Sunday, August 17, 2014

Missoula visit

Grandma pit stop
My sister and I drove out of Seattle on August 12  and after a few hours of driving and a small rest break in Spokane to visit my Grandma we arrived in Missoula.
We had a day to relax in Missoula to go check out the parks and see some stores before Nick arrived in the afternoon and crashed on the floor.
The next morning we (Olivia, her roommate, nick, and myself) got up and made our way out to the Alberton gorge for a day of rafting, kayaking, and above all else drinking beer. Nicks friend "Tiny" who was a raft guide on the Clark Fork hooked us up with a raft and guided the girls and us down the gorge. It was a beautiful run with fun surf waves and some of the best looking canyons I have seen. Before long the beer was gone and Nick and I were sent on a mission to go get some more beer that turned into a fiasco with a huge rainstorm and with Nick, Tiny and myself hunkering down under the rafts as the rain went over head. After a while the weather cleared out and our shuttle arrived so we made our way back to the guide warehouse.
Next on the agenda was beheading a few chickens so of course we had to stay for that before we headed out back to Missoula.

Overall a great day and we met some cool people out on the river!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer kayaking Wrapup

The best summer I have ever had has come to an end so here is a small update and some video of how we rounded off this summer.

After my second to last trip on Sunday we (Kelly and I) packed up the car with all of our gear and waited for Nick to finish his trip on Monday. After a quick bite of food at Chavos we got on the road to White Salmon. At some point we lost track of where we were and ended up taking a 100 mile scenic route detour that ended with us all sleeping under the stars at a rest stop around 20 miles outside of Hood River.
The next morning we woke up bright and early and made our way into Hood River to grab some breakfast in town before crossing the Columbia and making our way up to the BZ Corners put in on the White Salmon. We were all pretty tired after the drive and a not so sleepy night but still excited to get on the river. After getting the gear on we made our way down to the river and had a great lap on one of the most classic rivers in the world. We did two laps before calling it quits and trying to find a campsite.

We decided to just try different dirt roads that exited right side of the main road once we had entered Mt.Hood national forest and ended up finding a great place in between a few pay campground that all had Robin Hood themed names. I think we passed Nottingham  and Sherwood campground before finding our turnoff that dipped into the woods.

We got another full day of kayaking in before accepting that nothing else was running and packing up the shit and heading to Seattle to crash at my aunt and uncles before heading to the Skykomish river which was running at a low level but still a runnable level.

After a night on Mercer Island at my aunt and uncle we headed to the Skykomish river where we ran boulder drop once and continued on our way over Hwy 2. Around 20 miles after Stevens pass the road became so smokey we could barely seen the next car in front of us. After 20 miles of dense smoke it finally cleared and we scouted Tumwater canyon for the remainder of the trip. After scouting Tumwater I knew I wanted to run it but knew the smoke wouldn't let us do it that day.

We rolled into Wenatchee soon after scouting Tumwater and Kelly's dad immediately asked if we wanted to get out on Tumwater the next day. We all had commercial trips so we decided to get out on the river on Sunday before I continued on to pick up my parents at the airport. It all turned out perfect and Sunday was some of the best kayaking I've done in the last couple weeks.

Here's a little edit I put together of the year our here raft guiding...it's been as good as I could have imagined!



Monday, July 21, 2014

Westside rally

Nick and I decided to take a break from the Cashmere life just as the 3 forest fires peaked around Leavenworth and the whole valley was raining ash. Our plan was to head over highway 2 and do the Skykomish followed by a fun day checking out Seattle. The run on the Sky went excellent with boulder drop being really fun at a lower level with almost too many eddies to catch. Good fun!
The day after the plan was to get out on the Sauk because it would be new for both of us but after doing some research it turned out hwy 2 had closed down because of the fires so the Sauk would add a lot of time to our drive so instead we headed back over I-90 and dropped into the Cooper for another lap on this classic creek. The top part went excellent but as we got closer to the bottom my run started to get a bit sloppy. I swam on s-turn on a shallow rock bed and soon after pitoned on the mankiest rapid on the river and hit my hip as hard as it's ever been hit. My immediate reaction was that I had broken a rib but on further inspection it was just a very large bruise. It was a fun trip but I could do without the swims and hard hits!! Here is a short video of random clips from the trip, enjoy!

-Owen

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cooper River Kayaking

Finally got on the Cooper river just outside of Cle Elum for the weekend and got three runs in on this classic. The Cooper has been on my river radar  for quite sometime so it was nice to get a few runs in on one weekend with Nic, a new raft guide for blue sky that just got out here from Colorado. This run has just about everything that you want in a class 4+ river and it's in a nice gorged in setting with beautiful views in all directions. Here's the edit I put together from the run. I walked 2 rapids as it was both of our first time on the river so making an error was less of an option than with a bigger group. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Middle of June Update

I've now settled into living at the raft guide warehouse in Cashmere and guiding for the summer and thus far it has been excellent but here's a little recap of events...

