FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK:
Once again we wrap up another month by bringing you a photo spread from our Admins around the #DBWorld! As another glorious summer fades into autumn we look back at all the fun we’ve had… Enjoy!
September is for Gauley Season, and Linc Stallings is back again in West By God. Even though this particular shot isn’t from this year, we had to feature it after the “Tube Grabber” controversy from Gauley Fest with Aaron Erdrich… #WALLACE!
Mike Keller took a break from boating to soak up a moment of the ambiance at Pillow Rock during Gauley Fest. This is one of the most amazing places to reflect on the joyous lifestyle we lead. Don’t forget to stop every here and there and enjoy where dirtbaggin’ will take you!
September is also Feather Fest time out in California. Clinton Begley made the trip, coming back with this shot, as well as a report that will run here in October. Here’s a sneak peek: “The North Fork of the Feather River is a truly exceptional stretch of whitewater. This shot is looking at the class -IV run out below one of the steeper pitches of the IV+/V Tobin section. If you look closely you can see a few kayakers dwarfed beneath truck and house sized boulders.”
Renee Zettle got out of the office at Cascade River Gear to score some river time with friends, on an oar-rigged Maravia raft on the low water Selway River in Idaho. All work and no play is no good for a Dirtbag, even when you work at an awesome outfitter!
Asaf Arad also spent the month criss-crossing the border from Canada to the US in search of the next riverboarding fix while on the Babylon Tour. Whether kicking with Mike McVey or the Paterson brothers, the stoke was high! Watch for a report on the epicness in October in this magazine…
Dirt Bag Paddlers co-founder Jason Flannery showed Black Owl Media’s very own Geneva Damico down the Deschutes River in his hometown of Bend, Oregon. What a way to spend a day off from pushing rubber!
And last but not least… I flipped my IK for the first time EVER at the base of Mishicot Falls on the Menominee River, banged the devil out of my knee, and swam after my boat for the duration of Piers Gorge. No biggie! After all, you can’t cheat the Wallace.
Well that’s it for September 2016. You sure were good to us. Bring on the colors of Autumn, Mother Nature… And when in doubt, just #DIP! Cheers!
~ Editor-in-Chief “Chicago” Mike Toughill