Sunday, December 12, 2010
It had been a couple months since I had last gotten in the creek boat and firing up the fairly technical class V section had me a little gripped. But after a shaky and exciting first lap it was smooth sailing punctuated with clean lines and rowdy boofs. By the third lap Leif Anderson and Conor Flynn were ready to run the often skipped crux drop of the run, Garbage Disposal. I’d say it’s an applicable name especially if you find yourself upside down. The 12-13 footer is whirlwind of sharp rocks with a fairly narrow landing, and is certainly no place for the boof impaired. The guys both had awesome lines and from there we made our way downstream for another lap. With the sun setting over the ridge by 4:00 we decided to call it a day, and what a day it was. Despite the cold, late fall boating is always a great time.
Happy boating, see you on the river
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thanks to the Backcountry Kayak School for organizing the event and big props to great sponsers for there continued commitment NRS, Predator Helmets, AT Paddles, Rocky Mountain Sporting Goods. Enjoy a little clip
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Just a little footage of the shenagegans that kayakers go through, in fall and early spring. Enjoy local Cody bad ass ED Conning and friends, on the shoshone for a fun low water run of the upper goods in November.Also enjoy a solo run of the not so classic South Fork of the Gallatin from this last Spring.
Roberto seal launch
Beautiful day on the Rio
Beauitful water line at the hot springs
Monday, October 4, 2010
Fremont Canyon is one place i can see my self being drawn back to particularily with more H20. We enjoyed a much steeper lower canyon than we anticipated; and ate crawdad's at the take out, at least 3 miles of lake paddling in a gorgeous canyon luminated by the setting sun.. paddling out and reaching the take out by 9 was the plan and we were able to beat the time by 20 minutes, and still have time for a beer before the flatwater.
Continued to stay wet on the Gally and managed to score some laps on quake. As October aproached the amount of times i look at a map increases as well as gauges, i was wasting some time on the buzz, when i received a message from Nate, yo Pots, or soemthing i was mildly incoherent as an instant jolt of the shit i crave hit me, "Kayaking... Pots.. Stillwater.... Novalty..Pots Falls in.." is about all i could pretty much comprehend at the moment.. I love to kayak, Big Water, to the lowest shit pill mank creeks most people wouldnt care to look at(east fork elk horn creek) doesnt matter to me. Sometimes this is good but sometimes you do find yourself in places of question; brings me to this...
Author,Drop into the Wall
The Pots, of the Stillwater, is beautiful mile long section, of canyon, that so happens to be the put in for the woodbine; as well as the take out for the 3 day mission on the Upper Stillwater. It felt like a miniture version of Big South and PoPo Agie squeezed down to one mile. Perfect for those paddlers just needing a quick fix. Overall this Mank novalty was well worth the effort and gas from Bozeman, containing over a hand full of well placed boofs. I had pleasure of enjoying the whole creek top to bottom. Does get boney but it all goes..
Glenn Watt Dropping in
stoked for more mank
author, tight pot in every aspect
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Thursday, no water in Bluegrass, went to Poudre ran one lap through uppers, 2 through middles and 7 laps thru lowers, finished the day at bridges..Lower Cache Narrows
Friday woke up and drove to Gore because Bailey wasnt running..meet up with Ian and we popped 2 gore newbies cherries that day and we partied because we could, steak and fries over the pit..
Ian getting some Gore
Sat, 630am seal launch into the fog above gore , just me and my sensi, no portage no scout. 900 packing up shit to drive back to poudre..1at race meeting stoked to see everybody2pm racing and feeling the burn but still keeping leaders in sightraced 2 more heats making semis, swam in the pool after the finish line. drank up immediately, ran shuttle for my boys watched them lapand finished the night drinking beer on a shredder on bridges..
