So…It has been a rather exciting and wet start to 2013 here at Challenge Rafting.
After receiving a hell of a lot of rain in a short amount of time coupled with the still melting snow from the mountains, the Shotover River and canyon completely flooded taking operations off the river for a good few days. To give you an idea of how flooded it was we have some statistics – Yay! The maximum flow that we can raft on is 70 cumecs (that means 70 cubic metres of water per second flowing past a certain point) but during the worst of the bad weather the river was flowing at…wait for it…350 cumecs – Mental!
HOWEVER it did produce some pretty hardcore conditions for people rafting on the following days. I was lucky enough to experience the wrath of the white water at its strongest and it was incredible, also a little terrifying, we had rafts flipping at every rapid and there was even a small crowd gathered at the mother-in-law rapid to watch everyone get thrown out at the end. Nice. For those of you who maybe a little worried by this don’t worry, the river is back down to a manageable level and normal operations have resumed.
Roll on summer!