Just back from the 19th annual Tobin race. Thanks to American Whitewater, this section of class IV has scheduled flows throughout the summer. Special thanks to Macy Burnam for putting it on and providing all the scandalous prizes.
It's exciting to see that people are fired up on downriver racing. There were over 300 people camped out on the river and the "long boats" are back in a major way. The Green boat and Dagger Nomad took the top spot in all 3… Continue
Added by Rush Sturges on September 28, 2009 at 1:44am —
Photo taken by Shane Benedict
Last weekend I decided to take a long overdue trip down to Florida to visit my family. Like clockwork, as soon as I left for Florida is started to rain in Western North Carolina. I swear that it rains every time I leave time. And it didn't just rain, it poured.
As soon as my plane landed back in the Southeast Monday afternoon I was making phone calls to see if I could find anyone who wasn't already… Continue
Added by Laura Farrell on September 25, 2009 at 8:47am —
Thanks to American Whitewater, California has been getting more and more scheduled damn releases during the dry summer months. For the month of September, this included the South Fork of the Feather River. This is a gorgeous 8 mile stretch of class IV-V whitewater with plenty of rapids to keep you entertained. The run starts off with a bang as you put in in a small eddy, ferry across the river, and plunge off a 10 foot drop into the first gorge.…
Added by Diane Gaydos on September 23, 2009 at 7:56am —
Mexico is one of the best places to be a creek boater, it has so many rivers, with so much potential, and most of them unexplored. The other good thing about this is that kayaking is a new sport here, so that leaves a lot of FD for us.
This time our FD takes place in Cuernavaca, which is just 30 minutes drive from the big city, this river is like a ghost river. The first time we got to this waterfall, there was not enough water to even consider running it.…
Added by Iker Beristain on September 23, 2009 at 12:08am —
During the winter of 2008, the Epicocity Crew traveled to the Yunnan Provence of Western China for an historic river trip. We joined a team of Chinese and American river enthusiasts, anthropologists, geologists, conservationists, members of Chinese ethnic minorities and the media for a final descent of the Great Bend of the Yangtze River. It was an eight day trip through a deep, remote canyon speckled with 1,500 year old villages, terraced farmland and class 4 rapids. This section begins just… Continue
Added by Andy Maser on September 22, 2009 at 1:00pm —
Because it's dam controlled the Tieton River in Central Washington only flows through September. So last weekend my brother and I made our first trip to the Tieton with Nate and Heather Herbeck. The run is continuous with standing waves and catch on the go surf waves the whole way down. After throwing dozens of wavewheels and… Continue
Added by Todd Wells on September 22, 2009 at 11:00am —
Top Ten Best Self Support Meals
1. Fresh Fish: Preparation includes: Tin foil, fishing line and a hook. Cooking Instructions: Catch the fish by whipping the fishing line and hook over your head and throwing it into the water. This may take a couple of hours. After the fish is caught wrap it in tinfoil and cook it around the fire. Pass it around the fire and share with friends. Warning: Be sure fish is fully cooked. If you attempt to cook on a rock make sure you choose a rock that wont… Continue
Added by Katie Scott on September 19, 2009 at 6:01pm —
If the thought of venturing into the desert of western Colorado for some epic surf has crossed your mind lately, this article may help you out. You just joined your crew and made the long and arduous drive to Montrose. Rule number one is to go to the wave prepared because you are not going back to town once you've set your sights on this bad boy. So remember, plenty of fluids, plenty of food and some artificial shade are all necessities for a day at the M-wave. M-wave attire usually consists of… Continue
Added by A-HO on September 18, 2009 at 1:54pm —
Last weekend, Daniel Fox and I headed out to the Clackamas River in Portland for the annual Down The River Cleanup. Kayakers, canoeists and rafters gathered into "pods" and floated down the river, collecting lots of trash along the way. I paddled my Agent 6.4 and Daniel was in my Nomad 8.5 for a fun day of paddling and river stewardship!
Check out the photos and video from the day here: Wend… Continue
Added by Andy Maser on September 16, 2009 at 2:43pm —
On Sept 7th 2007 Tyler Bradt set the World Record Waterfall Descent of Alexandra Falls at 107 feet. I too attempted the falls, but lost the record after my skirt imploded and I swam into a hideous pocket behind the curtain. A lot of people have asked me about my experience, and there has been a lot of misunderstanding as to what happened to me exactly. I thought I would use the 2 year anniversary to post the video on YouTube and tell the story as it was...
for video and first hand… Continue
Added by Rush Sturges on September 13, 2009 at 5:14pm —
I made it back safely from a wild trip to British Columbia. The trip quickly became challenging with high water but thanks to a good crew we emerged from the sticks on day three.
