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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Middle Middle Snoqualmie River

Howard, Dale, Tom and I headed out on a low water mission to explore the Middle Middle Snoqualmie. Tom hadn't been before, so it was a new experience for him. This is one of the harder grade 3-4 runs in the area. There are multiple back to back grade 3 rapids, and one long sequence culminating in a double drop called House Rocks. At 900 cfs, it wasn't too pushy, but as flows increase control starts to drop.  I had a bit of a swim right near the put in, as I was chatting away and not paying attention (in flatwater) I found the only rock around and bumped it wrong. That's what I get for not paying attention. Oh well... At least everyone else had clean lines.

Howard Checking out the lead in to House Rocks
Dale Pointing.
House Rocks lead in Pt. 1
Pt. 2
Lower House Rock.
A Frame Drop- A bit boney at 900 cfs!!
Dale Finding a Harder Line.
Sticky Hole.

Friday, January 9, 2015

South Fork Stillaguamish- Pre flood conditions

Leslie, Chuck and I took canoes down the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River last weekend, knowing that the floods were coming. The gauge read 4.57 when we left, and by midnight had spiked to 12.7 feet well after we were all safely home and asleep.  It only rose .09 feet while we were on the water. We surfed, poled, and even did a bit of lining over some of the shallow sections.  This section can have a bit of wood, which we were mindful of, but there were never any issues. It was Chuck's first time down a river in over a year. Great work, Chuck!

Ice oozing from clay layers.
Working on attainments.
Chuck ferrying.
Poling upstream.
Difficult bottom material.
Leslie surfing.
Chuck almost on the wave.
Breaking out of the eddy.
Cross deck surfing stroke?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Turkey Day Downwinder

Winds from the south to 27, gusts above 35, and clear skies. There was nothing I was more thankful for this Thanksgiving than stormy seas and my ma, to shuttle me and drop me off upwind. Thanks Ma!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pretty Strokes

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Check out Stephen Orlando's mapped paddling motions using light. Is your stroke this pretty?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Windyty, A Wind Forecasting Map

Check out this new wind pattern forecast map, Windyty and be sure to check out the gradient maps you can apply in the lower right corner.

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.
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.