January 16th, 2012

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Zambezi Rapid #9: Humongous Big Water

Go to time 1:50 on this national geographic video to see two kayakers running rapid #9 on the Zambezi. The amazing thing to me is how many strokes he gets in while going down the ramp into the whitewater. Big.

The Zambezi runs on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and 100,000 CFS is considered to be low water there. It runs, I have been told, as high as a million CFS. They say in the video that it's high water, but not how high.

Here's a blog with good info and pictures of the Zambezi. I only know of it because some guides I have worked with also worked there. I have no intention of going to run this whitewater. I prefer little creeks and lower risk.