Check out the trip report at : northwestlivin.blogspot.com
photos: Ethan… Continue
Added by Christie Eastman on September 12, 2009 at 3:40pm —
So before I start this little novella, I'm going to have to knock on some proverbial wood. I like to share my thoughts on these matters based on my experience, but whitewater is an inherently dangerous medium, and I hope I don't jinx myself by putting forward some guidelines to maximize your time on the water, and minimize your time in the hospital/on the injured list. I have learned a couple of things over the years though. The following are some tips that I tried to… Continue
Added by Chris Gragtmans on September 11, 2009 at 3:30pm —
This summer I had the opportunity to work with Falling Creek Camp on their first ever of its kind Advanced Creek Week. The idea, the brainchild of head kayak instructor Jez Blanchard, was pretty simple: to offer the top level of campers a chance to push their skills outside the boundaries of the normal camp kayaking experience. When Jez approached me about helping out with the week I jumped at the chance, if there's one thing I like more than kayaking myself its getting the opportunity to help… Continue
Added by Andrew Holcombe on September 11, 2009 at 1:58pm —
Whitewater kayaking, yoga, massage… awesome! The Whitewater Goddess Retreat is all about fun, confidence-building and relaxation. We started on Friday afternoon/evening with massages and dinner at Relia’s Garden. After the meal we met in our Goddess room to sit in circle together and practice guided meditations led by Sharon. We learned how to use affirmations to facilitate change in our lives on and off the river, preparing us for our whitewater adventure!
Saturday morning started… Continue
Added by Anna Levesque on September 11, 2009 at 1:52pm —
Kayaking has directed and influenced the course of my life for many years because I love the way kayaking makes me feel: happy, exhilarated and passionate. In the beginning my happiness lay in learning new moves and being challenged by bigger rapids and better paddlers. Getting good and being sponsored were my goals. I was focused and did everything I could to spend as much time on the water as possible. I never imagined the lessons that rivers and kayaking had in store for me and how much they… Continue
Added by Anna Levesque on September 11, 2009 at 1:45pm —
Well folks, for the most part kayak season is coming to an end and for most of you burly kayakers, that means a lot of long lonely nights, bottles of whiskey, Sandra Bullock chic flicks with your kayak next to you and a box of kleenex. Yes, it's a sad time. Lets look at the bright side, this down time is a great opportunity to continue your off water training and start preparing for next year.
In short, I need you guys to start balancing your body. We have done a lot of upper body… Continue
Added by Brad Ludden on September 8, 2009 at 10:18pm —
In anticipation of the fall/winter kayaking season I figured this would be a good time to get excited about kayaking. I often said of a particular run that its in my top five all time runs but have actually never really thought about what that list is:) The result is that I have many more runs than I thought in that top 'five'. Well in an effort to create the list I've narrowed that down a little. I put in a couple of restrictions to help me out. These are all in the United States and they all… Continue
Added by Andrew Holcombe on September 8, 2009 at 3:16pm —
So you want to be a professional kayaker. First let me warn you, financially speaking, it's one of the more difficult ways to be successful. However, it may also be one of the most personally gratifying experiences of your life.
First you must have a good product. If you are wondering what that is then you had better keep reading. The product is you. The sooner you realize that, the easier it's going to be to sell yourself. How can you differentiate yourself from other paddlers? What… Continue
Added by tao berman on September 8, 2009 at 2:00pm —
So I was fortunate enough to do some work for Liquid Skills Kayak School this summer on the Ottawa River. The Ottawa has been a staple in my yearly schedule since I learned how to paddle there when I was 11, and it was awesome to work with the Skills this summer. Check them out if you're trying to get world class instruction on the Ottawa River...
Liquid Skills Website
Myself showing one of my clients, Daniella,… Continue
Added by Chris Gragtmans on September 4, 2009 at 1:44am —
BC season has begun! I am headed to British Columbia for a self-support trip on the Clendenning River with six other paddlers. We will get dropped with all of our gear by a float plane onto Clendenning Lake. Then we get to paddle out of the lake and down the Clendenning River (Class IV, V) to the confluence of the Elaho River.
Track our progress on my SPOT account at:… Continue
Added by Christie Eastman on September 2, 2009 at 1:48pm —