I returned to Steamboat for the first part of summer, and to my surprise Fish creek hadn’t even started running yet. Thankfully, the melt-off began just before the Paddling Life Invitational and held for nearly two months! It was the best Fish season Steamboat had ever seen and we were able to paddle nearly 50 laps on it, many of which were above 3 feet! Incredible!
Photo: Holley Gardel
While in Steamboat we also hit Slater Falls, which is north near the Wyoming border. It is a super fun drop with a twenty foot slide leading straight into a 30 footer. It was quite the day, as there was one skirt implosion resulting in a lost boat, and a massive mud bog on the drive home, resulting in swamped truck and necessary tractor removal.
Marty Smith oozin' with steeze
Crested Butte is the shit. Flows were great, the weather was beautiful and we were able to paddle OB, Daisy and Upper East.
Stupid Falls. This one hurt. Photo: Mike Head
I also had opportunity to go down the Grand Canyon, which was without a doubt one of the coolest experiences of my life.
Slip n slide on Olo Canyon
I also got on Mad Creek, which hadn’t been paddled in a while due to wood and the North Fork of the Little Wind in Wyoming which was rugged, to say the least.