Down by the River

Apr 25, 2013
by Harookz ...  
The town of Green River is no stranger to the mountain bike world. As the birthplace of many iconic freeride moves, the number of riders visiting this small town has increased over the years. Eric Porter came up with the idea to float down the Green River on rafts to access areas that you couldn't drive to. With his team mate Kelly McGarry, we ventured into the unknown where cell reception and civilization was non-existent.

  Rafts loaded with bikes and camping gear, finding terrain to ride is an added bonus.
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  As the day proceeded, there was a bit more drinking and less paddling going on.

Porter started off his trip on a sour note mildly separating his shoulder at the point of no return.
  Porter started off the trip on a sour note, mildly separating his shoulder at the point of no return.

  Nothing beats sleeping under the stars and waking up blanketed in golden light. Porter clocks in as the aroma of fresh coffee drifted through our camp.

  Our journey followed a 68 mile stretch of water and this map was our only guide.

Harookz Trip images
  A lack of cell reception and hospitals nearby didn't stop McGazza from sticking to his roots, attacking sketchy exposed lines.

  Goat paths and game trails provided pristine singletrack.

  Living in the outdoors unplugged, enjoying life in its purest form.

  There were no shortage of ridgelines to shralp as expected in Utah. Porter on the left, McGarry slashing on the right.

Harookz Trip images
  Natural berms greeted you at the end of many ridgelines. McGazza making good use of the excess speed he picked up.

  Porter and McGarry took full advantage of this halfpipe carved by mother nature.

  Every morning we were blessed with scenes like this.

  Goal Zero (www.goalzero.com) solar panels kept our camera batteries topped up. We were all about clean energy on this trip.

  It's hard not to feel miniscule within the massive canyon walls.

  The kiwi and the watermelon.

  Not much needs to be said here...

  We hope our trip inspires you to take on an adventure into the unknown.

Check out the video from this trip by Justin Olsen here.


64 Comments

  • + 33
 I love photo features.... my ADD usually has me turning something else off to tune into pinkbike vids, but features like these are always a treat. That wake-up shot has me jonesing to hit a couple spots I've lined up in the AK backcountry.... this is how to vacay!!!
  • - 3
 Make sure you're not riding on federally protected land because the last thing the mtbing community needs is another issue surrounding land access. Was this story posted before? I def. read it from what felt like months ago. It's hard to forget possibly the coolest idea to spend a week with your bike.
  • + 7
 i agree and disagree. riding illegal spots shows bikers desire to have more. we cant be fenced in to a bike park like valmont or trailside. if we comply to all of the rules then no there wont be any issues surrounding land access but again we would spend our days riding the same trails over and over and over
  • + 5
 Anybody have any environmental impact studies on the effect of modern mtb? Our local NY DEC just came out with an attack on the trails again and I would like to have some data to show them.
  • + 3
 taletotell, MTBR will be a much better resource for that type of information.
  • + 2
 I think there was another water access mtb adventure, maybe with bearclaw? Either way this is a great idea, would love to be able to pull something like that off, looks like all of their gear was legit and well thought out, great photo story.
  • + 11
 @scott-townes for the record, we did a lot of research prior to the trip regarding land issues and everything you see here on Pinkbike was shot on private or BLM land. We actually shot the majority of this story on cattle grazing land and had permission from the landowner. We ended the trip right where the National Park begins. Just a heads up though, I have heard the BLM is cracking down in Green River, especially in the zones everyone frequents (including you judging by your profile pics) that are close to town. A good friend of mine who recently had a VOD from a Green River shoot was threatened with hefty fines and kicked out of the area for riding a zone right next to the highway. If anyone is planning on shooting or riding in the Green River area make sure you have your ducks in a row.
  • + 0
 I think I know who you're talking about... man that really sucks considering how popular dirt biking is there. Thanks for the heads up.
  • + 4
 How is it that only like 3 people remember this story (with video) from last summer?
  • + 2
 I definitely remember this story, mostly because it had an amazing video. If it's gonna be a re-posted story, WHERE"S THE VIDEO?
  • + 1
 We certainly have some access issues here, but there is a serious amount of territory outside of the parks.... and private land owners here laugh at MTB's "impact" so as long as they are asked nicely, they're cool.
  • + 1
 I remember this story too, hard to forget something like this. Pinkbike readership must be going through the roof!!
  • + 1
 "Down by the river, we took a little walk..."
  • + 23
 I take it the Coors was only used to put out the fire, and they drank real beer.
  • - 1
 you'd expect such connoisseurs of mountain biking to be connoisseurs of beer as well. Was expecting them to be drinking some zesty IPA's or something, not piss-in-a-can lol
  • + 2
 It's Utah, coors, pbr and the like are just used for hydration purposes.
  • + 8
 Am I the only one that remembers this trip being done last summer? I even watched the video of the trip. Why is this article being (re)posted now? Nice shots, yes. But not exactly current.
  • + 3
 You're not alone, I remember seeing this in "bike" some time ago. Still some great shots though!
  • + 9
 Living the dream!
  • + 5
 You make a photo with a bad ass sling on top of some silly map. And then you make a comment about the map?! WTF?!


