Day #13: Friday, September 19-Upset Rapid & Videos

From Mat Kat Hotel camp, (Mile 149) we paddled several miles of flatwater before reaching Upset Rapid. It is a big one, and so we hopped out to scout. I listened as the guides and safety boaters, talked up the line. Enter left and keep pushing left into the laterals crashing off the cliff wall. If you can punch through, you’ll miss the big hole that clogs the center of the river. Taking heed of this, we all fought our way left and had great lines. We spent the remainder of the day exploring one of the most well known side canyons, Havasu. Boaters and canyon explorers marvel at the turquoise blue water in contrast to the muddy brown of the Colorado River. When I was a teacher in Phoenix, I hiked down from the canyon rim several times to some of the upper waterfalls and pools it is a really neat place to visit whether up from the river or down from the rim.

Erik punching the last wave of Upset Rapid. Photo credit James Q Martin

Erik punching the last wave of Upset Rapid. Photo credit James Q Martin

The aquamarine waters of Havasu Creek converge with the Colorado River. Photo credit James Q Martin

The aquamarine waters of Havasu Creek converge with the Colorado River. Photo credit James Q Martin

Skyler stashing his boat and forging Havasu Creek to find a spot for lunch. Photo credit James Q Martin

Skyler stashing his boat and forging Havasu Creek to find a spot for lunch. Photo credit James Q Martin

Not a bad lunch spot at Havasu Creek. Photo credit James Q Martin

Not a bad lunch spot at Havasu Creek. Photo credit James Q Martin

Yesterday, news from the canyon came to us via mules. Today, we have some actual footage that was hiked out from Phantom Ranch at mile 87.5. Thank you Nature Valley, for providing this great first glimpse of our Kayaking Blind team.

Experiencing Redwall Cavern-Mile 33.1

Past the Upper Granite Gorge!