After a lot of hemming and hawing, only Nick was still interested in giving Mosier Falls (10 minutes east of Hood River) a go. The rest of us set up for safety or pictures as Nick geared up and paddled down from the bridge. The concern was the abrupt transition in the middle of the drop. Nick deflated his seat so he could lean all the way back (the IK tuck) to protect his back and subsequently paddled over the lip, safely reaching the pool at the bottom before being pulled out of the boat as he resurfaced (which we chalked up to no back support due to the deflated seat). Ben roped him to shore, then the safety team and Nick paddled out of the gorge down to the next bridge. We were all excited, and on our drive towards an afternoon lap on the Wind, were already making plans to return to this drop Nick opened up for all ducky-kind.
Nick Hymel runs Mosier Falls on March 20, 2016 at 107 cfs
Photo: Priscilla Macy
Flow for the daynice section of class IV upstream, though finding legal access is a challenge.