2019 January Club Meeting

2019 January Club Meeting

Jan 09th 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:          Skeena River Adventure (Emphasis on ADVENTURE)
Speaker:      Bruce Ripley

The Skeena River is the second longest river that’s completely inside the British Columbia, with the Frazier being the longest.

It originates on the southern end of the Spatsizi Plateau and flows north to south over the first half of its course and east to west on the latter half, entering the ocean at Prince Rupert near the Queen Charlotte Islands.

This adventure begins with 4 brave souls, two boats, and a float plane on the afternoon that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and ends 13 days later at the confluence of the Skeena and Babine rivers near Kispiox, British Columbia. In between is a story of a fishing expedition turned into the best real-time safety class that you could ever sign up for.  In the end fish were caught, some of which show the remarkable productivity of the fisheries In that region, lessons were learned, and many stories were hatched. 

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.

Despite growing up near some of the best whitewater in the world Bruce didn’t catch the rafting bug until he moved to Idaho.

Quickly making up for lost time Bruce learned quickly how to navigate the waters around Boise and has been branching out ever since and the “ToDo” river list grows shorter each year.