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Sunday, December 19, 2010


I have been wanting to do this creek since last year, the slide at the end is what peaked my intrest. It didn't look like I was going boating this weekend till I got a call from someone calling me Bob, he said that's what he was going to call me everytime I took swim from now on. It turned out to be Scot Gibson out of Merlin. He said the flow was in and I said I was game so I got loaded and started his way.

On the way up he started telling me about the amount of brush and wood in the creek which always makes me a little nervous. He was very good at explaning what was coming up and what moves I should make. The creek was class 3 to 3+ at this flow which was medium and rising by the time we got done. Click the most recent video below the watch what went on. The picture on the top left is me running the slide courtesy Kipper Mcneal from today and the bottom photo is from a couple weeks ago and at a lower flow.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Carberry Creek and Applegate river

I had never run Carberry and was looking forward to it, Steve and I met up with Kipper last saturday to run it. The flow was perfect for a first timer that was a little uptight like me that day. Their is alot of wood and some pin spots if your not on line. I was pinned pretty quickly into the run but was able to get free, I came into a long rapid with a log to avoid and smacked right into it lost the grip on my paddle and had a quick swim and a long walk to my boat. Carberry reminded me of a mini Mill Creek run with alot of boulders gardens and swift water. I was able to calm my nerves and paddle the rest of the way without trouble.

When I got home saturday evening I seen that Will from and Zach had plans to hit Applegate sunday morning so I was on the way back up their in the morning, I had never met them and was looking forward to it. Their ended up being 5 kayakers and the raft. The Applegate run is something we all look forward to when the rain and snow come, it's always fun and you can do lap after lap on it. I was a little nervous on the second run because I was the only kayaker running it with Will and Zach, but we aced the run in record time for me. I have to say this paddling community is awesome I'm having a great time meeting new people all the time.


So i've been a little busy lately kayaking and not updating my blog so here goes. I was out of town the weekend of december 3rd and 4th I tried to hook up with someone paddling out of Eugene's paddlers list and got no responses maybe next time. Kipper Mcneal said they were planning on hitting the north fork of the smith river on sunday so I brought my gear with me and left Eugene at 5 a.m. to meet him and some others in Grants Pass for the trip. I ran it last november and was pretty scared, it was the biggest water I'd run in my short time kayaking.
I told Kipper I wasn't swimming and I didn't on that trip, I had a blast and was looking forward to the next trip which brings me to a couple weeks ago. I ended up swimming a couple times but was pleased with what I did and we all had alot of fun. Photos courtesy Kipper Mcneal

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

South Umqua River

The flows were low but we still decided to head up and do some boating. I met up with Kipper, Shane, and Jay on saturday morning and we headed up the river. The river is a mostly pool drop run with a clean 14 foot waterfall to run. We had a great time paddling 11 miles, I was happy to get to the take out that day. My friends Steve and Joni met up with me afterwards and we camped out that night so him and I could run it on sunday. I'm looking forward to getting up their with alot more water and having double the fun, here are some pictures taken by Kipper Mcneal.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


We met up with Kipper in Grants Pass to run deer creek into the illy and ran that down to the six mile takeout. Neither are very big runs but fun to get out and do once or twice a year. Check out the video, it was a great day paddling.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Clear Creek (whiskeytown)

While paddling the week before we had discussed heading down to California the next weekend to run clear creek. A plan was put into action and we met on sunday morning for the trip down. The average gradient is 39 so it's not one of the fastest creeks around but it has some fun rapids and great scenery with a few mini gorges

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Natty carnage/ Mill creek

I was checking my kayak email and noticed Brock was looking for some people to run natty on Saturday morning,I decided to give him a call and meet him up there. The other waterdogs decided to take the day off. I had a real sore tailbone so the flat landing seal lunch at the beginning started off my day of whining. It wasn't a bad run I one swim, I was looking forward to resting my ass but when we got back to the put-in what's a put-in again Nick?. An out of area paddler named Erik was waiting for someone to paddle down with so we headed out again, I got rolled and hit my head pretty hard and grew a natty goose egg. The rest of the day went fine and I headed home for the night only to return the next day with more paddlers.

This had to be one of my worst days paddling, three swims, bruised knees, a cut hand and a bruised ego finished off my day of paddling. Here is some video that I shot from my gopro hd and some that Brock shot from his video camera of the run and some carnage to go along with it.

Natty carnage/Linus Mill Creek whitewater kayaking from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Natural Bridge and Mill Creek from Brock Nelson on Vimeo.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mill Creek

My friend Kipper called me up a week ago and asked if I would into running mill creek I said I was game even know I was pretty apprehensive about it doing it. This is my second year kayaking and I'm loving every minute of it. When I would go do a run for the first time I would almost be to the point of puking my guts out and that usually meant I was going to have a bad day. Not this time I was nervous but more pumped up to get it done, my legs were shaking with adrenaline, my heart was pounding so hard you could hear it on the video. We decided to go take a look at the rapid above the put in for natural bridge it's a class 5 with a cave on river left and under cut on river right it was nice to see someone run it. The pictures are of Jared running the rapid above the natural bridge put in.

Mill Creek from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Natural Bridge kayaking from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

North Umqua: The narrows

We stopped to take a look and Kipper said he was going to run it. We sat up 3 people with safety gear and he went for it. I wasn't about to let him go alone so I went next my fluid solo was at the truck so I decided to take it on in the nomad which is a great boat, then Jeremy and Shane decided to hit it also to end the day. It was a rush the line was easy to hit, if you missed it their was a nice hydraulic waiting to work you.

