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APEs Big Laurel/FB9 Creeking Trip Report

james wrote 905 days ago:


The week of July 13th, 2015 was filled with heavy rains in the southeast which got many creeks and rivers up and running at very healthy flows during the week!  Big Laurel stayed above 1’-0” on the gauge Monday-Wednesday with all the rain.  This setup a possibility for the run to hold for a Saturday trip.  On Friday gauge readings came from the Laurel River Store that the run was at +1” on the gauge in the A.M. and the level only dropped to 0” in the P.M. (The run is consider runnable down to -6” on bridge gauge at the put-in).  Things were looking very promising for a good low runnable level on Saturday…

A poll was given to the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts earlier in the week to choose a class III run for a club river trip on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  A majority of the respondents were very interested in giving Big Laurel a go for a beginner creek style run if it was at a runnable level.  So after checking the level one final time on Friday afternoon the call was made to meet at the Big Laurel put-in Saturday morning to set shuttle for a run down to the French broad Section 9 take-out in Hot Springs.



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6/24/15-HTTD-Best Line Comp. @ Devil’s Toenail

james wrote 943 days ago:


The pieces have fallen into place and we are set for the next HTTD in Spokane. The next event will be a “Best Line” Competition at the Devil’s Toenail in Riverside State Park. Each competitor will get multiple laps through the rapid and have their line judged in multiple categories (i.e. boofing, eddy turns, style, creativity, etc.) Because of this location there may be some need for carpooling or a shuttle vehicle to help bring boaters to and from the overflow parking areas.
• Wednesday June 24th
• 5 pm meet at the Toenail Parking area, please allow time to arrange parking of vehicles-overflow parking will be moved to the Toenail takeout, nearby bicycle trail head, and other options are available.
• 5:30 pm Event participant meeting, safety briefing, and park conservation considerations. The goal is for an event start time of 6 pm
• Discover Pass is required for parking in the park
• All you need is your gear and a throw bag if you have one.
• Come out even if you are not interested in getting in the water. It will be fun to watch and there is always a need for safety kayakers.
• Also bring friends and/or family as the rapid is easy to view from the parking area and shoreline, making it easy to spectate.
• After wards we will finish up at the parking area for some laughs, swag, and maybe a BBQ if all works out.
Look forward to seeing everyone out for some good friendly fun at the Devil’s Toenail, and can’t wait to see what lines the group can come up with!
Cheers



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6/24/15-HTTD-Best Line Comp. @ Devil’s Toenail

james wrote 943 days ago:


The pieces have fallen into place and we are set for the next HTTD in Spokane. The next event will be a “Best Line” Competition at the Devil’s Toenail in Riverside State Park. Each competitor will get multiple laps through the rapid and have their line judged in multiple categories (i.e. boofing, eddy turns, style, creativity, etc.) Because of this location there may be some need for carpooling or a shuttle vehicle to help bring boaters to and from the overflow parking areas.
• Wednesday June 24th
• 5 pm meet at the Toenail Parking area, please allow time to arrange parking of vehicles-overflow parking will be moved to the Toenail takeout, nearby bicycle trail head, and other options are available.
• 5:30 pm Event participant meeting, safety briefing, and park conservation considerations. The goal is for an event start time of 6 pm
• Discover Pass is required for parking in the park
• All you need is your gear and a throw bag if you have one.
• Come out even if you are not interested in getting in the water. It will be fun to watch and there is always a need for safety kayakers.
• Also bring friends and/or family as the rapid is easy to view from the parking area and shoreline, making it easy to spectate.
• After wards we will finish up at the parking area for some laughs, swag, and maybe a BBQ if all works out.
Look forward to seeing everyone out for some good friendly fun at the Devil’s Toenail, and can’t wait to see what lines the group can come up with!
Cheers



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Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

james wrote 1053 days ago:


I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock



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Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

bozemankayaker wrote 1053 days ago:


I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock



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Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

james wrote 1053 days ago:


I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock



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Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

saskia wrote 1053 days ago:


I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock



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Green River PFD with Paddling Super Stars

natefry wrote 1053 days ago:


I have dreamt of running the Green River Narrows for almost 2 years now. My main goal for 2015 was to run the Green towards the end of the year. Never did I realize that I would be running it so soon.

Late Wednesday night, I get a text from Pat Keller asking if I wanted to run the Green with him and Hunt Jennings. At first, I was nervous about jumping on it so soon, but I couldn’t think of a better crew to go with.

We put on the Upper Green smiling and cheerful, but I knew what was coming down stream. As we passed the put in for the Narrows, we all got quite. This was the first time I that I got really nervous. The first few rapids weren’t very bad, but when we got out to scout Frankenstein, things started to get sketchy.

