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Monday, November 24, 2014

Icicles and Clear Water

I had the opportunity to paddle the Lower Green River Gorge south of Seattle, WA, after a big freeze. The deeper parts of the canyon don't see any sunlight during the winter months, so icicles last for much longer. The thermometer read 27F when I left the warmth of my car and headed down the steep climb into the canyon. Nothing like winter paddling.
Starting down the path in the sun.
The final lowering.
Adam in the canyon.
Paradise Wave.
Looking upstream towards the waterfall.
Lots of boats on a cold, frozen day.
Frozen.
Ledge Drop re-entering the canyon.
Me running the first ledge.
Huge cliffs.


Can't even get the top and bottom of the cliff in the same frame.
Layers in the cliff walls.
Rapid after rapid in the midst of the deep canyon.




Following Steve through Island Drop.
In the guts of Island Drop.
No swimming here.

Great sandstone cliffs.

Clear & cold water.
Out of the canyon towards the end of the day.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Werner Paddles Website

Check out the new Werner Paddles website. Danny Mongno, the marketing manager, has helped set up a very cool section about Werner's history, check it out here http://wernerpaddles.com/about/
Surfing the wave at Skookumchuck
Leather Star & Bat Star
Patagonia, Chile
Skagit River
This was just up the road from Werner -less than two hours from the shop.


Big thanks to Danny and everyone else at Werner for being so supportive of me and my endeavors, and for making such bomber paddles! Cheers guys!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Canoeing...Uphill

Leslie, Rachael and I went out to the Club Stretch on the Snoqualmie River to practice in big canoes. It was Rachael's first time solo in a tandem canoe on a river, and she did an excellent job. Leslie had phenomenal control snubbing (going downstream) using her pole, while I, on the other hand, did a marvelous job hitting ALL the rocks and swimming plenty, including a good loop around the endless eddy at the takeout. I almost pinned myself against the rock wall! Here are a few photos.
Pretty much sums up "you want me to go UPstream?"
Leslie snubbing downstream.
Regaining focus/gunwale bracing
Rachael poling up the inside track of a rapid.
...and snubbing back down it.
Making the safe call to kneel down and paddle it after I did a few pirouettes, emergency maneuvering, and falling out twice in 50 yards.
Leslie in control.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Little Bandera Mountain

My good friend Mariko and I decided to hike Little Bandera Mountain on what may have been one of the last true summer-esque fall days. We had blue skies, big puffy cumulus clouds, and the sun beating down-it felt like midsummer. So it turns out the second half of this hike is a scramble. After leaving from the car, switchbacks started immediately, and went on for almost 5 miles. The last mile up the trail forgoes the switchbacks, and climbs directly up a loose, rocky/sandy slope. I believe it is more of a scramble than a hike. 
Mt. Rainier peaking over the hills from early in the hike.

Just one bit of red.

Looking over the ridge into the North Cascades.
Exhausted.
You can see Seattle in the very far distance.
Made it!
Looking down to Mason and Little Mason Lakes.
Quite the view from the top.
Classic Mariko pose. 
Glamour shot galore.
My three essentials.
Mac & Cheese for the win.
See? Go to pose.
Mt. Rainier in her full glory.
Big thanks to these guys-Spot Adventures