January 2018 Club Meeting
Jan 10th 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Flying Pie Pizza - 7804 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Flying Pie Pizza 7804 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97215
Schedule: 6:00 – 6:30 Social Time Pizza/Salad Delivered @ 6:15
6:30 – 6:45 Upcoming Trips Pizza Delivered @ 6:30
6:45 – 7:15 Club Business Pizza Delivered @ 6:45
7:15 – 8:15 Presentation
8:15 – 8:30 Clean-up
Topic: Yampa River & Dinosaur National Monument
Speaker: Bruce Ripley
Bruce, along with several other club members made the trek to Northwestern Colorado and Utah in June 2017 to float the Yampa river. In total the trip lasted 9 days, 2 days of travel, 1 exploration day, 4.5 days on the river, and 1.5 days to travel home. The trip included an exploration around Dinosaur national monument as well as 50 miles of the Yampa River, and 20 miles of the Green River below their confluence. The Yampa river is an upper tributary of the Colorado system and it is the setting for one of the most spectacular river canyons in North America. The Yampa is a very seasonal river and it only floatable in rafts during the spring and early summer. In addition it is a tightly permitted and patrolled river and permits are quite difficult to obtain. The Yampa is a Class IV river primarily due to one Class IV rapid (Warm Springs), otherwise it generally rates as a Class II-III run.
Bruce is a current club member and past president and vice-president of the club. Bruce and his wife Sherry have 3 daughters and live in Clackamas. Bruce grew up in West Virginia and has been an avid outdoorsman his whole life. It was not until he moved to Boise Idaho that he caught the rafting bug. Bruce and his family moved to Portland in 2005 and have been members of Oregon Whitewater Association since 2007. His whitewater experience includes most of the major rivers in the west including the Colorado, Yampa, Owyhee, Salmon System, Selway, Snake, Illinois, Green, Grande Ronde and most of our local rivers.