Pyranha Logo
facebook twitter vimeo

«

»

22
Oct

July in Colorado Part 2

Adam Goshorn, North Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace

Adam Goshorn, North Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace
After a long day on Cheesman Canyon we had collapsed into our sleeping bags at the Corral Creek Trailhead.  The next morning, day three of our trip, we packed our gear back into the truck and headed to our next stop a short drive away.  Eleven Mile Canyon of the South Platte is mostly a class III run, but just below the normal take-out is long, continuous, class V rapid.  After about twenty minutes of scouting and discussing lines I was feeling hesitant and Jordan was feeling fired up and ready to go.  He geared up and the rest of us assumed positions at different points of the rapid with ropes and cameras at the ready.  Jordan charged the entrance and cleared the first tier of the rapid and then a bounce sent him upside down into the next tier.  He rolled up only to be knocked over again and repeated the process a couple more times, but stuck it out and emerged from the bottom of the rapid upright and unhurt.

Despite the results of Jordan’s run, Matt had his own line sorted out in his head and was ready to go.  Again we set up with ropes and cameras and watched as Matt began his descent.  Entering more slowly and slightly further left, Matt proceeded to smoothly descend the entire section without a flip or mis-stroke throughout.  After a little more discussion, Joey and I both decided not to attempt a run.  We loaded the truck again, got back on the road, and drove over Independence Pass and down into the town of Aspen.  After a quick run of Castle Creek we met up with Anson Fogle for a late afternoon run on the Slaughterhouse section of the Roaring Fork.  We spent the evening of relaxing at Anson’s house and he joined us for the next two days of exploring and filming in the upper drainage of the Crystal River. 

Adam Goshorn, South Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace

Adam Goshorn, South Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace
Adam Goshorn, South Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace

Adam Goshorn, South Fork of the Crystal, by Matt Wallace
For more pictures and video…