JJ Returns from the Himalayas

Happy New Years to all the Staff, Campers, Alumni and parents out there.  For those of you who don’t know I have just returned to my duties here at Camp Carolina.  I was away for a few months on a kayaking trip traversing west to east through Northern India and Nepal.  I was joined by several friends from the UK, New Zealand and from around the South East.  Camp Carolina former head of whitewater Isaac Thomson also joined me for the trip.

JJ passes the time in Neaplganje by carting Isaac Thomson around in a rickshaw

In India, we were predominantly exploring the major tributaries of the holy Ganges River searching for previously unpaddled sections of river.  We traveled overland paddling 7 different rivers including the Pindar River which required a 2 day hike over a 9000 foot pass just to reach the river.  It took us two and a half days of intense whitewater to reach our take out. 

Will Stubblefield from Memphis TN, scouts a large rapid on Bhagarati River in India. The Bhagarathi is the source of the Ganges River

In Nepal we paddled several rivers in the beautiful Annapurna range of the Himalaya Mountains. Giant 19,000 foot peaks towered high over head and provided ample snow melt even in the late autumn months.   Certainly the highlight of the trip was the Humla Karnali River in the remote regions of western Nepal. 

 The trip began with a 45 minute flight in an old German made Dornier Fairchild 212 turbo prop twin engine aircraft.    We flew from Nepalganj to a small dirt landing strip high in the mountains close to the Tibetan border.   It would be a 240 mile long paddle to the takeout through some of the hardest and most remote whitewater in the world.  Our kayaks weighed over a hundred pounds.  We were loaded with 8 days of food and everything had to be carried in our kayaks.  There are few villages in this remote region and for the most part the only available food was rice potatoes and lintels. 

 Thirteen days after we set off, we reached the Terai Plains in the town of Chisapani. Needless to say we emerged tired, hungry, dirty, and longing for the cafeteria food of CCB.  

For a detailed trip report check out www.hydrothinko.blogspot.com

Hope to see you all at CCB this summer,

JJ Shepherd

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris Antar says:

    Thanks for the update JJ. Glad to hear you made it back to CCB safe (and sound?).

  2. Shiloh says:

    It is good to here that the camp counselors are doing well.

    Shiloh Lundahl, Camp Carolina Camp Counselor Summer 2002

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