Our trip got off to an interesting start where some complacency led to 3 swimmers on the first drop of the trip, a sticky ledge on Canyon Creek Stilliguamish near Robe Canyon. It was the highest (though I think still lowish) I'd run the creek thanks to warm temperatures causing a bit of a melt (in fact the entire weekend involved temps in the 20's celcius and mostly bluebird sunny days with the exception of Monday). After cleaning up the carnage, which wasn't too bad and continuing on, it would turn out to be a great little run. A good reminder to monitor your group, confirm understanding of what needs to be done with certain drops, adopt a good boating order, and maybe set safety for those stickier holes.
Days 2 and 3 involved runs on the Farmlands section of the White Salmon and camping near the scenic base of Mt. Adams. The Farmlands was a first time run for me that was an incredibly scenic class IV pool drop series of fun rapids and a good waterfall. The run was littered with wood, but all of it manageable with only a riverwide log requiring a portage. It kindof reminded me of Little Wenatchee.
Day 4 was the best day by far starting off with a run down the usually cruisy East Fork of the Lewis where we ended up creating some drama and a number of descents of Sunset Falls (I think Ben did 13 hucks)...for myself it was nice to run the right side of the falls..I think I've taken every line down those falls at this point.
After Ben and Erika headed North early, the rest of us were lucky enough to get on a low water Canyon Creek Lewis, the ultra-classic to prep for the race later in the month. It was too low at the outset of our trip and as we'd hoped the warm temperatures brought it up just enough to be good, it was even slightly higher than the first time I ran it. Of course we took a ton of pictures of that classic and it was a playground for the less seasoned creekers in the group!
All pictures by the author unless otherwise noted. Here is a little video Ben made. A bit of a photo dump ensues.
|Typical scene on CC Stilly|
|Author on Lava, photo by Denny Lunge|
|A nice boof on CC Stilly|
|Annie runs a good rapid at the end of Farmlands|
|Ben on Lava|
|Ben one of his many descents of Sunset Falls of East Fork Lewis|
|Denny on Farmlands last drop|
|Ben on Sunset|
|Erika on Sunset...I think this was her first waterfall?|
|Ben in Dragon's Tooth|
|Denny on Horseshoe|
|Klade on Thrasher on CC Lewis|
|Klade on Kahuna|
|Denny on Champagne|
|Alison on Hammering Spot with Champagne in the background|