If I were to ever get lucky, last week was the week, because when it rains, it POURS! While the Northwest has been in somewhat of a drought, we finally got some water, and I managed to have a five-day weekend. YES! A chance to get my Project X on a legitimate wave, and profess my love for my Diesel 80.
The Washougal Wave gave up some good righty's! I love my Project X! …Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on January 10, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments
A low water time of year in the Columbia River Gorge, I am reminded of the great numbers of people that manage to paddle the same river, on the same day, at the same time. Don't get me wrong... as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier!…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on December 13, 2011 at 9:59pm — No Comments
Every year on Halloween, Hood River-ites get together for a costume paddle down the "Green Truss" section of the White Salmon River. This year Jesse and I weren't sure if we were going to make it as we decided to try our hand at racing bikes for the first time ever in the Day of the Dead Super D in Bend, OR the day prior. Turns out it is pretty fun, and worked out pretty well as I placed 1st in the Women's Under 34 category, while my friend and fellow paddler, Rachel Crowder rode…Continue
Every year when the seasons change, and Fall rolls around, I start thinking about a paddling vacation. Some years it's BC, others it's California....
This year was Oregon. Plan A was Canada, eh, while Plan B was the 11 friends, 2 rafts and a pirate party on the Rogue River.…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on October 5, 2011 at 11:12pm — No Comments
I'm not going to lie...cartwheeling is hard. It's one of those moves that is hard to teach, hard to learn, and requires a lot of technique. It's one of those moves that you have to try and try and try until you get the "Feel" of throwing an end or two. Some people learn in flatwater first, where as others do better starting out in a hole. I, myself, learned in flatwater and it took me a little while before I could even double pump (initiate the bow and stern in flatwater). In other…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on September 17, 2011 at 11:09am — No Comments
Mt. Adams, the headwaters of the Cispus River
After nearly 11 weeks of no creeking this summer, my shoulder has finally started feeling good. Good enough to get in my Diesel 80 and "off the couch" it on the Upper Upper Cispus, a class V…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on September 4, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Photo Copyright Robin Carleton of Off Route Photography
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on August 21, 2011 at 6:11pm — No Comments
For the last 7 weeks, I have been working to rehabilitate a bum shoulder, the result of going over the bars on a waterfall. The Verdict: Rotator Cuff Strain/Tear or Torn Labrum. I've got two more weeks before I get an MRI, and know for sure what is wrong. Hoping to heal up and feel better before then. Currently, I'm on a conservative rehabilitation program, am on the mend, and working hard to follow a solid strengthening program balanced with plenty of rest. This has meant no…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on August 6, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
The Little White Salmon River has one of the most notorious reputations on the West Coast. It's hearty class V, and it's been known to hand out its fair share of beatdowns and swims to some of the best paddlers in the world.…Continue
CKS Paddlefest is a three-day event located at Colorado Kayak Supply of Buena Vista Colorado. The main event is a huge sale and gear swap at the store where athletes and rep's are available to the general public for assistance in purchasing the latest, greatest equipment. This year, AT's Lila Marie Thomas, and Chuck Morris were on hand to answer questions.
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on June 1, 2011 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Last night was the prelims for the BV Pro Rodeo. Wave Sport was out in full force: Tanya Faux, Haley Mills, Elaine Cambell, Bryan Kirk, Chris Wing, and myself. Everyone rallied some great rides!
My first of two prelim rides
Finals are today, as well as open and junior class prelims, so come out the competition and cheer on the…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 27, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Whether its for the steep creeks, play parks, or various events, Colorado has something for everyone. This year, I've been fortunate enough to make the migration East for 10 days to see what everyone has been talking about.
Our road trip has gone something like this so far: Boise, Moab, Durango, Telluride, Carbondale, Glenwood, Vail, Fort Collins, Golden, Denver.
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 26, 2011 at 9:44am — No Comments
Sunday marked the first day of the EddyFlower Vertical Challenge, an annual event open to paddlers of all abilities, male and female. Created as a fundraiser for First Descents, teams of up to five people compete to paddle the most vertical feet in one month from May 15 to June 15. Individuals can compete in of the six divisions: Open, Class V, Class IV, Class III, Weekend Warrior and Women’s. While the idea is to rack up as many vertical feet in a month, the event is also an event…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 19, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments
This past weekend was the 5th Annual Northwest Creeking Competition, which takes place on the East Fork of the Lewis River, WA and Canyon Creek, WA each spring.
Friday night came and brought some serious rain, causing the East Fork of the Lewis River to come up about 1,000 cfs overnight.…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 21, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
The Crooked River is a Class IV river, that is only "in" every so often. The required flow is 2,000 + cfs, and it relies on dam release for…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 14, 2011 at 10:24pm — No Comments
The Northwest Creeking Competition is this weekend: April 16 and 17, 2011. Featuring two days of downriver races on the East Fork of the Lewis, as well as Canyon Creek in Washington, this event is one that shouldn't be missed!
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on April 11, 2011 at 3:19pm — No Comments
This past weekend was the 4th Annual Upper Wind Whiteware Festival, a two day event for Northwest rafters and kayakers. For more information, visit: http://upperwindfestival.blogspot.com/
The Upper Wind is a Class IV section of the Wind River, located near Carson, Washington, featuring everything from boulder gardens to ledge drops, and big water: …Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 26, 2011 at 11:35am — No Comments
With clocks "springing forward" giving us one more hour of daylight, I figured it the perfect time to get on two creeks in a day: Cooper Creek and Canyon Creek, Washington. Separated by a forty minute drive, these two creeks are quality.
Copper Creek is a small tributary to the East Fork of the Lewis, located in Washington state. The section typically paddled is very short, and features one Waterfall (2 ftr, 6 ftr, 15 ftr), followed by the Final Five Gorge, five drops in a…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 21, 2011 at 10:59am — No Comments
Photo copyright Dave Hoffman
One nice thing about living in the Columbia River Gorge is the vast array of rivers that lie within an hour's distance of driving. Friday, with the day off work, and rivers high after the week's…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on March 17, 2011 at 10:03am — No Comments
The New Project X:
-Higher Volume (48 vs 45)
-More aggressive rocker profile
I have been paddling a Wave Sport Project 45 since 2007, and never thought I would make the switch to any other boat; I love my Project 45!…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on February 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments