2020 September Club Meeting

Topic: Tatshenshini River 2019 Trip Report

2020 September Club Meeting

Sep 09th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Meeting. Check your email for the meeting login information. All OWA club members will be sent the meeting login information a day or two before the meeting starts.
Topic:          Tatshenshini River 2019
Speaker:      Bruce Ripley

Remember when we used to go on river trips and take things like flying, crossing the border, and buying gear and supplies for granted? In 2019 a group of OWA members and their friends set off to tackle one of the more remote rivers that’s regularly rafted. The Tatshenshini river is a tributary of the Alsek and it heads up in the Yukon territory, flows across British Columbia where it meets the Alsek and ultimately pass back into the United States and make your way to the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a fascinating trip that covers 10 days, about 140 miles (depending on which braid you take) and flows through some of the most majestic scenery and remote landscapes in North America. The trip is filled with fast water, hundreds of hanging glaciers, and an abundance of wildlife. Bears, Moose, Sitka Deer, Eagles and more are regularly seen as you progress down the river.

Speaker Bio:

Bruce is a past president and vice president of the club and is active as an advisor to the current board.

He hails from West Virginia where he met his wife Sherry and started what has become a 30 year adventure that’s led from Maine, to Idaho, and ultimately to Oregon. Bruce has brought his passion for boating and safety to OWA and loves to shares stories and experiences from his many river trips over the past decades when he gets the chance.