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Silverback no more

Post by feelingjustfine » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:26 pm

They closed silverback today on the Nile... anyone else feeling somewhat sad about this?
dam the dart :)

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Post by ol » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:29 pm

Sad news. That rapid forms my most vivid memories of Uganda....

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Post by Lowri Davies » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:32 pm

Definitely a sad day indeed. My favourite thing to do in that rapid was to be near the back of the group so I could watch how everyone, no matter how good they were, got shot off in random directions - left, right, in the air, upside-down, flipped back up, unintended kickflips and panams… and the feeling as you drop in down the ramp knowing that any of those things could happen to you - but more likely something completely different.

The biggest, craziest grade 3 in the world.

Many happy memories. Long may we remember.
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Post by SwamP » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:44 pm

Nope
Lets not try to understand each other. Thanks.

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Post by Uisce » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:48 pm

Lowri Davies wrote:- left, right, in the air, upside-down, flipped back up.
Pretty much a blow for blow description of my first ever run down. Fun times.

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Post by nomorfkindhalbhat » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:47 pm

Never did manage to get down it upright, and i guess i never will now.

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Post by feelingjustfine » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:49 pm

Anyone else got some pics/ vids to do try and do it some justice?

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Just like to add that possibly THE olny good thing to come of this is not having to catch that b++++rd eddy again when I'm doing videos for the rafting trips with a zappa hangover from hell!
dam the dart :)

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Post by joereadickins » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:46 am

feelingjustfine wrote:Anyone else got some pics/ vids to do try and do it some justice?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgAEu_OTvPM

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Post by TheKrikkitWars » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:24 am

Not mine, but here's the two videos that came out of the group I went with: Bee On A String. (goto 4:00 for the section devoted to silverback) and the less imaginatively titled Uganda 2009.
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Post by Unstabler » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:22 am

That is such a shame. Glad I got to go out there before it went. Any news on how/ if it has changed the rest of the river above/ below the dam?
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Post by Lowri Davies » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:30 am

It hasn't yet - they've just closed the channel off to river craft - nothing has been dumped in the river, yet.

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Post by jmmoxon » Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:11 pm

As this doesn't appear to have been posted yet http://www.bujagali-energy.com/default.htm
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Post by runandjump » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:49 pm

Not too sure if you can view this video or not if your not friends with me but theres a short clip here:

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 1422205287

Think it does Silverback justice

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Post by DanH » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:08 pm

We've just completed the first illegal Silverback run! :-)


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Post by andrew butler 101 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:43 pm

feelingjustfine wrote:Anyone else got some pics/ vids to do try and do it some justice?
Todays footage will be coming back to the UK with dan on Thursday, unless he changes his mind again.

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Post by NickH » Tue Mar 01, 2011 8:46 pm

Sad times indeed.

First time down was in 2004, when I had my helmet removed unceremoniously by the 4th wave a huge, rampant, cuddly bear of a rapid.

Was a privelege to be lucky enough to visit.

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Post by lou » Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:31 pm

Gutted I never actually made it there. It was on my long 'to do' list.

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Post by ol » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:03 am

My late friend Kai takes the hits and doesn't get his head wet on our trip in 2005

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?doc ... 931413399#

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Post by andrew butler 101 » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:15 pm

She's still alive today, hopefully tomorrow too.

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Post by flea » Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:58 pm

A rapid that changed quite significantly during the times I went out to Uganda, but generally one where you never quite knew what was going to happen as you approached it.

2002 -high water levels: Silverback = HUGE wave train, but relatively friendly. I remember the first time I paddled the river, having survived total Gunga and had a good surf session at surf city, was told 'the next rapid's called Silverback, its just a wave train, its all good' OK, I can do wave trains..... Hurley on 3, has a bit of wave train... 'Hmmmm. Just a wave train... a little bit of an understatement' I thought - Eyes on stalks when I paddled down the 'ramp' and realised how big the waves of this wave train actually were!

2004-2006 - water levels dropped, Silverback shrunk. Much smaller height of the waves and generally predictable in how to run it upright, but could still dish out the odd upside-down surf or three.

2007 - Ugly sisters took preference to Silverback!

2009 - low water levels. Dam work had started and Silverback got a bit meaty! Relatively small height of waves, but very white and very powerful - really got my heart pumping on every entry down the ramp. Every time I thought I'd discovered how to make it down upright (other than the 'hard left, miss the rapid' line), the next time I would be wondering what happened as the third wave broke heavily (again) on top of my head and I would feel like I was about to be sucked from my boat - either upside-down or upright!

Good times.

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Post by Tuomas » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:58 am

Here's one of my more successful runs from year 2007, in terms of staying upright:

http://blip.tv/file/927562

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Post by WideBoy » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:16 pm

Just completed my first (and no doubt last) upright run of Silverback. Stoked, but sad that she'll soon be gone.

Everything still ok with the rapid, but now there's an ascari/army sentry watching. He didn't seem too fussed though and had plenty of time to shout at us as we had a quick peek to make sure there were no nasties below.

Word on the ground is that there will be a boom put across the river in 2/3 days to stop anymore bandit runs and seal it off for good, guess security will increase then too and they'll not be so friendly.

Get your runs in now folks.
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Post by DanH » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:52 pm

andrew butler 101 wrote:
feelingjustfine wrote:Anyone else got some pics/ vids to do try and do it some justice?
Todays footage will be coming back to the UK with dan on Thursday, unless he changes his mind again.
Well I made it back to the UK :-( I'm currently editing the footage from the final NRE Silverback day into a little movie! Stay tuned!

WideBoy wrote:Just completed my first (and no doubt last) upright run of Silverback. Stoked, but sad that she'll soon be gone.
Good work Andy!

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Post by Bren o » Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:16 pm

Some silverback footage towards the end of my video :https://vimeo.com/20599386

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Post by DaveWortley » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:18 pm

There is now a boom across Silverback to stop any more bandit runs... and men with guards... Goodbye Silverback!

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Post by andrew butler 101 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:27 pm

WideBoy wrote:Just completed my first (and no doubt last) upright run of Silverback. Stoked, but sad that she'll soon be gone.
Sorry I made you go again and it didn't end up so well!

Just so people know, the last ever run was an absolute classic, upsidedown's, areal's and a swim!

Andy ;)

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Post by DaveWortley » Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:15 pm

No Picture I've ever seen has managed to capture the scale of the beast, always looks a lot smaller and less steep in pictures.

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Post by DanH » Thu Mar 10, 2011 7:07 pm

Scumbag_Scout wrote:No Picture I've ever seen has managed to capture the scale of the beast, always looks a lot smaller and less steep in pictures.
Its the same in video too! I'm in the process of putting together a short "Goodbye Silverback" film and all the footage of Silverback looks a lot smaller than it really is!

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