Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Triple Crown debuted last spring. W.E.T. River Trips established the standard by rafting all three Forks of the American River in under 12 hours. The day started off on the North Fork American at 6am, comntinued on to the Middle Fork, and then finished on the Gorge section of the South Fork American.

This year the Triple crown returns as a competitive race with teams competing for bragging rights and a perpetual plaque.

The Triple Crown Race: three forks of the American River in under 12 hours...will happen: 1. NFA: Iowa Hill Bridge to Ponderosa Bridge 2. MFA: Oxbow to Greenwood 3. SFA: Camp Lotus to Skunk Hollow (no tow-in!) Start: Monday 6am, April 6th @Mineral Bar (Iowa Hill Bridge) Registration: (If you do not register...YOU DON'T RACE.) 6pm @ Nugget Market in Cool SUNDAY April 5th. Fee: $50. per raft.

Only river times will count and every team is responsible for their own shuttle!

Hey Ho, Let's go!

The after-party at Camp Lotus for all teams!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Snow in Spring is a Beautiful Thing!

The first two days of Spring in California brought us a new rush of Alaskan air and with it: rain, snow, and a batch of awesome whitewater on the North Fork and South Fork American Rivers.

We've been out 8 of the last 9 days...and we're lovin it.

Next weekend, we've got a new group for Guide School and we might hit the Middle Fork American too.

Let's go!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Springtime in California

All right is becoming Spring and California Springtime is like no other time...

Take a long 3 day weekend and make it happen: Friday the 13th...go snowboarding at

Sugar Bowl and beat the crowds: go up earlier and hit the lifts when they open, skip lunch and ride until the warming snow gets grabby at about 2pm and come back down the hill...get home by 4 and get on the motorcycle for a quick dual-sport ride on Michigan Bar Road...cross the Consumnes River and ride to Salmon Falls Rd. for a crossing of the South Fork American River and roll into Camp Lotus (oh yeah: you brought your whitewater gear and sleeping bag)...sleep...get up and meet the crew at the warehouse and run the full South Fork American (Chili Bar to Salmon Falls) and head back to, tell stories about winter and trips from the past, and just catch-up...get up a little bit late and head to the North Fork American.... rip it up!...but, take dome time to take pics of those amazing green hills, poppies, and redbud!...back to a waiting KLR 650 and a quick ride home to Sacramento. Snowboarding, Dual-sport motorcycling, and 30 miles of Class 3 and 4 whitewater rafting....Only in California...Only in the Spring!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Punk Rock Bowling tournament!

Pull on your leather and to Vegas for the U.S. Punk Rock Bowling Tournament!

It's raining and snowing to get the swell on our American Rivers and to support the spring rafting and guide school.... so in the meantime "take a re$#@% bowling!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Amgen Bike Race goes big in Sacramento

The biggest-ever public event in Sacramento's History is predicted to be the Amgen California Bicycle Race. The City of Sacramento is gearing up...really. Lance Armstrong will be in town and everyone that has ever pulled on lycra will be there. Leacve the car at home and hop on Light Rail or a bus ...and bring your bike! It's going to rain...but remember that means Whitewater!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

American Rver Trip in February

Bird, Alex H., & Chad on floating the Middle Fork American River on a 2 day wilderness trip the first week of Febraury! GoodOn'Em! I'll post up their progress and photos as they come! California is amazing! The whitewater season is rolling! The guides are off the coach and looking forward to Spring Guide Training!

Dual Sport Motorcycle Ride to Tamalpais!

GCDSR (Gold Country Dual Sport Riders) is planning a trip (by back roads to Mt. Tamalpais next Sunday) Her's the plan:

SUMMIT RIDEHear Yee, Hear YeeAny and All Riders interested in Riding to the Summit of Mt TamFebruary 15th. Will go for sure with a minimum of two riders, 100%paved ride All are welcome.Leave from Target parking lot (Broadway & Riverside)9AM,Minimum for sure stops at:Berryessa Dam, pullout top of the GradeTrunoff Hwy128 to Hwy121Entering City of NapaEntering City of PetalumaTomales or thereaboutsStinson Beach parking lotMt TamalpaisAnyone planning on going for sure (unless rain) please post.Sometime between now or by thursday of next week. So we know itshappening.If your a maybe just show up if you can.Thanks All

Friday, January 30, 2009

Kirkwood is steep and deep

The origin of the South Fork American is the backside of Kirkwood Resort. We'll have some solid run-off and a nice season with news that there is a fresh 3 feet of snow! Rafting trips will be awesome. California River Trips are on for 2009.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Buff Castle 2nd. Saturday!

Last Saturday night in Sacramento, our local Hip-Shack: Buff Castle threw it down with two live bands, racks of vintage clothing, vinyl records, vintage electronics, and bric-a-brac! White Fang drove down from Portland/Hood River Oregon to make the show. They "filled the space" with cowbell, small drum kit, lead guitar, and lead vocals....super fun and high energy combined with soem genuine can't hide solid musicianship. White Fang finished their set in front of a wall-to-wall crowd inside Buff Castle with owners Lizz (in her vintage W.E.T. River Trips T! and Dan-Dan (as well as their capable assistant Christian) held it all together with PBR, Humus, fruit, juice, pretzels, cheese, crackers, and a pile of Oreos (Oreos are VEGAN...'ya know!). Out back in the Buff Castle courtyard the Religious Girls from Oakland set-up and played for a packed crowd that spilled over into the alley attracting a major crowd (luckily the local Po Po got busy with a robbery suspect at the corner liquor store and a smaller crowd had also gathered at 21st and L for another show).....No issues. No Foul. The Religious Girls tore it up with incredible percussion (their drummer is better than killer!) mixed with crafted electro keyboards, gizmos, and augmented vocals. The show ended with drum heads covered with paint and spraying the crowd though some psycho beats....Big fun @ the Buff Castle!

Friday, January 2, 2009

New York has the Ball....Sacramento now has The Cube!

On a foggy New Year's eve Sacramento entered the Big Time and the ranks of "World Class" cities (at-least by the estimation of our new mayor, Kevin Johnson. With two fireworks displays (one early at 9pm and the other at midnight) over Old Sacramento, the river, and the Tower Bridge (so prized that the city painted it gold!)...the foggy night was lit-up like a gauze curtain over a Christmas tree! was actually surreal and oddly cool. A crowd of over 15k people looked on while I was on hand for the early show.

I then hopped on the KLR and split the traffic for a close look at the "Cube" that would descend from a rooftop at 12th and K Streets dolled-up with colorful lights and an outdoor stage and sound-system for performances by the Broadway cast of "Stomp" and a U2 cover band (yes, it is Sacramento.) The Cube was a high-tech collection of LED's capable of being programmed with over seven million color and pattern combinations while it descended from the dizzying height of 40 feet...

The organizers had planned for a crowd of three thousand; however, twelve thousand actually showed up! All in all... a nice first attempt and definitely a new tradition for Sacramento. Long-live the Cube!...just take it to a "higher level"!

Here's a link to my photos...without a fast lens, I turned to "art" for my image preservation!

Happy New Year!