Running Alder Creek Rapid

Eight LCCCers run Marmot to Marmot on the Sandy on a cloudy day in May. The crew included Greg Davenport, Denny Eger, Will Gehr, Karl Dinkelspiel, Eric and Sienna Lindenauer, Audz and I. Many ran Alder Creek (Class IV), with several lines tried. Level was 2500 cfs. All, except me (I ran it last week), were new to this run and gave it a big thumbs up.

Paddling the Sandy, Marmot to Marmot

Ted Housen took 11 of us (including himself) down the Marmot Bridge to Marmot Dam site (it was removed in 2007). None of us, including Ted, had done the run. Level was 2,100 cfs. The stars of this video though are Bob and Karen Williams, who tandemed, and seemed to have it timed perfectly so I’d be ready with the camera at the time they started each drop. Filmmakers love such cooperative actors. I should add that no stand-ins or stunt doubles were used. They really did run the longest rapid with a boat filled with water from nearly the top to the bottom (you can see the water sloshing out of from time to time if you look close). A lot of fine braces there. Later in the day, and also caught on video, they made a great back ferry move right before a pourover. Sweet. Two people ran Alder Creek, the Class 4. Mike Kirwan ran the full-on juice in his IK. I followed in a canoe going for (and making it through) the intermittent tongue just to the right of the firehose. Unfortunately, neither run was filmed. Three adventureous souls, Andy, Gerry and Chris, all ran the far left channel–a good sneak. This is definitely a run to add to the club repertoire, though to run one more class 3, we chose a takeout 1/4 mile or so below the dam. This resulted in a pretty long takeout trudge–you L’edge owners take note.

Canoeing the Middle-Middle Snoqualmie

Doug Chisholm, Audrey Bergsma and I all attended the mid-May PaddleTrails Canoe Club Spring Bash as representatives of the LCCC. Also attending was a good-sized contingent from the Vancouver BC Beaver Canoe Club, and Bob Schneider, who might be a member of all three clubs. (I know he’s a member of ours and the Seattle club.) The weekend starts off with a big breakfast on Saturday and other festivities before everyone breaks up and heads in groups for local runs. This video is of the Class 3 run that Doug, Audz and I chose to go on.

Return to the Hood

Some of the same players and some new ones came back to the Hood a week from my last post to run Dee to Tucker. The water was a little higher (1,375 cfs) and on a slow rise. We had less paddle carnage overall, though one more kayak paddle was broken in the line of duty. There were also fewer out-of-boat experiences. More notable were some extremely good rolls–one of which is in the video. Paddlers included: Doug Chisholm, Greg Davenport, Bill Jordens, Denny Egner, Patrick McCarty, Colm Lengahan, John Maroney, Eric Lindernauer, Audrey Bersgma, and myself.

A Blue Bird Day for Dee to Tucker on the Hood

Looking at the carnage statistics, one might think we ran the Hood at a high level in dense fog. Two broken kayak paddles, one lost canoe paddle, 8 of 12 paddlers swimming at least one drop (some multiple), and one paddler spraining her ankle at the take out. Four paddlers ran Island (Class 4) without scouting as the lead group to set safety, only two (Drew Crisell and I) made it. Truth is, it was a wonderful day on the river with everyone having lots of fun trying challenging lines, safety set in almost all the right places, plenty of scouts, and everyone milking the river and day for all the whitewater and sunshine it could give us. Congrats to Drew, Curt Peterson, Patrick McCarty and myself for staying upright. Even greater congrats to Greg Davenport, Doug Chisholm, Denny Egner, Chad Price, Kevin Lane, Alex McNeily, Karl Dinkelspiel and Audrey Bergsma for pushing it.