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Level 2 Paddle - Rooster Rock to Cape Horn and back

  • November 09, 2019
  • 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Rooster Rock State Park Boat Ramp
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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.
 Please join Dave Smith and myself for a trip from Rooster Rock State park boat ramp across the Columbia to the always scenic Cape Horn and back. Cape Horn is a massive basalt cliff outcrop located on the Washington side of the Columbia River rising up to 2500 feet above the river.

Since we can’t forecast the conditions this far in advance of the trip, if the conditions do not look right for the crossing, we have an option to paddle around Sand Island instead of crossing the Columbia. We will make the final route decision before the trip based on conditions.

This area can get quite windy at times, so while it’s not required, if you own a towline and know how to safely use one, please bring it.
Oregon State Parks have a $5 parking fee unless you have the yearly state park pass.
Meeting Time: 9:15:00 AM
Launch Time: 10:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Paddle Trip
Put in: Rooster Rock State Park Boat Ramp
Take out: Same as put in
Route Alternative for bad weather: Stay on Oregon side of the Columbia and paddle around Sand Island
Required equipment:
Minimum Immersion protection: Drysuit
Primary Organizer: Bob Freshman
Assistant Organizer(s): Dave Smith
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: 43-48
Estimated Water Temperature: 55
Estimated Water Time (including breaks/lunch): 4 hours
Tide times & heights: 2019/11/09 Sat 04:20 AM .99 H
2019/11/09 Sat 12:14 PM .28 L 2019/11/09 Sat 5:51 PM 1.40 H
Current information: 1-2 knots
Hazards: Shipping traffic
Wind strength: Level 2: 7-12 knots (14 mph) – wind noticeably effects movement of paddle
Swell/Surf size: Level 2: Waves up to 2', 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 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 2: Less than 1 mile
Paddling Environment:
Overall rating: Level 2
Rating Comments: Winds can increase during the trip and create some waves, you should be comfortable in these conditions
Location (Optional): Rooster Rock State Park

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