Sweetheart Paddle 2016

This is a video of the Lower Columbia Canoe Club’s annual Sweetheart Paddle in February. This year the event was held on the Lewis River, which because of heavy rains was running at 10,000 cfs. The river was big, flat, and moving. The day itself was very wet as the droplets on the camera lens will attest. Be sure to watch to the end to see the first public appearance of the LCCCC–the Lower Columbia Canoe Club Chorus in action.

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.