Condor is a relatively straightforward rapid with random breaking waves that grow in size as the water levels go up. After the waves subside, on river-right, there are some spectacular river features. Be sure to stop and check-out the Emerald Room, a cavern in the wall with a re-circulating eddy vortex. There are also some large, fun whirlpools to play in on the river-right side as well. At high-water, the river-right side is best avoided.
High and Low Water
At low water the wave size decreases and the rapid becomes friendlier. At high water large whirlpools are created along the river-right canyon wall.
Boat scout this rapid from the top.
The river-right wall is a danger to swimmers because of the subduction currents near the wall. Make sure you have a bomber roll if you are going to play in the Emerald Room or on the river-right side – you don’t want to be out of your boat in this area. Stay well clear of the river-right wall and the Emerald Room at high water. Swimming in Condor is also a worry because of its close proximity to Tiburon.
There is a great play-wave above Condor on river-left above the v-tongue. The whirlpools and Emerald Room offer some great play opportunities at low and medium levels, so long as you stay in your boat.
Where to Swim
Swim left away from the Emerald Room and the turbulence on river-right.
Where to Rescue
Rescue in Condor needs to be quick because the dangerous Tiburon rapid lies just downstream. Rescue swimmers after the turbulence on river-right and pull them into the river-right shore.
Where to Portage
It is possible to take-off and exit the river by heading to the Futaleufu Valley Road on river-right, but it won't be easy.
Running the Rapid
At low and medium flows, run Condor down the middle. Try to catch the bigger waves and whirlpools on river-right. At high water avoid the river-right side and the canyon wall. Eddy-out on river-left behind the spit of rock on the river-left side.
- Condor at high water. Video
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