Jan 22, 2014

Upper Jah

The Upper Jalacingo is just one sick stretch in the legendary Rio Alseseca drainage. Upper Jah starts out looking kinda pathetic, especially running stuff like Big Banana or Tomata. Quick enough though the Jalacingo cleans right up and paddlers will become stoked at the awesomeness held in the canyons below. Make no mistake, though, you'll want a guide on this stretch. There are so many places you just can't get out and many of the 5-7 portages on this run are must-make and not obvious from above. That said 3-4 hours on the water is average when you know where you're going. So many boofs, waterfalls and slides, paddlers are certain to leave Jalacingo's canyons with smiles plastered on their faces. Hard not to love Veracruz!

Here's a little edit I put together on the Upper Jah. Such a good run and there are a whole lot of drops and slides that just didn't make it in to this edit… I guess you'll just have to see this jewel of Mexico yourself. Til next time y'all…

Jan 21, 2014

Mexico part 1

Creek Sides went to Mexico this year and what we found was... some of the best whitewater on earth. Starting in the Valles area we found a nearly endless supply of waterfalls, from fun to massive... a few are even scary. Then we headed to the Veracruz and Alseseca. Rio Alseseca is one of those special places you rarely, if ever, come across. This is why creek siders come from all over to experience its magic. And the quality is certainly not out matched by the quantity. The Alseseca will take you as big as you've ever wanted to go. It is a truly special river, but not the only river in Veracruz. Sit back and enjoy the highlights of how our trip began.