March 2014 Club Meeting

March 2014 Club Meeting

Mar 12th 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Flying Pie Pizza     7804 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97215      Google Map

Website:       Flying Pie Pizza

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

Speaker:      Ron Root

Topic:          Running Shearer's Falls on the Deschutes

Topic Information          

Ron Root will speak to us about running Shearer’s Falls in a round boat back in the day. 

Speaker Information
I’m retired after a career in data processing that started in 1966 and ended with a 20+ year stint with Intel in Hillsboro.  I was a systems analyst there, but managed most of my earlier career.   
I live in Aloha now where I write fiction and am attempting to get my first novel published. It’s fantasy, ala Lord of the Rings. 

I turned 70 last Spring but stay in shape and still row.  Keating and I went to grade school and high school together and have done several rivers together.  He was there assisting when I ran Sherars.

I started rafting in 1972 and still do an annual Deschutes trip with my sons and any other permit or invite I hit upon.  I taught all my sons (including two stepsons) to row. They range from 37 to 47 years old.  I apply for Rogue and Middle Fork permits every year, but don’t seem to get lucky much like I used to (too much competition now).   

I started out paddle-rafting a rubber ducky (I did Rainie in it because I didn’t know any better).  I upgraded to a Campways Hopi and then their Miwok III, which I ran for 20-years.  I now row a custom boat.  I bought an Andy and Bax floor model at a $100 discount, but before it was delivered they called me to inform me that a private outfitter in Switzerland had requested five custom red versions of that model to be built.  They ordered too much red hypalon, so made a sixth out of it and asked if I wanted it.  A no brainer!