The Upper West River Run is a great way to go kayaking or canoeing on this quintessential Class III run in southern Vermont.
Experience River Running on the Dryway
The goal of this river clinic is to help Class III paddlers move to the next level of kayaking or canoeing by running the Deerfield River Dryway with a Zoar Outdoor instructor.
We start with a warm-up and skill check on flatwater and then hop on the Dryway, taking it one rapid at a time and scouting from boat or shore as we go. Our advanced river runs on the Dryway teach advanced intermediate kayakers and canoeists how to paddle confidently in this Class III-IV playground. We work on developing effective river-running strategies, surfing, running slots, and other advanced moves. We also offer the option to walk around any rapid. Come improve your paddling skills with us!
- Class Prerequisites
Participants in Dryway River Runs should be able to perform eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and self-rescues on Class III+ and should have solid Class III rolls. This run is appropriate for those interested in beginning to paddle Class IV.
- How to Prepare
You spend somewhere between four to five hours in your boat. You kneel (canoeists) or sit (kayakers) for much of this time. To prepare, stretch your thighs, hamstrings, and torso (back, stomach, shoulders and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes and be more comfortable in your boat.