Friday, June 20, 2014
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
As part of the Paddle Trails Canoe Club Spring Bash, a group of us ran the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River at 5.8ft. The only previous time I ran this was at 5.2ft which is something I don't think I'll be doing again-too bony and not enough water. With a very strong group we made our way downstream setting safety where needed, surfing when possible, and catching as many eddies as possible. I even convinced one of the more experienced fellows to give me tips whenever possible! My cross-deck strokes were too long, and indeed, once I shortened them, everything became that much easier. Big thanks to Dave Mainer for all the great tips.
|Kris lining up for Wiley Creek drop|
|Wiley Creek hole|
|Wiley Creek Boof|
|Dave Mainer setting safety and judging me|
|Leslie took a great line...|
|...and styled it!|
|Bob boofing over a hole|
|Laughing at my line|
|Boogie water party|
|Don't spend too much time under this wall|
|Bridge Drop with scary wood rip rap|
|Wiley Creek from above|
|The lead-in to Wiley Creek|
|Cleanup at the bottom of Wiley Creek|
|Leslie nailing her line|
|Always searching for surf holes|
Monday, June 9, 2014
After my plans to head to the coast fell through, I got in touch with a few friends from the Paddle Trails Canoe Club and we headed WAY up to the Upper section of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. It was my first time running this section, but Tom, Rich and I added a bit of fun by taking out at Island Drop which is on the Middle section.
The Upper was incredibly scenic-the Cascades rose steeply on either side, and the greens of a forest in spring are unsurpassed.
|Erich working his way downstream|
|Setting safety at one of two bedrock bends|
|Island Drop (takeout rapid)|
|Island Drop right line close up|
Monday, June 2, 2014
We had perfect weather, flows and a group with skills to handle the Middle of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River (or rather handle me!) at 1400 cfs this past Saturday. Bob Schneider, John Montegomery, and Adam Walker and I had a clean and safe run down my hardest river yet-lots of class 3 boulder gardens and one very swift, steep and long class 4 House Rock rapid. I felt confident heading out with these guys watching out for me-a good feeling.
|Bob's new drysuit|
|Surfing House Rock|
|Lead in to House Rocks|
|The best time to go backwards is before your first grade IV rapid in a canoe, right?|
|Lining up for the boof|
|Lower House Rock|
|Adam avoiding the Tight Squeeze|
|Looking back upstream|
|Lots of chutes and green tongues|
|Good Read & Run Practice|
|Big hole from the side|
|Big hole from below|