river right, but it is otherwise the same.

Read more for some photos and in depth beta. All photos credit Ben Clark.

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May 11, 2014 · Eric Howey

Lessons From The River: Leaning

April 18, 2014
Eric Howey

Photo Credit: Gerald Hendrix

I am a pretty average boater; I am comfortable on class III whitewater and have run some class IV here and there but certainly am not a class IV kayaker. The few times I have run class V it was my mostly ego that made the decision. I am not an instructor or expert; these are just my musing on my own paddling fails and what I have learned from them.


The golden rule of whitewater paddling is to always lean downstream. Little did I know that I suck at this until a kind instructor pointed it out to me one day after I nearly barrel rolled off Titan. Here is a video of it being done right; the nice line on Titan is at 2:15:

You need to know that I spent 10+ years canoeing on flatwater and whitewater before I ever kayaked. When you are in a canoe you still always lean downstream but when entering an eddy you switch edges, just as you do in a kayak, however in a tandem canoe this switch results in the stern person leaning upstream for a brief period of time as the bow of the longer boat catches the eddy current and whips the stern around. Over time I started setting my leans earlier and earlier due to the way a tandem canoe performs in whitewater and the strokes you take in the stern.

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Live River Levels From Environment Canada

March 15, 2014
Eric Howey

I have finally done it (albeit with a lot of help)!! PaddlingABC will now be streaming live water levels from Environment Canada which means that I can now provide live water levels from across BC. This has been something I have worked on for a long time and to be frank haven't been able to figure out. With some help from Mikkel and also some help from online forums I have gotten the code figured out.

Now I need your help to let me know what water levels you want streamed live from BC. I am not as familiar with paddling west of Golden, BC and am not sure exactly what gauges would be useful to monitor. For now I will be using the RiverWiki as a starting place for what gauges to include; i.e. Kickinghorse, Chilliwack, Clearwater, etc. Please send your requests to me via comments, email or our facebook page.

This is very exciting!

March 15, 2014 · Eric Howey

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