Friday, January 15, 2010

Calvin College vs. Rio General

Calvin College, 12
Río General, 0

Twelve of Calvin College's students (Patrol 2) conquered 40 km of Costa Rica's challenging 60-kilometer Río General (see below) in a 3-day River Phase extravaganza.

Ryan, Kevin, Brian, Kelsey, Lauren, Katy, Rachel, Ted, Kyle, Trent, Alex, and Andrew accompanied three of Costa Rica's best (at least, by word of mouth) rafting guides: Felipe Lopez, Joe Ewing, and Antonio Lopez. Their skills rubbed off on the Calvin College crew. Not only did all students learn to roll, but three of them completed the entire 40-kilometer stretch in hard shell kayaks! "I'm like a proud parent at a dance recital," Joe reported later.

The students were enjoying it so much, in fact, that they all decided to get WRT (Whitewater Rescue Technician) certified in those three days. On class III-IV rapids, they worked hard to complete every skill necessary for this reputable certification. All that's left is a 25-question test which they will complete at the beach camp next week after finishing their Hiking Phase. It was obvious the students never wanted to leave the river. But all good things come to an end, right? Luckily for them, however, more good things begin for them today in a different part of the rainforest.

The other half of the Calvin College group, Patrol 1, will begin this river phase next week on the 18th. We'll see if they can keep the score high for Calvin College.

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