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Level 3 Paddle-Coastal Exploration & Possible Sea Caving Off Cascade Head

  • July 08, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Knight County Park-Salmon River
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 This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification.  To successfully register, you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.  Your acceptance is conditional on approval by the Organizer, who may contact you with questions about your skills and equipment.

Narrative: Adventure awaits off Cascade Head. Please join Adam Oken and Shawn Altman as they launch from Knight park and ride the Salmon River current out to the open ocean. Our group will explore Three Rocks, Cascade Head, Caves, Arches and more.

Tentative plan is to launch from Knight Park by 9:30 AM (meet up at 8:30 AM) heading to the mouth of the Salmon River. It's a chance to play in the smaller surf, but it's likely to be under 3 ft. From here we will head north to explore some spectacular coast line. It's better we do an early start as the winds tend to pick up in the afternoon.

While this trip is noted as a level 3 it will be an easier level 3 due to the calmer predicted conditions, but this can of course change. If you have been paddling level 2 and have yet to explore a sea cave or open ocean then this would be a great opportunity as conditions should be mild. Due to the nature of Caving and paddling around rocky shore lines with small surf this is a level 3 trip.

We do plan on having lunch during the trip so please bring snacks / lunch.
If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Meeting Time: 8:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Knight Park
Take out: Knight Park
Route Alternative for bad weather: Group will stay inside Mouth of Salmon River
Required equipment: Helmet
Minimum Immersion protection: Farmer John
Primary Organizer: Shawn Altman
Assistant Organizer(s): Adam Oken
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? Yes
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: Shawn Altman
Maximum number of paddlers: 12
Estimated Air Temperature: 66
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 6
Tide times & heights: H: 9:20AM; L: 3:00 PM
Current information: < 2 knots
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 3: Waves to 3', breaking waves to 2'
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 3: Bad footing, rocky shores, or surf up to 1.5'
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 3: 11 to 15 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 3
Rating Comments: This is on the low end of Level 3 and should be easy for a strong solid Level 2 paddler.
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