The vertical challenge hasn't been a hot of a topic on the buzz, but teams have been roving the state paddling hard, running laps, and getting the most vertical feet that they can from May 15 - June 15.
This weekend was a clear creek of the arkansas vertical challenge rally. Two teams showed up to try to get the max of 5 laps allowed to pump up the points for the teams. At 585ft of drop for in about 3 miles, and easily lappable, clear creek of the ark is a prime candidate for the quest for vert and fun.
We put on at noon on saturday to about 200cfs. We ended up doing 3 laps on sat, had a pin, a swim, good runs through the first two gorges, and rock bashing, pin inducing scrapes through the 3rd gorge to get through the whole run. All in all a great day in a beautiful valley.
The other team up there did 3 laps also, somehow missing us all day on the river.
That evening the two teams and several other boaters congregated at a nice camp mid run and had a great saturday night boater party. Beer flowed, tales of carnage and beat up gear were shared and 15-20 folks gathered around the campfire late into the night.
Its was awesome fun to drive down the the ark, rally all day, and party that night. Great fun seeing all the boaters out there, and great fun having the group campsite.
The next morning came early and we hit another clear creek lap, had a nasty pin, and called it quits and hit went to run bailey. The other crew blasted a couple laps on clear creek and then ran numbers 3 times.
Driving home sunday night we were completely worn down and sleep was the only thing on my mind, but damn we had fun.
Check out the standings and look through the amount of boating some of these crews have been doing. People are kicking ass and paddling their asses off.
Keep and eye out for a post contest party coming soon too.