Here is my video of the Rubicon Trail 2014 JK Forum SoCal trip.

We started at Dynamo Pond located just South of Bridgeport, CA. After a quick trip to Kavanaugh Ridge (11k ft!) we headed to the Rubicon Trail. This time I would be doing the trail in the opposite direction to my previous years. Our first stop were the campsites south of Rubicon Springs. With clear crawdad pools and a crazy Mexican pot-luck night no one sober enough will forget, our stay along the Rubicon River was exciting to say the least. Our trek up Big Sluice went fairly smoothly, though a certain someone thought 5 tries was less than 3 (jk!). Cresting the valley we'd crawled into our sights were set on the campsites in the distance just below the dams of Buck Island Lake. Following tradition we all took a relaxing dip in the lake along the dam sipping a cold one. One of us even put our chair in the lake to relax :) After some rock jumping and glimpses of the mysterious and "un-catchable" lake fish, we headed back to camp to prep for our last full day on the trail. Of the two groups to reach the waterfalls on the other side of the lake, I chose to row across while my brother Niles decided to hike with Luna (the puppy). There was less water this year, and due to the hotter climate, more moss than last year on the sliding rocks above the waterfall. The pool just above though was as enticing as ever. That evening we were surprised by a light rain. Always nice to try to keep the dust down on the trail. My brother had a bit of a tumble on his way back to the tent due to the slippery rocks by moonlight but we were all on the same page at the morning driver meeting. The day was projected to be a long one, with the longest day of wheeling saved for the end. Plus, with it being a Friday we expected there to be a lot of incoming traffic. But, thanks to an early start and a few lucky passes of the smaller oncoming groups we were able to air up after exactly 6 hours. After our "we survived" photos we all headed to the hotel. The rest of the group headed South in the morning while my brother and I headed North with the pup for another week of adventure.

All footage you see in this video was filmed by a GoPro Hero 3 camera. Some of the cameras have been modified with new lenses by Peau Productions (my company!) to provide varying FOV and distortion correction, as follows:

Front Over-Hood Camera:
GoPro Hero 3+ Black
Modified with RibCage kit
Peau Productions 1.8-3.00mm f/1.8 122°-94° HFOV GP183018CS (No Distortion) CS Lens
2.7k30pW

Front Hood Camera:
Stock GoPro Hero 3 Black
Stock Lens
1080p60W

Rear Over-Tire Camera:
Stock GoPro Hero 3 Black
Stock Lens
2.7k30pW

Underwater Hand-Held Camera:
Stock GoPro Hero 3 Black
Stock Lens
2.7k30pW

3-Axis Gyroscope Handheld Camera:
GoPro Hero 3+ Black
Peau Productions 2.97mm f/4.0 95° HFOV 5MP GP29740 (No Distortion) Lens
1080p60W

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