Right Turn

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Quick Facts

  • Class: Class IV
  • Type: Ledges and Turn
  • Length: 100 meters (300 feet)
  • Alternate Names: Bend, Corner
  • Previous Rapid: Mas o Menos
  • Next Rapid: Casa de Piedra
  • Interactive Map: Futaleufu River Valley
  • River Section: Lower Futaleufu, Puenta Futaleufu to El Macal

Overview

A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Last Right Turn
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A detailed sketch illustrating the key kayak lines of Last Right Turn

Right Turn comes between the more challenging rapids of Mas o Menos and Casa de Piedra. Here the river piles up against the river-left bank and then takes an almost 90 degree turn to the right. In addition to the turn, a large hydraulic known as White-out awaits paddlers at the bottom of the rapid on river-left.

High and Low Water

At higher levels White-out becomes harder and harder to avoid. Lower levels create a great park-and-play spot at White-out for expert kayakers.

Scouting

Boat scout from the river-right side above the rapid. This rapid can also be scouted from the road prior to your run.

Hazards

White-out is not a keeper hydraulic but can implode a spray skirt or snatch a paddle away at an inopportune time. Because of the short distance between Right Turn and Casa de Piedra the consequences of a swim out of the White-out hydraulic can be quite severe. The Eddy of No Return is an attractive eddy to catch but once a paddler enters it White-out becomes very difficult to avoid. Before you lead a group into this eddy be aware of the consequences.

Play Opportunities

White-out offers play opportunities at high and low water. At high water the feature becomes a smooth wave with a breaking face. At low water White-out has eddy service and becomes a powerful hole in which to play and surf. Because of the close proximity to Casa de Piedra, play here with caution.

Where to Swim

If you swim above White-out you probably will have no choice but to swim through the hole. After clearing White-out swim to the nearest shore and await help.

Where to Rescue

Set-up rescue below White-out and try and to get all swimmers safely ashore before Casa de Piedra.

Where to Portage

Enter The Eddy of No Return and portage on river-left. Walk around White-out and then put-in below the hole. The Futaleufu Valley Road is a short distance away which can serve as an alternate take-out if you want to avoid running Casa de Piedra.

Running the Rapid

The objective on Right Turn is to stay to the inside (river-right) of the curve through the whole run; where the slower water will assist you and make it easy to avoid the White-out hydraulic. If you wait until you have been pushed to the outside of the turn it will take major effort to get river-right of White-out. Start by going down the river-right channel, sitting tall to avoid several pour-overs and boulders that are in the shallow channel. As soon as you have passed these, turn your boat and drive it river-right where things will slow down and leave you in complete control as you paddle towards Casa de Piedra.

Expert paddlers may wish to paddle directly to the Bumper Wall and enter The Eddy of No Return. From that eddy it will be a struggle to avoid White-out but it can be done. Depending on the water levels, White-out can be caught on the fly or accessed via eddy service from below.

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Disclaimer

  • Disclaimer: Under no circumstances should paddlers substitute the information and diagrams in this guidebook for their own sound judgment on the river and their collective experience running rivers. This guidebook is based on Expediciones Chile's twenty years of experience running the Futaleufu River. However, the diagrams and descriptions found here are only approximations of what paddlers will find on the river once they get here. They are not to scale and nor are they completely accurate. Water levels change, rocks move around, landslide debris can enter the river at any time making the diagrams obsolete. Expediciones Chile also reserves the right to update these diagrams and descriptions at any time as we find better ways to illustrate and discuss the rapids. Use this guidebook at your own risk.

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