Club members in kayaks, canoes and IKs run this Northwest classic and show that where there are holes, there will sometimes be carnage–or at least flips. Also, the first Covert canoe in Oregon surfaces for a second run, piloted by Audrey Bergsma.
This video of a run on the Clackamas by 6 LCCC members includes clips of the new Silverbirch Covert canoe. Made in the UK, this polyethylene canoe adds a new competitor to the Esquif and Blackfly PE canoes. The Covert is the blue canoe.
Nine members of the LCCC enjoyed a great spring day on this 2+ (3) run. Level was 1530 cfs or 9.2 feet at the gauge at Dodge Park where the Bull Run comes in. Note: The kayaker performing the flip also performed a roll, unfortunately off camera. A big thanks to Meg Hosman for organizing the group and arranging for such nice weather.
A contingent from the Lower Columbia Canoe Club runs the Breitenbush River in Oregon at 580 cfs. This video shows only the four drops we stop and scout. The Slot and the Notch are the first two rapids and come early in the run. Miles of fun rapids later we get out and scout the rapid before Woo-Man-Chew and then run it. Only one of our party runs the final big rapid, Woo-Man-Chew. Congrats, Dale.
Ten paddlers from the Lower Columbia Canoe Club run the fabled Salmonberry River in the Oregon Coast Range. Level was about 1830 cfs on the Wilson River to the south–a low level to run the Salmonberry, but it worked out, particularly after the confluence with the North Fork. One kayaker ran Chew Chew (Class IV) and so did one canoeist, but since he was the videographer, that too will remain fabled. There were two log portages that weren’t there when we last ran it (November 2014).
The trip and difficult shuttle was organized perfectly by Kendall Springer. Despite the portages, some swims, and scouts, the shuttle team made it to the put-in cars in time to 4-wheel it up the notorious Beaverslide Road in the final minutes of daylight.
This is a video of the Lower Columbia Canoe Club’s annual Sweetheart Paddle in February. This year the event was held on the Lewis River, which because of heavy rains was running at 10,000 cfs. The river was big, flat, and moving. The day itself was very wet as the droplets on the camera lens will attest. Be sure to watch to the end to see the first public appearance of the LCCCC–the Lower Columbia Canoe Club Chorus in action.
A group of us caught the Kilchis at a moderate level for a fun day on the river. Level on the nearby Wilson was around 2500 cfs and slowly dropping. The video mostly concentrates on the two class 3 rapids we call Gutter 1 and Gutter 2.