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Thursday, September 26, 2013

N. Umpqua

Leaving town tomorrow after work for some time away from humans.  Gonna get some paddle time, hiking time and hot spring time in.  I'll return with a short write up and some footage of the trip.    Well I'll update that trip it rained like crazy 5" at diamond lake.    I paddled a whole 2 1/2 miles on saturday and nothing on sunday.  The highlight of the trip was chilling at toketee hot springs.  I haven't been in a boat since, have definitely lost my desire to boat lately.  It's funny to think I could care less about kayaking.  At one point that's all I cared about.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

King Of The Rogue Race

Some pictures I took of kayakers, rafters and sup boarders on race day.  It was put on by   I thought about joining in but my laziness  precluded me from getting to the registration table on time.  Seventy five boaters showed up to this late notice event so I would expect that next year's event will attract many more boaters.

Muggers Alley

Some pictures of the lead in and run out of a great class3- 3+ rapid on the rogue river. flow in the pictures are at 2210cfs.


I finally decided to replace my mti proplay rescue vest with an astral pfd.  I should have bought one four pfd's ago, It's fits very well and gives you plenty of free movement.  It's way less bulky than my proplay, if your in the market for a rescue vest I wouldn't hesitate on picking the green jacket up.  I purchased mine from  and saved 15% with a coupon easily found online.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nice save by demshitz   Thanks to Zach for the great article.  I remember telling him if he actually got a whitewater kayak that he would be addicted to paddling.  Brock and I met up with him in Jacksonville for the drive up, we both assumed he  he had an IK in his trunk.  It turned out to be some inflatable dragonfly thing, needless to say he was dumping water every couple hundred yards and working hard.  I finally got to paddle with him a year later on the same run and well he had gotten a remix and was paddling pretty good.
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Takilma Gorge hike

Some pictures from the hike along the trail

Saturday, July 6, 2013

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Bass fishing on the rogue

About mid week a newer co worker named Allen asked if I wanted to go bass fishing.  I rarely pass up paddling if anything has to do with water, I decided it would be a good change up.   I hadn't fished for bass in 12 years and honestly never had to much luck.  Allen was pretty confident we would be catching plenty without any issues, he's been doing it for a long time and knows their routines very well.

So it was set we met up on sunday and headed to the rogue to put on the water and head down to his honey hole.  I won't mention the location we caught all the bass in, fishermen always want to keep their favorite spots a secret and I  can understand why after the afternoon we had.  I think he had his first fish on within 10 minutes it was a nice 2 1/2 pounder, the next was around 5 to 6 pounds.  He was nice enough to let me fight that one in.  It was pretty much non stop action for 4 to 4 1/2 hours, we did catch and release only.

A picture of table rock while heading down river.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gopro rear mount

I designed the mount to break away near the base for safety, I also ran parachute cord around the  base of the camera through the tube to my grap loop so I wouldn't lose my camera.  I also added a bolt that goes throught the base and the tube to hold it all together.  I tried a rubber coupler mount, don't waster your time it doesn't hold  the camera very steady.  I have about $30 dollars invested in the setup.

Thursday, March 7, 2013        Looks like i'm leaving town tomorrow night to hit canyon creek for the first time.  I've seen plenty of footage and read a few write up's now it's my turn to experience it for myself.  I will update this post with video and a write up when I get some time next week.       I didn't make the trip but some friends did here is some footage the puma shot. 

 I was looking for a good quality set of kayak stackers and came across the malone stacker pro. I was tired of looking at the bottom of my kayak being deformed after trips. I wanted a stacker that collapsed out of the way after I was done using it, I read several reviews and decided to order them.  They are well built and well worth the 80 dollars I paid for them.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review Dagger nomad

After paddling a large fluid solo for 3+ years I finally cracked it on the pit river in October, I was able to weld it and keep it going.  I knew I needed a new boat for this spring so I started shopping around, It was between another solo, bazooka, recon 83 or a nomad 8.5.  I had paddled both nomad sizes in the past and decided to get the larger one and test one out.  I finally got to paddle it  last weekend and was pleased with it's performance.  The boat turns quicker, it's faster, and has better secondary stability than the solo. I loved my fluid and will still paddle it till it can no longer take the abuse, when I first got it I was pretty inexperienced and had trouble keeping it pointed forward and I couldn't hit my lines very well.  I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner, it's a great boat for a seasoned boater.  I will update this further after a couple more trips.

 I have about 20 more trips in this boat and have no complaints as far as  performance, I can see why it's considered one of the best boats on the market.