After a weekend of swift water canyoneering training, I mentioned the idea of dropping South Fork North Fork Breitenbush….instantly we had a team… and a day. Last Monday (6/27) four of us dropped the SFNF Breitenbush River, from the top of Dinah-Mo Falls to the confluence of the North Fork Breitenbush River. Some call this section of the river “Valhalla”. Wow! What a ride!
Weeks prior I scouted the approach and exit, both being pretty straight forward. The drop itself was in high water flow, in fact we were surprised that it was as high as it was. If Deb and I were there alone, we would have backed off and come back when the flow was a bit lower. As it turned out, we were with Thor and Luca, two highly experienced swift water canyoneers.
We had a total of 4-waterfall rappels, two of which were guided to keep out of the flow. A few jumps and a few down-climbs….and a lot of hydraulics.
Unfortunately I lost my camera several days before, so I have no pics. The following pics are generously donated by Luca and Deb…thanks!
When it’s mandatory to jump into the strong hydraulics at the bottom of the falls, it’s best jumping hard, hands out front, belly first, landing flat on top of the churning bubbles and swimming across the hazard…