In July this year a crew of friends joined us in Washington for a flurry of boating on some of our favorite runs in the Northwest. Here are some photos and a brief write-up by Leland from our adventures.
You put in at the base of a gnarly looking 50 foot cascade, and as you round the first corner the action kicks right in with a cool slide.
After about 200 yards of gorged class IV, the river rounds another bend and reaches one of the bigger rapids - Norm's Retreat. Norm's has a tricky entrance move and then you have to get right to avoid a very sticky pocket hole on the bottom left.
The next of the big ones is S-Turn - a tricky boof entrance with a sticky hole to avoid or punch at the bottom.
The next big one is Shark's Tooth - a long complicated boulder garden rapid that trips me up almost every time.
The last hoorah at the takeout is Wall of Voodoo - a complicated rapid complete with tricky entrance, boof flake over a hole, an undercut wall, another hole, and an exit ledge downstream. This is a classic rapid - keeping everyone on their toes.
Two great days on the Cooper were had by all! After the Cooper we swung north, where the Tye was running out of water - but that's for the next update. Stay tuned!!