all photos: Nate MerrillHeaded over to Bend to knock off a few sections during low water in the Willamette valley. Deschutes was at 1200 cfs which was a sweet level. Started at Lava falls and continued through Lava falls. It was a pretty eventfull trip in which the Triple crown was completed in a raft for what may have been the second time. We also had a serious beatdown in Barry's Backender(Lava 2) in which I missed a throwbag toss that was not a good time to do that. Luckily Nate stepped up and was able to connect before the swimmer was taken into a log. That sat really badly with me so I tried to redeem my karma with my first legal booty beer. Obviously the best way to fix this would be to go practice throw-bagging, so I think I will do this, but I think this is a good addition to the booty beer rule. Miss a throw or drop the ball in a safety situation=booty beer. I plan to train to the point where this is never a concern again, so hopefully I get the chance to forget that rule. I'm sorry again to the swimmer, and thanks Nate for doing what had to be done.
The rest of the trip was great as we headed through what must be one of the best backyard runs in Oregon, the Meadowcamp run into Bend. Lots and lots of read and run IV-IV+. Highlights included the entire run. A couple of boulder gardens near the end warranted a scout and one required a short walk. Super fun run even at ~500 cfs.
Myself running the most dynamic drop on Meadowcamp
Anna in the lower half of "Darnit"
Jeff Compton and Dan Mccain stepped up to the Triple crown running Lava, Dillon, and Benham all in one day with absolutely phenomenal lines. They also ran Dillon strictly off verbal beta as neither had seen pictures and light was waning. I sent them off the center left, which they greased. Benham was beyond smooth. I think Dan only took 7 strokes in the whole rapid because they were on line so perfectly. Lava was not the monster we were expecting and everyone had stellar lines.
When the water disappears west of the Cascades, head to Bend!