April on the Breitenbush

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.

2015 LCCC Annual North Umpqua Weekend

It was a small crowd this year, but we made up for it with lots of excitement on the river and fun back at camp. Not caught on video was the attempt to move a picnic table with a Z-drag. Let’s just say the Forest Service has nothing currently to worry about in terms of losing any picnic tables to us. We need more practice and a better kit. We moved it an inch. Maybe.

Wind River, Mineral Springs Bridge to Stabler

There’s nothing like Murray for coming up with new runs. This is a surprising 7.5-mile class 1/2 run sandwiched between much harder runs on the Wind. Scenic, relaxing, a nice change of pace. We ran it at 440 cfs, which was a very nice level. We scraped in just a few places. I think 600 cfs would be ideal. There were two or three class 2’s. Unfortunately, the best one was in a rocky gorge and I didn’t get any footage of it because I was upstream shooting people running the lead-in and didn’t know something much better was around the bend. There is a shot of us coming out of the gorge and if you look upstream, you can see some whitewater. For moving water paddlers, my one caution would be there were several places where the main current ran alongside wood–logs. An unskilled paddler could get in trouble in these spots. Everyone in this video was a class III and above paddler and didn’t have any issues with these logs. There was one spot though where the wood and current were tricky enough that two paddlers portaged it. A big thanks to Murray for putting this on the schedule. An equally big thanks for suggesting we convene for a post-paddle conference at the Backwoods Brewery in Carson. Their appropriately titled Logjam IPA is particularly delicious.

Paddling the Upper Kalama

Sixteen of us caught the perfect window. The gate to the Upper Kalama is only open for 6 to 8 weeks during hunting season, so you have to catch it when you can. Rain had fallen the night before, kicking up the gauge for the East Fork of the Lewis (the gauge we use since the Kalama doesn’t have one) to 700 cfs, and the level was nearly perfect. A little more water would have made the surf waves better, but there was still some good ones to be had. Fall was in full glory and the water was mesmerizing with the swirl of alder leaves in its depths. On the trip: Carl, Mike, Greg, Dennis, Ted, Will, Leon, Ken, Kendall, Bill, Terry, Susan, Dee, Otis, Kevin, and myself.

A man without a skirt

Imagine a beautiful Saturday morning, meaning it does not rain yet and the sun tries to peak between the clouds, and a man, a grown-up man, let’s call him Ted to preserve his identity and protect his family,  is going around asking for a skirt because he forgot to wear his this morning. No, this is not Scotland despite the weather but it’s a paddling drama happening right in your backyard, at the put in of the  “5-mile bridge to Hanna bridge” run on the Thomas creek. A beautiful run on a forested secluded river. Unfortunately for Ted, nobody had a spare skirt and he had to sit that portage fest.

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