Sunday, August 24, 2008

North and South Fork of the Crystal

The upper crystal trip is always a good time, you get a crew of friends, load up in the best high clearance vehicle you can get, and venture high into the mountains for some sik kayaking. The north fork is a super fun run with 4 fun little drops. The south fork has a whole bunch of gnarly 5+'s above and below the punchbowls, while the punchbowls are some quality vertical drops in a row. We started our trip running late as usual, on the way up of course our fearless leader Nightrain (Alex's 1980 toyota land cruiser) decided to take a little break, meaning a 2 hour break, so we hung out, set up the slack line while periodically trying to start Nightrain. Once we got 'er started, of course it was pouring rain, so we charged up the lead king basin road, sliding all over the place, and reached a super cool little campsite right next to the upper four drops of the north fork. We camped there, and woke for a day of lapping the upper four.

A beautiful n/s fork sunset thanks to a flat tire on the way to the punchbowls.

Jake taking it to town on the 4th drop of the nf.

Jake and I after lap 1.

Sik photo.

Im str8 out the ghetto of c-dale, watch yoself!

Jake running drop 3 like a boneified thugg.

And again...

What a slayer!!

Awwww rastafari!

Me runnin drop 3.

You gotta watch out for that undercut wall..... Alex's paddle took a swim last year and never came out.

Lining up for the fade-boof.

I like this line, it is super fun!!

A super sik photo of Jake putting Icing all over the cake.

Me on Icing.

A nice lofty boof.

After our super fun north fork session, we loaded up Nightrain, and headed to the Punchbowls. In true Nightrain fashion, we got a flat about halfways there, and ended up going to explore the South fork where it drops away from the road. we found a few manky rapids, a death 20 foot slide into a wall, and a decently sik 25ftr. The problem in here is wood, there is a lot of it, and it is a mission to try to get in there by hiking (with a boat it would be hell). We ended up camping on the road there, and woke early to put our rediculously low spare tire on, and drove the car down to the fork where lead king basin road comes in, we then hiked to the punchbowls, had a super fun huck sess(each of us ran them twice). We then drove down very carefully, What a good trip!!


The Crew after a fun punchbowls huckfest.

A cool photo of jake in between the drops.

This Photo is SIK!! Jake huckin and stompin.

Jake again with a cool line.

Alex taking the auto-boof to the next level.

A nice 45 on the top one.

A nice sequence of me on the bottom drop.

ALex takin her to town.

Pretty sunset!!!!!

GCK is have their labor day sale this coming weekend through the end of the season, store wide discounts. Check it out. Everything except pfd's and skirts 20% or more off.


AdrianTregoning said...

Great photos! Love it...

Adrian :-)

bart said...

did you paint you boat or is it custom?