El Rio Shangri-La

El Rio Shangri-La

by Matt Wilson
Toel rio Shangri-la I go. In all honesty I never thought I would make it to the Kings with my bad habit of buying raft companies and kayak schools, which have kept my summers fully tapped.Fortunately I have enough sense to throw responsibility to the wind from time to time and I soon found my self driving up the windy -ass road to the take out of the Middle Kings.
“How many Beers are you bringing”Ryguy said to me as he launched a few oil cans of fosters into the abyss of his Remix. “ I don’t’ want to talk about it”. I knew deep inside he would share.
Team Beer members at the top of Bishop Pass: Ben Luck, Matt Wilson, Xavier Engle, Ryan Casey
Backpacker season was in full swing on Bishop Pass and everyone of them had something intelligible to say .
“Duuuude …do you realize you have a kayak on your back”?
Granitic Wonderland.. Just like the brochure
Welcome to Cali . Xavy gets some faceshots
“Drooping in… Geronimo”
back strokes work… right? Yourstruly getting spun out on money drop
Can of Crushed ass .. no takers
aaaahhh…Glamour Boating. Xavy must practice this pose in front of the mirror
more cali glamour… Benny boy takes a nice ride
and you don’t stop …Dropping into Waterfall gorge.
Willie Kern- melt- down lived up to it’s name.
With our low side a medium flow we were able to drop into Black Rock Gorge end of day 2
Xavy and Ben Fired up Raw Dog..
Day 3 is pretty chill.. Except for this one… Da Beaver. Our beavers were filled with sand… no glory forus.
Tehipite Dome is reportedly the largest intact granite dome in the Sierra, towering 3600 feet above the Valley floor. Camp 3
The Bottom 9. Time to put away the glamour poses and get down and dirty. From all the whohaa of the Middle Kings, I guess I never heard much talk about what sustained piece of whitewater the Bottom 9 is. 9 miles of exactly this!
Portage action bottom 9
Glory boof to finish her off ..Garlic Falls section. Day 5
What an awesome run. I can’t think of a better river I have had the pleasure to be with. Ryguy, Xavy and Ben went to the Devils Postpile.. Wasn’t in the cards for me…. maybe next year. Oh yeah all these photos were taking by Ryan Casey…thanks buddy.