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Several winters ago, as I skied down Deer Valley into the Mokelumne Canyon, the ideal of paddling these upper reaches stuck me. After looking at topos, and realizing how hideously steep this section is, my obsession waned. By June 1981 however, the gradient didn’t seem so ridiculous; Chuck , Richard, Don Banducci, Rick Fernald and I put in on a measly 300 cfs.

Several winters ago, as I skied down Deer Valley into the Mokelumne Canyon, the ideal of paddling these upper reaches stuck me.  After looking at topos, and realizing how hideously steep this section is, my obsession waned.  By June 1981 however, the gradient didn’t seem so ridiculous; Chuck , Richard, Don Banducci, Rick Fernald and I put in on a measly 300 cfs.

-Lars Holbek.

To the Cali Pioneers; thank you for opening the gates to the heavenly glory called Fantasy Falls.  In the summer of 2008 the T-Dirk crew ventured into the wilderness of Fantasy Falls to celebrate Robin’s 28th birthday.  Here’s some shots of the party unfolding by Bitch Slap Productions and safe lines to all the 2009 Crews putting on with in the week.

Watch the video at iTunes, or here

The Fantasy Falls from From the Darkroom on Vimeo.

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Clayton on Day 1 Boogie

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Runout of above boogie

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Chris on Big Daddy Twista

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Dry Time at Camp1

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View from Camp 1

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Daniel waking up to Day 2 with the Mushroom Boof

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Clayton on the left line of Mushroom Boof

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Graggle that Shroom

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Scouting the I Want My Mommy Gorge

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Taking the high route.

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Entrance rapid to the gorge.

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Daniel on the Cleanest Boof Yet

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Clayton’s evening lap session of Fantasy. Left line of Fantasy

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Right line of Fantasy

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Camp 2

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Sunrise from Camp 2

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Chris and Daniel with a good morning duel on Fantasy

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Chris on the 22footer of Fantasy

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Clayton onto Round 2 with Cali Class 3 or locally called The Thang

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Chris, Robin, and myself gave Cali Class 3 a swim for granting us clean runs.

2 comments
  1. Amazing! You are blessed not only with incredible rapids… but with a history, industry and community of paddling that allows you to join that awesome gorge. You are inspiration for a fill and lonely kayakers here in Brasil. Thank you!

  2. Yeah, Daniel! That’s some good stuff for sure (pics and video). Hope you’re having some more good adventures out in the wild west this summer.

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