After an easy hike, you'll come to these beauties....
Paul scouting the first falls (above) and running them (below).
What??!! Someone framed this shot (below) a bit off. Paul on drop 2 of the punchbowls.
The most interesting part of running the Punchbowls in simply putting in, and getting on the water. Basically, it requires a sliding seal launch from 10 feet up a steep bank. This slide puts the paddler on the water slide/entry to the waterfall, about 15 feet from the lip. It's a great warm up for flopping. Chris Menges, in his boat (below) getting ready to slide in and drop.
Ok, so here is what you have been waiting for! Nicole Mansfield (below) styles the first backwards female descent of drop 1 on the punchbowls. We are calling Guinness right away to notify them of this new world record (joke).
So how did this happen? You'll see in an upcoming video that we will be posting soon. Funny thing about this backwards descent is that Nicole had a better line than either of the boys (who both ran it forwards).
This upper South fork of the Crystal region also contains a really fun double drop upstream of the punchbowls section that is a bit mellower and easier to access and put on. It's a 8 to 10 foot boof into a pool, a mini mank class 3 boulder garden drop and a clean 12 - 15 footer. Nicole running it forwards (above & below).
Paul Gamache entry boof (above) and on the second drop (below).
Safety coordinator and principal photographer Chris Larsen paddling Luna across the river.
Look for a short video on this adventure coming up soon. It will be posted right here, so check back.
Photography by: Chris Larsen, Chris Menges and Paul Gamache.