Where is the put-in at again? This one isn’t it.
Once we found the trail it
was a quick ten minutes of well maintained
trail to Clover Creek. We came in right at the bottom of a long, low
angle slide and started working our way up the granite slabs.
Garrett Brown, Shon Bollock, Taylor
Jason Hollerman hiking up Clover Creek.
The water was low enough that when necessary we would cross in shallow
spots to continue climbing up the creek on the other side.
Devin Knight checking out some of the nice gradient and clean bedrock
on Clover Creek.
The group took a long break
at the top of the second section of slides,
while I hiked on with a slow but steady pace, eventually taking a rest
below where a tree was across the river. While resting the group
scouted out the slides a bit more, and thought a few were marginal with
the minimal amount of water we had. Since my boat was already pretty
high up I ran the top set of drops down to Garret Brown who was setting
safety above the most significant set of drops.
Shon and Jason were also motivated and hiked up for the top set of
drops and blue angled down the fun slides.
Garret makes sure that Shon catches the eddy above the larger slides.
We all ended up portaging
one drop due to low flows in the section just
below the aforementioned eddy, but Devin probed some of the shallow
looking ones and motivated me to fire them up, while the rest of the
group put in below the shallower looking falls.
Here is Devin styling his way through two drops that were part of a
four falls series that ended in a low angle slide disappearing around
Devin boofing again on drop three.
I think Devin had checked out the slide around the corner about as well
as I had: not at all. We watched him try to catch a few nonexistent
eddies on the way down and then charge off around the corner.
Devin on the low angle slide leading into the corner drop.
Devin eddied out a little
ways downstream, hiked back up and told
everyone to drive right on the corner and expect a big hit. Somehow I
managed to miss this between dealing with my camera and getting in my
boat, so I took off enjoying the stacked up falls, and upon hitting the
low angle slide saw everyone pointing right as I came up to the corner
drop. As I drove right I got rejected by the shallow slide, slid back
to the left and turned my boat to the right once I saw the incoming
wall at the bottom left of the slide. I took a small hit at the bottom
but somehow managed to connect with water before the rock. Two more low
angle slides lay directly below, so I ran those and eddied out,
grabbing my camera and heading back upstream to get the others as they
came around the corner. We sent everyone from our group off the slide
and we all took hits, some worse than others. A group putting on behind
us gave this rapid the fitting name of Sixty to Zero.
Eric Petlock running the drop below Sixty to Zero, still feeling the
pain from the slide upstream in the photograph.
One more long slide lay
between us and where we hiked in. Devin gave it
a quick look and told Shon and I it wasn’t worth looking at,
so we hopped in our boats and took off in a tight blue angel formation
for the final slide. We all had clean lines although we got stacked up
on the one hole in the slide, but we took no hits. Several members of
our group took a small hit somewhere in this slide too, another one
that more water would help.
Taylor gets down with some paddle twirls in the run-out of the final
Eric gaining some nice speed at the bottom of the slide, it starts
about fifty yards upstream and is a nice long one.
Taylor, Jason and Garrett laughing about the hit before hiking back out
to the vehicles.
Kaweah at Three Rivers
at 1200cfs the night before our Clover Creek run. We would all have
liked to see more water, and this section really is steeper than it
looks and quite fun.