Another American Whitewater Deerfield Riverfest has come and gone. This is one of the busiest weekends on the Deerfield and always a great time. The weekend started with one of the biggest Thursday night Zoar Staff Paddling trips we’ve ever run with over 20 people showing up. We had some brand new boaters, several boaters trying to brush up on skills and shake off the rust to get ready for the Dryway and some instructors that were looking to have some fun on the water and avoid the heat. Fifey was scheduled to run pretty late so we put on at Fisherman’s Bend. After doing some wet exits and basic instruction with the new paddlers, we headed downstream. It was a really fun evening. It was really great watching everyone improve and try new things.
During our run everyone was having fun and trying new things. Unfortunately trying new things sometimes leads to some unexpected swims. When Janet tried to punch through rodeo hole in Dragon’s Tooth, she learned a few new rodeo tricks...
Towards the end of our first run, we came across a Grumman canoe that was folded around a rock. Everyone was safe but the boat was pinned pretty well. There were three paddlers eddied out behind the rock trying to get the canoe unpinned. We caught the eddy behind the pinned boat and hoped out.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.