Jackson Kayak & the Kayak Shed take on the John Day

We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!


Kayak Fishing Trip 3 Day, 2 Night Kayak Fishing Trip on the John Day – Only 3 spots left!

Join us for a guided 3 day, 2 night kayak fishing trip down the John Day River in beautiful Eastern Oregon – fully supported so you can focus on fishing! Our guide will provide and prepare all meals, set up and break down camp as well as carry all provisions. Your only responsibilities will be setting up your tent (available from our guide if you don’t have your own), stocking your personal cooler with any beverages you might want to have on hand and FISHING! Summertime and the livin’ (and fishin’) is easy!

Our journey begins on the morning of Friday June 12th from the Clarno access where we will meet our guide’s support raft(s). We will float and fish an average of approximately 15 miles per day as we meander through the gorgeous John Day Wilderness Area. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch over a 100 bass in a day on this river. The trip will conclude when we reach the thirtymile access on Sunday the 14th.

This will be a great adventure for both the experienced and novice kayak fisherman alike. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Father’s Day present or you’re wanting to spend some quality time with the fisherperson in your life, this trip would make an excellent gift! Or give yourself the gift of a low stress, outfitted weekend of kayak fishing on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers!

Register for one of the final 3 slots online or call the shop with any questions!


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Halo Effect – Coming Soon!

Steve Fisher has just release the trailer for his newest film, Halo Effect, and it’s looks like it’s going to be great! Don’t know who Steve Fisher is? Check out his site for a glimpse of who this South African with a penchant for big water is – and what he’s done, for that matter!

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be hosting the local premier of Halo Effect this spring, so stay tuned for details! Without further ado, the trailer for Halo Effect.

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Pat Camblin solos the Petite Mecantina

Over on Steve Fisher’s blog, Playback with Steve Fischer, there’s a post about Pat Camblin’s solo this week of the Petite Mecantina. I didn’t find much information about the river – other than it’s general location – online, but according to Steve, the First D of it’s inner gorge was a couple of years ago by a team, including Pat. A missed move during that trip resulted in a close call, so Pat’s heading back there this week to run it solo and excise those demons. The plan was to put in Monday, Sept 14th and take out this Saturday. Send good thoughts Pat’s way this week – I’m sure he’s going to have a great story or two to tell!

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Kayaking for a Cause

A couple of local paddlers and all around good guys, Andy Maser & Daniel Fox, are hitting the water this morning to paddle 130 miles from Willamette Falls in Portland, Or to the confluence of the Columbia river and the Pacific Ocean. While it sounds like it’s going to be a great adventure, these guys aren’t just doing it for fun, they’re doing it to benefit these very worthy organizations:

* Disabled American Veterans
* Team River Runner
* WeLoveCleanRivers.org

Not only great paddlers and philanthropists, Andy and Daniel are all over the communication stream, so you can follow their adventures this week via Twitter (@amaser & @kitsunekeimou), SPOT Adventures and their Facebook group, Century Paddle.

Andy & Daniel haven’t been the only ones busy raising money for great organizations by paddling. We ran across a couple of recent articles that should be inspiring for anyone.

Forest Rose did the first half of an 1800 mile voyage, from Newark to New Orleans, on the Ohio River to raise $8000 for research for children’s cancer. He’ll complete the 2nd half next summer.

Eric Innes completed an 85 day, 1700 mile trip around the British Isles to raise money for Help for Heroes, a British organization dedicated to helping injured soldiers.

Kudos to all of the paddlers out there that are using their skills and talents to further causes that affect so many of us!

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Paddling the Yukon

The Yukon River Quest starts at noon today – 460 miles from Whitehorse to Dawson City. If you missed the NBC coverage of it on Jeep World of Adventure June 6th, be sure to pick up a copy of this month’s Sea Kayaker for a great article by K1 racer, Brad Pennington.

Yukon River Quest site
NBC Jeep World of Adventure

Good luck to all 77 teams competing! We think you’re a bit mad.

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Halloween at Skookumchuck

Halloween at Skookumchuck

Last Tuesday I headed up north for a late season Halloween surf trip.  I checked the levels the night before I and was happy to see the tides were maxing out at 14 to 15 knots for four days. Yay!  I get cold pretty easily and was a not so stoked to see it was running super early in the morning.  Even so, I couldn't pass up one last Skook trip before winter sets in.

All was rolling smoothly on my way up to Vancouver until 30 miles from the Canadian border I realized that I left my passport in Hood River. I stressed for a few minutes but decided I was already 6 hours into the drive and it would be worth trying to make it through the border with my driver's license. Luckily enough I was sent right on through with plenty of time to meet up with the rest of my group and catch the ferry to Langsdale. (Getting back into the U.S. was not so easy but I figured there are worse places to be stranded than British Columbia. I was asked a million questions, had my truck searched and was warned that by January 2008 passports will be mandatory.)

