Another one in the WW question series…
The practicality of “boat scouting”:
So you see some foamy stuff further down the river. And you spotted a good size eddy a bit before it and zip right into it. Now what?
I have a couple of small inhibitions in hand:
- I’m facing up river, not where I want to “scout”. But if I turn around, I had to be careful I’m staying IN the eddy, not drifting towards the eddy line or bump up against the rock that creates the eddy. Easy to do when facing up river (looking at the rock). But that defeats the purpose of “boat scouting” which is stay stationary and looking for a good route to proceed further down river.
So far, I’ve resorted to putting my boat sideways to the river, first look around the half of the river on one side of the rock, then turn the boat around to look at the other half of the river. Is that the only way?
- Sitting in a kayak, I found I don’t see very far down river. I can see the top line of rocks and can see which way I DON’T want to go. But it’s not too easy to GUESS whether it’s clear beyond if I follow the tongue of water… Or if there’s an eddy below the rock vs a hole!