Kayaking is one of the most popular types of outdoor recreation. Kayakers range from all skills levels and have evolved to ride anything from a lazy river in Florida to a 70 ft waterfall in South America. Over the years, kayakers have pushed the envelope and explored new places to get into the water. Today I want to talk about an exciting brand of whitewater kayaking called Creeking.
Wikipedia defines creeking as:
Creeking refers to a branch of kayaking that involves descending very steep low-volume whitewater, typically in the Grade/Class IV to VI range. This usually involves the descent of waterfalls and slides, but equally applies to any steep low volume river. Creek characteristics can vary greatly, from very smooth granite like Cherry Creek in California where there are no loose rocks and most features are slides and waterfalls, to boulder gardens such as the Stein River in BC where rapids are formed between rocks with features including sieves (siphons), step drops, holes, and undercuts.
It takes a unique skill set and a lot of experience to get into creeking. The creeks are generally shallow, narrow and the water runs fast. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for mistakes. You have to scout the runs ahead of you, plan each line perfectly and brace yourself for a swim.
Creeking is dangerous, fun and exhilarating all at the same time. It perfectly defines the lifestyle we’re trying to encompass here at Adayak. This is why we put our heads together and designed the Creeking Ain’t Easy t-shirt. We wanted something that appeals to extreme kayakers, yet at the same time is very comfortable to wear and helps the environment at the same time.