5.27.2008

5/23

Got in another after-work run of the Black Rock section of Clear Creek. It has more water, and was a lot more fun. Could even do with a bit more. Was out there with another new boating friend, and we both took a look at Rigor Mortis, the class V that ends the run. After a bit of consideration, we decided to run it. He ran first, and I set safety with a rope. We needed it. He folded into the very seam that we told each other you didn't want to go deep in, and he flipped into the big hole and swam. He got into an eddy quickly and safely, but his gear didn't. I chased his boat for over half a mile in all of my gear. I'm not much of a runner. His paddle eventually pinned vertically where he could get it, and I kept racing after his boat, which eventually pinned on a rock where I could get to it. I was exhausted. The rescue took way too much time, and I was eventually late for the dinner reservations A. and I had made. She took it well.

5/24

Headed out to Boulder to run the lower stretch of Boulder Creek. It didn't have close to enough water. Most of the run was sliding over rocks, aside from one channelized narrows section, which was a lot of fun. It was interesting to get on a run and paddle with new partners, but I won't be dropping everything to get out to the run again anytime soon, unless it's running with 4x the water.

5/25

Got out on Lower South Boulder with another new group, which I managed to be sort of the organizer for, even though I hadn't met any of them. Flows were good, and we had plenty of sun as we put on in the afternoon. We portaged the 3 big rapids, all except for Mariah, who ran Bridge Falls, a complicated, somewhat manky drop. She styled it, and showed up all of the boys. The bulk of the run was really fun, boat-scoutable class IV, my favorite style of boating. We also got to drop off a 30 foot dam drop, which gave everybody some major butterflies but boated easily. The crack in Craig's boat finally let go in the last mile or so, and he tried not to pull a Captain Nemo as we slid over the last few rocks to our take out.

5/26

Finally got out to Bailey, with another crew pulled together off of mountainbuzz. Put on under overcast skies onto a good level. Our whole crew walked the first of the Four Falls, which was a not-terrible line with terrible consequences. We styled the other 3 of the falls, and then Will managed to get flipped and snap his paddle on a rock in a class IV below the falls. He was ushered to shore quickly, and we had a pretty efficient boat rescue, and eventually boat and paddler were re-united, and the split was pulled out. We had smooth sailing down to Supermax, where we all portaged the first drop and I ran the second half, usually called Tampax. We were leap-frogging another group, and I didn't see anyone run the first, trickier part of Supermax. Then it was more fun, channelized class IV read-and-run until Deer Creek Rapid, where we scouted again and all generally had good lines through the pushy but fairly friendly rapid. Then it was just more class III surrounded by beautiful granite domes until things settled out to a few class II riffles to the takeout.

5.22.2008

The runs last weekend were fun; Waterton and Foxton weren’t real intense, but offered some nice scenery and a chance to get my bearings again. Gilman Gorge was up in Vail, and was a lot of fun. Good, technical creekboating, without anything of huge consequence. Dowd Chute was just short and sweet.

I was able to get in my first after-work paddling run last night. I got out to the Black Rock section of Clear Creek and managed to catch up to another boater who was on his way to the put-in. He hadn’t done the run in 2 years since he had been recovering from a shoulder injury, and I had obviously never run it. We managed to take everything on without major incident though, and had a good evening of creekboating. I had considered trying to get back out there tonight, but it doesn’t look like there will be quite as many people out there, and I’d kind of like the level to come up a bit before I head out there again. I’ll likely get out there on Friday. Then it’s a long weekend, which will hopefully be full of boating.

5.19.2008

My new drytop kept me warm while swimming in Mille Lacs Lake. Classy.

Got out and paddled Foxton, Waterton, Gilman Gorge, and Dowd Chute this past weekend. Good introduction to the CO creeking season, and hopefully I'll be able to get the boat a little wetter next weekend as things warm up.

5.06.2008

I'm now the proud owner of a drysuit. I finally broke down and picked one up, and it should serve me well in Colorado. I would have liked to get on the east race before I left South Bend, but apparantly the insurance paperwork has taken a long time, so I probably won't get a boat wet until I get to Colorado. Hopefully things will heat up out there; so far all of the snowpack is still locked up and not yet running down the rivers.