Boundary Creek is a little bit of a mission. You have to paddle about 6K down a lake, then do a 3K hike up Boundary Creek to then paddle down the beautiful limestone gorge. The creeks path cuts in and out of the Montana, USA and Alberta, Canada hence the name Boundary Creek.
Just another day on my backyard run, Tumwater Canyon!
For me it’s not conquering new goals but the steps I take to push me towards the things I thought were once out of reach. It’s in this forward momentum I can see and be inspired by the world opening up in all directions around me full of endless possibilities. If you never push your limits how will you ever know what you’re capable of?
Just in few days I’m leaving Europe and going to take part in another 6 weeks long project. As usually at this time of the year I’m going East. The plan is to paddle all the best rivers of Altai Mountains, move further east to Sayan Mountains (both in Siberia/Russia) and then to take a plane towards mighty Tian Shan Mountains of Central Asia. In the next 6 weeks I will be visiting some of the most scenic and amazing destinations for kayaking! Super excited.
Check out this beautiful edit from our last few trips to Siberia and Kyrgyzstan.
This year has been all about new rivers and new adventures, in turn, I jumped at the opportunity to go on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. I had never even been to Idaho before – this was truly a first for me. The Middle Fork Salmon features over 100 miles of Class III-IV rapids that run within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The elevation begins at 7000ft and drops to just under 4000ft, this gives you constant gradient and eliminates large flatwater sections. There are numerous hot springs along the way, some that you need to hike in to access (Sheepeater, Whitey Cox’s and Loon Creek are all at a mile or less) while Sunflower and Hospital Bar are riverside hot springs.
Between May 28-September 3, a permit is required through the Four Rivers Lottery and Permit Reservation System while the pre and the post season launches are first-come, first-serve. Getting a private permit to float the Middle Fork is notoriously difficult but you can easily avoid that by going through an outfitter. We went through DeRiemer Adventure Kayaking and Northwest Rafting Company. Paddling with Phil and Mary DeRiemer is always a favorite, plus I was able to meet and paddle with our other guide, Ben Morton. We had a group of 18 kayakers, most of whom had done this every year, and most of whom were guys except for myself and my friend Becky.
There are a combined total of seven commercial and recreational launches a day which make the put in at Boundary Creek very busy but well managed. If it is your first time there, it will certainly surprise you when you walk down the path, we even launched after 4 groups had already left and it was still a shocker to see all the activity.
The water level was right under 3′ which is a perfect level for the first time and in the first few days there are plenty of the larger rapids- Sulfur Slide, Velvet Falls, Powerhouse, Pistol Creek and Tappan Falls, to challenge you and keep you on your toes. The constant gradient allows the 15-25 mile paddling days to fly by and there are endless amounts of surf waves and eddies to catch along the way as well. If you are not careful, you can easily paddle through dinner. At 3′, the larger rapids were Class III+ although you could easily see that with more water they would become solid IV’s with strong current, large holes and tight lines, they would also become continuous as many of the rapids would run into each other. The rest of the rapids are all read and run, make your own lines with numerous options.
We were very lucky to get Marble Camp- it is a beautiful campsite with lots of space to spread out, trees for shade and trails along the river but best of all, you have Marble Wave right below you. The best eddy to surf from is on river left, you can catch the top eddy if you aggressively cut left immediately after the drop, if not you can either catch the one right below and work your way back up or ferry across from river right. It is an amazing wave that you could easily spend all day at- I was lucky that in the morning, Miles was taking pictures and I was able to jump in his Jed and catch a couple quick surfs. The rest of the morning, I stood in the lower eddy pulling boats up and guiding them into the top eddy. Since I wasn’t surfing it, I could help others get back up to the eddy, plus it is good river karma.
Big Creek was also flowing at a medium/low flow which gave us the perfect opportunity to hike the boats up and paddle it back down. Kurt, Tristan, Jerry, Daryl, Brett and I decided to hike up along with our fearless leaders Phil and Ben. It was a mile up to the bridge, which took some time even with the boats emptied out of any extra gear. You can scout most of the rapids from the hike, the hardest rapids are the last one due to wood on the left side and the first one which is directly visible from the bridge.It is a beautiful creek that reminds me of the North Fork American back in California, the green hued, crystal clear rapids with boulders strewn throughout. The mile plus of paddling went fast, before I knew it I saw the confluence of the Middle Fork Salmon. Many people asked if it was worth the hike up, my answer was always a definite “yes!”
Overall, the Middle Fork Salmon is a great run and I would highly recommend it if you get the chance. I know that we are already signed up again for next year!
The British public have spoken, and they’ve elected to leave the European Union.
The full effects of Brexit are yet to be seen, and this resultant uncertainty in the UK’s political climate has led to a significant fall in the value of the Pound in relation to both the Dollar and the Euro.
For non-UK manufacturers, this means their products have become much more expensive when imported to the UK market, whereas our products (proudly made in the UK since 1971) have remained at the same price to our UK customers, and are now even better value to those in the US, EU and further afield.
However, this won’t last; although we manufacture all of our products in the UK, many of the raw materials and much of the packaging are oil-based, and as oil is traded in Dollars, the cost of these is sure to rise in the next few months once our pre-agreed contract pricing comes to an end.
If you’re asking yourself, ‘Is now the right time to buy a kayak?’, the answer is a resounding yes, as no one can predict by how much prices of the raw materials that go in to a kayak will rise, but as the margins we make on them is minimal, these price rises are sure to affect the consumer.
There has never been a better time to buy a British Canoe or Kayak, check out the Pyranha Kayaks range now.
