Click for Directions to CKSWhat’s it like for a female touring with uber-testosterone Demshitz? Meet Nicole Mansfield and her 70’ destination.
Let's Backtrack and Hear the Whole StoryDrinking coffee at Mother’s café in downtown Buena Vista Dave and Nicole are blogging for accessory companies that sling them gear and a few bucks. Outside a grey and orange van tattooed with a giant Pyrahna is loaded with kayaks. I approach sipping my own coffee, “How’s it going? I’ve got an article idea for you guys along the lines of Demshitz Linguistics –Word of the Week.” The pair laugh and Dave says, “Good idea that’ll go well.” They take turns joking Demshitz lexicon: brown, ball, stout, hoose, roosting, siphon, surfed...” Dave thinks and ultimately haults the idea, “You’d better get Jared on this one. He’s writing a book on it.”
“Demshitz is anyone who doesn’t mind being referred to as Demshitz and those that mind are Demshitz too.” –Jared Seiler when asked to define the term.Nicole tosses out random examples of Demshitz life, “Everyday was an adventure.” She begins explaining descriptions of new rivers, “We goto the Calaghan put-in thinking it might be high. I remember boulder gardens the last time we were there but on this day the boulders were covered with water and people were surfing at the takeout." She quotes Jared, “It’s at the level the locals run it.” Nicole laughs and continues deep voiced impressions of their tactic for building her confidence, “Oh yea… this run’s like the Gauley." Thinking of their friend they make certain it's understood, "Jared's funny about put-ins but he's the guy you want there when shit goes down. He's taught me so much..."
- Less beer for breakfast.
- No dirty under-ware on the dash.
- More eating real food vs. “steak shakes.” (Protein shakes)
About the Rio Palguin-
The Palguin is one of Chile’s classic runs with clear blue water and clean drops. Something for every skill.There are three Palguin sections plus three significant giants: Upper, Middle and Lower
- Upper Palguin is the class III-IV most run section with six clean drops. The largest being 20’ and 14’. Every class IV paddler that’s ever been to Pucón has ran the Upper Palguin. It’s perfect for first timers running waterfalls. The Upper Palguin ends at the class V+ “La Portage” where most takeout.
- Middle Palguin is a IV- V+ section that includes the “Stout Ten.” Running the “Stout Ten” would be a multiple of three to scoring the Green’s famous “Triple Crown.” The “Middle Palguin 70’ Stout” is one of the Stout Ten.
- Lower Palguin is a class III-IV+ slight step up from the Upper. The crystal blue water is signified with “Triple Drop.” It’s a busier section than the Upper with less waterfalls. There is a near mandatory portage that few have ran since Brendan Guth drown there approximately ten years ago.
- Salto Palguin Stout- This challenging approach to an off-balanced 85’ was first descented by Steve Fisher two years ago. The world’s best huckers are botching this drop. It’s rare to see a clean line with body still in kayak in the bottom pool.
- Middle Palguin Stout is 70’ of all you can eat. The 10’ seal launch lands in a frothy walled in moving eddy that rolls to the horizon lip. The “seal-launch” multiplies the intimidation factor. For the big boys there’s a 10’ “stout” not so clean drop just above the seal launch. Beware, the best of the best have had sketch surfs just above the 70-footer.
Truck Ride to the Middle PalguinA small four-door pickup truck was loaded Pucón style: seven kayaks and boaters on top of each other, fogged windows, and lots of gear. Nicole blankly stared into space rehearsing her line. Everyone was telling those kinds of stories that made her ask, “Why are you telling that now?” The restaurant property owner with direct access to the giant wouldn’t abide on this day. Nicole thought this could be her out. Besides the group had been denied before only to go boat the nearby class V classic Los Nevados. But today it was a unified,
“We’re gonna fire this stout. We go back to the states in one day and this is one of the most perfectly beautiful waterfalls on the planet.”The crew would drive a half mile upstream and paddle down to their destiny.