OWA January Meeting
Wednesday January11th 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Keen Footwear Auditorium 926 NW 13th Ave. Suite 210 Portland, OR GoogleMap
Speakers: Will Conley
Subject: Mental aspects of whitewater boating & approaching Class V Rivers
The presentation will describe the frame of mind he brings to whitewater rafting with an emphasis on multi-day class V environments. The slideshow will contain material from his recent article in the “Mental Game” issue of the American Whitewater Journal and elaborate on how the application of the described mindset can increase safety for all boaters in all types of water. He will also present some mental considerations for “stepping-up” the difficulty of one’s boating.
Whether it’s as professional hydrologist/geomorphologist or a whitewater recreationist, Will Conley spends the vast majority of his time thinking about, wading, and/or floating rivers and streams. He’s explored wild places nearly his entire life and worked in wildland environments since he was 17, including as a wilderness ranger while in college. However, nearly all of his early explorations were in the mountains on-foot or horseback until he began whitewater rafting in his late-20s. Over the past ten years, he’s dipped his oars along 3,500 river miles in eight western states on a spectrum from class I/II with his family to multi-day class V. Fundamentally, he believes in preparedness and safe conduct to ensure that all participants return home safely regardless of a run’s difficulty.