I would usually say this run is the best "bang for your buck" in cali, but not in this case. Trying to, as Jonas from Germany would say "make", this river early in the spring is sketchy at best due to road conditions. We rallied Stephen Wright's Sprinter van as far as we could in the snow, but didn't get very far before Stephen and Jason Craig opted out of the extra hike-in.
The rest of us, being Drew Duval, Taylor Fearrington, Laura Farrel, and Darin McQuiod, started dredging through the snow optimistically. We soon realized this wouldn't be a stroll in the park. Here I am Charging the snowy hike.
Photo by Laura
We hiked an extra 10 miles through the snow to get there.... so, you know its good. Drew and Taylor posing like pros.
We camped at the river, and awoke to a beautiful sunny day perfect for dropping some Danky waterfalls. Heres Darin testing out the Villain on some early drops.
There is a bad siphon after this picturesque drop... FYI!
Mr. Peaceful Warrior, Drew Duval, probing the Spike rapid, which needs a new name since the Spike is gone. I'm not complaining.
(Instert Yoda accent here) Platinum paddler he is yes.
Not afraid of the dark side.
Embrace the Swirl, and the Swirl will embrace you.
This was Taylor's first over-nighter... I think he got his boof on.
Laura styles the perfect 20 footer.
Royal Gorge training?
One of the many reasons I love Cali.
The rock in Nikki's drop is pretty nice.
Fluffy bunnies in there ya know.
Darin looks comfortable in the Burl Swirl.
Hydro boosting of a different sort.
Laura isn't afraid to bomb in like the rest of the boys.
Looks like a shower for Rambo.
You should go there... and I should go back.