Always stoked and privileged to be able to have the opportunity to do some traveling through whitewater paddling. Thankfully, 2016 has been packed full of adventure, action, new and old friendships. I am ecstatic to be surrounded by so many fantastically influential individuals. These individuals continue to inspire me to keep pushing my personal limits and goals on a daily basis. This is just a short glimpse of some of 2016’s most exciting traveling and paddling moments, these are The Good Times. Get out there and explore!
Who are the Torryd crew and what the hell does that mean?
Trent McCrerey, Knox Hammack, and Edward Muggridge met up while attending the World Class Academy with the same goals of pushing their kayaking, and having fun doing it. Over the years they have been able to meet up and kayak in some incredible places and document their experiences through great film. As for Torryd, they aren’t really sure how they came up with it, but remember looking up the word “Torrid” on google and finding out it was a retail clothing company for plus sized women. It seemed right up their alley.
To myself and co-manager Big D they are the “future”. We are super stoked to add these guys to the roster and see what they come up with! Stay tuned for some great media from these young guns. If you want to check out what they are up to they have plenty of entertainment on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/torryd42/?fref=ts . We are really excited to see what they do in those new Pyranha kayaks! Welcome the Boyz!
The GoPro Mountain Games are the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music Professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in nine sports and 25 disciplines for more than $100,000 in prize money. This year I got the chance to go compete in the freestyle kayaking rodeo. There were athletes from all around the world. Athletes ranged from the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, and Switzerland.
The first kayaking competition at the Mountain Games was the Coors Light Steep Creek Race. Which took place on the famous Homestake Creek in Red Cliff, Colorado. The competition was about 50 of the world’s strongest whitewater kayakers against each other in a race to see who could clear the Class 5+ whitewater rapids in the fastest time. The paddlers’ main focus has always been navigating the course quickly and efficiently, but this year, due to an extraordinary amount of water pouring down the river, there was plenty of emphasis on simply making it down in one piece.
Later in the day was the freestyle kayaking rodeo in down town Vail. Each kayaker has a timed run to throw his/hers best cartwheels, loops, tricky-wu’s, phonics monkeys, space godzilla’s and more in an attempt to impress the judges and the crowd for the highest combined score. Each competitor will have two 1 minute runs to use their skills and athleticism in the park to try and score the most points possible.
The women went first with about 15 competitors. There were 3 heats and each heat had 5 women and I was in the first heat. Then it was my turn to go into the feature, and since we are in 8,000 ft of elevation and the water in 33 degrees it is very difficult to flip and flop around for one minute straight. I ended up coming in 11th place and just barely missing the cut into semi-finals.
There is this competition called Docs Dogs Big Air Competition. This was the coolest event at the Mountain Games. The easiest way to imagine a Dock Dogs Outdoor Big Air competition is to think of it as the long jump in track and field, but for dogs. The dog sprints down the dock runway, leaping off the end as its master throws the dog’s favorite toy out in front and landing in water. The canine with the longest measured distance wins.
My trip to Colorado was an amazing experience. I met so many of my role models, and made many new friends. I plan to go back next year and do the entire Colorado circuit and compete in all of the completion around the state of Colorado, and hopefully go to Idaho too. I recommend just going to go to the GoPro Mountains Games even if you’re not a competitor. It’s a great experience, and you get to watch all of the events of the Mountain Games and even learn about new events that you never would have thought existed.
Hope to paddle you on the water,
I have paddled the 9R and it is hands down a fantastic boat, but even though the 9R is great, I still paddle my Burn III. I like the size of the Burn III, the edges, and how it paddles loaded with gear. I live in Idaho and I mostly paddle big water, and I also do a lot of hiking with my boat. I finally got on the South Fork of the Salmon River this summer while it was flowing at 5 feet. The SF Salmon is a wilderness overnight trip in central Idaho. It was huge and sooooo fun!
Photo: Devil’s Creek Rapid, SF Salmon
I didn’t even notice I had any overnight gear in the back of my boat. I could use the edges on the Burn to control the nose and stay online. I hit all of my boofs and had enough speed to move around all of the big holes. The Burn III is also easy to carry. My local run that flows all winter and spring requires a 2-mile hike out to the top of the canyon.
Photo: Stripped off my gear at the end of the hike with the Burn
The Burn III is fairy light and not as long as the 9R, so it makes the hike out pretty easy. Being predominantly a freestyle paddler, the Burn suits my style of paddling. It is stable and reliable, and it has taught me a great deal about big water lines and how to boof on smaller creeks. I am always going to own a Burn!
I have been competing in freestyle for 9 years. I still love doing it, and this year in particular, I still continue to improve. I no longer paddle year-round. I have a job teaching biology at Washington State University and I ski all winter. But I had a great season of competing because I still love freestyle, I have fun, and I love the Jed and have learned to take full advantage of what that boat has to offer. The season I competed in US Freestyle Nationals at the Reno River Festival and in the freestyle event at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO. The water level in Reno was on the low side of good and just about any trick was possible.
All of the women in the event paddled extremely well and the energy exerted by all of the competitors was compelling. I hit some new moves, split to split and orbits, had my highest scoring ride during prelims, and ended up third overall.
The hole in Vail was much more challenging than in Reno because the water was really high and the level fluctuates dramatically throughout the day. The hole is rowdy, flushy, really cold, and you get winded paddling at 8,000 feet. I actually enjoy the challenge and having the huge crowd cheering you on.
I felt pretty confident during finals, I didn’t hit all of my moves, but I did score an orbit and enough points to take third place once again.
It was great to see all of my friends and paddle with some of the world’s best female competitors. It is exciting to get pushed to paddle at a high level and to have a boat that not only does well with the loop tricks but also excels at the cartwheel and blunting type tricks.