Monday, April 25, 2016

Spring in Cali

My good friend Jason Stingl was nice enough to join me for a great "spring break" before I get back to the real world with working and school in Denver.  We drove through a snowstorm along I-70 and drove through the night to make it to the kaweah the next day for a quick hospital rock lap.

Jason going zero to sixty

Dave on the tabletop boof

Jason on Little Niagara 

From there we were able to squeeze in a great overnighter on the south merced with our colorado friend Dave Farkas, which flows through Yosemite and has some amazing whitewater and great camping.   We had a great trip and finished at the perfect window with it starting to snow on us on the paddle out and we got to see the park with a fresh blanket of snow.

Dave on one of my favorites

Jason plugging and boofing

Jason and Dave enjoying the evening sun coming out of a gorge day 1

Jason finishing up the gorge

Jason on a fun slide


We kept our northern movement going and got a great lap on 49-B on the south yuba, but bombed most of it so I didn't get any pictures.  We had a relaxing afternoon after the run and made our way to Orville to meet up with Darin and get ready for the finally of our trip down the devils canyon of the middle feather.

Darin on Franklin falls, it gets a bit pushy at these levels and can be hard to get right if your not online up top, Darin worked it out with ease

Morgan dropping in with a beautiful line

Jason in the pushy lead-in
And following Darin's meat line, unfortunately this didn't work out as smoothly as Darin's

I hadn't gotten to do this run in a few years and it is one of my favorite runs around, Jason had been excited for years as he somehow had always missed out on our crews trip over the years.  The devils canyon has an amazing amount of quality rapids stuffed into its 35 mile length along with such unique geology and beautiful camping.  We had yet another amazing run down the canyon and it was a perfect icing on the cake run to finish our great trip.

I've done this run about a half dozen times and had never camped here, it was a sweet big camp

It had a nice clear creek coming coming in that was a perfect spot to chill our beverages of choice

This view didn't get old

Morgan coming through a fun one early on day two

Darin on the same

Hope you enjoyed the pics!