Adam Villard running the 50' falls on the Hollin River, in Ecuador. The river was in mid flood and is usually run while the water is lower - I'm pretty sure this is the same waterfall seen in "Aphrodisia"... Ed?
This is what he had to say about this one:
"A fellow named Andy Round from the U.K., (he actually paddles suirt and rodeo for the British team) went to go off the waterfall first when the water was at normal levels. We all sat at the bottom waiting for him to come off when we noticed the water change colour.
Andy went off at that moment in fine style. Over the next two minutes we sat there and watched as the river literally changed and doubled in size as the torrential rains from upstream filtered down. We then hummed and hawed for a good hour in desperate hope for the river to come down. It never did hence the decision was made to try it. I went first with two other Brits coming after me. The second Brit actually ended up getting trounced behind the waterfall and swimming, barely getting out before the class V drop after the falls.
So that's the complete story. Doesn't change much but it is kind of cool how the river changed in a matter of two minutes." - Adam Villard
A few months later, Dunbar Hardy (highlighted in the July August 99 issue of Paddler), ran this waterfall and broke three vertebrae on landing. He had to get carried out of the jungle on a wooden bench, transported 6.5 hours to the capital, Quito, in a 40 year old, push-started ambulance with broken windows.
"I've now officially retired from running really big drops" - Dunbar Hardy
Bruce, sorry for the digital reworking, but it had to be done.