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Old 08-25-2013   #1
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PNW in september?

anything in the III/IV range running? preferably some pool drop easier waterfalls?

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Old 08-25-2013   #2
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Middle White Salmon in S.Washington. Clackamas near Portland. Packasddle to Mill City on the North Santiam. The Deschutes daily in Maupin OR. All class 3. Meadowcamp on the Deschutes in Bend,OR is a solid 4.

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Old 08-26-2013   #3
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anything in the III/IV range running? preferably some pool drop easier waterfalls?
Don't miss the middle White Salmon. Beautiful run with a nice exclamation point at the end (scout Husum falls & set safety if it isn't already there from the commercial guys).

North Santiam run mentioned above has 3 class IIIs, they are all very straightforward and clean. Bonus is the Spencer's Hole is a great playspot at summer flows with park and play access.

Either way, check out for runs close to Portland and for runs in Washington. Next Adventure (a local paddleshop) runs a free shuttle on the Upper Clackamas some days...they are generally announced on the PDXkayaker boards.
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Old 08-26-2013   #4
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While you are on the White Salmon, I just did the Lower Lower stretch yesterday.


So pretty and some solid Class III water. The Class IV down there will get your attention with an easy move that you really don't want to screw up.

At Husum, make sure to go for the water boof line at low water, not the rock flake line. These are about 2-3' apart. The rock flake looks tempting, but is quite a ways out of the water, and hitting it will have two effects: rolling your boat to the left and possibly cracking the boat. I've also seen people stall the nose there, then drop into the main hole sideways. For the water boof line, stay in the main current, then look for the rooster coming over the middle. Hold a long left stroke and lean forward on landing.
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