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Level 2 Paddle - Upstream on the Willamette

  • January 20, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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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: We will launch at Foothills Park in Lake Oswego (bring wheels) and see how far we can make it upstream against the current. Depending on currents, we should be able to get at least to Cedar Oaks boat ramp apx 3mi, and if currents are light possibly to Goat Island apx 4mi.
The plan is to paddle up stream as far as we make it in a couple hours. Find a spot for a short bathroom/lunch/snack stop. Then return downstream to Foothills Park and continue to an after paddle refreshment spot for those inclined to join.
Meeting Time: 9:00:00 AM
Launch Time: 9:30:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Foothills Park, Lake Oswego
Take out: Foothills Park, Lake Oswego
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: Towline
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Bill Vonnegut
Assistant Organizer(s): Bob Freshman
Has organizer paddled here before? Yes
Has organizer led an OOPS paddle here before? No
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? Yes
First Aid /CPR Person: 
Maximum number of paddlers: 10
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 47
Estimated Water Temperature: 43
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 3.5 hours
Tide times & heights: 
Current information: 1-3k
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: We may get far enough up river where forward progress slows or stops because of current. We will turn around at that point as required.


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