When we first began planning our trip to Thailand we did a lot of research on what had already been paddled. As you might have gathered we didn't find much that had, and so our trip has really been an exploratory mission, rather than just your everyday paddling 'tour'. However, some of the little that had been done was by Steve Fisher, Eric Southwick and Ben Brown. The photos they sent us from their trip last year gave us all inspiration to come to this country and paddle. And one of the photos that stood out to us all was one of Steve running the Mae Pan.
So with the info from Steve, Ben and Wick, and the advice of Jason Younkin we headed to the Doi Inthanon NP on the 23rd October. We met up with Jason who was guiding a canyon trip further down the gorge, then started the mission to the top with our kayaks.
Just to get access above the fall was hard work, we hiked up, then hauled the boats up the cliff and lowered them into the pool above. Then we abseiled into the same pool. Below a 100 footer and above the 50 footer. It was an amazing place to be. Josh hit it first and took a pretty big hit but was fine. I went up after and came through with no-worries. It was my 25th birthday today - what better way to celebrate?
-Sam get's airborne-
Sam didn't fancy the big one because of a spinal injury he has. But he stepped things up by styling a line through the rapid below. A fast series of drops which literally sent you airborne!