A sequence shot of me on Puento de Dios
Among the easiest runs in the area (logisticaly speaking) were the Salto and Micos sections of the Rio Valles. Our base camp was nestled right by the Micos, and both of these runs offered plenty of gradient with minimal consequences. Adam even stated, "It's creeking made easy." Also, due to the nature of travertine rock these sections of river could be run at fairly low flows. Fortunately, subprime flows were never a problem except for the Minas Viejas run.
Photo by Alex Zendel
Adam Goshorn boofing through El Nemo
Adam on La Luminosa (El Nemo is above right)
Me on another big drop on the Salto
Matt Wallace on the same drop as above
Leigh Knudsen boofing a ledge
I'm running another killer drop (Photo by Leigh Knudsen)
Leigh on the same drop as above
We fired up the Salto Section over a dozen times during our 3-week stay. It was a great stretch of water with big fun drops and an easy bike shuttle...very similar to the Micos Section of the Rio Valles. Unfortunately, many boaters tend to overlook other steep whitewater in the area and many Texas boaters stick to the classic runs such as the Micos & Salto Sections as well as the Ojo Frio (another great river we hit several times).
The Minas Viejas is a particular run that Adam explored last year that many boaters have overlooked. Adam completed the second known descent in November 2007 and since then this river has only been run just a handful of times. Here are some photos of this soon to be classic run.
Put-in Waterfall (Photo by Adam Goshorn)
Adam running the first ledge of the Minas Viejas
John Crain negotiating another low-water drop
Me running the big slide (Photo by Leigh Knudsen)
Me on another slide
Adam fires-up the 30-foot slide (Photo by Leigh Knudsen)
Me runnning the same slide. Really big and really clean...photos can't serve this justice.
Me and Adam on the Lower Canyon of the San Nicholas. Another great but overlooked run.(Photo by Leigh Knudsen)
Stay tuned for more photos of Puento de Dios, the 4 Canyons Expedition of the Santa Maria and the Rio Verde adventures in Mexico Part II!
Signing off for now,