March 10-14 2017
"Well you wanted an adventure" I repeatedly muttered to myself as I drug my boat back and forth across the river trying to find floatable water.
In early March I decided to take a run down the Dirty Devil river in southeast Utah. Checking the gauge, the flow was 113cfs, just above the published minimum of 100cfs. I figured it would be good. And it was, mostly. Lots of dragging the boat especially in the first 5 miles. I rode my bike a little and walked my bike a lot descending the Angel Point trail to the river where just above the river a short class 3-ish area made me remove my pack, stage my bike, climb down below the bike and lift it down several through the obstacles. A couple shuttles like this and I was through the short cliff band. 3 days later at Poison Springs cyn, I transitioned to bikepacking mode and made a camp about 8 miles up the canyon. The following day I finished the ride back to Angel Point by about 11AM. The Specialized Fatboy that I built into a 29+ over the winter was awesome in 29+ mode. Nice to have a fat bike and a plus bike in one frame.
In between I made camps at No Man's canyon, Twin Corral Box canyon, and Happy canyon. No water was found in any of the canyons beyond a few muddy pools. Settling river water overnight then filtering worked quite well. So beyond skinny water and lots of quicksand everything went very well. It really was a fine adventure. Ok now the visuals.
|The put in|
|Short cl3 band to get down with my bike|
|Camp at No Man's cyn,|
|Arch seen between No Man's and Twin Corral Box|
|Camp at Twin Corral Box cyn.|
|Entering Happy cyn. narrows|
|Transition to bikepacking mode at Poison springs cyn take out.|
|Looking back to the Henry mtns. on the way back to Angel pt.|