Tetse fly like yellow more than other colours . Friends of mine paddled
it and the guy with the yellow kayak suffered more than the others!
They ended up having the hypothetical conversation about how much you
would have to pay them to run the river again and then they moved onto
how much they would be prepared to pay not to run the river again.!
This is from my book - Colin Hill's chapter "the slide show". The wait
at the take out record has since been broken to 18 days - the group had
to paddle to the next bridge 220 miles further down stream after waiting
for several days!
As the slide show went on, I realised that I loved each country I had
visited or lived in for different reasons. Ethiopia; where a short Kiwi
bloke had his raft savaged by a hippo not twenty feet ahead of me and
that was only day three of the twenty-one day trip down the Omo. After
that, the same short Kiwi asked me to run a commercial raft trip down
the Blue Nile.
Oh, what a sense of humour one must have for a trip with an option of
either a grade VI rapid or grade V+ portage. That is a different story
for another slide show. Anyway at the end of my third 21 day Omo trip
which, I must add right here, had run like clockwork avoiding hippos,
crocs and heat stroke (there's no avoiding tsetse flies), we arrived at
the take-out. Now as far as take-outs go this is pretty wild one, with
tribes living there adorned with lip plates, scarification on their
bodies and either a spear or an AK 47 in hand. All very interesting,
but the only thing we really wanted to see, and the thing that was
really missing, was our 4x4 vehicles to take us to an airstrip. “Not
a problem", I told my clients; that kind of worked for the first three
days. By day four they were a little bit nervous. Meanwhile I was
carving myself my own spear as I tried to work out which tribe had the
nicest girls with the smallest lip plates! Five days later the vehicles
showed, with the news that the aeroplane would not be there. It took
another three days to drive back to Addis Ababa, so if anyone ever
complains about a late shuttle within earshot of me then I launch in to
my Omo tale (ignoring the groans from other guides).
In message , riverman
>> SOBEC ran the first descent that I know of many years ago back in the
>> early 70s It has been done several times since Adrift used to offer it
>> as one of their destinations but it is a Teste fly fest. If you go do
>> NOT take a Yellow boat!
>Adrift still lists it as one of their runs, and apparently there are a few
>Addis outfitters who do it, but I have no idea how regularly, as the season
>is so short. It sounds like its got a few big class 4 runs in the upper,
>then flattens out to a relatively tame run in the lower, but then again, I
>hear rumors of there being at least two 'real' rapids. I'd like to track
>down someone in Addis with gear and put together a private, if possible. I
>hate paying commercial prices, but lack of equipment can be a real burden. I
>also want to learn more about the logistics and the rapids. Didn't know
>about the Tsetse fest there...why are yellow boats a problem?
>And if I get it together, wanna come? I'm thinking of one year from
Details of the Coruh river and my book "Many Rivers To Run" at
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