When we kayaked the pyrenean Zinketa river in summer 2012 we talked with Gorka Ferro, the local boy, and we search for information about the old impassable stretch of the classic section.
This is the sketch we did with him.
The short canyon is usually porteaged and conceals two consecutive waterfalls. It´s so narrow that it has seen the deer jump from one wall to the other. Hence its name: "El Brinco de las Corcillas", =The Little Deer Jump.
We wanted to run it for a while and this time we went to look at it closely.
I could see the line but the consequences of not doing well were serious. The first jump sents you to the left against a large stone nose, the walls were undercut, behind the waterfall too, and the water was returning before the second jump. The most dangerous was this pool of 10m in length between the two waterfalls.
The canyon was so narrow and deep that we could not do safety without more people or climbing gear, and we did not have them. We were keen but it was not advisable to jump without security so we withdrew it and kayaked the upper Zinketa and the red canyon sections.
Everything is almost ready. Security: hanging on the ropes Sergio in the center pool and Txomin at the end. Photography Clara Ocaña, Ima Badiola and Laura Cashmore. Fermin Perez "Mino" and Eneko Yarza changed with kayaks on the river. And more viewers up in the trees.
That big stone nose is where the water wants to send you and avoiding it is the hardest thing of the entire canyon. Mino was send towards the nose but was not hurt, just hit the kayak..
Glad the two, although Mino slightly less, in front of the shade&sun of the Little Deer Jump. Ay what a nice rush!
Thanks to the whole team that supported us, eskerrikasko.
This is a piece of plastic with which I am so happy, the ZET kayak. Lightweight, hard plastic, very comfortable inside and navigates very well. Even being number one selling kayaks in Germany, I am the only one carrying a ZET kayak in the spanish state. And why? not because people do not want it, but because there was no chance of buying a ZET kayak throughout Spain.
But now they have arrived to the Pyrenees and whoever wants is able to buy any of the three models of the ZET Kayaks: Veloc (smallest), Raptor (bigger), and the new Director model (the biggest).
If someone is interested can contact Zet Kayak Spain. Some people are already very happy.
Let's go kayaking!