The Sawatch and Arkansas Headwaters zone near Salida and Buena Vista, CO are well known for their Whitewater Paddling opportunities. The local mountains and snow pack which produce great whitewater also host high quality backcountry snow riding opportunities.
April 4th found our group at a BV Backcountry location under bluebird skies and soft snow with relatively stable avalanche conditions. It was a great day with an unfortunate result for me…a hurt and potentially injured shoulder. After several injury free paddling/riding seasons on a chronically hurt shoulder, I was excited for what will be the largest water year in CO since the mid 1960’s. Though I was being careful and focused on not getting hurt I ended up doing just that. Time will tell whether I will be paddling hard this season or just resting, rehabbing and taking it easy (which is actually much harder to do)
This is the drop that looked so good I couldn't resist.
Still tucked and grabbing....in good shape.
D'OH! Here I untuck just a little too early, exposing my right shoulder (in back) to the impact below.
Below- same drop, different angle. Photo: JV Vidakovich
Riders and Photogs: Jahvea Vidakovich, Cobe Vidakovich, Chris Menges