THE NARROWS from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Scott river

We all met up at Noahs river adventures in Ashland for the journey to the river on Saturday morning. I'd say most of us had never done class five and were looking forward to tackling the river. The guides were great and very safe always giving instruction on what needed to be done. I had a blast as did everyone else, their were some big holes and some technical maneuvers that had to be made. I hope you enjoy the video.

CLASS 5 WHITEWATER: SCOTT RIVER from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Upper Applegate river race

The race was held on may 16th, the turn out was good for only a few days notice. 15 people participated in the time trail style race, a North Carolina boater named Johnathan won the race in just over 20 minutes. The run is three miles long and rated a class 3. All in all it was a fun day of paddling and hanging out with alot of fun people. Here are some pictures from the race and day.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Clear Creek

I met up with a group of 9 others in Ashland for the trip down sunday morning, I'd name them all but my brain doesn't store enough memory. When I first looked over the hill at the creek it put a big smile on my face, there's nothing like kayaking on pristine water surrounded by beautiful scenery. I put together a little video I hope you enjoy.

clear creek from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The North Fork of The Cal Salmon

Steve and I met up with Nick,Jim,Laurel and Chris in Ashland for the trip. I usually get nervous to the point of almost puking when doing a new run, my confidence was fairly high and I was comfortable with the crew. We ended up portaging 3 or 4 times due to wood in one channel and a boulder sieve. It was a great long day of boating. The drive was beautiful up and over hiway 3 yes that's how it's spelled. I didn't get any footage of the lower half of the run my battery died. Here's a little video footage I was able to shoot I hope you enjoy!

NORTH FORK CAL SALMON from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

River Bridge

Steve and I ran river bridge today, we got to the flat water and I remembered that I had left my keys in the put-in vehicle. I asked him if he thought anyone would pick me up while hitchhiking in my dry gear, he said no. Well about a half mile into the walk a nice bend area paddler named Shawn pulled over and gave me a ride. He said the only reason he picked me up was because I was in dry gear, thanks for the ride Shawn and have fun with your new 14' sotar.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Upper Applegate River

I met up with Kipper and Dave for an after work run, I hadn't run the section above the undercut wall portage before. It's just as fun as the lower section and just as continuous to me. We met up with Josh for the lower section and had a good time. I can't say enough about the people I have met kayaking in the valley what a great group of people

WHITEWATER KAYAKING from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wild and Scenic Rogue

We met up friday morning at the graves creek put-in, It was a nice sunny warm day to start our 3 day trip down the river. Ron , Russell and Eddie the dog carried our gear in the support rafts. Steve, Kipper, Jason, Scott and I would be in our kayaks. We ended up paddling 19 miles on the first day down to

Wild and Scenic Rogue 2 from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

mule creek below the rogue river ranch for our first nights camp. We walked up to check out the ranch, unfortunately the museum isn't open yet, the history behind it very interesting. The second day we paddled down the Brushy bar and set camp up, there's nothing like a nice cold Ashland brewed beer after a hard day's paddle. We hiked up the trail to brushy bar cabin a couple hundred yards from camp to take a look, It's a neat little cabin. The paddle out is what I would call alot of exercise I was looking forward to getting to the takeout after awhile. It's a beautiful place if you ever have the chance to take the journey, take it. Pictures in wild and scenic rogue 2 provided by Stephen McCleary

Wild and Scenic Rogue part 1 from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

South fork of the coquille river

On the way to drop of shuttle vehicles a few days before we stopped and looked at the 35, 45 and 80 foot waterfalls on the river. We had discussed running the 35 footer after the our trip down the wild and scenic rogue. That time came sunday and the only one that felt like doing it was jason aka "rootbeer". Russell and I set up saftey below the falls, we got the signal that he was coming, he dropped over the falls and his skirt blew on impact. His boat ended up about 75 yards downstream pinned on a rock, Steve and Jason were able to get it and hook it to our lines and we pulled it to the road. Jason was disappointed and wanted to run it again but we were short on time. Video shot by Stephen McCleary. Some of us decided to call it Rootbeer falls

South fork of the Coquille river from marcelo leyva on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Blue Ledge Mines

About 6 months ago my Friend steve called and said come over were going to hike up to the blue ledge mines. We had tried and failed once before we didn't have a gate key so we drove to the ridge above and decided to try to hike down and back up. It was windy and raining and steep, at a point we knew we weren't going to make it to the mine and back to the car before night fall so we hiked back up and drove down the back side of applegate into seid valley california and back home. Well I got another call my brother had secured a gate key and we were off again, we had to hike up in the snow, some places were a little slippery but the hike in wasn't to bad. We were like kids in a toy store when we finally made it to the mine and explored inside, here are some pictures of our little trip.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gary Smith cabin bloopers

During the winter we like to attempt to drive into the Gary Smith cabin, sometimes we make it and sometimes we don't. I have a friend named Steve,who some of you have met, he likes to push the limit in his toy's and sometimes it don't go so well. The picture of me with my head out the window happened a couple years ago, The second picture happened friday night as we were trying to get to the cabin, needless to say we didn't make it. My brother and I watched as Steve and Joni went over a burm and ended up on there side.