Friday, December 11, 2009

December 5, 2009

Little Spokane River, Indian Painted Rocks to Canoe Take-out

28 degrees.

John Henry, Leah, and Sean Juan in the canoe. Gordon and Jillian in kayaks.

Ice on the river. A great run!

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Upper Spokane


Jillian, Gordon, Drew, Kent

Cold! Pushed Kent into a bow stall :-)

Friday, October 30, 2009


Kent, Sherri, Gordon


Upper Spokane...

Gorilla Boating!!!! Pics soon.


Upper Spokane

Intro to Kayak Class


Drew, Matt, Dustin, Mike H., Gordon, and a class of Joes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Upper Spokane

Sherri, Duke, Kent, Gordon

Sweet Surf Sesh! Will post videos later.


Sunday, October 25, 2009


Upper Spokane


Drew, Gordon, Sherri

good times, super hung over from the OYC party last night, almost ralphed after spinning too many times, wasn't a good roller.


Afternoon Lower Spokane run

Curtis, Rachel, Gordon

2200? cfs

Rachel is a new person to the Spokane boating community, solid paddler in a tiny playboat.


Lower Spokane


Drew, Duke, Gordon

Fun!! Ran the toenail center-right line with tight left turn hole punch maneuver, wicked sweet. Drew says I can say I run the toenail now.


Upper Spokane

Meagan, Sherri, Duke, Gordon


I almost got ated by Sullivan


Upper Spokane

Sherri, Jillian, and Gordon


an impromptu midday bad news coping paddle :-)

Sunday, October 18th

Priest River!! (Double Run)

CFS 2600

Sherri, Duke, Kent, Curtis, Megan, Gordon, Jillian, Terry, Susan, Pat, Ken, Doug, Chris, and Bob

This was our "goodbye Duke and Sherri" trip. It was awesome! This was our first time on the Priest. It is a short, fast run, so if you go, you gotta do a couple runs in a row. There is only one major rapid, called Bernard's Rapid. The clean run is right-center. There are two room-sized holes on the left-center run, but they are doable.

We had a great barbecue afterwords : ).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Upper Spokane

Gordon, Scooter, Kent, Sherri


Good times, Scoot swam at sullivan lol


Upper with the RCLS intro class.

Dustin, Sean, Gordon, Matt instructed

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Lower Spokane


Drew, Curtis, Gordon

Good run, went in the Karnali which I love. Ran the Toenail. Very fast right now on the right side.


Salmon River

Mill Wave on Friday, Upper Middle on Sat ending with a surf at Hippy, Lower Middle on Sunday to Chair Creek.

Drew, Gordon, Leah, Brett, Curtis, Mike H, Dustin, Tim, Mike H, Matt Chase, Steve and Christy, Kent and Hoppe.

Good times, Saved Hoppe a ton. Drew had a swim at Hippy.


Upper Spokane

Sullivan - Mirabu

Helped with Matt's intro to kayak class

Drew, Matt, Dustin, Mike H, Gordon, Georgia, the Johns, Joe the intern, Kara... some others

1400 cfs

Monday, October 12, 2009

October 11th, 2009

Upper Spokane, Barker Bridge to Sullivan Park
1540 cfs (yay it went up! [barely])

Sherri Warner and Jillian

Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold!! It was about 49 degress outside. We stayed warm while on the river, but when we got out, changed, and loaded our boats up, I thought my fingers were going to freeze right off! I must remember to bring warm, dry glove to put on after boating from now on.

Sullivan Wave is pretty delicious right now, but as cold as it is, it's hard to want to stay and surf for long.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Drew and Gordon


Lower Spokane Pooh Plant to Pleas Flats

Went in the Ammo :-)


Intermediate class,


Upper Spokane

Brett, Drew, Sherri, Matt, Dustin, Mike, Leah, Tim, Kent, Gordon

October 5th, 2009

Upper Spokane River, Barker Bridge to Sullivan Park
Drew, Megan, Duke, Sherri, Gordon, & Jillian
1500 CFS

Our first time in our new Pyranha boats!! Gordon paddled his new Karnali and Jill paddled her new Ammo. We loved them! Were on the river until it got dark.

Went out for beer and pizza at Benneditos afterwards. : )

Monday, October 5, 2009

October 4th, 2009

Upper Spokane--Barker to Sullivan
1500 cfs
Drew, Curtis, and Jillian

A beautiful, sunny, windy day. It was very chilly, but we dressed for it. We're all still looking forward to a couple more 100 cfs.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Uppper Spokane 10/01/09

CFS: 1500ish? Felt a little higher than it has been in awhile. We are maybe losing hope in the CFS readings....

Barker to Sullivan
John Henry, Leah, Gordon, Jillian, Duke

A very nice run!! It was cold, but we were dressed for it this time. Flora was an absolute dream. Sullivan is a bit steep at this level (whatever the hell the level is...) but should even out and become delicious with a few more hundred CFS.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Upper Spokane River

Barker to Sullivan
09/29/09 Tuesday
CFS: I don't know, maybe around 1500, but it all seems the same right now: Bony as hell! (but fun!)

Leah, Gordon, Jillian

John ran our shuttle for us and rode his bike along the Centennial Trail taking photos. Will post them if I ever get ahold of them (ahem, ahem).

Oh, and it was very cold! My first run where it actually felt like fall. It's time to up the gear, that's for sure.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sept. 28 2009

Upper Spokane


Drew, Meagan, Gordon

Meagan was 10/10 for rolls and Gordon scratched his boat.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Lower Spokane x2

1500 cfs

Leah and Drew and Gordon

Drew had a swim in the toenail



Upper Spokane
Gordon & Megan

Meagan 7/9 rolls!!