Pat Toft 630 am stoked to be at Gore
Sunday drove from fort to Clear creek and popped 3 cherries this morn, on the black rock section.. than hit the super sweet top section of Bluegrass on the drive back to the 307 this afternoon..just want to thank everybody for boating and having a killer time
Puttin Black Rock Clear Creek
Here's a sweet little vid I put together. Fun 4 days of paddling
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
The second drop is alot steeper than it looks from the top as you scout on the way up..i dubbed this one Cali Classic due to the big water boof you stomp river right off a sweet tonge flake, onto a bad ass lateral toilet bowling feature, than get juiced back to the right... The enormious wall splits the flow making a very difficult looking eddy to exit, on river left. I remember paddling up plan was to move left to right, as we paddle to the horizon i said right due to the giant wall... The 3rd drop was originally dubbed Caveman due to the nasty shit on the right but the fact is the entire drop contains over a hand full of hidden seives.. We dubbed that biia, Geranimo for one of the toughest Natives, The Upper Canyon above the main gorge contains a sweet pool drop entrance rapid dubbed John Fremont. After that sweet entry rapid you paddle up to the would be car size boulder seive section and best way to compare it would be Royal Gorge of the Ark, and the Mad Mile section of the Gallatin at peak flows.... Big Laterals, Big pour overs, and alot of fun in general.. This run moved up my list to Top 5 which includes. Big Timber, Big South, Henry's Fork, Boxelder Creek... still got some editing too do for some Mesa and Fremont footage as well as some Rodeo action... been a really good weekend, vid and pics coming really soon.
with that i want to give a shout out to my boys GYGK and throw up the link for teague's sick vid of the Sweet action from the Henry's Fork and Lower Mesa Falls...
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Macho Munchies ran for the first time in 4 years and I cant say how nice it was seeing the features at the Casper Whitewater park how they are suppose to be. Deep Bouncy wave holes.
David Schmitt was on Rodeo Tour most of the summer and is Wrapping up on the slave as we speak living out of the leaky truck which is still no match to my new 93' red chevy lumina.. steezzzy , sorry for almost breaking your nose before Team Trials bro..
I, myself have been enjoying the highwater treats around the area and many many laps up the hyalite canyon before it stopped running this last week. Waters dropping out quick, so get boating!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Photo Justin Merrit: Mike Perry Gambler
Montana doesnt take long to grow onto anybody.. It's official, I'm hooked on the area and dont see myself leaving for a while now.. Here's a little POV action from Upper Hyalite Creek and the ever so stompin Big Timber Creek. Both runs were lower than one would like, but one must take, what one can. He shall not waste this precious substance, called Water. Enjoy
Big Timber Creek
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Deer Creek is one of the most unique gems in the Casper area. Located east of Casper 20 minutes, running north from the laramie range, the creek drops through some sweet layers of earth, while the run is prodominately granite theres some other rock layers mixed in aswell. As far as flow; we estimated the flow to be close to 1000cfs. Do to the fact that Boxelder gauge was 825cfs; Deer Creek is a bigger drainage all together, w/ less irrigation before the putin. The lower canyon is the highest quality read and run, holes and boulder drops.
Austin, Dschmitt and myself arrived at the Banner ranch gate just before the beginning of the meadow between the upper deer creek plateu and the main platte basin. The weather was ideal for hiking the 2.5 to 3 miles to the put in at the beginning of the lower canyon/possible take out for the upper canyon, if resorting to plan b is the better option.
classic deer creek read and run
The canyon consisted of one main gorge after a sweet 3/4 mile of stout read and run. exiting the gorge is the crux of the run. Gilligans island leading directly into the Vorox. mostly straight forward rapids; the island is undercut and a giant sieve. After some more read and run, the squeeze box comes up on you which is a granite gorge that has the creek flowing direclty over the bedrock. It's super fast and has unusually big holes! My favorite rapid on the creek hands down. The run ends with some good read and run to the take out, where you have one long ass shuttle to the put in and back out to the interstate.
Mike and Austin vader boof blue angel
Giligans Island, V+ lead in to the vortex, its a big rock/island with pine tree growing on it is also a undercut seive.
Vortex from above
not much of a release
stayin upright on the sub
Paddling my ass off out of the pit
sweet false lip drop, with a nasty seive trap on left side of big rock, about to hit the hole and get a little rodeo action
post run 307-stokage
Chillin at the take out waiting for Pops the shuttle driver