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 Becker (Russell) 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.
Kim Becker paddling the Wave Sport Recon 70 (Photo Heather Herbeck)
As whitewater paddlers, our torso’s are our powerhouses. It’s where we get our “oomph” to boof, sweep, and forward paddle our way through the biggest and even smallest of rapids. …Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on September 13, 2013 at 12:40pm — No Comments
The "Wild and Scenic" Selway River, flows 47 miles through the heart of the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness to the confluence with the Lochsa River near Lowell, Idaho. From the put-in at Paradise, to the Race Creek take-out, the river drops an average of 28 fpm, featuring class III-V rapids such as…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on August 16, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments
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 Becker (Russell) on July 18, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on May 24, 2013 at 8:56pm — 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 Becker (Russell) 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 Becker (Russell) 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 Becker (Russell) 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 Becker (Russell) on March 3, 2013 at 8:05pm — No Comments
Mark your Calendars! The 2013 Wind River Festival is on for March 16!
Racer's during the mass start of 2012's downriver…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on February 16, 2013 at 12:18pm — No Comments
As a whitewater kayaker, it’s just as important to choose the right paddle as it is the right kayak. The paddle becomes an extension of your body, so it’s only logical to choose one that is comfortable in your hands, and feels good! If only it were that simple: what about all the different blades designs? Should you choose carbon fiber or fiberglass? How long should it be? Should you paddle a straight or bent shaft?…Continue
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on January 6, 2013 at 10:24pm — 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 Becker (Russell) 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 Becker (Russell) 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 Becker (Russell) on October 14, 2012 at 11:09pm — No Comments
The merging of two rivers is always an auspicious place for rafters and kayakers, and one of my favorite confluences is that of the East and West Forks of the Hood River. Not only is this a beautiful place to go for a swim on a hot day, but it also serves as the put-in and take-out for several great whitewater runs.…
Added by Kim Becker (Russell) on October 3, 2012 at 12:30am — 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 Becker (Russell) on July 6, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments