Category: Super Skills

Willamette River Tour!

Tuesday August 26th 2014 was a scorcher, with heat in the mid 90’s.  So a group of us took to the river.  From Whitely Landing we paddled up the small side channel and made our way to the main flow of the river.  From there we paddled downstream and enjoyed the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers.  What a magical place!  After floating down a bit more we turned left and went up the side channel again back to the put in spot at Whitely.  This made for an adventurous loop requiring no shuttle!  Here are some pictures that show us working our way up the shallow side channel.  We used a small piece of line attached to the bow grab loop to haul our kayaks up the most shallow sections.  There are about 6 places where we had to get out and do this because you simply can’t paddle upstream where it’s too shallow.  Our sit on top kayaks worked well for this.  We would paddle  hard up to the shallow places and hop out quickly.  Then we eased the boats up above the shallows to where it was deep enough to hop back on the kayak and continue paddling up the eddies!  The entire tour was 4 hours including a half hour long lunch.

 

Working our way up

Working our way up

Blissfully paddling down the river

Blissfully paddling down the river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lining the boats up.

Lining the boats up.

August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Portaging a Canoe

This is good form on how to get a large canoe onto your shoulders.  Use your legs!

One its up on your shoulders, nestle the contour of the carrying yoke in to the most comfortable place, then you’re off!  This is a great way to carry canoes for longer distances.  Canoe Portages are typically measured in “rods”.  This is an Old English measurement that conveniently is about equal to a canoe length.  16 1/2 feet.   Our portage this day was about 50 rods to the roof of a gas guzzling machine.  Historically used to measure land, 40 rods are equal to 1 furlong!  A furlong was considered the distance that oxen could plow a field without taking a rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Surfing

 

 

Surfing your canoe can be a real challenge.  It’s common to capsize many times before getting comfortable in the swift waters.  Take a look at the concentration this paddler is showing here as she enters the wave.  When you get the hang of this skill your smile will surely grow!  Running hard rapids essentially boils down to surfing from one hydraulic to the next and liking them together.

 

 

 

It’s a good idea to have a spotter watching you while you surf.  This way if you swim out of your boat the spotter can snag your lunch, and maybe help you out too…

 

 

 

 

Here is a shot of some surf action!  Can you see the green boat?

 

December 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More