  1. Finished raft guide training
  2. Quit job
  3. Got on Pashastin Creek
  4. Got on Lower Icicle Creek
  5. Went on Chiwawa river overnighter
  6. Got on Entiat and portaged 12 times in 2 days....sucked
  7. Got 2nd in Wenatchee River games raft surf competition with Henry
  8. Got on the Upper Upper Icicle for a nice easy scenic trip
  9. Playing kickball every Wednesday
  10. Got a free playboat and starting to actually enjoy play boating
  11. Life is good....

Van shuttle 


Colin came out for a quick visit


Upper Icicle 
Pashastin Creek

                                                              Upper Upper Icicle


Thursday, May 8, 2014

FITW- South Fork of the Snoqualmie

Just got back from a day on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie (Fall in the Wall) which as it turns out is a super fun run. The run is short (5 min) but packs in a lot of action in those 5 minutes. As you make your way in the direction of Alpental you just loop back and take a little forest service road directly under the I-90. The put is a little 30 second hike down through some trees and the take out is further down at the tail end of a clearing of trees with a small parking spot on the right. It seems that every three runs I make one will end interesting. On this section on my third run I got stuck between two sets of falls and had to get throw bagged out....good times anyways!! Here's a little edit of my second run on this nice section of water.
-Owen


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 29th update

So a lot has happened...

I made my way to Seattle and landed safely on April 9th where my cousin picked me up at the airport drove me to my aunts and uncles house on Mercer Island. It was a great flight and landing except for a little hick-up in Seattle where I was K9ed up hard. I had all of my bags emptied out and drug searched hard. I obviously didn’t have anything but it was kind of nerve racking anyways.
Since arriving I have been hard at work accomplishing different tasks like getting a job, setting up bank accounts, getting a phone, getting my insurance going, getting a kayak, and most importantly finding people to kayak with in my new home so here's how it went.
 On the Sunday after I arrived my cousin Heather and I drove to Spokane to pick up Alley who had been visiting my aunt and uncle. I also got to visit with my Grandma, which was nice. It was a good visit and I got a few items for car camping that I need like a stove and some plates and utensils.
After arriving back on Mercer Island my cousin Allison and I made our way to Bainbridge Island to celebrate Brendan’s 21st birthday at a local restaurant on the island. It was a fun night that we finished by playing card games and eating cake back at the house.
After Brendan’s party Allison and I made our way up to Canada to a kayak shop in Abbottsford where I had picked out a Liquid Logic Stomper and paddle for an excellent price. I drove up to the shop and picked out the boat and paddle and drove straight to the slalom site on the Chilliwack. 
First run in the new boat
Quickly after arriving and suiting up I realized I had forgotten to buy airbags so we drove the 15 miles back into town and picked out some little kid beach volley balls that were and adequate substitute. On the trip back into town we also picked up some food, beer, and firewood for our night at the Chilliwack campground right on the river. After three laps on the slalom section walking the shuttle I decided to call it a night and we drive to a campsite. 
Campsite on the Chilliwack
We made some hot dogs and built a small fire quickly finding that we should have bought more firewood…next time! After spending the night at the campground we made our way back to the kayak shop, bought some airbags and head back to Seattle.

When I arrived at the house on Mercer Island I had a bunch of calls for job interviews so I called all of them and went to a few job interviews but came out empty handed.

Once I had a kayak on hand I continued to fill out job applications but now finally got on the water a few times on the Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Wenatchee, and the Green River 
with a nice gorge at the end of the run. 
Getting on the Wenatchee
I met a bunch of people of all different abilities and am still meeting people to kayak with. The kayaking community here is super large and from I hear the season doesn’t ever end so I’m happy to be here!

After a few more job interviews I found a job at a freight company in Kent that liked me and hired me so now I’m going into my first day of work tomorrow to get trained. The email I got when I got hired stated that I was getting hired as a Warehouse Associate but when they talked about training me it sounded like I’ll be getting trained on the cash machine so I’m not too happy about that but I’ll wait it out and see.

Green river
I also have the raft guide training coming up on April 12th to the 18th so if that goes well I should be getting a job over there and that would be a far better lifestyle than working in Kent and driving 20 miles to work everyday. Hopefully all goes well!

Forgot to mention the Robe kayak race that went down last weekend that was a blast.
One of my best shots!
 I was just going to just spectate from the hiking trail that goes alongside the old robe railroad but ended up get tossed a buddies camera and got a few good shots of some of the competitors coming off of a rapid called last sunshine. The sun was out in full force so it turned out to be a great day sitting along the river drinking beer and taking pictures.

So there it is, the first little bit of me landing and trying to survive in the US of A. Hopefully the next update is just as good as this one and hopefully my job is okay!

See ya next time,
Owen