Monday, December 1, 2014

Long time update

It's been a long time since I updated this blog so here are the main things that have happened since I last updated this thing...

  • I have two jobs, one at Nintendo doing warehouse stuff and another at REI working the cash register and helping customers in the ski area. The pay isn't good but REI has excellent pro deals on gear so I'll suck it up and deal with it.
  • I also just got a third job as a lifty up at Alpental for the winter season so that will be a nice change of pace from doing warehouse stuff and will get me out on my skis I hope.
  • I moved out of Doreen and Scotts house on Mercer Island and now am renting out a room in a house in North Bend with a couple and another guy who is a ski tourer so hopefully we will be getting some turns in this season.
I've been kayaking a bit on the Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and Green river but haven't really got on anything hard but just keeping muscles going so I can pick up near where I left off in spring. Here is video from a high water run of the Green river when it was around 6000cfs
I'm going to try to update this blog more regularly so keep posted!
-Owen

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