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Avons on the Illinois River, Oregon

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Avons on the Illinois River, Oregon

The first Illinois rafting trip since June launched November 15th. Flows were projected to be around 3500 CFS. Alas, the rain did not come and we ran the Illinois at an epically low flow of around 500 CFS. With little daylight and water, the going was slow. The pools between the rapids became ponds. Nevertheless, the Illinois NEVER disappoints. Besides, it’s hard to complain when you come off the Illinios with a sunburned nose. We camped out South Bend (approximately a 17-mile day) and got up real early on Sunday to reach take-out....

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Kayaking the Caves of Mendocino

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Kayaking the Caves of Mendocino

Three hours north of San Francisco is Mendocino, home to some of the coolest sea kayaking you’ve ever done.  My girlfriend Nicole and I took off for a weekend on the water early in October of 2008 and were rewarded with some of the best weather the California coast has ever seen. The Pacific Ocean looked like a sheet of glass as we slipped into the water at Van Damme State Park and after just a few short paddle strokes to the north, we hit the first of over a dozen caves and arches we would see that day.  After playing around in there for a...

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Trip Report: The Orletta section of the White Salmon

Posted by on Oct 27, 2008 in Blog, Places, Team Clavey | 5 comments

Trip Report: The Orletta section of the White Salmon

This last Sunday, October 26, my brother Skip and I decided to put our new 10′ Avon to the test. With no recent rain, most of the steep creek and epic raft runs of the Pacific Northwest are still dried up and waiting for the first big storm. When this is the case, the Middle White Salmon (MWS) is a great back-up run. It is fed mainly by spring water so it always has a decent flow. A great addition to the MWS is the two-mile stretch above the typical put-in at BZ Corner. This is known as the Orletta section because access is via the hike...

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Kayaking and Rafting with kids…a progression

Posted by on Oct 24, 2008 in Blog, Gear Reviews, Team Clavey | 0 comments

Kayaking and Rafting with kids…a progression

I was reading in the paper the other day what a battle it is to keep kids fit and expand their interests beyond video games and sedentary pursuits. While I can’t speak for what other parents are doing, I can relate what my family has done to keep our child engaged in healthy outdoor activities (because I’m one of the owners of a rafting and kayaking store, I’ll stick to those activities. But we are also avid hikers and bikers). We’ve discovered that starting them young (before they can walk even !) was a key. Of course there are...

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