Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Routt County River Enforcement does So. Cal.

Routt County River Enforcement does So. Cal.
By: Dan Piano

Sometimes the best thing to do after a long winter in Northwest Colorado is get out of town before the runoff picks up; and head to Cali. This was my fourth spring trip to Cali and I would have to say it was the best. We had perfect weather and almost ideal flows everywhere we went.
We started the trip off in Kernville California with a few laps down Brush, and Dry Meadow Creek. The weather was perfect but for some strange reason the flows would not come up on Brush. Rumors were circulating that an illegal agricultural operation was pulling a bunch of water from the creek up stream.

Spencer from L.A. checks out the view on Dry Meadow. Photo: Kevin Fisher

Next stop Hospital Rock on the Kaweah River. I have been wanting to paddle this section of river for years. Clean mank-free granite boating…awesome!
Dan on one of the many excellent drops.Photo: Kevin Fisher

Kevin Fisher on Little Niagara. Photo: Dan Piano

The next stop was Clover Creek located high up in Sequoia National Park.
Giant sequoia vs. Kevin Fisher. Photo: Dan Piano

Adam and Dan hiking into Clover. Photo: Kevin Fisher

Kevin and Dan hiking up. Photo: Adam Mayo

Dan on one of the top slides. Photo Kevin Fisher

Dan looks on as Adam stomps out the first run of the day. Photo Kevin Fisher

Dan dropping in. Photo Kevin Fisher

Best line of the day ..Kevin Fisher. Video: Adam Mayo

Mayo slide. Photo: Kevin Fisher

After a great day in Sequoia we decided to head for the Middle Tule. This run is loaded with super fun granite slides and waterfalls…highly recommended!

Hot. Photo: Kevin Fisher

Typical Middle Tule. Photo: Adam Mayo

Dan droppin’ in. Photo: Adam Mayo

Scott Baker firing “Norte Calipas”. Photo: Adam Mayo

Duckyman stickin’ it! Photo: Adam Mayo

Dan boofing into another sweet rapid. Photo: Adam Mayo

Rick Franken bombing! Photo: Adam Mayo

RCRE signing off.