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Level 2 Paddle - Upstream to Willamette Falls

  • May 20, 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 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 be launching at the Cedar Oaks boat ramp and paddling upstream toward the Willamette Falls with the goal of making it. However there is a possibility we may not reach it due to strong currents. In which case we may just see how far we can get and work on some ferrying and such. There is no lunch break scheduled, but we are planning on refreshments afterward. Helmets will be required if we make it near the Falls where we may need to paddle near the rocky shore to avoid currents. 
Meeting Time: 9:30:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Cedar Oaks boat ramp in West Linn
Take out: Same
Route Alternative for bad weather: None
Required equipment: Helmet
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: 8
I certify that I understand and will conduct this activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy: Yes
Estimated Air Temperature: 57
Estimated Water Temperature: 60
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 2hr
Tide times & heights: High 3.35 at 6:16am Low 0.01 at 3:24pm
Current information: There may be places where current reaches 4kt
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 1: Under 1' waves, no breaking waves
Sea state: Level 2: Waves up to armpit; light to moderate chop, scattered whitecaps
Landing types: Level 2: Frequent landing opportunities including docks or moderate sloping banks, brush or overhanging trees
Currents: Level 3: Up to 4 knots: paddlers must sprint to move forward
Total distance: Level 1: Up to 6 miles
Open crossing: Level 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment: 
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: There may be sections with strong swirling current that will need to be paddled through.

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