Let me introduce myself:
Hi my name is Chase or for my friends from the south hola.
If you dont know me, you might have seen me I was the guy yelling Juice Sauce wearing a coyote hat with the huge tail. Maybe you recognize me, but probably not.
This year I intend to train and compete in the Teva Steep Creek Race as well as some other smaller Boater X races around the state. I also plan on further exploring Colorado's beautiful rivers and creeks as well as a weeklong Middle Fork of the Salmon trip in late June. I could possibly travel to Germany and Switzerland to kayak in the Northern Alps, but that trip is still very dependent on a couple of variables.
After Embudo season was over Colorado started going off. PaddleFest of course kicked everything off officially. Peak flows on the Ark were ridiculous. Running Pine Creek at 3000 punching the right line of MoonPie and the Royal Gorge at 5200 left me with some pretty good memories last year.
After PaddleFest I went straight over to OBJ and met up with the LVM and the Demshits Crew. This is also where I met David Schmidt, Duane Gibson, and Alex Ohman. David Schmidt wrote a pretty good report about the whole trip including my jeep getting stuck in the Slate River on the way back from camping on the other side.
After this I headed over to the Teva Games to race in the Steep Creek Race. Due to lack of preparing I didn't have the best showing. Right after the race Leif Anderson, David Schmidt, Natalie Kramer, Duane Gibson, and I decided to run Gilman Gorge at some ridiculous flow over 800. This beautiful canyon makes scouting easy with the train tracks on river right. Too bad scouting wasn't much in the game plan except for Slurry Pipe. This was a decently epic day with Duane going on a hell of a ride and swim in Fall Creek Rapid. I also swam in Slurry Pipe after a roll and a broken paddle, one of the scarier moments in my kayaking career. After finding out my hand wasn't broken in the Vail Valley Medical Center, I was back in the game.
After that I traveled around meeting strangers and kayaking any and everything I could get to. Some of the more memorable runs later in the season were Upper Frying Pan, Lower Frying Pan which rarely run at good flows, North Fork of the Crystal, Eleven Mile Canyon, Bailey and Big T Gnar Section.
Here's some pictures. I hope you enjoy.
Head waters of the Crystal River
NF Crystal Put-in
This must be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been the water is cold air is thin and nobody around for miles. Except for the random run in with Tommy Hilleke and Jules. This beautiful stretch of class V creeking may be hard to reach but worth every bit of effort.