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Washington Trip Report '07

Summer '07 is on, and we are now in Washington continuing to look for the most classic class III - V runs for the River Gypsies' Guide to North America. Here's a report from the rainy Northwest, where we hope summer will arrive any day:

Second Lap of Washington
This time out of Hood River we decided to make slower progress northward, stopping in the Cispus drainage for some excellent camping and a great class III/IV expedition on the Upper Cispus. The Upper is usually done as a longer run, but we scouted out a shorter takeout that avoided a lot of the flats and made the shuttle walkable, while still leaving the good gorge in the run.

Andria boofing through some boogie on the beautiful Upper Cispus.

Andria getting some action in the meat of the biggest rapid in her Recoil - this drop was super fun!

From there we headed north to check the level on the Clear Fork of the Cowlitz. The Clear Fork has long been in the top 5 runs that I want to get in the country, but I want to make sure I don't get into that committing gorge at the wrong level. We decided that it looked a bit low, and drove farther north to check out the Snoqualmie drainage. Both the Fall in the Wall run on the South Fork and the class III run on the Middle Fork looked too low, so we did some nice camping up there and headed back to the Cooper for some more runs there. After that it was back to the Leavenworth area, where John and Michelle were telling us that the Top Tye was coming into a good level.