Mexico photos

We just returned from an awesome trip to Mexico. Last time we were there, I broke my leg on the first day of paddling, so I tried to take it a little easier for this trip. As luck would have it, on the first day of paddling, our friend Jake, who was showing us down the Roadside section of the Alseseca, had a gnarly piton and broke his ankle. The curse was passed on. While I felt sorry for Jake, I was really happy that I could keep paddling.

Me blasting through sticky hole during the race.  Photo by Beth McVay.

Once the trip got into full swing, we had our usual share of maladies, like some illness from drinking river water while taking swims or getting worked, and a minor knee injury that kept me off any runs requiring a hike for a week or so. The only run I knew of with no hiking was Roadside, so I spent a lot of time there, which paid off with a fifth place finish at the Alseseca Race. Natalie was the second fastest woman, which put her in the middle of the pack of guys. The fastest woman was Sandra Hyslop, who was just one second behind me for a 6th overall finish. I was very impressed by that. Also of note was Wyatt Hyndman in fourth place. There was the pack of top three paddlers right around 10 minutes (Dane, Nick, EJ), and then a little pack at about ten and a half minutes, and Wyatt was the fastest of that pack. I felt pretty fast, and was impressed Wyatt beat me by 2 seconds. I can't believe Dane beat me by more than 30 seconds, especially since our split times for the first section of the course were 5:55 and 6:00, meaning that he pulled 30 seconds ahead in the remaining 4 minutes.

Here's a video that Nate and Heather Herbeck put together about the race, which features an awesome amount of footage of us, and some of Natalie's interview.

We also took a great trip to the Pimiento section of the Filobobos, with a huge crew of cool peeps. The Pimiento is a 20 mile wilderness run, with the first 6 miles or so some pretty rocking class 5. You have to get up before dawn and make a 3 hour drive down a sketchy road into the canyon to put in, then paddle a pretty long way in a remote and nearly inescapable canyon. We definitely had a share of embarrassing lines, some breaks in the chain of beta, and a few personality rubs, but overall it was a really fun trip, well worth doing.
The road into Pimiento.
In the gorgeous gorges.
The one waterfall on the Pimiento.

Apart from that, we spent most of our time on the various runs on the Alseseca that weren't too high: Roadside,Upper Jalisingo, Big Banana, and a run or two of the Truchas waterfall. While I was doing disgusting things to the bathroom at Aventurec, Natalie took a quick trip to the Rio d'Oro down south, but the water was too high to run the main drops. We had a lot of rainy weather and cold weather, so we didn't always shoot, but here are a couple of our favorite photos, with a slideshow of more at the bottom of the page.
Roadside putin, day 1.
Crashing while trying to freewheel
Big scenery
Nice light
Roadside photo day
Stellar safety during the race
Jake back in action on roadside
Rainbow boof
Photo by Dan Rubado
Dan Rubado himself
Beth McSlay, killin it.
Roadside putin drop
Sometimes the fog was cool.
One of my favorite shots from Roadside
Typical flotsam and jetsam in the Alseseca
A cool drop in Pezma section, which is the runout of Big Banana section.
One of our best shots from the trip.  Sideofries, who called me "Spleif" throughout the trip.
Rappelling into Truchas
Todd on Truchas
Leif on Truchas
Mic swam between drops (Natalie roped him out before the main falls) and his boat ran Truchas without him, necessitating a more intense portage.
Truchas Exquisitas
Here is a slideshow of more of our photos:

Until next time!
Thanks to all the people that paddled with us: Louis, Mathieu, Alex, cool Brett, flaky Brett, Jake, Joni, Beth, Sandra, Maria, Isidro, Oscar, Dan, John, Nate (not you, the other one), Todd, Caleb, Jordan, Dylan, Space Flute, Art, Burger, Fries, Marty, those annoying young guys, Mike, Pinche Chuyo (actually we didn't paddle and I am still mad about that time you woke us all up), Vinchinte, and probably a bunch more that I am forgetting. Also, if you go to Mexico, bring a ton of outfitting foam to help build roof racks for rental cars, bring extra straps with your name written on them, and stay at Aventurec!


  1. Looks amazing- good pictures. And congratulations on the race!

  2. Awesome photos........... really i like these pictures very much. If i get some time to visit outside of my country i will go these places surely.

  3. All of you are brave enough to go through such a risky but fantastic trip.Thanks for sharing your amazing,thrilling experience and of course, thanks for those great pictures which were brought to us by the enormous energy and willpower of yours.


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