Peru, the Rio Marañon. Day 6, 10/4/15


We enter the Inner Gorge!

From camp, we floated the short distance down to Puente Jitaraxan, and, according to plan, Pedro soon showed up in a taxi. We assembled the cataraft and said goodbye to Marion and Luis. Now, our loads were lighter and our boats more maneuverable. Now, we were ready for the Inner Gorge, and most particularly, the much anticipated Wasson’s Landslide Rapid!

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Leaving camp

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Puente Jitaraxan

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Assembling the replacement cataraft

We left the bridge around 11:30 AM and ran the two Rupac Class III rapids found just downstream.

Rupac Rapid

Rupac Rapid #1

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Boulder bar. On the far horizon is a mountain 12,765′ in height, which puts its summit 7,129′ above the river.

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Rupac Rapid #2

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Britt, in Rupac #2

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Waterfall and travertine formations, reminiscent of waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, on river right

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A  limestone face truncates the end of a ridge coming off of Cerro Huaro, on river right. This mountain is 12,575′ feet in height, putting it at 6984′ above the river. The upstream view is from the vicinity of Potrero Rapid, at K. 110.

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Downstream view of the huge mountainside seen in earlier photos

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Downstream view of the continuing 7000′ high mountainside on river right

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Passing a sculpted boulder

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Barba, and sculpted quartzite

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Sculpted quartzite

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Sculpted quartzite

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Sculpted quartzite

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The limestone re-appears

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Camp #6, approx. K. 116, upstream view (Britt Runyon photo)

This campsite will live in infamy, as the one where a scorpion nailed Zacarias. He had left his pants draped over a driftwood log at night, to dry. He got stung when, in the morning, he pulled on his pants and found that a scorpion had crawled into a pant leg during the night. He was in pain for the rest of the day. Here is the link to the following post:

https://believesteve.org/2015/12/15/peru-the-rio-maranon-day-7-10515/

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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