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Bottom Creek 2007 Trip Report




Bottom Creek or Bottoms as it is referred to by the locals is an amazing whitewater resource. Bottoms is a tiny stream in the mountains of Virginia that just so happens to drop 830 feet in three short miles. It also just so happens to be located only an hour east of Virginia Tech. One of the numerous reasons Tech was my number one school of choice for my undergraduate degree. I got my first run on this gem of a creek on March 2nd and it wont be the last. Rob Tompkins did an awesome job shooting photos of everyone. There were 130 photos in all so I skimmed them down to the top 20 for your viewing pleasure, enjoy.

-Chris

I have been doing a little Photoshoping recently. Enjoy
kettles

The first rapid on the run. Myself boofing through the Kettles

mousetrap

Sweet angle on MouseTrap

blind mice

Firing up 3 Blind Mice



The first large rapid is the Kettles. Here Nate boofs his way down the top drop.



Chance Lining up the second drop



Chris boofing the final drop in the series...



This is the Eye of the Needle. A Sketchy Mandatory Portage. Can you guess why?



At the end of a short pool below the Portage is Crash Test Dummy. Here Chris patiently waits on the boof stroke



Chance timing the stroke perfectly



Chris in the top drop of Zig Zag. Tricky little bastard



Preston has Zigged, now lets see if he can Zag



Sometimes you Zag



And sometimes you get Zagged



Numerous Jackings on this rapid



Stratton with one of the coolest pictures of the whole day



Scouting the Mouse Trap



Stratton showing us the line in the Mouse Trap



Chris is about to float into the lower drop of the Trap



Chance landing hard



The largest single drop in the run, Two Blind Mice. Aptly named after the two pioneers of Bottoms ran it blind



Preston styles it with a broken paddle



Pulling her back to the right





Bottoms Creek will be included in the ABP Paddling film titled 'Slave to the Rain'

Well that is my trip report. I want to thank Rob Tompkins for the amazing photos.
Awesome Light, Awesome People, Awesome Day.

-Chris