After a long stint down in Patagonia, we ( the blue balls crew) started heading North, Back to Pucon. After getting another round in on the Rio Manso just south of Barriloche, we decided it was time to head home. The whole crew had planned to fly out with in the next week and we needed to organize our shit… After a cold wet night outside of Barriloche, we rallied early to hit the border crossing. About 2 hours into the drive, we crossed the Rio Bonito. As I looked up, Evan was looking at us with a shit eating grin on his face…. “Boys…. its fuckin in!!..” was all he sayed. We all knew what he was talking about…. Cascada Bonito.
This was to be my 3rd time up to the falls. The previous 2 times there had not been any water, so we were stoked! Upon arrival at the look out for the falls, we all realized we had hit the perfect water level. We had to run it. The only way to scout this waterfall is from the viewing platform, about 150 feet away form the falls. After a quick scout, we decided we were in!! WE all went and geared up and decided to run it in pairs, so we could capture it on film and video. Evan and myself decided to go first. As we hiked up thru the ash covered jungle, it was all i could think about. The last person who ran this waterfall broke their back… My mind kept saying: “don’t boof it, don’t boof it”. Once we got roped down to the lip, the size of this beast hit me. “Holy Fuck”. Were in the shit now… So evan went first, while i filmed from the lip. From what i saw he stomped the shit out of it! Having no way out but to run it, i climbed up to my boat.
It was one of the craziest waterfalls ive ever run. Big, scary and STOUT!!! After having 2 good lines, Aniol and Fred were keen to fire it up! Aniol was next, having a good line as well. Unfortunately Fred landed on his paddle with his face and re-broke his nose. We ended up taking him to the Hospital to get some Argentinian stiches. All and all a sick mission. This definitely was of the best days down there!!!
Be Well, Be Safe and Live Fully
Photos by Aniol Serrasolses