85 degrees, everyone had sweet lines, no one went in the cave. Summer had arrived!!
Burger stomps the guts out of another stout
|takin' it downtown!!|
The following day began with the best bacon and eggs breakfast you've ever tasted. Really. Then we rallied to the Cispus and met up with Dan P, Alex, Phil, Abe Hererra, Jeff and Dan McCain. I hadn't done the Upper Upper Cispus and neither had most of the group. Good times.
|Alex and Phil diggin the Cispus|
|Dan no likey|
|me.. in the dang cave! dang it!!!|
|Dan M and Jeff|
The cave on the left side of Behemoth is a very unforgiving place. I'm not sure what I did to get in there, but if that rope wasn't dangling into the 'pool' I would've been forced to swim through the back door to get out. No one could've gotten to me in time. All the current back there is all surging and flowing upstream. Once your in there it's either up and out or through the guts of the waterfall. Have I mentioned how great it is to paddle with solid river professionals? Rescue is an essential skill in a class V environment. Know what to do beforehand, because shit goes down FAST. I always wear my Kokatat Ronin Pro PFD and GMER drysuit when ever I get on a creek. It took almost half an hour to get me out with four guys hauling on the system. I would've been severely hypothermic without a drysuit on. I can't thank you boys enough.
The lifeline that WAS there was very worn and snapped. We neglected to leave a rope and when I go back I plan to leave a spectra bag as it doesn't wear out as quickly as the polypro bags do (in this application). If you get in there before I do and want to leave a bag I will gladly set you up with a replacement spectra. Serious. Get ahold of me. That would not be a fun swim for anyone.
|nasty cave @ Behemoth|
And while another thrilling episode of Creek Sides Theater is coming to a close kiddies, don't be sad, there is waaay more steezey action on the way including a a sweet little vid of this epic tale. Stay tuned!!