Return to the Big Banana

Chris Baer
After a couple days of rest, we returned for Davis’ birthday to the Big Banana section of the Alseseca. We got a five hour head start from our previous attempt and it all went reasonably well.

We arrived at the 120 footer in an hour and a half and got a great view of it.

This time around we got to shoot some the smaller rapids. This was a great triple drop rapid with an interesting first move.

Chris Baer trying to keep his nose up in a goofy little ledge.

John McConville getting the big boof on the 20 footer

Davis Grove and Lance Reif weren’t so lucky and both blew skirts in the stompy hole at the bottom.

The next drop that we referred to as the slot drop. This looked absolutely horrible from the top.

Chris clearing his paddle, Davis Grove broke his paddle here on the first attempt.

We even had time to sit around the 40 footer for an hour discussing its runability.

Jake about to plug the 40 footer, making it look so good that John McConville also fired it up.

A different angle of Meat Locker. “Boof into the seam and disappear.”

Chris Baer about to disappear

Here’s a couple shots from the road side section; it is good, just not epic. We got the “tour” from Adriene, so the directions we got were “interesting.”

Chris Baer resurfacing after the crack drop.

Adriene’s directions here were, “Most people don’t run this, but just follow me.”

The always classic S-turn

Chris Baer zig-zaging his way through.

Lance got to see the entire rapid up-side-down his first run, which cost him a paddle and a little pride.

Well that was a quick post, on the road heading towards the Grand Canyon.

Chris Baer