The serenity of a great western river like the Rio Chama pairs well with most music, but a duo like Rich Brotherton and Pat Byrne is truly something special!
Rich and Pat met shortly after Pat arrived in Austin from Ireland. Pat, who had previously won the first season of The Irish Voice, was now writing his own wonderful music and looking for a producer to record it. Rich had been playing and producing music around town for decades and, having spent several summers playing traditional Irish music in pubs both in Ireland and America, had a special understanding of music Pat was making. They hit it off and have been playing together for the last many years. A river trip last year through Big Bend National Park introduced them to the immense joy these outings can bring. They cannot wait to expand their horizons with a trip down the Chama. And they would be delighted to have you join them!
Rich Brotherton spent 25 years as a touring musician with Texas music legend and country act Robert Earl Keen, so on top of having developed a vast musical repertoire he has also seen a lot and has tons of great stories to tell around the campfire. His lifetime of musical experience has led him to share the stage and recording studio with Robert Earl Keen, Matt Harlan, Bruce Robison, Caroline Herring, Ed Miller, Bill Kirchen and of course Pat Byrne.
Pat Byrne is an Irish singer-songwriter that migrated to Austin, Texas in late 2017. He has since been immersed in the Texas music scene and released his first independent album, Rituals, in October 2018. In 2019, Byrne’s breakout performances included the 30A Festival, SWSX, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Americana Festival. When 2020 came along and live shows disappeared, Pat took full advantage and began work on his newest album “Into The Light”. You can learn more about his music on his website here.
Day 1: After meeting at 9am we will take a scenic 1 hr. shuttle to the put-in that features vistas of the craggy peaks of the San Juan Mountains, the massive Brazos Cliffs-over 3000 vertical feet high, and the village of Tierra Amarilla, the center of Reies Tijerina’s land grant revolt of the l960’s. Our launch point is at El Vado Ranch, a rustic, riverside fishing resort. The Chama River immediately whisks us away through a series of swift riffles and into the evergreen-lined canyon. We enter Chama Canyon Wilderness and negotiate Aragon Rapids (Class II). Our camp will be on an old high-water bench, under shelter of ponderosa pines and Douglas firs. After a delicious supper everyone will settle in around the campfire for laughter, music and good times!
Day 2: Enjoy a very leisurely morning beginning with a hearty, hot breakfast. A song or two to get us going and we are of down the River. Hike up any of the numerous side canyons or to the top of Navaho Peak for a spectacular vista. We will arrive at camp early for more relaxing camp time, riverside music and great food.
Day 3: We will encounter some longer, steeper rapids and multi-hued sandstone cliffs up to 1000′ high. Emerging from the canyon wilderness area, we observe a quiet zone as we pass the Christ in the Desert Monastery. Now begins the lively whitewater run (Class II-III) into the headwaters of Abiquiu upper Reservoir. Our take out at mid-afternoon, enables us to return you to your vehicles in Abiquiu before 4:00pm.
Get ready to pitch a tent, sling a hammock, throw down a pad, and relax! Every day we will prepare and serve you a delicious riverside lunch, not limited to, but often including an array of home-roasted sandwich meats and homemade dips and salsas (see some of our recipes here). In addition, our camp dinners and breakfasts are a classic staple of the Far Flung experience, as 40 years in business has not only taught us the principles of reading white-water…but also of cooking and camp ambiance!
***Please let us know ahead of time about any allergies or special food requirements***
Following is a list of required and recommend items for this three-day camping excursion. You will also receive this list as part of your confirmation email. As part of the trip we will provide waterproof drybags for all of your personal items, camp chairs for fireside relaxation and enjoyment, plus any tents, pads and sleeping bags that you and your group need.
Please click here to look at a more in-depth list of required and recommended camp gear:
Join us for an adventure that you will never forget!