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Reading Water and Rapid Classification

The river has a unique way of communicating and unfolding its secrets.  If you listen you will find the river carries a constant and ever graceful song that is measured at a rate of cubic feet per second (cfs).  As you sit by its side and navigate the moving waters you will also find that…

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Safety Gear and Style

“Safety is no accident.”  This has become my dad’s signature farewell as I tell him we are headed to the river.  I have grown to love this simple reminder.  The beautiful unpredictability of life allows ANYTHING to happen; there is no combination of paddling skills, comfort level, familiarity with a run or karma that will…

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American Whitewater at Work

“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.”  —Tanako Shozo Whether you appreciate clean, free flowing rivers from a raft, drift boat, canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board or alongside the water’s edge, stewardship is an important component to every river lover’s livelihood!  American Whitewater has led the industry…

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Pool session for kayakers

5 Benefits of Pool Sessions

For a kayaker any time devoted to sitting in a boat is always time well spent.  Kayak pool sessions offer a great avenue for new kayakers to get their sea legs as well as intermediate and advanced paddlers to continue improving their form and technique. 1. Predicable Environment The pool setting can alleviate a great…

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Kayaking Hagen Gorge

Hagen Gorge, WA

Hagen Gorge is on a small tributary to the Washougal River in southwestern Washington. About 3-4 miles long, this creek can be characterized by class IV boogie-water boofs and slides with various vertical class IV/V drops dispersed throughout. There is no gauge to the creek, so it’s all about proper guess-work. On our trip, the…

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Our four day beginning kayak school is designed for complete novices or kayakers with some experience wanting to improve their skills. You'll start as a beginner and end as an intermediate! Each night we'll camp along the river and each day we'll kayak on the Rogue River.

Recap: 2013 Wind River Festival

The Wind River Festival can be described as CHAOS. Chaos in the form of a mass start as paddlers leave the Starting Line together, and rally downstream all at once. Such was the case the last few years, and one could only continue the tradition in 2013. The Upper Wind River is considered Class IV/IV+,…

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Dagger Axiom 8.5 Kayak

Dagger Axiom Review

Last year we had quite a few people request the Dagger Axiom for their kayak school, so we bought a few for the 2013 season. Of course, I have to test all of our equipment first, so I paddled it at our local kayak polo match and loved its speed and maneuverability. Today I took…

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Upper Wind River Race

2013 Upper Wind River Festival

It’s almost the end of February and the 2013 Upper Wind River Festival is soon upon us!  Saturday, March 16, 2013 is the 2013 Wind River Festival, the kickoff to this year’s Western Whitewater Championship Series! The series is comprised of about 17 races over 7 festivals throughout the Northwest between March and October. Racers receive…

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Kim Becker running Thrasher on Canyon Creek, WA with her AT2 Flexi

How to Choose a Whitewater Paddle

As a whitewater kayaker, it’s just as important to choose the right paddle as it is the right kayak. The paddle becomes an extension of your body, so it’s only logical to choose one that is comfortable in your hands, and feels good! If only it were that simple: what about all the different blades…

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River Rescue: Nuts and Hexes

How many of you have been on the river and been involved in a situation where you were walled in, and needed to extract a boat, but simply couldn’t due to lack of anchors? Having witnessed this last weekend in the new gorge on the Lower Lower White Salmon, Washington, I have added a few…

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