|Another beautiful sun set near Uvita|
I took a week off to travel with family and managed to take an actual “vacation” got to see some of the classic Costa Rica attractions and even got to swim around in a rip current for a bit.
|the old growth trees were never cut down because they were too big|
I met up with Mauricio Mora Lindo for a couple days and we took a ride to check out some runs in the Orosi Vally, It had been raining for a bit and everything was on the high side of crazy. At that point Mauricio turned to me and said, ” O I got something for us, it might have a little wood”. We showed up to a tiny tributary with a fair amount of water in it, the Navarro. Immediately it was off to the races, blind corners, fun boofs, and more then a little wood. During our run Mauricio and I both had close encounters of the wood kind.
|just monkeying around|
Ferdinand and I met back up, and it was time to get one of his favorites, the Rio Macho. This run is less a river then a pile of rocks on a steep hill. It starts off quick and stays at a feverish pace, tight boof into tighter slot, around a sieve and off an even smaller boof onto a tiny piece of water backed up by a sieve. The Macho stays at that kind of pace for close to 4 miles. Needless to say the first time you do this run you are totally disorientated, tired, and dealing with a huge altitude loss. Ferdinand claims the gradient some where in the 700fpm range, with only one drop over 6 ft, the Rio macho is just plain steep.
|Ferdinand on the second 20 footer|
|Ferdinand getting his nose down on the 30 footer|
|Ferdinand hard at work in his Blue Pool work shop|
|5:30am putting on the Patria|
|Ferdinand surrounded by big holes, and bigger rocks|
|The boof above pushed all the water into the nasty sieve river right|
|I was rather captivated by his eye coloration, double click the photo for a closer look|
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