Dynamite is the newest rapid on the Futaleufu River. It was formed in December of 2006 by overzealous road crews blasting along the rim of the Infierno Canyon. The debris that entered the river from the collapsed the river-left canyon wall causing a significant constriction at the very bottom of Dance of Angels. The result is that central wavetrain associated with Dance of Angels now runs directly into Dynamite without a break.
Looking at the rapid from above one can’t help but be reminded of a giant pinball machine. The biggest, “marquee wave” in the rapid is Flipper Diagonal, which not only will flip anything that enters it, but whose position, at the bottom of the drop, also resembles the flipper of a pinball machine.
High and Low Water
At high water this rapid forms massive curlers, wave-holes and boil lines. These features are easily capable of flipping a raft but they have not so far retained kayaks that have entered them.
Dynamite is currently backing up water behind it reducing the speed and size of the Dance of Angels wavetrain. This creates some slack water above the main drop of Dynamite that can be used for boat-scouting purposes. At high water the scouting area is covered. At low water the situation changes and there is a scouting and portaging area on river-right.
Hazards here are boat flipping wave-holes, huge guard-waves and the somewhat undercut left canyon wall that the river is now slamming into. There are also some threatening wave-holes and hydraulics on river-left, after the main drop into which most of the current is feeding.
Play opportunities on this rapid are still being investigated.
Where to Swim
Swim river-right of the Flipper Diagonal and away from the river-left canyon wall. Swim into the large eddy on river-right behind the Rebuffer Diagonal. Assist your rescuers as much as possible to avoid swimming into The Perfect Storm.
Where to Rescue
Rescue as quickly as possible to avoid having swimmers enter The Perfect Storm which quickly follows. Safety boaters can wait in the large eddy behind the Rebuffer Diagonal and be ready to lend a grab loop to anyone heading downstream.
Running the Rapid
Two options exist to run this rapid. Both options are geared toward missing the Flipper Diagonal and its associated wave-hole as well as avoiding the river-left canyon wall.
Sneak Route: The idea here is to run behind Rebuffer Diagonal by punching through the diagonal up-top, where it is weakest. Once inside the diagonal you will encounter some very squirrelly water and another smaller diagonal before coming to Rebuffer Eddy on river-right. The downside of this option is that one must get through Rebuffer Diagonal before it gets too large to punch. Getting rebuffed here will impart enough right-to-left momentum to ensure a trip through Flipper Diagonal and a close encounter with the river-left canyon wall.
Main Line: The central line in this rapid involves a left-to-right move to avoid Flipper Diagonal and its associated wave-hole. Here you begin on river-left, in front of Flipper Diagonal, and utilize the left-to-right energy and momentum of Booster Diagonal to allow you to punch through Rebuffer Diagonal at its apex. Failing to punch through at the apex means an almost certain appointment with Flipper Diagonal. A variation of this line involves jet ferrying along Booster Diagonal to gain speed before heading toward the apex. Once past Rebuffer Diagonal, from either line, head to the shelter of Rebuffer Eddy.
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