Tag: Flood

The Pelican Case


If you’re looking for an adventure-proof case to hold valuables during your next hunting or fishing trip, look no further than a Pelican case, which are not only guaranteed watertight to a depth of one meter for 30 minutes, but it also come with a

Anatomy of a Flood

Gartman Pecos River Photos 1Prologue

A year ago today, we had the misfortune of being on the remote lower Pecos River in southwest Texas when on the fourth day of a 5-day paddle, we were hit by a flash flood, caused by 11 inches of rain in eight hours. We lost our three kayaks and a canoe to the flood, as well as several thousands of dollars’ worth of camera and

Pecos River Story Index

LSC Pecos River The Search 7I’m often asked for links to our Pecos River stories, and so we’ve decided to create a single index for all our Pecos River posts, from Boomerang trip that started it all to the final Return to the Pecos series, which we floated with Robert Field and Daniel Underbrink. I like to tell people to share our stories with their friends and family who might benefit from reading about our little adventures on the Pecos and perhaps learn a thing or two at our expense…Bert

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Boomerang on the Pecos (The trip that started it all)

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Back to the Pecos Series

Back to the Pecos: Part I – Spills

Back to the Pecos: Part II – Wild Horses

Back to the Pecos: Part III – The Flood

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Pecos River Journal Series

Pecos River Journal – The Search

Pecos River Journal – Flashback

Pecos River Journal – The Continental

Pecos River Journal – The Graveyard

Pecos River Journal – Ike and the River Cane

Pecos River Journal – Acceptance
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Pecos River Journal – The Tucks

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Anatomy of a Flood

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Return to the Pecos Series 

Return to the Pecos – 1. Decisions

Return to the Pecos – 2. The Crew

Return to the Pecos – 3. Onto the River

Return to the Pecos – 4. Water

Return to the Pecos – 5. The Storm

Return to the Pecos – 6. The Reckoning

Lone Star Chronicles – Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Fish


Pecos River Journal: The Paddlers Thread

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Most of the planning for our ill-fated Pecos trip took place in one long Facebook private message thread that we dubbed “Pecos Paddlers.” Dan, Scott, Ryan and I exchanged over two thousand messages in the months leading up to the trip. We put in on the river on June 17, 2014 and the trip ended four days later, on June 20, when we were forced off the

Pecos River Journal – The Graveyard

Lewis Canyon

Dan and I followed Miles‘s 4-wheel mule down the jeep trail to the Pecos River, just below Lewis Canyon. We came to a wide ledge and followed it downriver for about sixty yards, stopping at the large rock just as Dwight Childress’ group had done.

Pecos River Journal – Flashback

LSC Pecos River The Search 8As Dan and I drove back down from Fort Worth to Comstock in search for our missing kayaks and camping gear, I had a flashback. Not many people know this, but this wasn’t my first time back down to the river since the flood. I actually went back four days after the flood, and

Photo of the Day – August 25, 2014

LSC POTD Aug 25, 2014You are looking at the net results of our most recent search on Lake Amistad for the gear that was taken from us by the June 20th flood on the Pecos River. Dan and I went back to the same area on Lake Amistad where his cameras had been found the week before, floating in a water-proof Pelican case. We were hoping to find our kayaks in the same vicinity, but this was all we came up with.

The River’s Sister

POTD-3-26-12 Devils River ViewThere’s been a lot on here lately about the Pecos River, but I just ran across a great article (published nine years ago, actually) about the Devils River. Texas Monthly writer S.C. Gwynne uses vivid description and geographic context to put his readers on one of the most beautiful rivers in the southwest.

The paragraph in Gwynn’s piece that caught my attention would have been a spot on

Pecos River Helo Ride

4 Pecos Flood Helo Ride RyanA few days after we got off the lower Pecos River, Scott made this short video about our helo evacuation via a Texas  DPS helicopter. I didn’t want to post the video here at the time because I hadn’t yet

Back to the Pecos: Part III – The Flood

Pecos River Flood Photo (1)

Note: This is the third in a three-part series about a trip down the remote lower Pecos River. Four of us set out on this journey on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and four days later the river rose on us forcing us to abandon our boats and equipment. To read parts I and II click here: Back to the Pecos: Part I – Spills / Back to the Pecos: Part II – Wild Horses

 “…A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.  A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground.” From the National Weather Service (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety/watch_warning.shtml)

“Humberto, this is Emilio. Just wanted to let you know that we got about three or three and a half inches of rain here in Comstock….you guys need to be careful…that’s all…just be careful.”  Cell phone message left on my phone by river shuttle driver, Emilio Hinojosa, at 7:15 AM, Friday morning.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pecos River, Mile 37 – 6:30 AM

Although it’d been drizzling on and off since just before midnight, the rain started in earnest around three o’clock that morning, and that’s when