The higher water brought some motivation to explore the upper reaches of the Alseseca. Before the "Roadside," the proper river is formed by two arms. The one that comes in from river right had been run by the Jackson crew last fall, and they finished that trip with some really nice footage. Mexico City boater, Rafa Ortiz, was on that trip and he said the upper stretch was worth a go. We spent one sunny morning hiking the run from downstream, and then we returned with our boats on a cold, rainy afternoon. The hike from downstream eliminated some reported difficult rope-assisted portages, but it turned out to be quite the pain in the a$$ to haul our gear over the wet rocks and through the tight jungle trails. The drops were worth the relatively minimal effort. We are all looking forward to exploring the impressive gorges of the Middle Alseseca as soon as we get some more sunny weather and lower flows.
1) Todd Anderson on the last slide.
2) Discussing the options on the scouting mission.
3) Ian Garcia going huge on "The Rib."