If you're unfamiliar the Ashnola is 22 km of fairly continuous class IV/IV+ depending on flows, almost all roadside and almost all read and run. Definitely a favorite for Fraser Valley boaters. It presents 5 or 6 more distinct rapids and changes character from low volume creeky at the top to medium volume boulder gardeny at the bottom 6 km. It runs at a range of flows though when it gets low the bottom 6 becomes the most viable option. This year the entire 22 km could be done with between 2 and 4 portages depending on level. Putting in at the 12 km mark, the most common put in, provides a very continuous 12 km of class IV/IV+ where you don't ever need to get out of your boat! It also starts you off with the longest and steepest rapid of the run, Fantasy Island, which used to have a 300 foot tree growing in the middle of the river at the exit of the rapid, which has since broken off, but the stump remains.
Typical flow range is focused around June but can include April through July, possibly even August depending on the weather and snowpack and how low or high you're willing to run it. It will get very high with lots of rain and peak snowmelt and very low the rest of the year. There is also a prime dirtbag campspot right at the takeout!
Also a reminder to make it out to Whistler for the 3rd annual Callaghan Creek Race on July 20th! Information can be found at www.liquidlore.com.
|Ben Marr sails Final Exam|
|Marcos Gallegos, Sandy MacEwan and Corey May in the thick of it|
|Ryan Bayes, every the veteran, showing people how it's done|
|Marcos with a sweet boof around the corner from Sabertooth|
|Ben, Marcos and Sandy enjoying a second lap while everyone else is enticed by cold beers at the takeout. Photo by Ryan Bayes|
|Ben following Marcos over Pyramid Boof. Photo by Ryan Bayes|
|Typical Ashnola boogie. Photo by Ryan Bayes|
|Author sizing up Sabertooth at a low level. Photo by Dan Bentley|
|Author with Mason Lacy and Matt Iwama down typical Ashnola boogie at low levels in the bottom 6. Photo by Dan Bentley|