California Trip Report '07
Summer '07 is game-time for researching the River Gypsies' Guide - our first stop is California to check out some Sierra classics. Here's the report:
The run starts with Autobahn - a very long and very fun slide that looks really intimidating but is good to go - really. It's also really fast!
After Autobahn there are a couple of junky rapids that can be run or portaged, then the slides really get going for the meat of the run.
The next drop is Boof-Boof-Slide.
After Boof-Boof-Slide there is one more junky slide before you hit the main attraction - the Teacups into Skyscraper into Off-Ramp. The section is too immense to properly get into a photo, but here is a shot of the teacups and Skyscraper.
There were tons of paddlers there firing up the Teacups - here are some shots of our group.
After a thorough scout and much deliberation about the water level (most locals saying high end of medium - meaning a juicy hole at the bottom of Skyscraper) Andria decided that she would have a go at the big one. Thanks to Brian, Mike, and Corey for watching her back while Leland took photos high on the other side of the river.
After a lonely beating in teacup number 2 when he went back to get his boat, Leland caught up with the rest of the crew at the bottom of the Off-Ramp for the big portage (it is California, after all...). I was a little wary of running the Skyscraper right after getting a beat-down, but my line worked out ok (I got over the hole).
Below the portage there are several more good slides and drops leading to the final big one - Plastic Surgery. Our buddy Jim finally caught up to us here and we got a nice photo of him.
Now we're catching up on our work and plotting our paddling plans for the coming weeks. Bald Rock Canyon on the Middle Feather is at a nice level - hopefully we'll get some more goods before California snowmelt runs out.