Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kayaking the Skookumchuck!


Kayaking the Skookumchuck in Egmont is an extremely popular sport - and I mean 'extremely' as in very dangerous!

The Skookumchuck Rapids connect two inlets via a very narrow channel where the water is forced through at 30+ kilometres per hour! 'Strong Water', is the meaning of the native 'Skookumchuck'. It's an area to be treated with great respect, having taken many lives over the years, and kayakers must be experienced, strong and have a huge sense of adventure to attempt this challenge.

The Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park offers adventure seeking kayakers 200 billion gallons of treacherous waters, boiling with whirlpools, a standing wave, mighty currents and always the unexpected. Beware the deadhead or large chunk of wood being thrust up by the force of the water.

Your equipment must be topnotch, durable yet light weight, such as Jackson kayaks. Oregonians, with the mighty Columbia River and the Hood River right in their backyard, know the treacherous waters, currents and unexpected conditions a kayaker may experience. Jackson Kayaks are manufactured in Hood River, using the latest technology and of course, are tested by the pro's! The Kayak Shed is comprised of a team of kayaking experts who wish to make this exciting sport accessible to all.

Like me, you may not be quite ready for the 'Skook' but Jackson Kayaks offers styles for every type of paddling, whether you are a recreational paddler or a serious white water competitor. When you are this close to mother nature's harshest element - the unforgiving sea - you need the best and the Kayak Shed offers quality boats, paddles and accessories to equip you.

13 comments:

RooYo said...

you may not be quite ready for the 'Skook' but Jackson Kayaks offers styles for every type of paddling, whether you are a recreational paddler or a serious white water competitor.

Expat said...

I guess rooyo is right. I agree with his/her comment.

RooYo said...

I agree with his/her comment

Gorgeous Traveller said...

I would loove to try this one! Are there scary creatures around the area though??

Contacts or Contact lens said...

I can't trust these boats... I know they are used for what they are made for but I may be mentally sick of boats like these.

Swords said...

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Shoes said...

There is nothing to be scared, you will have adventure when you find yourselves in these boats.

Love Messages said...

The Skookumchuck Tidal Wave, known to paddlers simply as Skook, is truly one of the great whitewater wonders of the world attracting paddlers from across the globe.

Motorcycle Clothing said...

Skookumchuck, means "strong water" or "turbulent water" in Chinook First Nation. The rapids are fascinating to watch in all seasons as long as you are dressed right. When the tides change, one witnesses an act of nature's mood swings, as the saltwater flow of the tides switches, reversing the direction of the rapids. The rapids can reach speeds of 30+ km/hr. Whew!

sandals shoes said...

its really adventure and i like it to be in boat :)

New Year Poems said...

i like also this.

SMS Jokes said...

I love the way you describe the scenery of the Sunshine Coast. So true! What kind of accommodations do you use for your group adventures? Our Sunshine Coast B&B Cottage Owners Association offers a wide variety of accommodations with over 120 members. Waterfront, forest, luxury B&B, family cottage, hostel setting and everything in between. Love to offer recommendations based on your specific requirements. Enjoy a great week at Skookumchuck

Regards,
Manish

Manish said...

This is my favourite because of the reflections and shape of the swell.