The South Merced, flowing out of Yosemite, is described in the white water bible as a true pristine Cali classic. Back in mid spring a good friend Rusty Sage spoke of great boulder gardens and remote wilderness which didn't take much more discussion to count me in. We set out from Rusty's house in Santa Cruz around 5am to meet Phil Boyer and Mike of Coloma at the Wowona putin in Yosemite for the 2 day mission.
The run was classic. Fun, continuous boulder gardens, with some great lines. We had minor carnage on the run with a total of 3 swims and no lost gear. We camped below Superslide and met up with a couple other groups of boaters. It was Johnny Kerns bachelor party, accompanied by Lil' Dave, Lindgren, Jason Hale, and a whole crew from Mammoth. We 15 kayakers camped there all fired up for the next day.
Day 2 was just as good with some more great boulder gardens and fun slides. We took out at the Hwy. 140 bridge around 2pm. The trip was epic and Yosemite is a magnificent place. Enjoy the vid.