With the leaves gone and the season’s change… rain is falling and the creeks are up here in the Southeast. Matt Devoe headed over to the 50+ foot Rock Creek Falls in the Green River’s headwaters. Here is a quick glimpse of this beautiful drop that can be found in it’s entirety on Canoe Movie 2: ‘Uncharted Waters.’
With a large snow pack blanketing Colorado and pushing the boating season well into July…Dooley, Matt and I set our sights on Durango and Crested Butte for the weekend of the 4th. Colorado can be an intimidating place to paddle for an open boater due to the continuous nature of the waterways. Although most of the drops we saw on the trip could be navigated by a canoe, it was the lack of eddies that made these runs tough. Without the ability to empty the canoe regularly, the boats would fill up with water quickly, possibly resulting in a long swim.
Matt going for a clean line on Lime Creek
Our first stop of the weekend was Lime Creek. The gorge was picturesque. Classic Durango style with gorge walls lining the riverbed and at times constricting the flow to only a boats length wide. The boys fired up Adrenaline Falls multiple times, Matt being the only paddler on the creek to clean the drop. It is amazing to watch a canoe drop through this crack waterfall. The Esquif L’edge powered through the set up hole easily, gearing up for a clean free fall.
Dooley entering Adrenaline Falls
Dooley's free fall
Cruising out of Durango and limited on time, we headed up to Crested Butte with hopes of the quadruple crown. Upon arriving in town, levels were high and eddies were scarce, so the team decided to lap Daisy Creek and Upper East. Big Wood Falls on Daisy was amazing, and certainly a highlight of the trip. Matt and Dooley could not help but do laps on this cataract.
Matt floating Big Wood Falls (photo by Diane Cheshier)
Dooley loving Big Wood Falls (photo by Diane)
Matt on the Upper East
Crested Butte is an amazing place to paddle…a town full of great food, summer flowers in bloom, and mountain peaks in all directions.