Jon Torrey

Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.

Category: Outdoors

Upper Gauley

I just returned from my second run down the Upper Gauley. Ranked second best rafting on the continent (next to the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon), seventh best in the world, and best single day trip anywhere it is a beast of whitewater. Our six person crew all wanted a good rough time and our guide, Richard, delivered. Running point through many of the rapids he manhandled the boat into lines that rocked and tossed the raft around.

We passed over several smaller surf spots in favor of Hungry Mother. Running this surf spot third we watched one boat lose four of the six clients and another boat not make it in. After setting up for the run we slipped into the ideal spot and were promptly flipped, capsizing the boat, and spilling all six of us clients and Richard into the water. Pillow Rock once again delivered as a great ride and we won among our trips boats for getting the most paddled on the rock. Insignificant and Lost Paddle were just as fun as last year and I remembered the exact spot during Hawaii 5-0 where my friend Kevin muttered an, “Oh shit!” the first time through. As we approached the end of the big water a distinct rock face loomed ahead. I knew Sweet’s Falls was coming and got giddy. 14 feet is a pretty big waterfall.

As always, ACE Adventure was fantastic and I’m glad I made the drive down. Next year I’m getting in a four man raft and requesting Richard. He’s made some promises of really showing us a good time.

Winter is coming

Not to be outdone by a bunch of free skiers, snowboarders everywhere and True Color Films presents Day by Day.

DAY by DAY TEASER from True Color Films on Vimeo.

Some random bouldering

I need to get back to climbing. Once August is done and my weekends settle down it’s the first activity I’m adding back into my weekly routine. Until then, some people doing some bouldering in South Africa.

The Rocklands post – week 6 from Sandstones Media on Vimeo.

Where the trail ends

Red Bull is a company I really like. They put out a good (albeit pricey) product and sponsor people to pursue activities that in the past would have gotten the athlete killed, shunned by society, financially broke, or all three. Mountain biking is one of those activities. I will full endorse any alternative sport and given the chance, go balls to the wall with it — save one. Mountain biking, especially the kind these guys are doing, is crazy. Of all the “do epic shit” things people could do this ranks in the top ten.

Watch the trailer in HD and question your resolve to push your limits.

Where the Trail Ends – Mountain Bike Full Trailer from Red Bull on Youtube.

The full movie is available in September.

Superheros of Stoke

Free and heli skiers are some of the craziest people on the planet. Stay stoked.

Superheroes of Stoke Trailer from MSP Films on Vimeo.