Posts tagged: whitewater
RIVERS — Local rafter Tanner Grant compressed his recent six-day whitewater rafting trip on Idaho's main Salmon River into this 11-minute video, listing all the rapids in the 80 miles from Corn Creek to Carey Creek for river runners to view.
He also succinctly shows some of the attractions along the River of No Return from pictographs and hot springs to Buckskin Bill's Museum.
Note that when they launched on July 24 the river was running at about 2,800 cfs, which is considered a low-water run.
PADDLING — Emily Jackson, 23, — severely pregnant with her first child — conquered whitewater three weeks before she's due to have her water break.
Jackson, a two-time world champion from Rock Island, Tenn., won the women's freestyle whitewater kayaking title last weekend in the Payette River Games.
The event was held at Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade, Idaho.
Jackson's freestyle performance in the video above starts at 2:18 minutes.
RAFTING — Before you hit the cold, cruel world, high school graduates, hit face-first into some cold, thrilling whitwater with this screaming deal for a whitewater rafting trip.
ROW Adventures is offering 2013 high school grads an 80 percent discount for whitewater rafting trips on the thrilling Lochsa River. That's just $20 bucks for one of the best whitewater rapid rushes in the country!
“The Lochsa River is considered the best whitewater on earth,” said ROW Marketing Director Brad Moss. “The students have worked hard, and now it’s time to play hard. Twenty mind-blowing miles of Class III-IV rapids are sure to provide some of the best memories of senior year.”
The Lochsa River delivers more than 40 major rapids as it runs from its headwaters in the Bitterroot Mountains to where it eventually meets up with the Selway and Clearwater rivers. Lochsa rafting features technical, fast and high volume water. This provides big hydraulics, dramatic waves, and paddler thrills. Accommodations are available at the nearby River Dance Lodge, with camping, glamping, and log cabin options.
The promotion is available on select days in June and July.
Info and booking: (866) 836-9340.
PADDLING — This great action and slow-mo video recap captures the intensity of the paddlers and the power of the water during the recent North Fork Championships whitewater kayaking championships in the BIG flows of Idaho's North Fork Payette River near McCall.
The contest involved 80 impressive paddlers from all over the globe, including 30 of the world's best paddlers. They competed down Jacob's Ladder - a Class V rapid that is terrifying to run, let alone race through gates.
WHITEWATER — Guides are gearing up to give discounted raft runs through some of the Salmon River's popular rapids at their biggest on Saturday during the annual Big Water Blowout festival based in Riggins, Idaho.
PADDLING — Watch Spokane pro kayaker Brian Jamieson carry over the lingering snow to sack the falls and rock slides on Idaho's Pack River.
PADDLING — This nifty video is a nicely filmed, beautifully thought out how-to story about kayakers hiking into one world's most famous Class 5 overnighters.
The group is up for running Upper Cherry Creek near Yosemite National Park, a trip that requires an 11-mile hike with their kayaks before they could put in.
You're likely to learn something by watching this full-length video (above).
Here's a short vignette of the paddling.
WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.
Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite British Columbia ski area or the road to get there.
CANADA Web Cams
RIVER RUNNING — The Idaho County sheriff's office says a Missoula man died Wednesday in a rafting accident on the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho, according to the Lewiston Tribune.
Keegan Seth Ginther, 29, died after three or four people had been thrown from a raft around 2:30 p.m. CPR was performed on the river.
The accident reportedly happened in Lochsa Falls Rapid near milepost 112.5 off U.S. Highway 12.
The investigation revealed that Ginther was rafting with four friends from Missoula when the raft flipped in the Lochsa Falls Rapids and spilled all the occupants into the water. Ginther was unable to get to shore and was swept downriver. One of the rafters, Bradley Applegate, 30, was able to get to shore and flagged down a passing vehicle to transport him down river where he pulled Ginther from the water. An EMT started CPR, the report said.
All parties in the raft were wearing life jackets.
This is the second drowning in the Lochsa this season and the third drowning in Idaho County in the past seven weeks.
In addition to Wednesday's drowning, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, resident Randy Eroen drowned while kayaking on the Lochsa River May 28, and on May 11, Jerry Nelson of Kamiah drowned in Lolo Creek while trying to save his dog.
The river was running at about 15,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday - high for this time of year, but not an unusual flow for the early rafting season.
The Lochsa is well-known for its continuous string of class III and IV rapids.
Read on for the reaction of a Lochsa rafting outfitter as quoted in a Missoulian online report.
RIVER RUNNING — Recently I posted a video of the thrills, spills and flips as rafters and catarafters crashed into Lochsa Falls on Memorial Day Weekend. The video was shot from the roadside pull-out off U.S. Highway 12 among the gallery of people on hand to cheer at the carnage at the famous Idaho whitewater river.
For an on-the-water perspective of three major Lochsa River rapids, check out this helmet cam video by Tony McDonald of Meridian, Idaho. He shot the rapids and the footage on May 14 with the water level at 6.5 feet at Lowell Bridge.
If you've see the Memorial Day video, you'll know why McDonald “skirted” Lochsa Falls — and why he was on hand to rescue the hapless chaps who didn't.
RIVER RUNNING — People lined up along Highway 12 over the Memorial Day weekend for a whitewater thrill show as rafters and kayakers challenged the big runoff waves on Idaho's Lochsa River.
This YouTube video captures the action, and believe me, there's plenty to see… ejected guides, bad breaks, you name it.
There's a reason the specators in the background are hooting and hollering.
RIVER RUNNING — A Wisconsin man drowned while rafting on the Lochsa River on Saturday, according to a report filed today by S-R reporter Alison Boggs.
This is the second rafting fatality in the region this spring, following the death of a Hauser, Idaho, man last week on the Owyhee River in Oregon.
In the Lochsa incident, Randy A. Eroen, 35, of Sun Prairie, Wis., drowned after his raft hit a rapid and all four occupants fell out. Two were able to get back in, a third made it to shore, but Eroen was swept down river, a news release from the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office said. The sheriff’s office received the call at 1:41 p.m.
Eroen was unable to reach the life rope thrown to him by two kayakers accompanying the group, the release said. The kayakers went after Eroen, pulled him from the river and started CPR. They were joined by the rest of the rafting party, who continued CPR until medical assistance arrived.
For experienced rafters, the river is big with spring runoff but not what they would consider “huge.”
Read on for the rest of Boggs' story:
PADDLING — Typically the Grand Canyon is floated by raft because of the length of time it takes to boat the roadless stretch of the Colorado River.
Most trips take 12-21 days to negotiate big whitewater and long stretches of flatwater.
All the skills requirements are amplified for the few self-supported kayakers who attempt to carry all their gear – including the required “groover” and fire pan.
But Scott Sills and Mike Copeland proved it could be done in a 16-day December adventure they launched in creek boats stuffed with 250 pounds of gear.
They’ll present a program on the trip (and tell whether they could Eskimo roll a kayak that heavy in the canyon’s huge water) Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland, sponsored by Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.
PADDLING — Supporters of the proposed Spokane River Whitewater Park in Peaceful Valley are still plugging along at getting approval for all the various permits.
Spokane Parks and Recreation Department had organized an e-mail list to help people stay up to date on progress.
Click here to sign up.
Incidentally, the Friends of the Falls website hasn't been updated in a long time.