Upper Wind at Lower Flow

I had recently lamented to Murray that despite the abundance of talented individuals in the club, whenever it came time for a trip that had mention of “class 4”, suddenly everyone was on vacation, catching up on yard work, or just plain laying low. Legends have it there was a time when the LCCC regularly ran such gems as the Breitenbush, Butte Creek, Quartzville Creek, Upper and Lower Wind, and even the Farmlands on the White Salmon. Club canoeists were occasionally seen running Punchbowl Falls on the West Fork Hood and Husum Falls on the White Salmon. Whatever happened to the ‘good old days’?

"Where's the brakes? Hey, quit tilting the camera!"
"Where's the brakes? Hey, quit tilting the camera!"

I was very excited when Murray offered to maybe revitalize the class 4 trip offerings on the calendar. The low-water, technical kind, not the big-water pushy stuff. And, as club Whitewater Trip Coordinator, I knew that would be 1 less arm I would have to twist to keep the calendar filled!
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REVISITED: You’re going to run that in a canoe?

Mark’s original 2007 internet video featuring footage from LCCC trips has apparently been doing quite well on YouTube. (Part of its success is undoubtedly due to Mark’s son Leland, who contributed the original sound track.) The video predated this blog, so I am posting it here for the record, as well as for your renewed enjoyment.

Classic Canoe class

Great weekend with some enthusiastic new paddlers. The Lower Columbia Canoe Club organized a 2-day clinic to provide instruction for new tandem canoeists. Dave Graf pulled it all together, and we had a great selection of instructors, with Murray Johnson, Patty Brooks, Peter and Veda Keefe, and many many assistants who helped with the clinic, including Nina and Laurent, Bill Jordens, Lora Graf, Ellen and Erin and me.

I took photos Saturday at Lackamas lake where we met on Saturday for the first part of the course. We practiced basic strokes: forward, draw, cross-bow-draw, push-away, pry, and learned to steer the canoe and do a canoe over canoe rescue. We spent quite a bit of time talking about communication, gear, preparation, safety, etc.

We spent most of Sunday on the banks of the Sandy, and got some practices with ferries, eddy turns and peel-outs, using throw ropes, and the basics of reading the river and paddling in moving water.

It was a fun weekend. We had nice weather, not too cold and not too hot, and the students enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, and ability to practice and apply new skills was great. All of the instructors and assistants did a great job. We have a new crop of paddlers to enjoy great Oregon/Washington rivers with!

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