Originally Posted by ActionJackson
Any old-timers remember Cully Erdman's 'run' of this drop that was on American Sportsman around 1980 (+/- 2 yrs)? Ugly - helicopter extract and all. I think I still have this on VHS tape somewhere. Tried but couldn't find on-line.
Yep. I do remember that. I ran Cross in 83 or 84. I'd been kayaking a couple seasons, and didn't know s**t. We were living in Jensen, UT and working in Dinosaur. A friend said, "you want to run Cross Mountain?" I said I didn't know, and asked them if they thought I could do it. They said" gotta roll?" I said, "sure." They said I'd be fine. Turned out they just needed my POS 1960 VW Baja Bug to help run shuttle. I ran it three days in a row. Day one, I cracked my fiberglass kayak, but made it through, portaging Osterizer.. I glassed it up and tried for day two. That time, I broke it in half. and had to hike out. Day 3 I borrowed a Hydra Taurus (the shit hot plastic boat of 1984). I ended up getting recirculated in a hole down where it was dark, but did ok other than the one swim. Some time later, someone showed me the Cully Erdman American Sportsman episode. I wish I had seen it before I went, because I never would have gone, and I'd still have my sweet fiberglass Mark V kayak. The nightmares only lasted a couple months, but I still have a 4-inch scar on my shin from coming out of my busted boat.