Last week a group of us went to Durango to kayak some creeks and hang out during the Animas River Days. I had been on creeking missions to Durango in previous seasons and had already paddled a bunch of the rivers, so I was stoked to have the opportunity to paddle 3 creeks I had never been on before.
Scouting Miller's Falls at the take out of Crystal Gorge
Impressive... But, not necessarily runnable
Isaac Levinson and Jared Seiler at the put-in for Pandora's Box on the Animas River
Entering the 'Plunger'
It's an incredibly beautiful and intimidating section of river.
Fortunately I had some excellent guides who had paddled it numerous times before so I knew the lines for the first 4 drops before even entering the gorge.
A couple of days later we hiked in to the 2nd Gorge of Lime Creek.
We spent a solid hour and a half hiking in for about 5 drops, but it was definitely worth it.
Check out the video Dave put together.
(No, it is not fun to fall in a creek with your kayak strapped to your back.)