Friday, January 25, 2008


This picture was taken by one of our customers at the Confluence dealer appreciation event in November. This is Adam Motes and Myself surfing Hobie's stand-up paddleboard, we were laughing our asses off. One of the most fun times I've had. We spent about 5 hours surfing, paddleboarding, and kayak surfing 14 foot sea kayaks with the reps.....good times for sure!!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

E.F. of the Lewis

I decided to head to the East Fork of the Lewis to join in on a trip that Heather had planned for a little creeking clinic this Sunday. It is a run that I hadn't done before and was looking forward to getting on it. The flow was super low though, and it would be a lot of fun at about triple the flow. Saturday, Jason, Tim and I did the farmland through the truss section of the white salmon and had a blast....that was a long day!!! Good exercise though!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hoffstadt Creek

Today we decided to do something that none of us had been on before, Hoffstadt Creek. This little gem is full on right from start to finish! The crew consisted of myself, Heather Herbeck, Jason Schroeder, Ryan Scott and Lana Young. We had about twice the flow as the description on and was just about right. A few of the drops probably could have used a bit more cfs, but we were just happy that it was in. We had a few log jams, some hellish portages caused by those log jams, and a crap load of fun! We put on at about 10:30 and didn't get off until dusk.....a great day and all of the hard work hiking out at the take-out was well worth it! Hoffstadt is pretty much a drainage straight off of Mt St. Helens, and is on the west side of the mountain.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Super Fun Weekend

We had a really fun weekend playboating the West Fork of the Hood on Saturday, and hitting up Canyon Creek on Sunday. I felt really strong this weekend, and even though we weren't paddling anything too tough, I really worked on stroke placement and technique and paddled the best I think I ever have. I had never run Canyon Creek before and it was at a medium high flow, which was a perfect level in my opinion. The fun factor on that creek leaves you getting off the river with a perma-grin and leaves you wanting more.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Snowy Weekend

We had a fun weekend around the Hood this past weekend! We didn't do anything epic, due to cold weather, but we had a lot of fun on our local runs: the West Fork of the Hood, the Upper Wind, and the White Salmon provided some good entertainment!