Monday, February 15, 2010

EF Lewis fun run

Matt King and I met up with John, Steve, and our rafting buddies for a light hearted trip down the EF Lewis. We got lost and were a bit late so only got one lap of Sunset, so we made the best of it running it in tandem, Matt going left, myself center. Here are some pictures David Riess took before we got there.
Adrian tries a little freestyle off Sunset :)

Seventeen year old Connor has an awesome line.
We got down to Screaming left and caught up with a group from Seattle who had made the drive for the run. We met up with them again at Horseshoe and Matt and I made quick work of the meltdown line. Everyone else thought this looked cool, so after Matt and I hiked up on river left for round two,  the Seattle crew took their first attempts at this line.
They all did really well, most of them going for round two as well! No real carnage to speak of, just a fun day. Sometimes its nice to keep the heart rate down, especially when you meet new, enthusiastic people on the river. It was cool boating with those guys and I hope to see them on the river again.

Rafters can boof too.
After this, we headed over to Big Tree Falls on Yacolt creek. We looked at it for awhile and while it looks easy at first glance, on closer inspection, you begin to notice problems with it. We decided the two biggest problems were glancing off the boof flake on the left and getting launched head first into the wall on the right. Matt fixed this by running from right to left and melting the drop. The second issue was the undercut immediately after the drop. I thought there was a pretty good chance a boater would get shoved into this so I decided to not run the main drop and set safety at the undercut. I ran the left side which is an easy 8 foot boof, but pretty fun. Then positioned myself right above the undercut. The boaters from Seattle decided to watch and also helped out with safety.
Matt went, and as predicted, got tractor beamed into the undercut. He caught some downstream current as he flipped over and pulled himself out as he was beginning to sink.
Then he hopped into the raft with Dan and they got the first known raft decent of this falls.

(All photos by David Riess)
Here is a quick video from the day.

EF of the Lewis river from Jacob Cruser on Vimeo.
On another note. We met Steve Cameron on this run, who is just getting into boating again. What was unique about this is Steve was on the first decent of the Truss section of the white salmon! They put in below double drop and went down through Husum either 25 or 35(i forget which) years ago! He was also the third person ever to run Husum falls.
Connor from the trip also made this video.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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