Peru, the Rio Marañon. Days 3 & 4, 10/1 & 2/15


Day #3

Camp #2 was on a gravel bar below the confluence with the Rio Yanomayo, which entered from the west. At this point, K. 40 of the trip,  we were still close to the peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. We were, in fact, only 30 miles ENE of Laguna 69 (15, 100′), which we had visited while in Huaraz (see earlier post). The Rio Yanomayo drains the eastern slopes of Chacraraju (20,039′), which sits directly above Laguna 69. The elevation at Camp #2 was 6354′. We had dropped 512′ from our starting point at the gravel pit.

Camp #2, view to the west

Camp #2, view to the west and a massive limestone escarpment

Camp #2, view to the south

Camp #2, view to the south. Left to right: Karl, Pedro and Nate

Farming village, view to the east

Farming village. Camp #2, view to the east

Pauca Rapid, Class IV

Entering Pauca Rapid, our first Class IV

Pauca Rapid, Class IV. The smoke on the far hillside is from farmers burning their field, prepatory to planting

Pauca Rapid, Class IV. The smoke on the far hillside is from farmers burning their fields, prepatory to planting.

Pauca Rapid, Class IV

Continuing through Pauca Rapid, Class IV

Pauca Rapid, Class IV

Pauca Rapid, and it ain’t over yet!

Cj in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

CJ in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Cj in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

CJ in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Kathy and me, in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Kathy and me, in Pauca Rapid. She’s rowing, while I take the sequence of photos seen above (Karl Swanson photo).

Kathy and me, in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Kathy and me, in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Kathy and me, in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Nate and Barba, in Pauca Rapid (Karl Swanson photo)

Nate does a nose stand

Nate does a nose stand

Barba does a nose stand

Barba does a nose stand

The cataraft is ripped beyond repair. The remaining boats had to carry it and its load to the next bridge downstream.

The cataraft is ripped beyond repair. The remaining boats had to carry it and its load to the next bridge downstream.

Kathy caught a fish on her Dock Demon mini-rod and spinner. Though we continued to fish thereafter, this was the only one caught.

Kathy caught a fish on her “Dock Demon” mini-rod and spinner. Though we continued to fish thereafter, this was the only fish caught.

Camp #3, above Quebrada Sanachgan, at K. 58

Camp #3, above Quebrada Sanachgan, at K. 58

A “quebrada” is a side canyon to the main canyon.

Day #4

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Pedro, in Sanachgan Rapid, Class III-IV. The Rio Sanachgan enters close-by on the left.

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Sanachgan Rapid, Class III-IV. The Rio Sanachgan enters from the left.

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Sanachgan Rapid, Class III-IV

Chinchan Rapid, another Class III-IV, follows immediately after Sanachgan Rapid.

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Approaching Chinchan Rapid, Class III-IV

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The drop in Chinchan Rapid is seen directly ahead

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Looking back at the drop in Chinchan Rapid, Class III-IV

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CJ approaches the drop …

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and stern-pivots off a rock. Barba stands by.

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We end Chinchan Rapid …

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and approach the confluence with the Rio Huaylas, seen on river-right, and Huaylas Rapid (Class III) beyond

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Huaylas Rapid

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Overhangs on a steeply-tilted limestone slab, below Huaylas Rapid

More steeply-tilted limestone slabs

More steeply-tilted limestone slabs …

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and yet more steeply-tilted limestone slabs

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Camp #4, below Tranca Rapid, upstream view, circa K. 73

Tomorrow we would run our next Class IV rapid, the exciting Shapalmonte. Here is the link to the following post:

https://believesteve.org/2015/12/13/peru-the-rio-maranon-day-5-10315/

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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