Wednesday, July 30, 2008
L.J. "the cane brings the pain"
Stout Master Miguel doing his thing, what's that you ask, Layin' Treats!
Kiwi's can kill with steeze too! Skux proves um' wrong.
Class open your books schools in session E.G. comes to slay.
L.J. on the falls of Sprit, yes thats a Huricane, KAVU day repersent.
T.A. Hood rivers main man repin' fish boats on the stouts. We had a crew this day.
Cheese at the Putin on yet another good day of kayaking in the Willard area.
Keel on one cool boof in the Boogie waters.
Ryan on the backender Birthday Eddy.
Wishbone Andy Maser questions???
Austin Rathman on the Stovepipe, blowin smoke on the LW.
Photos by Max B and Me.
It's almost August and we are still in the shit here at the Beaver. It's all good in the Hood as they say... we layin' treats... every single day.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Upon reaching the 12,000 ft mountain pass we were shocked at how much more work the mission had turned into. With the winds ripping and hail flying we began our descent into the NF Bull Lake valley.
Finally after droping over a 1000 vertical feet we made it back into the shelter of the trees and and made camp as our legs were trembling. In the morning we awoke to a view of gannett peak and the other near 14000 foot peaks that drain into the Bull Lake Basin.
Finding our way down a small tributary with out a trail we finally made it to the NF around noon. Stating our way down with a majority of the gradient behind us we began our descent of the last 3 miles toward the Main Bull Lake.
And after making our way over the pass and through the canyon in 4 days, a day less than any other group it was not that exciting to see the lake empty as we began our 9 mile paddle across the lake and back to the car. And after a short drive back to the other car it was pretty much mandatory to get a big ol' Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwich before cruising back home.
Overall having the higher flow in the creek was nice as our boats were starting to wear thin, yet i think with a lower flow one could step up and attemp to run many more of the drops that lie with in the canyon. but Bull Lake truely is an amazing place, just for those who are willing to put forith some serious effort into a hike that dwarfs those such as MK or UCC
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Me bone-in' out the boof into double drop.
Salmon jump? not quite but it was there.
Resurface, look at dat grill, emotions ran high, and fire was in my eye!
Flying Dela off "Karen's Box". Repin' for Tdub.
The "Grande" was fast through the rapids, but in flat water it pushed a lot of water so it felt a bit slow. Over all it was a good choice for the race, due to the difficulty of the main rapids. LL be killin' it.
All Shots by Kayaker Kate.
Me with some funky angle at the big brother. But I didn't go in the cave!
Lane with a nice line off of the sauce in a Kendo.
Tao won this event, but lost the other two to my main man Sam Sutton. Killa for real! I ended up in sixth, it was the fault of the Mayor of the Beaver Lodge, he was holding me back. But it was alright out of 15 solid kayakers.
Sam after beating Tao on the course he was pissed.
Todd Cheating during the head to head. Got ya buddy.
All the shots were by other folks sitting on the shore. Thanks dogs. Well done for all.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Chris and Ben scouting the unrun slide that turned them back.
Me hiking in to a nice view point where I could see many cool waterfalls, but not kayak them.
My poor Subi with a load on her back.
Well lets say I got there, a pretty amazing spot for sure, and didn't feel it. I hiked right on out without even touching the water. It was a good thing though because they ran one mank pile of a slide go to some insane horizon line and had to climb and walk their way back out. It was all good though now I know whats in there and don't really want to go back. Maybe for a cool 40 footer but its a big move to stomp it. photo by Darin McCoid of jscreekin.blogspot.com
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tyler Montana steeze on the rivers out here keepin' it real while hucking.
Me monkey man in effect.
More NW action soon.
Friday, July 11, 2008
"Layin' Treats" on the White Salmon:
Me running the left line at Big Brother on the Truss 4+ feet on the gauge.
Ian making sure he does not fall victim to Karen's Box. It can be sticky in those depths.
Miguel droppin' offramp the last drop above the Truss.
The gorge below Lava Falls on the Farmlands.
Miguel and Marshall shooting the boot after a big few days of kayaking.
Ian on left line @ Big Brother high water.
Good livin' @ the lodge, now the Northwest is home for this rolling stone. For the time being!
Ring...ring... "hello". LJ Groth was packing on his way to the D.R. of the Congo in central Africa, to do a first descent of a massive section of the largest river on earth. He needed a new employee for All Star Rafting in White Salmon during his leave. I could not resist. I would leave right after Upper Cherry to go live in the "Beaver Lodge". This place had been my haven for kayaking trips to the Northwest the last 2 years. Now it was my time to put in some work and live it up.
River List: South Branch, Big Kimshew, South Yuba, South American, South Silver, North American, EF NF NF American, Middle Kaweah, Kaweah, East Kaweah, North Mokelumne, Dinkey creek, West Cherry, Cherry creek. + some more missions and scouting adventures.
After stopping in at Mt. Shasta to visit some amigos I was off again to Hood River for an undisclosed amount of time. Here I am sitting in the Lodge typing on a morning off of work ready to go fire something up for a good day out there.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The dominating urge to go to Upper Cherry,
And make it down without being too scary,
After a shut down of Hell's Kitchen,
there was to be no more bitchen,
for we hiked in,
and we did it fast,
but we had one missing member of our cast,
so we waited on,
till the break of dawn,
then found him down the stream,
for less than a scream,
we dropped the tall,
C.Bomb, kiwi, dead bear and all,
for this trip was not easy,
because the water was mack dad slizzy,
high and clear,
we all had a cheer,
then sat down for an ice cold beer.
Gorilla falls main!!!!
Stomp that Cherry Bomb.
poetry by Evan Garcia I will be here all week ladies. But seriously the water was much higher than I haver ever had before and we were all stoked on the results. It made the run better, but harder in my mind. Come one come all enjoy this place it's all sorts of good.