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River Crossing by Narrow Log

by Jason on July 23, 2012

We were out bushwhacking again today at Cocha Cashu in Manu Park retrieving camera traps. This time we had to cross the mucky creek you see above. The water seemed stagnant and deeper than we could stand. Not to mention that caimans, piranhas, sting rays and electric eels were also present. So we found this narrow log to cross.

The log stood a good six feet above the water. We all had to cross over the log, which was more than 20 feet long and less than a foot wide. We found a few long sticks to help us out. I felt so proud of myself that I passed over the log without incident.

Just a year ago this would have scared the crap out of me. I seriously felt like Indiana Jones. Crossing over a narrow log with caimans and piranhas below. Really? I would do that?

What made this crossing easier for me was the practice I’d already had in Canada a few times in the past ten months. So thank you, thank you, thank you to Brady Patterson and Mike Timms who helped me cross the narrow log at Mt. Sampson last year over the fast-moving river in Canada. And thank you again to Brady, Mike and Chris Nelmes for helping me cross the wooden plank again last month in the Broken Group Islands over a surging ocean.

Who knew that those experiences of crossing rivers by narrow logs would come in so handy again so soon out here in the jungle?

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