Nice write up and pics! That place is life changing fer sure. Twenty some of the best days of your life...I just wanna know how could the Grand not be on your list before mang? Did you just write off the chance of ever getting on a permit, logistics, not enough gnar? Just curious
One of those pics kinda looked like upset rapid. Reminded me our trip and the good fortune i had there. 5 or 6 days prior we had a raft flip at Crystal and didn't get it back for a couple days. We lost a little food and beer but the only real damage was to the chic pales. Anyhow, it was pretty late in the day and Upset was going to be the last big rapid that day. The other kayaker and myself made it through upset upright and caught the big swirling eddy below on river right. The rafters finished scouting and ran it.
As I was watching them, bobbing up and down in the eddy a shimmery shiny object basically landed in my hand as I was taking a paddle stroke. The river gods practically handed me one of our Rainier beers that had been lost in the Crystal flip 6 days before. It was the perfect river temperature and hell of a way to paddle into camp.
We said it had been Crystallized
Now I cant wait to go back next March and do it all over again. I'm looking forward to seeing how the 11 new people will feel about the experience.