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Oregon Whitewater Association Trip Reports and River Safety

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Anyone from Oregon will agree that April is the perfect time of year for a cool, refreshing dip in Mt. Hood’s glacial runoff, or perhaps not! On the other hand, with the summer boating season around the corner it was the perfect time of year to brush up on our swiftwater rescue skills. At this year’s River Safety Training on the Sandy River, a group of 35 members met at Dodge Park to l…

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The perfect maiden voyage with OWA… Pre-Trip: The spring break trip started out a day early. I emailed asking if anyone wanted tocarpool... I feel very lucky that Bruce Ripley volunteered. It’s not every day you get to hangout with the previous club president and hear about all the stories and get individualizedadvice from such an experienced boater. On the drive over the mountain, I…

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2017 Wilson River

Mar 12, 2017

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Wilson River March 12, 2017, By Chris Paine Those that boat with me often know that I try to do a yearly Wilson river float ever since my first run on the 2013 OWA trip. In fact, since that trip, I’ve been obsessed with coastal rivers in general. After discussing with a few friends and a post on the OWA Facebook page, I managed to sucker enough people to make a group of ten people on eight …

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2017 Rogue-chutes

Feb 17, 2017

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Roguechutes 2.0, by Bill Warncke Ok, I flipped my raft. Let’s get that out of the way right up front. I’ll talk more about that later but suffice to say at this point there are pros and cons to flipping on a club trip.  This is my third Presidents day trip with the club. I missed Roguechutes 1.0 but have been on the 2 Rogue trips since. These previous trips have been high water …

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There you are!  You have run the rapid successfully, and are sitting in an eddy at the bottom, feeling relieved and happy to have had a clean run!  You see that the two boaters who ran the rapid before you, are safely in an eddy on the other side of the river.  You look upstream in anticipation of your fourth, and final boater coming through the last drop.  You think she was ri…

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The annual OWA Rogue Trip was getting ready to roll in early February with a launch date of February 15.  The trip was supposedly capped at 45 but I hear 47 ultimately signed up.  First time trip leader Steve Olsund did a fine job herding cats to get things organized.  There was concern about the amount of water in, or not in, the Rogue due to the very dry weather.  We watched …

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OWA’s annual New Year’s Day Paddle could not have asked for a more beautiful start to 2014. In spite of unusually low water levels, sunshine, blue skies and friendly smiles filled the river with fun. Cfs levels under 1,800 made for a more technical run for the Sandy River’s, requiring low water level skills and serious rock dodging from put-in at Dodge Park to take-out at Oxbow P…

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We couldn’t have had better weather this time of year! Absolutely gorgeous! Highs in the mid 50’s and lows couldn’t have gotten much below 40. Mostly clear and sunny, and no rain! The trip started Friday morning loading up gear and driving to Galice where we were greeted by a very friendly lady Alisha that in the absence of Miss Mary Lou, kept the Galice accommodations…

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As if being awakened from a beautiful dream reality… the end of summer came with plenty of warning....  a perpetual and steady downgrade. If you had signed up for the Wilderness and First Aid Training Course recently sponsored by OWA, one could not help but feel as though they were indeed headed into the heart of the storm. Record breaking rains and high winds would ultimately cancel S…

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Trip Report (Of sorts):  Colorado Flood Response September 13th, 2013 I suppose when the phone rang just after midnight on Friday the 13th, it could only be a work call.  I had been monitoring the Colorado flood incident with my FEMA friends. There was a bit of chatter going on over the rain and flooding, but we all thought we were not going to get “the call”.  When dis…

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It all started with an email from J. Hollywood (OWA Membership Director) in late July. “It’s time to take it International”. Let’s go do the Thompson! After calls to the authorities to make sure records were clean and Passports good, we assembled a group of seven boaters. Josh Hollander (J Hollywood) Trip Leader, Jesse King ( Baron von Surfstein), Steve Oslund (Stevilone),…

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River trips mean many different things to most of us, and even people on the same trip can take vastly different things away from the trip.  If I had to sum up the trip in one word, it would be growth. On August 18, 2013 a massive flotilla of us that consisted of 7 round boats, 7 cat boats, 3 inflatable kayaks, 1 hard-shell kayak and 30 people pushed away from the Hammer Creek boat ramp amon…

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We are proud to be home from the first commercial trip down the Chetco River in over a decade. Before the Biscuit Fire in 2002 Allen Wilson ran trips down the Chetco, and this spring NWRC was issued a permit to follow in his footsteps. Our trip started at the Babyfoot Lake Traihead on the eastern edge of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. We were all thankful that the Siskiyou Mountain Club had spent the…

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Eighteen women launched from Buck Hollow on June 14 with seven cat boats, two rafts, five inflatable kayaks and one hard shell kayaker.    Take out was Heritage Park on June 16. Boaters on the trip:  Carol Beatty, trip leader, Paula Minear, Suzi Richards, Brenda Bunce, Anne Stephenson, Marnie Sell, Pam Maxwell, Bo Bonotto, Joy Cleaver, Michele Gila, Jen Ruoff, Laurie Hilliard, Stac…

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It is 440 miles from Portland to Three Rivers Resort in Lowell Idaho at the confluence of the Lochsa and the Selway Rivers.  That’s 9 + hours travel plus 20 more miles to the put in.  Go to You Tube and type in Lochsa River Madness 2013 and watch the 8+ minute video to decide if this craziness is for you.  Most of the video is of Lochsa Falls and parts are from the surfing rap…

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