22 Apr 2011

Big Butte Creek – April 22, 2011

Turned out that Big Butte Creek was chock-full of wood so we ended up just running laps on Butte Falls, which was still pretty entertaining. I think Big Butte Creek itself might be worthwhile but the sections we checked out were full of wood. Maybe a big flush with clean

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20 Feb 2011

Illinois River – February 19-20, 2011

Two-day trip down the Illinois, camped at South Bend. Check out Brett’s blog post about this trip: Wide Eyed On The Illinois Here’s a video from Green Wall:

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18 Jan 2011

Illinois River – January 15-16, 2011

Don’t read this trip report and think to yourself that putting on the Illinois at nearly 4K is a good idea. At this flow swimming would be incredibly dangerous. So… if you decide to do it, that’s great, but be really careful and make sure your group is solid. On

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10 Jan 2011

Redwood Creek – January 8-9, 2011

Redwood Creek five miles upstream of our put-in: Redwood Creek at Orick, our take-out: Although the gauge nearest our put-in suggested the flow to be 250 CFS, it seemed like a lot more than that. Perhaps there’s a large tributary between the gauge and put-in, or maybe the gauge is

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03 Jan 2011

North Fork of the Smith – January 2, 2011

Bearfoot Brad posted on Dreamflows that the NF Smith was at 10’6″. The graph below shows the gauge at Crescent City. A group from Ashland met at 8:00 am. After picking other folks up and meeting Brad and Jamie for shuttles, we arrived at the put-in around noon. At 10’6″,

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16 Dec 2010

Emigrant Creek – December 15, 2010

To put it simply, on my drive back home after this short trip I left my dear friend, Dan Thurber, a message that went something like this: “Hey Dan, just wanted to let you know about how I feel about Emigrant Creek. It’s pretty much the worst ****ing god-damn piece

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15 Dec 2010

Carberry Creek – December 14, 2010

Carberry Creek is considered to have 1/3 of the total inflow for Applegate Reservoir (above). This flow was great for a 10′ raft being r2’d. I think you could go substantially higher and have an excellent time, but you’ve got to be on the lookout for wood. Unlike the Upper

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13 Dec 2010

Upper Applegate – December 12, 2010

The Upper Applegate is the largest stream into Applegate Reservoir and represents roughly 2/3 of the total inflow (shown above). It is strictly a winter and spring run and bottoms out in the early summer or late spring. This has been the first week it’s run consistently this boating season,

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25 Nov 2010

Illinois River – November 20/21, 2010

It was John Ruskin who said, “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” And it is I who calls Bull Shit, John. It should be re-written as: “Sunshine is

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