Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Enter the Black

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is definitely one of the best runs in Colorado.  It has great rapids, challenging portages, unbelievable scenery, incredible camping, great fishing, and a scenic hike out.  What else could you ask for?  Here is a little photo dump from my recent trip!
The crew packing up at the put-in. Photo: Dan Piano

Entering the canyon. Photo: Dan Piano
Tom, Tyson & Sam in one of the early rapids.
Photo: Dan Piano

Photo: Dan Piano

Tyson styling the s-turn rapid. Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf and Tom checking out triple drop. Photo: Dan Piano

Tyson dropping in on ball buster. Photo: Dan Piano

Luc Strickland going for a boof on the legendary waterfall.
Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf helping Jim set up to shoot some vid.  Photo: Dan Piano

After the eighteen footer the fun begins.  Looking down at the big portage.
Photo: Dan Piano

Looking back at the falls from the portage.
Photo: Dan Piano

Tyson busting through the poison ivy. Photo: Dan Piano

Luc taking a breather on the beginning half of the portage.
Photo: Dan Piano

Cave Camp.  Photo: Dan Piano

Morning light day 2. Photo: Dan Piano

Photo: Dan Piano

Gearing up on the beginning of day two.  Photo: Dan Piano

The painted wall.  Photo: Dan Piano
Traffic jam on the first portage of day 2.  Photo: Dan Piano

This next set of photos is one of the portages that has been recently run by Christian and Tom.  Its been called by a few "Next Generation".  Tom and Christian have come up with there own names that i don't really want to put on my blog.  Ask them about it, creative for sure.

Tom stretching his hammies pre Next Generation.  Photo: Dan Piano

Sam Smiley taking a gandy at the Next Generation.
Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf Kelly entering the second set on Next Generation.
Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf stomping. Photo: Dan Piano

Christian Cook from Connecticut about to stomp his line.
Photo: Dan Piano

Christian working his way down.  Photo: Dan Piano

Booooooof that hole kid! Photo: Dan Piano

Jim giving the Next Generation a scout: Photo: Dan Piano

David Spiegle going for a mega-boof in the run out.  Photo: Dan Piano

Jim firing up Next Gen.  Photo: Dan Piano

A great place to cool off.. Photo: Dan Piano

Luc re-packing his bag after the gnarly swim.  Photo: Dan Piano

Sam Smiley in the run out.  Photo: Dan Piano

Other crew movin out after the sickness they just witnessed.
Photo: Dan Piano

Tyson scoping the Great Falls Portage. Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf scoping the mega-stout.  Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf killing it!  Photo: Dan Piano

Rolf with a Sick BOOOOOF! Photo: Dan Piano

Looking back up at the Great Falls Portage.  Photo: Dan Piano

The take out.  Photo Dan Piano
Self-Portrait of me loving the Chuckar Trail.  Photo: Dan Piano

Luc loving the Chuckar Trail.  Photo: Dan Piano

If you like a little more out of your kayaking trips than the Black is a must do.  Go get some!
Thanks to Christian, Tom, Tyson, & Rolf for showing us the lines you guys kill it!


  1. Dan,

    Have you considered incorporating these photos into a coffee table book?

    I think it would sell really well.

    I'd buy a copy!

    Thanks (again) for sharing!

  2. SBVOR,
    Thanks again! Any of the images are available for purchase. Contact me @ danimalp@hotmail.com if your are interested in any photo in particular. I have been thinking about making a calender..

  3. Hey Dan,

    I don't have enough spare cash to purchase photos -- especially at the moment. But, thanks for the offer.

    Be it calender or coffee table book (or both), I feel certain there is a worldwide market for your outstanding photos.

    I really look forward to each of your blog entries!

    Thanks again for sharing!