Lonely Rock on the Mollala

Did you say sun?
Did you say sun?
This report could have been about numbers, as in number of inflatable kayaks:2; number of canoes: 1; and lamenting about the disappearance of canoe paddlers.
This report could have been about the weather, as in sunshine: yes; snow: yes; rain: yes; and lamenting about the crazy weather we had this winter in Oregon. It’s snowing as I’m writing this.
This report could have been about river and flows, as in river: Mollala; run: from Avon Bridge to Feyrer Park; flow: 1300 cfs; gauge: 12.10 ft, and not lamenting because a bad day on the river is … you know!
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Second Sunday Class 2 Première

This past Sunday was the Premiere of this monthly event designed specially for beginners.

Photo by Neil Shulman
Photo by Neil Shulman
The first occurrence showed 5 paddlers braving the early morning fog to enjoy a good day on the river, 2 open canoes, 2 kayaks and 1 IK, the “new club” usual group. The fog lifted later on to let us paddle the North Clackamas under clear sky.
We went from McIver park down to Feldheimer. The flow was a normal 2090 cfs so it did not offer any real difficulty for this group of intermediate paddlers on a flow of above. No swim to report but rumors has it that a kayaker had to roll. We spent some time doing a little surfing as this is a fairly short trip. It tooks us about 2 and half hours including the compulsory lunch. 
We’ll do that again next month, with I hope more real beginners. SO see you on March 14.

TR:N Santiam, Packsaddle to Mill City

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A great day on river deserves a trip report! With 8 open canoes and a C-1 versus only 2 inflatables and 2 kayaks, it felt more like the boat mixture of the “old” canoe club of a few years ago. (Maybe it helps to have a canoeist in charge to get those canoes out. Thanks Jim!) I note here that Jim’s trip was so popular he attracted boaters from as far away as Hood River (John and Betts), Bend (Trevor), and Denver (Scott Reed). We almost lost one of our few kayakers at the carpool meeting place when he discovered his gear bag had been inadvertently left at home, but fast driving saved the day and he was able to rejoin us.

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