For the past 10 yrs I had been looking up at this tiny confluence
as we blazed by on our way down the Embudo. It enters the Embudo
via a 20 ft slide. The spring of 05 brought huge snow pack to New
Mexico and The Embudo was flowing Huge. One sunny day we stopped
and looked up at the Trampas confluence and thought that there might
just be enough water to run it. So TK and I dug out the Topos, drove around
for hours and found the putin. Which consisted of a small forgotten town
(which will remain unnamed) with alot of dogs and some wacked people
still stuck in the 60's. We came back the next day with Dunbar and
a few more Colorado folks. The run was low, probably 60 cfs or so.
We launched after warnings from 60's hippy about rants of it being to steep
and that if we went onto river left we we goners. (we took this to mean, getting
shot due to a certain "vegatable crop growing") Well we made it past all the
brush and barbed wire to the entrance of the canyon. All I can say is, the run
was bony, hardly any eddy's, (which was a factor with 6 people) really manky
drops, a couple steller ones and I'll probably never do it again. Sure was fun
though when we finally made it to the Embudo and it was a Thumping 3.6ft.
But that's what you go through to figure out if a creek is any good.
Here are a few photos of the run.
You can also watch a quick video of the run below.
Looking into the gorge
Dunbar dropping in, I rolled here and ended rightside up in a willow patch
Grayson same drop
Tiny slot move on the left
A lot of boofing
Look close and you can barely see Dunbar's head in the foam pile
Getting close to confluence
Looking down into the Embudo
Brad at the bottom of the run