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Level 2 Paddle - Playing in the Willamette Narrows

  • December 29, 2018
  • 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM
  • West Linn Willamette Park

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  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the trip organizer
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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.  If the measured water temperature is different enough from that listed below to warrant a change in required immersion protection, the Organizer will contact all participants and the Trips Board member with the update at least a day before the trip.Narrative: It looks like we may have a weather window for this coming Saturday and here is a chance to get on the water. We will launch from Willamette Park in West Linn at 10 AM and head upriver to the Narrows. The river gauge is forecast for 57.4 feet on Saturday. There will be some stronger currents and eddies as we pass through the small islands, rock formations and narrow section of the river, a great place to practice in moving water. There is also the option to continue upriver a bit further before heading back. I would expect paddlers will have some moderate currents in the Narrows and should be comfortable paddling in this type of environment. Please bring a helmet if you plan on participating in playing around these features. There will be options to opt-out of the stronger current if needed. Weather looks promising with less than 20% chance of showers and winds of 6 mph, air temp of 45 and water temp in the low 40’s
Bring snacks/lunch/water. We will make at least one stop along the way to take a break.

Meeting Time: 9:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Willamette Park Boat Ramp-West Linn
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: 
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Kent Searight
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: Bob Freshman
Maximum number of paddlers: 12
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 45
Estimated Water Temperature: 42-44
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3-4 hours
Tide times & heights: NA
Current information: Some moderate currents in the Narrows
Hazards: 
Wind strength: Level 1: 0-7 knots (8 mph)
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 1: Waves up to the deck seam; water glassy to rippled, no whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 2: Mild currents (up to 2 knots): current increases / decreases group speed by half
Total distance: Level 2: 6 to 11 miles
Open crossing: Level 1: No open crossing
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: There will be moderate currents and eddies in the Narrows area that could exceed Level 2 conditions. Please bring a helmet if you plan on participating in playing around these features
Location (Optional): 1100 12th St, West Linn, OR 97068

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