Pat showed me a few different lines and explained the consequences of each one. We decided to take the race line because it was the most straight forward. I climbed in my boat and followed Pat. I started out with a nice line through the beginning of the rapid, but noticed that I started my boof stroke too early at the lip. I corrected it with a big, right sweep stroke and landed just where I wanted.

As we continued down river, I became less nervous with each rapid that I went through. Pincushion, Whale Tale, and Boof-Or-Consequence were not as intimidating as Frankenstein, but still very fun.

Go Left Or Die had been in the back of my mind ever since I put on the river. Pat said that I had the skill to run it, but I wasn’t sure if I was able to. Pat explained the sneak line to us and we decided to run it. Pat sat in the eddy at the to of Go Left so that if we started to drop toward it he would be able to push us away. I was the first to go down the sneak and had a fairly solid line. While I was sitting the eddy, I saw Hunt drop in to the main line at Go Left. He got hung up in the hole and almost splatted the rock in the center then flipped. At first I was worried that he might be hurt, but he rolled up smiling and I knew he was fine.

We strolled through the next few rapids before arriving at Reverse Seven Foot and Zwicks. We got out and scouted Zwicks while George Boss showed us how to run it. George made it look easy, but I knew it wasn’t. I climbed in my boat right behind Pat once again. I watched hime drop off of Reverse Seven Foot, then followed his line. I came in to the top hole of Zwicks a little more left than I wanted, which made me miss the race line that I was aiming for. So I continued down the normal line and boofed off of the drop.It was so much fun that I had to scream with joy at the bottom.

The nervousness returned once again as I pulled up to Chief. Pat had showed me all of the dangers and how to run it. So I followed him once again into the rapid. I punched the top hole and drove hard to the right. I dropped down and had to brace on my right side but came out fine.

I started my portage of the famous Gorilla just in time to watch Pat throw a massive freewheel off it. So I launched off the seal slide into the bottom of Gorilla and charged down Nie’s Pieces to find Pat waiting for me in the eddy. After watching him surf for a minute, we continued down the slides, I got a little hung up in a hole but kept on going. Ducking under the log at rapid transit was pretty sketchy, but the slide was really fun.

After running the kicker at Groove Tube, I decided not to run Sunshine. So I hiked down to the bottom and watched everybody run it. Maybe next time Sunshine!

After sunshine it was all really fun, yet fairly easy whitewater. I started to ease up, not knowing what was ahead. I was cruising along, when suddenly I realized that I was at Hammer Factor! Too late to correct my line now! Bam!! I slammed right in to the wall and flipped. As I rolled up, I thought to myself, “What a great way to end my dry hair day!”

Special thanks to Pat Keller, Hunt Jennings, and George Boss!

Written By Garrett Madlock



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saskia

Always Check for Wood

saskia wrote 1073 days ago:


A couple weeks ago, I took some friends down the Upper Tumwater section of the Wenatchee River. It had been a while since I’d paddled this stretch, but it is a very wide section of the river and the rapids are seemingly less difficult than the main section of Tumwater Canyon. It is still considered class III-IV, especially when paddled at higher volumes.

The first rapid of the run starts after about 3/4 of a mile of flat water. It consists of a large entry wave followed by several exploding laterals and tapers off into some boogie that braids through a shallow boulder garden. The day we paddled it, we dropped in just assuming everything was all good. Bad call on my part.



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natefry

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natefry wrote 1073 days ago:


A couple weeks ago, I took some friends down the Upper Tumwater section of the Wenatchee River. It had been a while since I’d paddled this stretch, but it is a very wide section of the river and the rapids are seemingly less difficult than the main section of Tumwater Canyon. It is still considered class III-IV, especially when paddled at higher volumes.

The first rapid of the run starts after about 3/4 of a mile of flat water. It consists of a large entry wave followed by several exploding laterals and tapers off into some boogie that braids through a shallow boulder garden. The day we paddled it, we dropped in just assuming everything was all good. Bad call on my part.



Categorized as:check-out-whats  •  down-the-upper  •  downstream  •  upper-tumwater  •  wenatchee  •  wenatchee-rivercheck-out-whats  •  down-the-upper  •  downstream  •  upper-tumwater  •  wenatchee  •  wenatchee-rivercheck-out-whats  •  down-the-upper  •  downstream  •  upper-tumwater  •  wenatchee  •  wenatchee-rivercheck-out-whats  •  down-the-upper  •  downstream  •  upper-tumwater  •  wenatchee  •  wenatchee-river

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