Sunday, April 27, 2008

Robe Canyon, Stillaguamish River, WA

This weekend was the first annual Robe Canyon Race. Thanks to Todd Gillman for putting this little event together, they had a pretty good turn out of about 20 racers-10 teams of two. Jason Schroeder EJ Etherington and I opted to run down with the safety boaters and give them a hand, none of us had ever done the run before. The flow was on the low side of good, but still had plenty of water to run every rapid in the gorge fairly clean. This run consists of class 4 and 5 drops that are pretty stacked on top of each in the first couple of miles of the run, and starts to spread out a little more after the mandatory landslide portage, which is a fairly easy one at that! This is one of the most scenic and most fun creeks I have ever been on and I will definitely be back up in the Seattle area to run it again at higher flows! Sunday we borrowed some playboats and hit up the Skykomish for another run that we hadn't been on. The scenery was amazing!