Monday, July 18, 2005

Multiple Rivers For Multiple Sclerosis Blog
This blog will cover the adventures of Dave Thompson, Daz Clarkson, Erik Boomer and Andy round as they embark to paddle the Triple Crown of expedition Kayaking including the Susitna, Alsek, Stikine and Homathko rivers. Through this trip we would like to raise awareness and some money for the research and eventual cure of Multiple Sclerosis.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A new toy on Lick Creek Summit

Picking up my new kayak, the Liquidlogic Jefe, I went straight into a two week paddling binge. I paddled hard every day because I had a two week break before my next river trip, I know its, tough. It went something like this North fork payette, Goose Creek, Little salmon Falls and lower hazard, upper johnson creek, Lick creek, Back to little salmon falls,North Fork again, Bear creek in bitteroots and culminated with an epic two day trip on Hazard Creek from the top of the mountain all the way down to the little Salmon(expect a full trip report in two weeks on Hazard Creek). Unfortunately, I did not get pictures of all of these runs. But I did take some pictures of the low water run down Lick Creek near the Summit.

In this photo you can really see the bow of the Jefe doing its job, I know my Embudo would have pitoned and hurt my knees here.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Eastern Idaho Waterfall Tour

A few weeks ago I met Sean Glaccum and his girlfriend Ginger White in Island Park for a weekend of waterfalls. These photos are courtesy of Sean and Ginger.
Upper Mesa Falls
The right line on lower mesa
an unnamed waterfall near mesa
The regular line on Lower Mesa Falls

Monday, May 02, 2005

Little Salmon Falls

Here is one of my favorite runs around McCall. Nate Sparks took photos and video. Click Here (in a day or two) For a Video!

First Fall

Fun rapid below first fall

2nd falls

3rd falls, The Intimidator

Getting Stuffed on the 3rd falls

2nd Try on the Third fall

Final drop. With a very retentive hole.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Bedrock Creeking in Idaho?

In 1989 Grant Amaral and Tony Brennan completed the first descent of this creek. Clad with neon splashtops and twelve foot kayaks, they slid down this bedrock canyon. This section has only been paddled by a handfull of kayakers since. Storys of manky basalt, hiking and beaver dams has kept the boaters at bay. However, be it shorter boats, more water or just plain desperation I have had excellent experiances on this creek.
After paddling this creek for the 8th time this year I have decided to post some pictures of this litttle treasure.

Typical Slide.

Monday, April 11, 2005

FNA "Bomber" Helmet Review

Fitting- Every helmet includes foam strips of different thicknesses. These foam strips have an adhesive side. So when you decide where you want them, just peel and stick. I sat down with a knife and began cutting up the strips and testing the fit. Within twenty minutes outfitting I achieved a tight helmet.

Weight/strength- This helmet is extremely light. The weight to strength ratio is excellent. Grabbing the sides of it and squeezing and pulling, I was hard pressed to feel any give in the structure. I am totally amazed at how stiff and rigid it was without compromising on weight. The materials are Kevlar and Fiberglass, I believe more Kevlar than glass.

Overall impression- This particular design, the Bomber, is a good full protection lid. I picked this helmet for big rivers and big water. I would not hesitate to wear this down any drop. It has good ear and frontal lobe protection. A helmet should not be skimpy on protection, I have seen too many kayakers wearing tiny helmets go over and come up bleeding from an earshot. I built up some foam in the brow and this makes me happy for two reasons. First, more foam equals more protection. Secondly, it helps keep the sun out of my eyes if I tilt my head down a bit. After wearing it on the water I really don’t have any more comments other than I didn’t even notice I was wearing it.

Layout- The aesthetics are outstanding. The colors are sharp and crisp. Each design is unique; FNA can do special orders with almost any layout you can think of. The glassy gloss finish makes this helmet worthy of an art piece you could hang on the wall.

These helmets are hand-made by Faron Alstad. Purchasing his helmets are like buying local and going to the co-op. Each helmet is hand made, it is not just some factory spitting out helmets.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

American Falls

Growing up in a the small farming community of American Falls, I had always had my eye on this drop, American falls of the Snake River. The only problem is the falls always seemed to be hell or high-water. For months it would sit dry with no water flowing. Then, as if the dam had exploded, it would flow Huge and Unrunnable! Usually, when this bad boy is flowing, you can feel the ground shake from a distance. High water here is truly a sight to behold.
In the fall of 2003 the powers that be decided to let the falls run a low flow of 500 CFS. Driving by I spotted the falls a runnable level. Immediatly went home grabbed my boat to huck. Here are the pictures...

The first drop, a man made must boof.

Just to the left is the final rapid, "the Pinch".

Dropping the second fall.

"The Pinch"

Blasting through the final drop