The Scariest and Most Creepy Boating Adventure
Whenever anyone narrates about a nasty sailing experience, the first thing which pops up in my mind, and I presume in the minds of many people, is the Titanic tragedy which claimed the lives of scores of people. As much you may love outdoor activities in waters, there are precautions that you need to take especially if you are navigating waters that you are unfamiliar with.
Rowing in waters can be thrilling as you sail through rapid tides or adventure deep into the midland of water bodies. However, there are times, for instance during times of storm, when the turbulence can be so freaky and may cost you or your crew lives. You need to realize that the weather can change abruptly without your expectation even though you had predicted the patterns ‘accurately’ and this could find you in a very dangerous and tricky situation which needs careful handling in order to overcome it. The first rule is that you should never panic in case of anything.
It is of importance that you possess the necessary survival skills which are crucial in helping you in times of trouble especially at night when you may find yourself alone in the waters and no one to help you is in the vicinity. In most cases, help takes hours before arriving and you must stay alive.
Adventuring in Dipper Creek, BC
Back in 2007 in the company of my fellow students, we decided to go for a vacation in British Columbia, Canada. We wanted to visit Dipper Creek which is located in Squamish Valley where we intended to adventure in whitewater rafting. We chose this fantastic place because of its exhilarating water rapids which we figured out was good for adventuring. It turned out that we really had a share of fun, but we also had an equal share of challenges and tribulations that we had to endure that day.
I still believe that we miscalculated our move because out of the crew of 5 only 2 were better boaters for such high rapids and thus problems along the way had to take long to be solved. At least either of us was used to boating in calm waters.
We left the motel where we had booked in for the night at Squamish early in the morning and headed out for our adventure. As we had been guided earlier, the easiest access point to get to Dipper was through a bridge at Carnival Creek. We would have wanted to use alternative routes because we so much desired to adventure, but we had been advised against them. From there we portaged our raft and hiked down the river and headed for Dipper camp.
Here we met several kayakers and rafters who were too preparing for their adventure. It was common sense to get to know each other because we didn’t know what to expect down the rapid tides. From there we headed for Vertigo Gorge. Although the canyon was marvelous, it was very steep and it took time for us to reach the upper section before heading to Vertigo Gorge.
To say that the place was fascinating is an understatement. The place was awesome and as we rafted inside the gorge we couldn’t help but marvel at its beauty. Everything inside it depicted the true beauty of nature. After we exited the gorge, we went down the river. That’s when challenges started exhibiting themselves. Portaging the raft through the stiff cliff and busy areas wasn’t easy as we tried to avoid the water falls. It was a hectic task which took hours.
Never Take Risk in While Rafting No Matter How Thrilling it Might Be
By the time we portgaged the raft through the second cliff, it was already late in the afternoon. We still had to cover several miles downstream before we exited the river. By this time we were all tired and worn-out. We sat to have a quick lunch and a nap. While napping we suggested that we would try to raft and drop down the next waterfall as we saw some kayakers do. We all agreed to try the thrill.
We went back into the waters after the nap and we were now prepared for the most thrilling drop. Each one of us ensured that we had carefully worn safety helmet and gear. I was quiet nervous and as we neared the waterfall, we rowed harder but by the time that we realized that none was really well prepared at heart for the drop it was too late.
We all screamed as we dropped off into the big pool of water. None was hurt though Bill who was one of the experienced boaters passed out. We had to pull him out of the pool and resuscitate him. Also our raft got deflated and we couldn’t travel any longer.
By this time, it was already in the evening and help wouldn’t be coming any time soon, although we had sent a group who was behind us to request for help. We had to camp in the in the bushes the whole night in the cold as we awaited rescue to come the following day. Yet still, it was a very thrilling experience.