Norrish Creek is a classic Mission, BC class IV/IV+ run that features numerous boulder gardens, granite drops, deep canyons, amazing offside waterfall scenery second to none and lots of cars. Turns out it seems to run more often than was thought in the past, and after a slow season for it last year it seems to be turning into more of a staple run this year, especially with laps being pulled in about an hour now.
There are 2 must run rapids that without the creek would be cruisy class IV, these 2 rapids definitely up the tempo a bit and crank on the intimidation factor. Despite this, it's wise to give the whole run the respect it deserves, or it'll bite ya.
I bought a DSLR camera (Canon Rebel T4i) finally and was also really excited to get that out for the first time. I decided to go my first day sticking to a 50 mm fixed zoom f1.8 lens and polarizer. It's apparent from the photos that it's my first time and I'm still working to dial in lots of the settings and work with it, despite this some of the 300+ photos I took this weekend turned out ok. You can tell the lack of image stabilization on the lens and an often too slow shutter speed affected my outcome, all things to work on in the coming months! Everything I know comes from Darin Mcquoid's website.
I look forward to reading this years down the road and seeing how things progress..
|Getting dressed at the takeout before heading up|
|Marvin getting wet|
|Marvin getting more wet|
|The first deep flatwater canyon|
|Scott loving it with his new FNA full face|
|Amazing 200 footer that pours in when the boulder gardens switch to granite|
|Ben dropping the slide|
|Neat perspective slide drop|
|Scott on the slide from above|
|Denny setting safety at the infamous must run, the waterfalls behind fall onto you if you go far river right in the lead in|
|Klade splashing over the must run on his first time down|
|Dave coming into the must run|
|Ben letting out a war cry out of the must run|
|Scott about to hit the crux move|
|Marvin and Klade enjoying an eddy between the crux and the weir hole|
|Dave entering the weir hole, this unassuming hole has a massive tow back|
|Looking upstream at the final must run, the logs upon high are deposited at high water|