Tag Archives: Class IV
kayakers at the Carter Creek, the put-in for the Wild and Scenic Chetco River

Chetco River Trip Report

The Chetco River flows from the heart of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is most famously known for it’s clear as glass water clarity and scenic river canyon. It’s most commonly done in inflatable kayaks at low (less than 1,000 cfs) flows. It is quickly capturing the attention of whitewater kayakers and is a wilderness expedition…

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JR Weir & Lori Turbes Sundance Kayak School Owners

Sundance Kayak School: Year In Review

2013 was an exciting year at Sundance!  We had an amazing year filled with new adventures and class offerings, combined with an extended teaching season.  We met many incredible people, saw some old friends and watched beginner kayakers “catch the whitewater bug”.  Here are just a few of the highlights: ACA Instructor Certification Classes JR…

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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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One of the more complex rapids near the end

Taylor Creek – a magical tributary to the Rogue River

Taylor Creek is an exotic tributary of the Rogue River. It flows into the recreational section of the Rogue near Morrison’s Lodge. It also happens to be the place where Sundance’s beginner schools train throughout the summer. While on a boating safari this spring, Zach Collier and I visited the Smith River in Northern California….

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Beautiful Water at Put-In for the North Fork of the Washougal

North Fork of the Washougal

Yesterday J.R. and I were excited to see a new section of river so we headed out to Washington’s Washougal River. Flows were a little low, but we really wanted to do some creeking and decided to check out the North Fork of the Washougal. We were immediately impressed with this beautiful canyon and the…

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Illinois Trip Report

May has been a great month for whitewater. Last week a few of us from Sundance teamed up with our friends at Indigo Creek Outfitters for a trip down one our favorites, the Illinois River in Southern Oregon. With fantastic scenery, incredible water clarity, and amazing whitewater, the wild and scenic Illinois is a classic…

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The allure of South Carolina’s Chattooga River

It’s almost summer and I can’t wait. As I wrap up my spring in South Carolina, I’m excited to get back on the road and down to the Rogue River, but I’m still a little sad to be leaving. As the temperatures here start to hover near ninety degrees, I start to get nostalgic for…

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Life’s Good on the Hood

When I think of running the Hood River, I think of its cold waters, beautiful scenery and the challenging yet friendly collection of runs (ranging from easy class III to class IV/V playgrounds). The headwaters drain from the snowy and scenic north and east slopes of majestic Mount Hood. Because water levels depend on both…

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Running the Hood After Work – Photo Montage

Living in Hood River gives kayakers an awesome opportunity to play in the area. While part of your day must be spent at the office, the other part (hopefully the majority) can be spent running the amazing Hood River. Whether it’s the East Fork, West Fork or Lower Section to town, the Hood offers countless…

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