One of the most scenic and accessible rivers in the Canadian Rockies. Inside Out Experience commissioned me to create a short web video to cover the two glaciers rivers.
A river that really has to be experienced. It is the scene of many hollywood movies most notably Legends of the Fall. This video was made for Inside Out Experience Rafting Adventures for use on their website.
I’m confident in saying that we knew as much as could have been known about this river without actually going down it. The reason I say we knew as much as we could have known was that there really wasn’t a whole lot of information out there. The Nass is one of three rivers making up the sacred headwaters along with the Skeena and the Stikine. While the other two rivers are well-known it seems that the Nass is often forgotten about.
All we could collectively find were some YouTube videos and some very brief mentions in paddling books. The best source of information turned out to be a local paddler and raft company owner. But even he was a little shaky on details.
We don’t get many high volume rivers on the Eastern side of the Rockies and this was a high volume river. Our main river, the Kananaskis normally runs at 30 Cubic Meters a second. The Nass ran at 1,200. We heard about whirlpools that could hold an expedition raft, Boil lines that reached two feet above water level.
We knew there was a section that was possibly the best day of continuous class 4 rapids in Canada but there was also “Hans Hole” which everyone told us to stay away from.
Filming while kayaking is tricky… Heck whitewater kayaking is tricky enough.
Fortunately, Dave and I had paddled this creek almost one year earlier so I knew what to expect in the way of rapids. I used a Gopro and my Canon T2i which was kept between my knees in a pelican case. I had a mild concern that my Peli case made it hard for me to get out of my kayak should I get into trouble. Unfortunately for me I did get to test precisely how hard exiting with a camera case is. What most Kayakers say is true, if you really want out of your boat you will get out…
They also go on to say things tend to get worse when you get out of your boat.
The other challenge faced with this project was a difficulty in picking a song. This was the 5th or so I tried and to tell the truth, im still not happy with it.
Fall (Autumn) is a great time for adventure. No bugs, no crowds and fantastic colors. This trip was just meant to happen. Two of my favorite paddling buddies rang me and asked if I was keen to kayak three rivers in three days…. Of course I was.