Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I just found the forum and I have spent a few days browsing and was stoked to find an active community of river rats. I found the site while researching reflipping techniques as I have a new cat and she is heavy when loaded. My biggest fear of flipping is getting her righted again as I often do solo trips.
I have been rafting since 1990 and have also been a passenger with a couple of commercial trips. Along with rafting, I am a semi professional snowboarder and back country splitboarding instructor/guide. I am also an admin of the largest snowboarding forum on the net. I love backpacking and also hold a private pilot`s license with an instrument rating. As my friends tell me, I just have too many hobbies to have time for a job which happens to be a local tanker truck driver. Still waiting for that winning Powerball ticket though.
I have 2 rigs that I currently use. One is a solo 10 foot cat with full rocker tubes and I just sold my old faithful 14 foot Momentum bucket boat last year and bought a 14 foot cat with 26 inch Odyssey tubes and a custom built frame.
My "go-to" river of choice is the Deschutes in central Oregon and I run both the Warm Springs to Sandy Beach and the Buck Hollow to Heritage Landing sections. Early season, I run the John Day in Eastern Oregon and the Klickitat in southwest Washington. Hoping to get on the lower Salmon and the Snake this fall as well as the Rogue River in southwest Oregon.
I have taken a couple of Main Salmon trips and 2 trips in the Grand Canyon as a paying passenger with a commercial operator. I would love to run the Salmon sometime and while running the Grand Canyon is a dream, I want to gain a few more years of experience before trying that one on my own in a small cat. Other rivers I am very interested in the Colorado Plateau are the Green, Colorado, Gunnison, Delores, and San Juan. I am a big fan of that area and do a lot of back packing in that region.
I am not much of a hairball guy and prefer nice pool and drop rivers with plenty of class 3 and 4. I prefer bigger water with roller coaster action to technical rock gardens. Definitely into the multi day drips as nothing beats river camping in my opinion.
Definitely always up to find other people and groups to float with in my neck of the woods. I also love talking about life on the river and drooling over cool new gear. I look forward to being a member of the community.
Here are some shots of my toys:
My 10 footer on the Klickitat River in Washington
Here is the new baby on the Deschutes
Here she is at her best