Sunday, March 23, 2014

Monday, March 10, 2014


Raphael locked into the beauty of the crux rapid on the Rio Papallacta.  This rapid was known to us as Desert storm, Vietnam is just upstream.

Tungurahua towers nearly 17,000 over the small town of Banos.
Reminding all of us to respect the power and unpredictability of mother nature.

Noel parker coming through a drop on the Rio Encanto with steeze

Monday, April 8, 2013

Oh I wish it would rain

But a little snow is ok too

On  Saturday we were  greeted with high flows and amazing weather.  Followed by waking up hungover on Sunday to a snow blizzard.  "Need to harden the f*ck up mate".

Over the weekend we ran a few laps on Icicle and a couple on Tumwater.  I'm amazed every time I paddle around the Leavenworth area, not so much by the world class whitewater. More amazed that the majority of class V boaters in Washington have not paddled these stretches of river.  That's ok leave it for the honey badgers.


Lets limbo

Gettin' sick on Icicle
                                                                                                                                                                  Dan Patrinellis & Andy Taylor


 Why would you go boating here?  There is too much flat water 

Crikey mate 
                                                                                                    Dan Patrinellis

The log pile on  the right makes this rapid very consequential.  Not for Dan though

Roight now time for Tumwater.

Even though this whole run is roadside pictures are usually few and far between, we managed to get a couple of shots of Chaos a very well named rapid.



The next two shots were taken by Scott Waidelich

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Dan P

                                                                                                                                                                                          Adrian Wigston

 Thank you all for being such amazing friends and keeping the dream alive MERICA!!!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September Showdown

Chelan Gorge is one of those special places that I will return every year to paddle epic whitewater and party with great friends.  Thanks to all that came and made this year's release the largest in history; by "history" I mean the last four years.  Huge thanks to Dan Patrinellis, Scott weidlich, and all others involved for your coordination with the Chelan PUD.
Scott Waidelich

The BOSS himself Dan P

The forest fires burn over the hills next to camp.  I thought we had it bad in White Salmon, not the case.  Over 100 forest fires between Chelan and Wenatchee were started by a lightning storm that lasted only one evening.  Damn nature, you scary...but beautiful

Heck, even the Portland crew showed up.

Darren Gettin' ready for some swimmers
Darren Albright

Ellie came back for more this year, and killed it!
Ellie Wheat

Rob is gonna outlive us all

I enjoyed every moment of this beautiful place

Phillip Cast

Conversation, "Does it go?"  "Rob ran it."  Not a valid answer if you've boated with rob.

Making Pinnacle look pretty easy
Daan Jimmink

This is the camp at put in,  power and running water, roughin' it.

It was a good turn out on Saturday.

Until next year, Chelan will remain dormant, waiting for next years carnage.

Thanks to All who came out and participated in this amazing journey, you were all inspiring to paddle with. I enjoyed every minute of your company, from breakfast till Senior' Frogs.

All Pictures were taken with a Canon 60D

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Clowning around the Cooper

It's hard to decide whether it's best to boat in winter, or summer.  On one hand you have an abundance of streams that are flowing through the entire winter, classic run after classic run.  On the other is amazing weather, long days, and enough light to do multiple laps down a backyard classic.  Plus there is nothing funner than creeking with a huge crew of motivated boaters.  Here's a few shot's of our fun, with good water and better friend's.  

Fun way to start of the run

          Andy Taylor

Synchronized paddling

Comin' in hot

                                                                                                                               Connor Dixon

Comin' out cool

Rasta man

Garrett Swigart

 blunt family represent

                                                                                                                                        Andy Taylor


Cali slide

 Connor Dixon

 Garrett Swigart


Run Forest!!!

Class IV?????

Dang boaters in my shot

Norms Resort, Garret is looking at the boat foam surfing the hole.  Looks like we missed some good carnage.


Three amigos

Last rapid of the trip

Crystal clear beauty

James Dean bitches