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
Your "core" encompasses your abdominal and back muscles, specifically the rectus abdominus, obliques, lower back, and the glutes.
It is important to strengthen the core muscles, because these muscles provide stability to both the upper and lower body in all…Continue
The Northwest Creeking Competition is to paddlers what Sea Otter is to mountain bikers. The creeking comp. is in it's 7th year, and as organizer Luke Spencer, puts it, "...the…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Get ready because on April 21 and 22, the 2012 Northwest Creeking Competition in ON!
If you're a paddler in the Northwest, and looking for something to do this weekend, come on out to the Northwest Creeking Competition! Whether you decide to race, or decide to paddle down with a group of friends, the event is always a BLAST!
Saturday: East Fork of the Lewis River, WA - Kayak and Raft Races
Individual Timed runs, and a mass start from…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 19, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments
2012 will be a year to remember for the Wind River Festival and the Western Whitewater Championship Series!
March 17, 2012 was the original date for the fIfth annual Upper Wind River Festival. With faint memories of last year's high water, rain/snow, cold temperatures, and very few racers, organizers moved the race back one week with the hope of more competitors this year. And more competitors there were!
With sunny, clear blue skies, and a…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on April 2, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
Myself in the first rapid on the run, Initiation Photo by Tim Brink)
Are you ready for the Upper Wind River Festival in less than two weeks? On March 17, Northwest paddlers will flock to the Upper Wind River near Carson, WA for a day of whitewater racing.
This will be my third year racing the event and I am stoked! Should be even bigger…Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on March 6, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
"When the forecast calls for a solid week of rain, Facebook and Twitter updates roar alive, "Skiers and weather nerds start at the beginning; kayakers, skip to the last paragraph. Stoked!" For more photos, and the rest of the write-up, check out my post on Five Ten, here: …Continue
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) on February 15, 2012 at 1:21pm — No Comments
As a paddler, I use a couple different types of knots on every paddling adventure. Whether it's half-hitch to tie the boat off on my car, a bowline for a bow line, or a daisy chain to get rid of excess tail on a strap, knots are important!
Here's my 5 favorite knots that every paddler should know!…Continue
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 Russell (previously Becker) 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 Russell (previously Becker) 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 Russell (previously Becker) 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 Russell (previously Becker) 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 Russell (previously Becker) on September 4, 2011 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Photo Copyright Robin Carleton of Off Route Photography
Added by Kim Russell (previously Becker) 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 Russell (previously Becker) 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