>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's round 2 of Leland's update.
Tye One On
We decided to put in at Monkey Cage - a 2 stage boxed in waterfall with a big hole. It's intimidating, but had always boated clean for me in the past, although I had never run it this low. I lined up to go first in order to set safety below, since the pool below Monkey Cage leads into Crack in the Earth - a class V+ drop into a chasm with horrible holes that is also currently jammed with wood. Things were looking good as I dropped in, but my run wound up with a bit of an unhappy ending.
After that I tried a roll, but was smashed head-first into the right wall as I rolled up. I set up and tried again and actually rolled, but immediately caught my upstream edge and flipped and hit my head on the wall again. Time to get out. I swam to shore and my boat fortunately eddied out above Crack in the Earth, and Alex ran down and found my paddle below the next rapid. I felt like I had been hit in the head with a baseball bat 3 times, and had a bit of an impact on my upper cheek where the helmet rim hit me. All in all, the coverage on my new T-dub saved my life right there, but I was a bit worse for wear. Everyone else had lost enthusiasm for running Monkey Cage after seeing my less than inspiring line, so we decided to take out (we were camped just downstream) and wait until the next day to start fresh. We quickly began work on constructing a beer tree.