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.

Summertime on the North Umpqua

When it’s summer in the city, the best place to head is a river. In the last weekend of June, the North Umpqua looked particularly enticing and Michael Allender organized a trip. Twelve LCCC members headed south and paddled several sections. This video only shows us running Boulder, Eiffel Tower and Pinball rapids. Level was 800 cfs.

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.

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.