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2013 New Year’s Day Float Submitted by Cheri Holman With temperatures below freezing and an east wind to make it even colder, OWA’s New Year’s Day Float got us whitewater enthusiasts off to a frigid start for 2013. We put in at Dodge park to lower water levels than usual (1,600 cfs), for the time of year, making the trip a little less rambuctious but far more technical. As…

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On October 27th and 28th 2012 the Oregon Whitewater Association and eNRG Kayaking convened for the annual Swiftwater Rescue Workshop. Sam Drevo and Dan Hudson, both experienced rescue 3 instructors, were joined by guest instructor Oliver Fix. Fix was the ’96 Olympic gold medalist in K-1 whitewater slalom, and brought his experience and years of coaching to the course. Alo…

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Trip Report: North Santiam River September 22, 2012 • Submitted by Rick Hendon The 2012 North Santiam float was a run in which all the right ingredients aligned perfectly. There were 30 of us in 14 rafts and catarafts with two inflatable kayaks. A dozen folks showed up for breakfast at the Hanger Cafe in Mulino, a cheerful greasy spoon adjacent to the Mulino airport ... the parking lot is shared…

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Musings of a Rafting Newbie: The Mighty Tieton River Submitted by Tonya Zwahlen I guess I should start by introducing myself. My name is Tonya Zwahlen and I am a newbie to rafting. (Prior to this year, I rafted one time when I was 20 years old and that was it!) This year I have been part of a paddle crew on a two-day trip on the Upper Deschutes River, taken out trees at White Horse, rode the bu…

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Sumbitted by: Naomi Paine On Saturday August 18, my husband Chris and I joined 24 people at the Hammer Creek put in on the Lower Salmon for a six-night, seven-day adventure on the river headed by the OWA’s very own Scott Ogren. The group was eager to hit the river early on Sunday morning because a fire on the Main Salmon had caused two other groups of 30 to share the put-in. Once on the river, i…

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Whitewater Women:   A Reflection Submitted by Celeste Brody with an introduction by Carol Beatty The following is a reflection piece Celeste Brody wrote for her writing group about her many years as a whitewater boater.   She wrote it after being on the Women’s Trip June 15-17.    The idea for the article began when younger women on the trip were asking about her d…

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2012 Women's Trip

Jun 15, 2012

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14TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S TRIP ON LOWER DESCHUTES RIVER Submitted by: Carol Beatty On June 15th at 10:00 AM, 17 women with ten boats and one IK were geared and ready to push off from Buck Hollow for the 14th annual Women’s Trip. It was a glorious day with clear skies and no wind. Participants were:   Carol Beatty, Joan Rogers, Allison Bechtol, Reenie Summers. Pat Barry, Joy Cleaver, …

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NWRA-OWA NORTH UMPQUA CAMPOUT June 1-3 2012 Respectfully submitted by Walt Bammann   The 10th annual Umpqua Chapter campout on the N. Umpqua River was held the weekend of June 1, 2, 3 and the following is a “trip report”.  There were 8 known trips reported and probably many more not mentioned to this writer.  This writer personally tripped 6 times over the weeken…

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Section:  Parrot Landing (raft put-in) to Leidl Campground, 19 miles Date:  Sunday, May 27, 2012 Flow:  2800 CFS (Pitt) Group:  1 paddle boat, 1 cat boat, 1 kayak and three IK's.  Summary:  Great day overall, no portages, one scary surf at the dam, lots of tree hazards to avoid, but clean routes if you take the right lines. Details:  There are two completely…

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Rogue River Lodge Trip May 18-21 Trip Leader: Van McKay Submitted by: Van McKay Ric Buhr was a guide on the Rogue and other rivers for decades. This annual trip with friends and family continues after his passing. We had 8 rafts, 3 cats and one inflatable kayak and nearly all the boats were made by SOTAR. No one got badly stuck because everyone practiced safe and prudent, but fun rafting. One ra…

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2012 WFA Class

May 11, 2012

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Submitted by: Crista Wakefield Wilnerness First Aid Class Dodge Park It was the first really warm and sunny weekend in May and the trees and flowers were in full bloom in Dodge Park with the river running by. It was the perfect setting for blood, heart attacks, bee stings, snake bites and broken bones. Those were just some of the potential issues that we learned how to deal with in the Wildernes…

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Submitted by Tom Hanson with Eric Ball On Friday, May 11 we launched at Minam for our 7th annual Grande Ronde float. The launch point is really on the Wallowa River near the confluence of the Minam River. We float about 10 miles before encountering the Grande Ronde River. If you drive over the day before (like I always do) you can camp at the Minam State Park about 3 miles downriver. For thi…

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6 ft. on the Hood

May 06, 2012

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May 4, 2012. The Hood is a rare treat for rafters. Access for our boats is a challenge, the river is flashy, and the flow window is tight if you aren't a big water enthusiast. The recommended flow range on the Tucker gauge for rafts and cats is 5.5 to 6.5 ft. This is a read-and-run class IV run with lots of long class III/III+ rapids, and a series of bouldery Class IV rapids in the mile above Tuc…

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Lessons Learned From A Trip Leader (Basic guidelines for leading successful trips) Leading trips can be an OWA member’s most important and rewarding activity. Important because it is the heart and soul of the club, rewarding because you get to share with others the knowledge and skills that you’ve learned while exposing them to your favorite river through discovery and adventure. Th…

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Annual Brenda Bunce North Umpqua Family Float, April 20th thru April 22nd, 2012 Submitted by Ron Belnap When my wife (Renee) and I arrived at Whistler’s Bend Park early Friday evening the festivities had already begun.  For the second year in a row we slipped our RV into the best spot in the campground, right next to Gary Steffy’s miniature canvas lodge.  I like this location because really good…

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