The Indus starts relatively “easy” and got us warmed up for the monsters we would find downstream. We knew we were all ready to fire up as many of those monsters as we could. This began with all four of us running the first huge river wide ledge hole with some almost disastrous lines…but luckily we were all good and cruised our way down to Rafa Ortiz’s Rapid for our first nights camp.
The rest of the Indus was similar to our first day. Dane, Evan, Johnny, and I were able to work well together and make quick time down the river, mostly thanks to Dane’s very aggressive boat scouting and some mildly less aggressive boat scouting from the rest of us. It almost got us in to trouble once or twice, but mostly just made for an amazing experience to read and run these huge rapids. It is an unforgettable feeling to put together everything you know about running whitewater and just let it happen in the moment. The true flow state. We made our way through massive rapid after massive rapid, the real nature of the river starting to show its teeth. The Indus is big, powerful, dynamic, steep, and everything we wanted.
Day two passed without incident, and all the in between rapids amazed us with how powerful and big they were. Every rapid had a hole that would make you swim, every rapid was class V. At the end of the day, our guide Hussein was amazed at how far we had gone, telling us the group the week before had only made it half the distance in the same day. We slept in our tents and woke up the next morning knowing that this third day was going to be the true test.
To say we were excited to start kayaking would be a huge understatement. We practically ran to the river that first day, anxious to take some paddle strokes in Pakistan."