Dec 28, 2015

Having Fun & Raising Awareness

All I can say about this one is it was one of the most fun days I've had out there and the intensity and beauty in this video shares that. Tumwater Canyon and the Wenatchee valley are some of my favorite places on the planet and kayaking is one of my favorite things in life. Freefly Systems got ahold of Tom Potter and asked him to get a couple of the boys together to make some magic happen. Of course I was happy to be a part of the fun we had that day. Have a look at some great editing and over-the-top drone work on a great day this summer. Thanks to Freefly Systems, Tpot, Gabe and Eli.

Before the whitewater begins, the first bit of this video brings awareness to an ill-proposed dam project on the Skykomish River a few at the local utility are trying to push through. It's been 4 years so far, and they've come up against nearly insurmountable opposition from just about all sides, but it's not over yet. They must not realize that not only it is a poor design, but also in poor taste to attempt to install a project like this in what might be considered a National Park in future generations. Temporary dollars for a few of the herd are never worth permanent destruction to the beauty mother nature provides. Have fun out there ya'll, what it's all about!

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Dec 27, 2015

Longboatin'

Leavenworth, WA

Got my first long boat a couple weeks ago and wouldn't you know it, WA was having some epic flooding on top of EPIC snow. Perfect!! I headed to Leavenworth and met up with Tom Potter to get on a fun first time long boat stretch. The play run on the Wenatchee is a great spot to test out new craft, even in winter! The Karma RG was fun and much easier to control than I had suspected. I chose the RG for the added versatility of a drop down skeg and rear hatch for easy stowage. I knew I'd be getting on lakes, doing some touring and general milling about with this boat and since the Karma Unlimited and RG come from the same mold, why not?

The RG has comes with the standard planing hull and edge profile typical of most Jackson Kayak whitewater designs, making it quite responsive and easy to maneuver. It's a little heavy for a whitewater boat, but it's 12 long too! After this first run I can't wait to start exploring bigger whitewater in Tumwater and some of my favorite creek runs. Stoked I finally got one and have it in the quiver!

Here's a quick video I threw together of its maiden voyage. Longboat run, Christmas style! Have fun out there and happiest of holidays from the happiest place on earth, Leavenworth, WA!!










Jul 19, 2015

Grand Canyon of the Wenatchee

The Tumwater Canyon outside Leavenworth, WA could easily be called the Grand Canyon of the Wenatchee. Soaring peaks and tremendous ridgelines shroud the Wenatchee river's toughest whitewater deep within bedrock spires and cavernous canyon contours.

The name Tumwater is an old C'lallam indian word which means "the waters not at rest". Tumwater at just about any level is sure to stir up some excitement, whether just pulling over at the dam to listen to the roar and feel the spray, or just driving through the magnificent canyon and watching the water flow downstream... it will surely leave you with a sense of peace and gratitude.

Tumwater isn't all stout whitewater, especially as temps rise and water levels drop. The canyon itself hosts a multitude of beaches and small parking areas so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy summer near the water. Many rock climbing and bouldering spots within Tumwater also keep folks pleasantly entertained during hot days.

The river holds world class whitewater and is boatable well into the hot summer when everything else has long since dried up. C'mon out in spring for other area creek runs like Icicle Creek, Peshastin Creek, or even the Little Wenatchee! There are plenty of other runs will keep paddlers pumped as well as a top shelf play run on the main Wenatchee when levels bump during peak melt. Leavenworth has it all including a long season. This is a shot clip of my two favorite Tumwater rapids at perfect flows. Remember kids, it's just a pile of fluffy bunnies.




Jun 29, 2015

Bridge Creek edit

Bridge Creek is a stand-out among creek runs and self-support trips in the Cascade mountains. 27 miles of whitewater wilderness begin up Hwy 20 in the North Cascades National Park at Rainy Pass. The hike is less than three hours for well over 20 miles of continuous boulder gardens with a predictable character, numerous gorges and lovely vista views... this trip is sure to become a yearly staple. Did I mention it has an incredible window of runnable flows and can be run quite high if your up to the task?

Here's some footage from recent outings, more to come. Check out the Wormhole about 2:15.