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.

November on the Bull Run and Sandy Rivers

Five open canoes and four kayaks caught a little bit of last fall color this past weekend. The Bull Run was at 400 cfs and the Sandy was getting beefy at 10.3 feet. Shortly after we got off the Bull Run, it started a fast climb up to 1900 cfs. Paddlers included: Ted Housen, Bruce Thompson, Bill Jordens, Robert Frisbee, Carl Poston, Ray Koleser (from Anchorage), Alan Douglass, Will Gehr (in a kayak!) and myself.

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.

Two Rivers, Two Canoe Clubs, One Purpose

This is a video of the last weekend in March when the Beaver Canoe Club came down from Vancouver, BC to paddle with the LCCC. More paddlers than I can name. On the Wilson Narrows and the Marmot to Marmot section of the Sandy, we had about 19 paddlers each day. Wilson was 1,000 cfs and the Sandy was 2,100 cfs (Marmot gauge). Lots of great fun and sunshine as temps were in the 70s. My thanks to all the members of the Beavers who made it down for the weekend.

First Day of the Year Paddle 2013

A hardy group of LCCCers enjoyed the sunshine and braved the cold to celebrate the first day of 2013 with a run down the Bull Run/Sandy rivers. The group included organizer Bill Jordens, plus Ted Housen, John Murphy, Bets Stover, Audrey Bergsma, and Mark Scantlebury. Caught on video: the first roll of the year and first swim of the year.

Beating Around the Breitenbush at 400cfs

MurrayJohnson, Teresa Gryder, Will Gehr, Kevin Lane, Robert Frisbee and I all paddled the Breitenbush at what’s probablly its bottom level last Saturday (July 14). Great fun was had by all and I managed to hop out of the boat and shoot some video and photos on a few of the drops. It was my first time down the B’Bush and I don’t know why I waited so long. It’s a very fun run with lot of short ledge drops, most of which are easily scouted by hopping out of your boat. At this level, it’s probably a Class 4-. At higher water, I’ve been told the holes get retentive. On Saturday, we could just bust through them.

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.