Lower Spokane, Curtis, Drew & Gordon



Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Getting up to date

2x lower. Gordon with Drew and Curtis prior to Oklahoma.

Salmon River from the 17th - 21st with Kent, Drew, Meagan, Duke, and Curtis. @4000cfs

Upper on the 21st with Drew, Leah, Jake 1300cfs

Upper on the 22nd with Drew, Mike H, Mya, Leah and John 1400cfs

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Upper Spokane River

Barker to Sullivan, 09/16/09

Jillian & Sherri with the SCKC
CFS: 1400? Others said 1250. It felt pretty low.

A nice run into the evening. We put on around 6 and it was twilight when we were done, very lovely day to be out there. Flora is fabulous right now--I wish I could run it over and over! Sullivan is still a little steep.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Upper Spokane


1340 CFS
Barker to Sullivan

Drew, Jillian, Sherri

A beautiful morning run. Blue skies. The run was a little rocky, but not too bad at all; we've definitly run it lower than this. Flora was especially fun at this level--technical, but nice and slow. Ron & Cindy came out to take photos of us (with Baker!). It was a very nice little paddle.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Gordon, Drew, Scooter

Worked on wave :)


poo plant to kayaker take out

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Lower, poo plant to kayaker take out

Drew, Meagan, Gordon

Very boney, but doable. Log in between the two rocks in the B&P
Excellent surfing between the B&P and the toenail, which we portaged. Drew and I were going to run it but we had no throw bag.



Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lower Spokane


Poo Plant to Kayaker takeout

Drew, Meagan, and Gordon

1200 cfs



Drew and Gordon did a second run

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lower Spokane River

August 16, 2009
Poo Plant to the Kayaker Take-out

1300 CFS

Jillian, Gordon, Curtis, & Drew

Jill's first time through the B&P!! Scary, but not too bad at this level. We portaged the D's T again. Jillian swam through a rocky bit just below the Toenail. Must have hit a rock or something. But didn't get too beat up :).

Gordon and Drew went back for a second run while Jill went home to make dinner.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lower Spokane

1100 CFS
Poo Plant to Kayaker Take-out
Drew, Gordon and Curtis

The B&P is quite navigable at this level. Jillian ran shuttle and was jealous that she didn't paddle. The Toenail is not currently navigable (as you can clearly see below) unless you are incredibly talented or incredibly stupid, so we portaged there.

Upper Lower Spokane River


Water Street to TJ Meenach

1100 CFS
Drew, Gordon, & Jillian

A nice morning run. Clouded up when we were out there. The river is very shallow, but the lower is still very runnable. Afterwards we scouted the B&P and DT just for fun : ).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Spokane River

Upper Section--Barker to Sullivan
CFS: 1350

Jillian, Drew, Megan, Curtis, and Sherri

A very rocky run, more like an obstacle course that kayaking, really. But very fun! Curtis surfed everything. Jillian got stuck backwards in S-Turn twice due to rocks. Good times.

Clark Fork

Alberton Gorge


5,370 cfs

Gordon, Kent, Chris, Doug, Duke, Kent, on the kayak run in the morning.

Gordon, Jillian, Sherri, Terri, Susan, Doug, Chris, Kent, on the later morning run.

Clark Fork

Alberton Gorge x2

Gordon x 2 , Jillian x 1/2, Drew x 1 1/2, Meagan x1, Sherri x1 , Duke x1 , Doug x 2, Chris x 2, Kent x 2, Curtis x 1 1/2

8/8/09 - Gordon's Birthday

4, 540 cfs


Clark Fork

Alberton Gorge


3,890 Cfs

Gordon, Jillian, Drew, Meagan, Kent, Duke

Jillian had 4 combat rolls and 2 swims :-)


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Spokane River (Upper-Lower)

Water St. to TJ Meenoch

Curtis, Jillian, Gordon
1300 CFS

We ran into Drew on a paid rafting trip along the way. He was taking a family of Texans down in a ROW raft. We had a great time chatting with them. The level is low, but ther are some fun play waves, especially on the lower half of the Upper Lower. Beautiful weather--96 degrees in downtown Spokane.

Upper Spokane

Barker to Sullivan

August 2nd

1400 cfs

Drew, Curtis, Chris Hoppe, Gordon

Bony as all get out. Dropped my keys in the drink at the take out :-( But recovered them after searching for a few minutes. :-)

Clark Fork- Alberton Gorge

7/31- Kent, Sherri, Matt, Gordon

Cyr to Kayak take-out

Tons of fun. Triple Bridges was't quite in. Awesome surf wave river left after Tumbleweed. Fang was surfable.

Photos Here


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Fish Lake

Date: July 22nd
Who: Gordon and John Wright

John's second roll lesson. He totally rocked it! I've never seen anyone get their roll so quickly. He only missed a few--probably had about 10 good rolls in. John's roll is definitely a C-to-C Roll, although he tends to skip home base and go right to position 2, but somehow it works! Now we just have to get him out on the river!

Fish Lake

Date: July 21st
Who: Gordon, Jillian, and John Wright

We gave John a quick lesson in kayaking basics including wet exits, T-rescues, and paddle strokes. He was anxious to try rolling, so we gave him a little lesson in that too. Amazingly enough he actually got one!

In other news, while we were out of town on a backcountry canoe trip on Ross Lake last week, Spokane River levels dropped to just about below-kayaking levels. So, so sad. Now hurry up Fall!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Spokane River

Date: July 15th
Put in: Barker Bridge
Take Out: Sullivan Park
Flow: 2900 cfs

Group: Gordon, Jillian, Megan, Drew

Note: A beautiful, warm morning paddle. Megan worked on her roll. Sullivan Wave was not in, but the hole was nice. Jillian ran Split Rock for third time. Drew surfed Drew's Wave : ).