Bill Jordens, Witt Anderson, Murray Johnson, Curt Peterson, Kendall Springer, Ken Keating, Chad Price, Alex McNeily, Audrey Bergsma and I all braved the snow, the rain, and the hail to have a perfectly wonderful day on the Kilchis. It was flowing at a great level. Apparently when the Wilson is slowing dropping (2500 to 2450 cfs while we were on the Kilchis) the Kilchis is prime for play and surfing. Long an advocate of the NF Trask, I’m coming around to agreeing with Carl Poston that the Kilchis might be the most beautiful of the two runs … though its still close.
This year’s Sweetheart Paddle was another sweet paddle on the Nehalem River from Vernonia to Big Eddy. The gauge was at 199 cfs, but that’s enough to float your boat and average about 5 MPH on the river. Seventeen LCCC members showed their love of rivers, the outdoors and Mary Ann’s chocolate gluten-free cookies. A big thanks to Mary Ann for organizing.
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.