GRG's Adventure: First Aid Courses in Nepal
Our final first aid courses of the year were at GRG's (Gorkha River Guides) Trisuli River camp, in central nepal.
Earlier in the season we had been out on the river with the guys. Safety kayaking laps on the Sun Kosi & karnarli were super good because of the crews. The Sun Kosi river was a 12 day trip, with 10 river days. Most of the time we would be showing the client kayakers lines or sweeping up any swims. The long flat sections everyday give you a long nice time to hangout and enjoy the epic scenery slowly change. Its not all float and boat though, with 2 beefy class 5 rapids on the centre day and endless bouncy class 3 waves, holes & boils.
Crewing the Safety Kayaks we were 5 in a group of 12 customers. 4 rafts. Plenty going on as you imagine, a big flotilla of rubber riding smiles. One notable incident we had was at the first class 5 at hakapur village.
A gear raft
...entered a bus sized hole in the centre right of the first rapid. I was sat in a surging eddy with cliffs on the right watching the raft about to get wrecked in the huge hole. The guy guiding realised too and jumped out the raft before the hole, subbed and surfaced 30 m further down on the left. The raft went back in for rodeo, but unusually entered the curtain with perfect angle and subbed out and resurfaced full but upright outside of the boil. 99% of the time it would have flipped for sure!
I saw it
I saw it spit out the raft and immediately charged at it from the eddy. As soon as i got there I jumped out my boat and climbed in the emptying raft. I had to turn it to the flow and ferry left into a large but quickly diminishing eddy river left. Super heavy to turn the raft is a 2 tonne pig, so I’m fighting boils that erupt off the right. Cranked those wooden oars hard till I hit the other side, to be captured by members of the team. Half way over another lad, Doug, had already gotten my floating off boat, no coms required.
Incidentally this raft was carrying all the food, and i was getting hungry. Luckily it didn’t flip coming out the hole, or lunch would be seen next at the take out!
The take out of the Sun Kosi and the put in for the Karnarli are at opposite ends of Nepal...
A delight of a 2 day 900km shuttle to the put in!
As usual transport proves a solid challenge to all the bones, I’m sure there was lasting nerve damage...!
Randomly this is a trip with the World Class Kayak Academy, quite by accident. Our plan was to hit the Tamur after the Sun Kosi. Because the bus carrying the clients for that trip had big problems the grg staff plus myself carted west.
Waking up a the put in for the low karnarli was great - no more overnight bus!
Once, a big sandy beach but now semi depleted for cement. 2 minutes after putting on though all you see is river and trees for next 3 days, and it is stunning consistently.
2nd period math
The world class guys were the funniest people on the river, always surfing waves and stopping to session anything good looking. Really fun energy to be around. The school study routine is held everywhere they are, be it a beach on the Karnarli or the hostel. No-one waits for 2nd period math class!
So a chill routine on the river for 10 more days. Truly a beautiful trip, the whitewater is excellent and the scenery is too. Big un touched beaches & there are folks living in a medieval harmonious way there. The side of Nepal that astounds, and has real grandeur to boot.
First aid Course
Some days later and reunited with everyone, we crack on with 2 first aid courses as promised with the whole team attending. Good humour for 20 staff in two 16 hour courses of outdoor first aid. Lots of things learned, some new some refreshed. Glad to be hanging out here
Thanks a lot GRG's, it was a great with you guys.