Tuesday, August 11, 2009

North Fork of the Little Wind River, A Wyoming Classic

Austin Styling it out

The past few months have been nothing but good times and great times. The spring gave the gift that keeps on giving, exploration kayaking at its best in Wyoming. By the first part of June we had done 3 new runs and I was excited about each one of them and the stories that go with those are just as exciting. We paddled in the snow and freezing temps and did enough bushwacking with kayaks that we probably should have ended up in mexico. Great kayaking was the fortune we found along the way. We paid the price of some long hikes and meltdowns in the middle of some place on a map, but in the end the experiences we shared were the driving force that kept us chasing the unknown other then GaryE.

By the start of June my kids came for the summer and it was time to soak them up instead of whitewater, so I took about 2 months off of paddling all together and found my self racing down rollercoasters instead of rivers. Thankfully my paddling buddies didn’t forget about me especially when I got the call from Austin telling me about a first D in the Wind Rivers. He sold the trip well and I would have been in but it was my last weekend with my kidos so I was out and hopefully not one of the Wyoming pussies in Evans post. A few days later I had a phone call from Austin at midnight telling me he had just left a classic California creek but was in Wyoming and by the morning photos were in my inbox. By 9 am I was making phone calls to get a second trip into this granite wonderland. Thankfully Austin was ready for another trip and we were descending into Disneyland within a few days. Since Evan put up a good write up on his blog about details and logistics of the run I will just leave a link to his story for more info and just give you some eye candy!

Austin Rathman gettin after it on Double Deuce

Tom Sunderland Take off

Aaron Mulkeys launch attempt. Photo Austin Rathman

Austin Rathman in Boofington Heights

Aaron Mulkey in Boofington Heights photo: Austin Rathman

Tom Sunderland entering Boofington Heights

Tom Sunderland exiting Boofington Heights

This run is incredible and I would highly recommend it to anyone with the skills needed to run it safely. It’s a great day and one of the best day runs in Wyoming.

Austin Rathman entering the first of 3 waterfalls Larry, Moe and Curly

Austin Rathman running Moe

Fraser Tear

Tom Sunderland in Disneyland

Fraser in Disneyland

Aaron Mulkey exiting the gorge. Photo: Austin Rathman

Tom Sunderland Running the first big one of his life!

Looking into the commiting gorge

You ever looked from the top of a drop and wished you were one of them

Tom sunderland Boofin out of the gorge

Aaron Mulkey tuckin tight. Photo Austin Rathman

From the moment I got off the river I was already thinking about what other runs were possible in the area and by the next weekend I was hiking into another classic in the Wind Rivers.

Austin enjoying another classic in the Winds

Part two coming soon


Anonymous said...

good post Aaron, Ive been waiting for you to update this thing, but where are the pictures from the other Wyoming classic fist D, West Fork of LaBonte?

Eric McCallister said...

Makes me want to start boating again! And I thought WV creekin' was fun. This looks fantastic! Great job!

Aaron Mulkey said...

West Fork of Labonte is coming soon!

Eric you coming out this year to throw some tools? yes this place is fantastic just like california granite!