NRS: Cascada! Fear and Dread on the Rio Sirupa – First Cataraft Descent

Scouting and crying because I see no safe line down rapid

Healthy fear is part of boating smart, but sometimes fear can cloud our judgment. In this article I recount one such time on Mexico’s Rio Sirupa.

The monsoonal rain would not stop and the river kept rising. A feeling of dread was overtaking me. Cascada Sirupa loomed only a few miles downstream; how big would the waterfall be? We were on day five of a seven day first raft descent of the Rio Sirupa in northern Mexico. The rain had begun in earnest two days earlier. I had nightmare visions of the class V waterfall that lay ahead becoming enormous and unrunnable……

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