Monday, January 2, 2012

Pacific North West

With California having record setting snow pack it was only a matter of time before all the rivers spiked and rose above sane levels for kayaking. We had a plan though, after surfing rogue waves and running the Clavey so high and blind we didn't even catch a single photo, we decided to head north to the Hood River region where we spent 10 days with a change of scenery. We headed first to Summit Creek in Washington. This Micro creek was pretty manky but had a couple of huge and clean drops, most noted being the skate park drop. We found ourselves doing multiple laps on the Little White Salmon and Green Truss at high water. Park and huck opportunity drove us to the Lewis in the north and then to the McKenzie in the south, we found either high or too high water at both. The McKenzie holds two giant waterfalls, Sehalie and Koosah- both 80 ft., that call to me and I hope to return to the area in the next year with less water. The trip north was nice with it being my first chance to kayak over volcanic rock, we found quality water and big drops, and it proved to be the perfect amount of time for California flows to drop back in. The return to Cali would usher in the beginning of the high sierra runs- the real shit Cali is known for- next blog will start with the infamous Royal Gorge!!! Everyone needs to do whatever they need to do to get their butts to Cali this next season - it's the Truth!!!!

Pretty Epic (p. Nick Murphy)

Nick Murphy on Upper Lewis (p. Bett Adams)

Lower Lewis High Water (p. Nick Murphy)

Nick Murphy Summit Creek (p. Bett Adams)

Nick Murphy Summit Creek (p. Bett Adams)

John Lindsey Summit Creek (p. Nick Murphy)

John Lindsey Summit Creek (p. Nick Murphy)

Seldom Run Outlet Falls Low Water (p. Nick Murphy)

Nick Murphy Skate Park Summit Creek

(p. Bett Adams) (seq. Nick Murphy)

Nick Murphy Summit Creek (p. Bett Adams)

Rack Failure

Nick Murphy on Spirit- Lil White (p. John Lindsey)

Ah.. Sehalie (p. Nick Murphy)

Lip of Koosah Falls (p. Nick Murphy)

Much Love

Go Kayaking- It's really good for you!!!

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