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My early days on the “T”, Part II

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

My early days on the “T”, Part II

1983 was a great year to begin working the Tuolumne River. It was a high water year and we ran trips all the way into September. We got to see the river at different levels, learning different routes, and different dangers, thrills and beauty. But the trips all ended the same, with the mighty “T” dumping us unceremoniously into the murky, houseboat infested beast known as Lake Don Pedro. Several miles of rowing lead you to the log jam. The “log jam” is a phenomenon that occurs on reservoirs when dead trees that were drowned in the filling of...

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Dumpster Diving – the highlight of my Grand Canyon trip

Posted by on Feb 15, 2010 in Blog, Specials, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Dumpster Diving – the highlight of my Grand Canyon trip

We’re in a van headed to Flagstaff. We hired Ceiba, a company out of Flag, to pick us up at Diamond Creek and they’ve got a driver so of course we’re having a good time telling stories, hooting and hollering. Maybe sneaking beers here and there. Maybe. Over the past 19 days there has not been one moment that couldn’t make a great story. We’ve made great friends with each other. Most of us were acquaintances before the trip but now it’s just full on bromances and, hell, even a few romances. Both my brothers...

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My early days on the “T” Part I

Posted by on Jan 22, 2010 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 4 comments

My early days on the “T” Part I

I fired up the wayback machine this week and came up with a few reminiscences of my river guiding career. Back in 1983, several years before there were self-bailing Avon rafts, the Tuolumne was considered one of the more difficult commercially run rivers in the West. In fact, our company’s name is taken from one of the original “Big Drops” – Clavey Falls. Back then we ran 16’ gear boats piled high bow and stern with duffle bags loaded on plywood decks. There were no drybags. Everybody put their personal gear in nylon duffle bags and...

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How to make class V a little hairier

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 3 comments

How to make class V a little hairier

I had an opportunity this summer to work on the Kern – not as a guide though – but as some sort of “manager”, thus ensuring that I would never get on the water. The Kern is broken into three sections: the Lower is below Lake Isabella, the Upper is above, and the Forks is pretty much the “Upper-Upper”. Chris and Chandra pop out of the hole in Big Bean: For day-trippers, the Kern is perfect because there are lots of access points and different runs, with everything from flat water to class V. The Forks is the only trip with difficult access...

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Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator!

Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Instructional | 2 comments

Uncle Owen, this R2 unit has a bad motivator!

I’m a big fan of the R2. Two people, one small boat, lots of harmony (lots of swimming). Don’t get me wrong, I like to row. I like the sole responsibility of taking my boat through the rapids. I like the ability to carry more gear, beer and food than I can possibly need for my time on the water. I like being able to carry people who can’t boat and dogs that can’t swim. I like the feel of a floating ’74 Country Squire station wagon when I’m on any river for more than a day. But I also love the R2 and here’s why: I’ve got a 12 foot Avon Scout....

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