Thursday, May 3, 2012

Julius jubilant

Julius survived his fourth Grand Canyon trip unscathed, through little fault of my own. I missed a few runs, slopped through a few others, but came out right-side-up and smiling. I was a training boat and blabbermouth on Arizona Raft Adventures's annual "Dories and Stories" trip. Last year I took down the Edith--my replica of the 1911 Kolb boat, for its 100th anniversary. This year I took Julius to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Holmstrom's solo run of 1937. (Next year it'll be a Nevills replica, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of that historic style.)






I shot a lot of video footage, although most of it was unremarkable. I'll post a few amusing ones. Here is Hance, where Alan and I violated each others' personal space for the entire run:
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Sockdolager, where I tore an oarlock out and bent it:
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Here we are hauling the potty to lunch, in lieu of the poo boat who had headed downriver early to exchange hikers. Buzz would be proud.



Horn Creek, where I actually made the run:
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And a pause for beauty at Trinity Canyon:






Granite Falls: push hard left, get swept right anyhow--my standard run, but it seems to work:

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Down the left wall at Crystal:

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Another wander up Specter Chasm:



And one of the worst runs I've made at Bedrock since I was a greenhorn in the mid-70s. Angle, Brad. Angle! For the love of god, angle!

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An ouzel posing at Deer Creek:


And what was most likely the most spectacular run, down the right at Lava Falls, hot on the heels of an upside-down dory--a huge ride, complete with a high-speed chase through Lower Lava, nearly flipping in pursuit of a runaway dory oar... and the danged video cam ran out of gas before we even got to the rapid. Ah well... have to do it again.

A consolation shot at Pumpkin Spring and a few closeups Julius's suntanned Port Orford Cedar glowing in the late afternoon light. 'T'was a fine expedition.




14 comments:

  1. Nice Blog - who knew you were filming everyone!

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  2. Let me know when you want to re-shoot Lava. I'll be glad to help on the dory again (-:

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  3. great to relive the trip and see the rapids I missed...too bad about lava...great footage!

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  4. nothin like messin about in boats.... thanks for the share

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  5. YAY, Brad! Great Photos and videos!!

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  6. Ah, Rockhouse.....that was pretty much the same line I took my first time. I said the same thing after pulling my guts out, "Angle Dammit!" LOL:)

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  7. Great trip and stories. Loved riding on the Julius deck and sharing canoeing stories with you.

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    1. I'm sorry, did not mean to remove my first post. Just trying to re-edit.

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  9. well... it's a longggg story. SOme systems work some places, others work better elsewhere. We've been fine tuning it for about 150 years and still have a way to go. Especially some of us.

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  10. It had me puck'rd and I'm sitting in my front room.

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