Dude- what is this sling about... Storyline please?
  • + 2
 ...the sling was their means of food.....ha...... Epic....living the dream!
  • + 1
 Awesome article- full of PODs- epic indeed!
  • + 3
 This looks like one of the funnest biking trips ever, sure I ride park and street and some little dirt jumps but I would much rather go on a trip like this then go to Woodward or Joyride 150! Thanks for sharing this journey
  • + 1
 So I'm sat in an office in central London on the hottest day of the year... and then I see this article! Unreal - this is just the sort of trip I while away endless 'working' hours dreaming about, and to see these guys living that dream just kills me a little bit inside.

Doing this down the Thames doesn't have quite the same appeal! Smile

Great article and fantastic pictures. Blown away. Now I need to book some flights to the US of A...
  • + 5
 INSPIRING PHOTOS!! ON THE BUCKET LIST!
  • + 5
 The whole time reading this I couldn't get Neil young outta my head
  • + 2
 Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssss!
  • + 4
 The pictures are unbelievable.
  • + 1
 MTBers may love nature, but they shred it up pretty good. Every time I see a north shore video drifting moss I feel slight embarrassment for the community.
  • + 1
 Epic! Best photo epic I've seen in a while. What an awesome looking trip! Great job. I'll go next time if you need a volunteer Wink
  • + 2
 The whole time I was just thinking 'what if there bikes fell in the water?'
  • + 0
 This is what biking is all about. Adventures, from the trip across town to mail a package to river rafting with your bike. One may be bigger then the other. There still all adventures. It it what you make of it.
  • + 1
 Good thing they brought bikes... while beautiful, the Green is one BORING float to say the least. Looks like some fun if not overly dusty riding aye.
  • + 2
 This story and photos were in Bike magazine last year. Not that I mind seeing them again...
  • + 2
 looks like one drunken yet epic trip
  • + 1
 What a trip man. Most of us would like to do something like that some day Smile
  • + 1
 There are so many POD-worthy photos in this album its not even f*cking funny!
  • + 2
 Awesome, want to do a trip like this
  • + 2
 ill trade all my millions just to have a life like that...
  • + 0
 Is this kind of trip available through outfitters there in the Green River area?
  • + 2
 Nope. There are rafting tours but nothing like this. A lot of the Green River goes through federally protected lands so I highly suggest that no one does this same trip as you may be ripping your bike around where you really shouldn't be... as tempting as it might be, haha.
  • + 1
 The Green is a REAL boring float (that part) if you're looking for whitewater. Beautiful scenery, whole lotta' frog water... And yeah, I wouldn't suggest trying to replicate this trip. Utah's not the kind of place you want to try to argue with the "Authoratie"... They're a special breed down in Utah. The Nampa might be a good one to try down there. I've only floated it though.

Come up to Oregon and do the Owyhee. On top of amazing water, you could easily do a deal like this without ever running into issue. The lower has some features I've been wanting to ride wince the first time we ran it 15 years ago.
  • + 1
 Kurva jo!!! I put the last picture to desktop backround. He heSmile
  • + 1
 Nice portable solar powered chargers. What model is that?
  • + 1
 This guys enjoying their lives and me here in front of the PC... Cry
  • + 1
 Amazing country and spectacular photos. Can't wait to go back.
  • + 0
 Geology is what makes mountain biking all about. I love plate tectonics and erosion.
  • + 1
 What is that bright yellow handlebar?
  • + 1
 Pagaria lo que fuera por un viaje asi
  • + 1
 Awesome! The natural halfpipe is so siiick
  • + 1
 Trip of a lifetime.
  • + 1
 Skinny Dipping !
  • + 1
 i need a job like that!
  • + 1
 Rad
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 wonderfull journey
  • + 0
 Brilliants Beer
  • + 1
 awesssommeee
  • + 1
 But Earth dream)
  • + 1
 Great article guys!
  • + 1
 Awsome!!!! Love it!
  • + 1
 hooo love it
  • + 1
 Great photos Harookz!
  • + 1
 wow

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