Greg Davenport shot, edited and set to music this video of Lower Columbia Canoe Club members running Dee to Tucker on the Hood River in Oregon on February 20, 2011. Level was around 1100 cfs. Participants: Alan Douglass, Patrick McCarty, John Maroney, Alex McNeily, Bill Jordens, Ted Housen, Denny Egner, and of course Greg.
This year Mary Ann Jordens took us to the Lewis River and once again provided good weather. The rains didn’t come until we left the river. Sorry, no pictures of the delicious cookies she brought. You would have had to have been there. Put it on your calendar for next year?
A week after I posted the last Clack video, even more canoeists joined me for another run. In solo canoes we had Chad Price, Greg Davenport, John Murphy, Murray Johnson, Audrey Bergsma and myself. In a tandem we had Bill Jordens and Alan Douglass. Patrick McCarty and Rob Blickensderfer in their kayaks rounded out the group. I caught a lot of great action, and Greg even got a video of me running Toilet Bowl. What saddens me is what I missed. I captured a capsize of the tandem, but should have kept filming. Alan rolled up with a from-the-water assist from Bill, who then climbed back in the boat. They also later pulled off their first combat tandem roll. (We won’t talk about the lame move they made that flipped them … whoops, I guess I just did.)
I’ve been wanting to do a video of canoeing the John Day for a while now, but had so much material it was hard to weed through it all. I finally did and produced a video that isn’t about one particular trip, but more of a homage to the river.
This video shows a lot of the sweep boat, Bill Jordens and Alan Douglass, who are warming up for the Grand Canyon. Also along for the run: Curt Peterson, Greg Davenport, Ann Stephenson, Patrick McCarty, and Mark Scantlebury. Greg shot the footage of Toilet Bowl, except of course his own run. It should be noted that Greg wasn’t the only one who swam Toilet Bowl. In fact, his little blip at the end was nothing compared to my attempt to run a difficult right line. Not only did my boat end up doing a little rock climbing on the bank, but I managed to get slammed on an underwater rock, then flushed through the three big diagonal breaking waves. Toilet Bowl, indeed.