The "Farmlands" is a little known section of the White Salmon River, near BZ Corner, Washington, with it's take-out at the put-in of the notorious "Truss". The Farmlands is a Class IV section of whitewater, with incredible scenery, gorged out rapids, two waterfalls, and various ledges/slides; the perfect place for a race! This year, local paddler Kabe Grant decided it was time for the section to host the first race of the 2015 Western Whitewater Championship Series, March 14,…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 23, 2015 at 11:55pm — No Comments
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Sometimes shoulder rehabilitation goes well, while other times it's completely and utterly depressing, and feels like you've fallen off the face of the Earth. Maybe not completely, but mostly……Continue
Being July in the Northwest, we're a tad short on water and play, but we're still high on stoke (did I really just say that?)! My shoulder rehab has been a long process, but I'm officially back in my boat, and able to do the important things like boof, cartwheel, and wave wheel! YES!…Continue
On Monday, I will be celebrating my one month anniversary of my shoulder surgery. While a difficult decision to make, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made, as we were able to catch things before my shoulder exploded, so to speak.
Down the road, my shoulder should be…Continue
There's something strange, yet comforting about having surgery where you work. Once you get over the initial, "They're going to see my boobs!," it's awesome. I knew exactly where to go, where to get the warm blankets, and who my nurses were. Turns out, the anesthesiologist was a paddler, as well as the OR nurse. Not to mention, my surgeon is just plain rad. I couldn't have felt in better hands. When the time had come, I waltzed in, plopped down on the OR table and passed…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 18, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This would be easier if I had just had a traumatic injury. There would be no questions: I would simply schedule surgery and be on my merry way to rehab. Unfortunately, the last two and a half years have been full of pain, discomfort, frustration, and a whole lot of questions.
The Ohanepecosh River is a spectacularly beautiful Washington classic, located just outside Mt. Rainier National Park.
From Secret to La Wis Wis Campground, the Ohane is generally class IV/V, depending on water levels, and is filled with rapids of all kinds: mini boulder gardens, ledge…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 18, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Day 2 of the Northwest Creeking Competition came as racers woke misty eyed from the nearby Macklemore dance-off. Breakfast was cooked for the Hood River Gorge-ians by The Kayak Shed (Special thanks to John Hart and the crew!), and we were off to an early…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 27, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
The Sea Otter Classic is to mountain biking what the Northwest Creeking Competition is to whitewater paddling. This event draws hundreds of paddlers and spectators alike as folks have the opportunity to compete in three downriver races in two days. It is also the second event of the Western Whitewater Championship Series, the NW's premiere whitewater racing series. This was my fifth year attending the event, and one that will always…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 26, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments
Paddlers gather just below the Finish Line (Photo: Zach Collier)
The day was Saturday, March 13, 2013. The Wind River was at 5.9ft, a perfect medium flow with just enough juice to cover the F’U rocks. The last Pedialyte had been drank, and the…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 29, 2013 at 3:54pm — No Comments
The Columbia River Gorge is a paddler’s paradise with over 20 runs in a half hour radius of Hood River, Oregon. This number swells with the wintertime rain, as paddlers giggle at the thought of what to paddle the next day.
Recently a group of us chose to rally Canyon Creek, a Washington classic. Canyon Creek is a class IV/V waterfall playground, with a handful of boulder gardens, and fun boofs. With names such as Swizzle Sticks,Terminator, Prelude, Thrasher, Kahuna, Champagne…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 3, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments
Since it's December first, we might as well start talking about Christimas. It's only three weeks away, and it's time to start thinking about gifts for your paddling partner(s)!
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on November 30, 2012 at 6:41pm — No Comments
The 2012 Whitewater Symposium was held at Wet Planet Whitewater in Husum, Washington on the weekend of October 12-14, 2012.
It was a gathering of whitewater's most inspirational and influential individuals from all parts of the industry: instructors, professionals,…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on November 17, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments
Anyone remember the time you could barely get in your playboat because your hamstrings were so tight, or the time you were able to cram yourself in, but your hips and low back were sore for days on end afterward? Chances are you’ve got an unhappy pelvis from sitting for hours on end in a retroverted position.…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on October 14, 2012 at 11:09pm — No Comments
(Photo Copyright: Dave Hoffman)
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Wave Sport's Recon. Soon to be released, the Recon comes in 70, 83, and 93 gallons. I have had the opportunity to play with the Recon 70…Continue
What happens when four lady paddlers are getting married in the same year? You have a Bachelorette Party on the River! Earlier this month, 9 ladies from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Montana, rallied for a 4-day wilderness self-support on the South Fork of the Salmon River, near McCall, Idaho.…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Photo: Ranch Exit Media
A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to take part in the making of a commercial for Otter Box's new Armor Series Case for the iPhone. Let's just say it's a pretty rad case, and will allow us paddlers to use our phones…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on July 3, 2012 at 10:49pm — No Comments
This year was the 29th annual Clackamas River Festival, a two day festival on the Upper Clackamas River outside Portland, Oregon. The two day event features various drift boat, cataraft, raft and kayak races, such as: R4 and Kayak Downriver races, an oar boat…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on May 30, 2012 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Myself boofing on Upper Trout Creek (Photo: Bryon Dorr)
We are lucky as paddlers to live in the Columbia River Gorge. During the rainy season, within a half hour drive it is possible to be at over a dozen different rivers. Each and every one, unique, and…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on May 21, 2012 at 11:40am — No Comments