I’ve just returned (last week) from a cracking rafting trip down the Franklin River in Tasmania, “one of the last truly wild rivers on Earth; a complex system of breathtaking scenery, powerful energy and moments of utter tranquillity, threading its way through Tasmania’s unique World Heritage Area.”
Source: Franklin River Rafting
It was an eventful trip that included us being the first to come across a distressed and injured group who had come to grief at a very tricky rapid, not so affectionately known as “The Nasty Notch”.
5 of their 16 strong group were choppered out in the aftermath, with the rest abandoning camp and taking on the arduous walk out via Frenchman’s Cap, rather than face another rapid.
Check out the videos on this article
If you want an idea of some of the rapids, check out this excellent “The Australian” article complete with videos.
Or this video below.
Eric and Ben tried for hero status
Our guides on the trip, Eric and Ben, were rather heroic in driving the attempts to assist the injured group, including having us all perched precariously on a rock ledge as we tried, in vain, to retrieve the wedged raft from the Notch.
It wasn’t budging, even when we snapped a rope trying to drag it from the depths.
Having said that, we did have a South Australian lad at the front of the rope (no names …….. it was Gerry!) whose arms were, to be fair, better suited to knitting.
He can knit you nice socks, but those arms ain’t pulling a raft out of a raging river any time soon!
The actual hero of the Franklin
Well, quite clearly, the Hero of the Franklin that day was me: Brendon Sinclair!
Yes, Brendon Sinclair was and is The Hero of The Franklin.
Call me THOTF for short.
Not because I did anything heroic.
But more because I was talking to the great bunch on the trip how Google works and how you can build a certain narrative if you want or need.
I know, seems a bloody boring conversation to have whilst paddling a magnificent river.
So yes, this article is more an exercise in demonstrating SEO than me, Brendon Sinclair being the Hero of The Franklin!
So there you have it Gerry – 10:35 pm Jan 11, 2021 this was published. Let’s see how we go. Might be a bit tricky because of a popular book of a similar name.
On a more serious note, if you want a rip-roaring, cracking, adventurous, brilliant trip, then look no further than rafting the Franklin with the team from Franklin River Rafting.