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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Patagonia Dreaming

I've been moving photos around to a new computer, and it is bringing back memories. Here are a few photos I rediscovered this morning. These photos are from a 2012, when I spent a season guiding down in Patagonia.

Approaching Glacier Grey
Me! Checking out ice.
Repetition at the edge of the ice.
If only it were a little lower...
The colors were amazing. So many shades of blue.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Winter Surfing

Jason, Michelle and I headed out to Neah Bay, with the intent of trying to paddle around Cape Flattery, which Michelle and I had never been around before. Winds are currently unseasonably strong easterlies in the Strait, which means if any incidents happen we could be pushed rather quickly out and away from land. The day we planned on attempting our trip the winds were regularly 25kts, with gusts higher. We decided it wasn't possible to feel safe enough to attempt this given conditions, so we paddled to Waadah Island, checked out the exposed east side, and surfed back to Neah Bay, after which we drove back to Hobuck Beach and spent the afternoon surfing. We also found big carcasses on the beach, a sea lion and a young humpback whale. Very large and pungent.

Paddling upwind to surf back.
Stinky Sea Lion.
Michelle watching her first whale!
Jason avoiding the closeout.
Watching Jason get endered 2x.
The wave as it broke.

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?