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Mostly River Rafting with Hyak Wilderness Adventures

Everyone has a “things to do before I die” list. From skydiving to bungee jumping to watching the sunset over the Great Pyramids, thrill-seeking and adventure travel are usually top on many Bucket Lists. In the top third of my “must-do” list is white-water rafting. I have always wanted to take the plunge, but have always been a bit chicken to try it.

Recently, I had the opportunity to conquer my fears and finally tear up some rapids on the Thompson River in Lytton with Hyak Wilderness Adventures.

Photo by Eric Siwik.

I started my river-rafting extravaganza at 7 a.m., making the three-hour drive to Lytton (billed as the rafting capital of B.C.) from Vancouver.

The drive was quite beautiful through Chilliwack, then past Hope, and winding through Hell’s Gate and the steep, jagged cliffsides of the Black Canyon. I arrived just in time to catch a quick catnap in my car before I attacked those rapids. Read More in The Province.

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    July 28, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    That looked fun, very fun… I want to do it now :D

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    Graeme Mac
    July 28, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Nice weather for it too. Did you fall in?

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    July 28, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    your amusement park trip played very well
    butt the raft trip was not working well to night
    i think your a great photegerpher
    and a great model
    i enjoy your work
    i think you should be on network tv :)
    best wishes dave

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    July 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Looks Fun!

    Do you by chance know what class the river is rated? I’m guessing Class III.


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    Chris - Dorm Room Biz
    July 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

    Great video! I’ve always wanted to do some video while rafting. What camera did you use (and I’m guessing a waterproof case)? How did you/the camera guy attach it to himself? Would love to know to shoot my own rafting videos!


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    Fred Romero
    July 28, 2009 at 9:07 PM

    What kind of camera did you use to take the rafting video?

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    July 28, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    now my question would be: What are the other to things in your top 3? :-)
    Greetings from Germany

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    July 29, 2009 at 12:40 AM

    Wow..! amazing.!

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    Mostly Lisa
    July 29, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    @dave: aww thanks! we’ll see in the next year if i can get myself on tv!

    @Fred Romero: @Chris – Dorm Room Biz: I was using the Flip Ultra in a waterproof case. My cameraman lodged it in his lifevest while we were rafting. I’m currently trying out the Canon D10 and the Olympus Tough-8000 (both waterproof). I’ll let you know what I think of these cameras after I go Whale watching next week!

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    July 29, 2009 at 1:52 AM

    Mostly Lisa FTW!

    When I imagine myself river rafting I sometimes picture a fish flying out of the water and slapping me in the face. Is this normal? :S

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    Chris - Dorm Room Biz
    July 29, 2009 at 4:14 AM

    @Mostly Lisa: Awesome, I figured this was going to be your answer. I’m going to order one of the waterproof cases today – going rafting in a couple weeks!

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    July 29, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    girls just have all the fun … !!! :)

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    July 29, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Looks like a blast! Not so much with the white water here in Alberta, our rivers are a little slow. Luckily BC is next door, will have to make the trip some time.

    So, Skydiving next?

    What tune is playing the video? Swear I’ve heard it before, but I can’t place it.

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