National Geographic Adventure - Spring 1999

The Local Guys

by Steve Jermanok

Guide Brian McCutcheon has assembled a spine-tingling line up of rafting opportunities down class IV and V drops in British Columbia. His favorite, arguably the most exciting run in North America, is a seven day voyage down the Chilko Chilcotin Fraser river systems in south-central B.C. The roller coaster ride begins after you leave 4000' high Chilko Lake. From there you'll drop 3000 feet through a tumultuous blur of lava gorges and narrow chutes, forest and snow capped peaks overhead. The rafts include coolers stuffed with prawns, prime rib, salmon, beer and wine, plus chairs and even a hot water shower...