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.

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.

Return to the Sandy Gorge

Another great day in the Gorge. This time I label the main rapids, get a better angle on Boulder Rapid, and shoot some of the runs on Revenue Bridge Rapid. Joining me on the river are: Greg Davenport, Ted Housen, Chuck Wilkison, John Maroney, Alan Douglass, Audrey Bergsma.

Clackamas–Three Lynx to Carter’s

Greg Davenport coordinated a great trip of 16 boats on the Clack on the last day of June–and contributed some of the stills I used in making the video (see the shots at the end after the raft). Level was 1400 cfs. I’ll try name everyone that was there: Bill Jordens, Audrey Bergsma, Ted Housen, Kathy Cody, Russ Pascoe, John and Matt Loozer (in the Blast and from Idaho), Eric Lindenauer, Ed and Bennett Kornbrath, Chris Watson, Gerry Orr, Denny Egner, Chad Price, Greg and I.

Iowa to Tucker on the Hood

Nine of us paddled the Hood at 1200 cfs on May 20, 2012. Heather Matthews from BC was down for the weekend, plus we had new members Bob Pool and Ed Bourguignon. Also in the group: David Pool, Denny Egner (back in the saddle after back surgery), Greg Davenport, Kendall Springer, Audrey Bergsma, and myself. Spotted on the river: One, possibly more, harlequin ducks. You see these fairly often in the spring on this section of the Hood. Amazing swimmers in fast current.This was the first time on this run for Heather, Bob and Ed, who all aced it. The clip of me at the beginning was taken and edited by Greg. The clip at the end of Audz and Heather zipping by the camera was shot by David.

Wilson River Narrows

Eleven of us (Audz, Bill, Bri, John, Bets, Carl, Eleanore, Steve, Murray, Chad, and myself), all in open canoes, paddled the Narrows at 1,500 cfs. Great level, great weather, great time. Some of the surf waves on the run were in excellent form, particularly one just down from the put-in at MP 15. No videos on surfing that one, but I did catch folks surfing a wave right at the put-in.

Paddling the Sandy in December

To celebrate Ted Housen’s birthday, a group of us joined him on a paddle from Dodge to Oxbow on the Sandy. Level was 1700 cfs, temperatures were below 40, and the sunshine that followed us all day made it feel warmer than that. Must have been in celebration of Ted. The crew included Audrey Bergsma, Bill Jordens, Dave Graf, Dick Sisson, Rob Eliot, myself, Ted, Carl Poston, and new bow paddler, Eleanor (welcome to the LCCC!).

Short Video of a 3-Week Trip on the Nahanni

Seven members of the LCCC and three lapsed members paddled the Nahanni River in Canada’s Northwest Territories from the Moose Ponds to Lindberg Landing in July 2011. This is 350 miles of paddling, including nearly 30 miles of nearly continuous class II and III whitewater. This video is a 6.5-minute long condensed version of the trip. A 40-minute video can be found at: http://www.vimeo.com/27833640. Paddlers included Dennis Deck, Witt Anderson, Brent and Tyrae Mahan, Dave and Laurie Robinson, Bob and Karen Williams, Audrey Bergsma, and myself.