Rio Atotonilco / SantaCatarina in Oaxaca, Mexico – First Descent


Rocky Contos works out details for hiring a shuttle driver to the Santa Catarina river.

Lacey rowing on the Atotonilco river - Rocky Contos photo www.sierrarios.org

The Atotonilco had many fun class II and III rapids - Jason Burke photo

Rocky Contos on his 16 foot cataraft and Lacey Anderson on her 12 foot cataraft.

Jason Burke testing machete.

An intense rain storm brought up the river about 12 feet! It was an exciting late night moving everything in rushing water.

Whoops! I hit a reversal sideways and almost slid off the seat at the top of a dangerous gorge - Jason Burke photo.

Jason looking into a long class VI gorge - by Rocky Contos photo www.sierrarios.org

This is the bottom of a long class VI gorge. It took us hours to portage our two boats - Photo taken by Rocky Contos www.sierrarios.org

Take out was very easy for such a challenging river - Photo taken by Rocky Contos www.sierrarios.org.

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