Yo, glad you guys came up and checked it out. The lower section is where most of the work has been done (the steep gorge section with two big boofs at the end). I know some people have spent serious time cleaning from where you guys looked at down to the school. Everyone keeps the work low key (wilderness issues, wild and scenic status??, Minturn's water supply, etc.) and don't want to be known. Some people have even cleaned but never paddled it, go figure.
I have heard that in the past that some of the lower has been run but the stories are so scattered no one is really sure if we are all talking about the same stuff and there are very few people to ask about it. Cross has been picked at for probably 7 years by now but I am fairly certain there are 1-2 First's left in there above where you looked but below where we paddled. The last two V drops (the slide with the log all the way across bank to bank you duck and Shuttle Bitch have defintely been paddled mutilple times). Shuttle Bitch was full of huge logs until the 02' season blew it out and we got a chance to First it in 03'.
I think it could be the best overall hair run in the state when we go top to bottom without wood issues. It will take some serious effort to get it good. Probably most of a weekend with even a large crew. At least now the interest is finally perked. By the way, Gary and Forest got pics of the 03' trips back then but I guess it didn't motivate them enough for 04' (can't blame em', I think they decided to do Upper Upper Cherry instead
Let's coordinate offline for the clean-up. Low profile is key until we are done with the work. I can rally some Vail folks but it is true there isn't much of a V+ crowd here. It's a hard call to make though when you gotta choose between a Suga' Mama or a chainsaw! I guess it's only one weekend
If anyone else can chime in on this one and clear up Cross's past please do. It's been a long time coming, but this will become a classic. If you know of previous runs (partial/complete or whatever) and any more named drops, let's get it straight while we have a chance. Thanks.