Earlier today Toni Burgess (aka AntNZ) posted an excellent article about river safety in New Zealand . I’ve written about river safety on this blog in the past , yet Toni’s article, which also draws on expertise from Heather Grady of Outdoor Training NZ , really manages to put some of the less intuitive aspects in perspective.
For example, on braided rivers:
…a recent Te Araroa group took the decision to cross the Rangitata River, it took them 2 hours and this river is known to be in full flood with no channels showing within an hour. So essentially you could be half way across the river, finding yourself on a shrinking island of shifting river bed.
If you spend any time around rivers, or suspect you might in the future, it’s a highly worthwhile read.