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Archive for the 'River Tales (Near Truths and Canyon Nights)' Category


What, Really, Constitutes a “Wrap”?

February 21st, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

OK so I have this “friend” – we’ll call her Sudds – who was guiding a boat down the North Fork of the Smith River this weekend at fairly low water. The day went really well all the way through the more difficult rapids. Towards the end of the day she rounded a bend in […]

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Horizon Line- Last Chance Rapid on the Cal Salmon River

February 4th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I realize I’ve blabbed on quite a bit about this recent trip to the Cal Salmon, but there are a few more stories worth sharing. [For some previous posts about this trip, check out: Whitewater Rafting in January, High Water on the Cal Salmon, and Cal Salmon Pictures] This account is actually the description of […]

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Cal Salmon, Pictures

January 30th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

This was the last of our three days out North. [See Whitewater Rafting in January, Winter Rafting Attire, and Beautiful California.] Now one of my favorite runs, (See 5500 on the Cal Salmon) I can’t say enough about this river. Following are pictures of four of the bigger rapids of the day. Right: Scouting Bloomer […]

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5500 cfs- High Water on the Cal Salmon River

January 28th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

OK- All you people who don’t want to drive a few extra hours to get up to the Cal Salmon must have no idea what you’re missing! Our trip out there last Tuesday had to have been one of my favorite runs ever. The water was huge, technical and clear blue. There were waterfalls around […]

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Photo: South Fork of the Smith River

January 28th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

This was our first day of rafting on our Northern Coast trip. The weather was decievingly beautiful. [See earlier post about Winter Attire Learning Curve.] Despite the shivers, we had a really fun, easy day. Great just to be back out on the water!

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Beautiful California- Put-In for the North Fork of the Smith River

January 27th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I’ve got a lot to say about this recent rafting trip to Northern coastal rivers this last weekend, but wanted to first dedicate some time to describe this awesome shuttle. Monday morning we set out early from Hiuchi to do the one and a half hour drive to put-in for the North Fork of the […]

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Winter Rafting Attire: A Steep Learning Curve

January 27th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I always liked to think of myself as a fast learner, but have lately had a few experiences that might suggest otherwise. One of the most recent of these occured this last weekend, when I went rafting on the North and South Forks of the Smith River, and finally on the Cal Salmon.

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Whitewater Rafting in January

January 26th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

A few weeks ago, I started really missing the river, and decided to write a blog about where to go Winter Rafting in Northern California. Considering that the blog was written completely based upon talks, interviews, and reading, it only quenched my thirst for a small moment. In fact, I ended up wanting to get […]

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On the Death of Oscar

January 25th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

Helpful Definition Before Reading Further: Oscar = the ammo-box-turned-toilet contraption brought along on Multi-day river trips… I’m sitting here at a coffee shop on a sunny Sunday morning, searching for any interesting river stories in the recent news. Just a minute ago, I came upon an update from the USDA Forest Service about improvements to […]

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Lessons In River Karma

January 14th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I’m not usually a superstitious person, but I am a firm believer in what some people call “River Karma.” Although different missteps can result in a run-gone-wrong, River Karma usually manifests itself for the following reason: Failure to Respect The River- you get a teensy bit too sure of yourself, and the river gives you […]

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