It seemed like I had just fallen to sleep in Egmont when my alarm rang. It is pretty dark and cold at 5:00 am on the 31st of October, even on the Sunshine Coast, but we were so excited to surf the Skook we geared up and rallied out for dawn patrol. As we paddled out of the Egmont Harbor I couldn't see much besides my frozen breath but it began to get light just as we started to hear the rumble of Skookumchuck rapid.

Skook was just as good as always, a big, bouncy, glassy wave. The coolest thing about it is that it is so dynamic. Every ride you get a different wave. On the way up it will have a huge trashy pile but as it peaks it becomes steep and green. The six of us surfed straight through the sunrise and all through the morning. Finally, as early afternoon came around, our arms were aching and the wave was flattening out so we decided to call it a day. I've decided that the fun factor of winter dawn patrol is definitely based on having good cold water gear.

Key gear for winter paddling:

Breathable DrySuit with Gortex socks (I don't know how I ever survived without one)
1 piece fleece insulation suit with relief zipper
Wool Socks
Pogies (Some people prefer glove but I find they let my grip slip off the paddle)
Neoprene Skull Cap
Down Jacket at the Take out

That night all the Egmont locals came out in costume with bags full of candy, home made fireworks and strobe lights. They invited us to come party around the town bonfire and enjoy their firework display which was one of the coolest I've ever seen. Thanks to everyone in Egmont for such a memorable Halloween celebration and thanks for putting up with all of us kayakers all the time. See you next time!
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Lane’s excellent Canadian adventure

Here’s one from Lane Jacobs (and friends) latest trip to Canada…. Nice work!

Water levels in the Columbia Gorge treat paddlers great the majority of the year. The White Salmon, Little White and other local runs flow far more than the majority of whitewater rivers in the US and we are spoiled to have such great whitewater so close. Consistent water levels 8 or 9 months a year is something that you can’t complain about. However, as with most rivers, the rivers are getting low this time of year so this gives paddlers in the area an excuse to go up to British Columbia where the creeks and rivers are just dropping into prime water levels. I got five days off work at the Kayak Shed to check out a few rivers that I thought would be dropping in.
After hours and hours of scanning topo maps in SW BC, I had a few on hit list that I thought may have a lot of potential. The entire summer was basically a waiting game, watching levels and weather to try to get an idea of when a creek is going to have enough, but not too much water. The first on my list was one of BC’s newest Provincial Parks: Mehatl Creek. This creek flows in to the Upper Nahatlatch and drops about 1000 feet in 2.5 miles. What we found was an almost epic section of waterfalls. It ended up being a beautiful hike but a little too burly and manky to safely paddle. A few photos:A beautiful 30 foot falls into a 40 footer that was so close to being good but notice the boulders at the bottom of the 40 footer. Spectacular sight nonetheless.

Evan Garcia wishing it were a bit cleaner.

These would have been the signature drops on the run with some quality class five mixed in but it ended up being a not very attractive work/fun ratio. So our game plan changed.
Next on the list was a section of river only about 10 minutes away: the Upper Nahatlatch. This was a steep section of river that dropped about 500 feet in a mile and a half. What we found was similar to the Lower Mile of the Ashlu at high water levels. Not sure if this section has been run but it would be a great end of season run if your in the area and want to get into some steep boulder gardens! Half the water in there it could have been a great run.

A stout section on the Upper Nahatlatch.

So after a few other semi-unsuccessful scouting missions we decided to go and paddle some whitewater which we knew would treat us well: the Ashlu Watershed. The Ashlu has three of the best class V runs in the states within a few miles of each other. I was lucky enough to get on the elusive Tatlow Creek which is a tributary to the Upper Ashlu. The run is short but probably the best 2K of whitewater I may have ever paddled. The waterfalls go something like: 6-6-6-20-25-5-5-twisting drop-s turn-35-10-45-20-portage-5-5-2. So yeah, the number speak for themselves. Being in the depths of the Tatlow Gorge is a pretty amazing experience. A few photos I snapped:The boys amped up and ready to get their shred on at the putin. From here the creek just starts dropping deeper and deeper into the gorge. Once your in, your in.

Storm Trooper Evan Garcia with the Sweet Rocker Helmet styling the 25 footer in the new LiquidLogic Jefe. If you haven’t seen the outfitting in this boat it is awesome. Super simple and basically a lazy boy in a kayak!

German Max taking her deep , but surfacing upright in the stable Pyranha Burn!
A kinked 40 footer on the Upper Upper Ashlu. AT2 in hand and ready for meltdown!

A photo by Chris Korbulic of the boys , in two Liquid Logic Jefes and a Dagger Nomad, dropping in to the Box Canyon.

The Ashlu is such an amazing place and is so close to us here in the Columbia Gorge that any paddler should make it there. It has something to offer for everyone, from class two up to class five. The water is a glacial blue and there are huge snowcapped peaks all around. It is only about 30 minutes from Squamish, BC and is well worth any paddlers time. Unfortunately, the Ashlu has undergone drastic changes in the last year due to a micro hydro project but the river is still absolutely amazing. For more photos and updates on the hydro project check out http://www.therangelife.blogspot.com/.
Thanks for reading and we will have more whitewater updates soon!

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