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The Aftertaste of Adventure

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 3 comments

The Aftertaste of Adventure

It was John Ruskin who said, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” And it is I who calls Bull Shit, John. It should be re-written as: “Sunshine is warm and nice, rain is wet and makes things damp, wind can be heinous and snow is really friggin’ cold, but the best memories don’t come from sun.” The best memory-maker is the tried-and-true hypothermia inducing sideways-sleet-snow. I don’t know how John would...

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SUP Dog!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 1 comment

SUP Dog!

Our dogs aren’t too crazy about kayaking. They were definitely unhappy with rafting. So when, as a joke, I put the dogs on our stand up paddleboards and they took to it like a river guide takes to beer, we were floored. We drove up to Truckee on a Sunday, ripping past the traffic that was clogged up like Tom’s daughter’s shower drain, heading back to the bay. Nicole’s mother, Marilyn, has a house in Tahoe Donner, so we try to get up there when we can. I brought three of our most stable SUPs hoping to get Marilyn out on...

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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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