12.24.2007

Little White Salmon River, Washington

Thanks to Ron Reynier and Jeff Bennett for the correct answer on the local Little White trivia question. There were two answers I was accepting, read below for a little history and the second answer.



The Little White Salmon River, located in Skamania County in south central Washington, drains approximately 134 square miles and flows out of the Monte Cristo Range. It originates in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and drops south for 19 miles into Drano Lake in the Columbia River Gorge. The section of river between The Willard National Fish Hatchery and Drano Lake is arguably one of the best class V day runs in the country. In the late 1980's Bob Coombs was among the first to explore the river and as the interest with the Little White grew more paddlers put on and picked their way down the run. The next year, 1990, paddlers such as Ron Reynier, Bill Bowey, Jeff Bennett, Phil Unsworth, and Bill Pooley were running it on a regular basis and picking off the unrun rapids one by one. By 1992-93 other paddlers such as Charlie Kirsch, Cal Diller, Elizabeth Tarr, Roger Stewart, Ron Blanchett, Jed Weingarten, and others were getting the run dialed in while Bowey, Weingarten, and Unsworth were pushing the limits of higher water levels. By mid 1993 all the rapids had been run with the exception of Stovepipe and The Big Falls. Stovepipe was run by early 1994 and that just left the 'The Big Falls'. At this point paddlers were starting to refer to it as 'The Altar' :an elevated place or structure, as a mound or platform, at which religious rites are performed or on which sacrifices are offered to gods, ancestors, etc. Since no one ran drops that big back then 'The Altar' fit the final drop on this run as paddlers would take in the beauty and make their way around it on each trip, but that reference didn't last long. Weingarten had broken his boat on the run and stuffed a log in the cockpit and sent it off as a probe. It had a great line off the Altar, then one week later local paddler Jens Mullen decided to solve the last piece of the puzzle and after running it he named the big drop Spirit Falls and it properly fit.

At this point the paddlers who have seen Spirit Falls in person are fortunate individuals as Spirit was the site for the proposed dam on the Little White Salmon River. They passed it by since they had a maximum depth of 800 feet for any proposed dam sites in the tributaries of the Columbia Gorge, the canyon depth at Spirit is just under 1000 feet. This awe inspiring lower canyon on the Little White has been declared eligible for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, but never put on that list. The review done by the Forest Service states that "Opportunities for solitude are excellent with very few signs of humans to distract the recreationist. Due to difficult access, this extremely interesting area exists today in much the same condition as when Lewis and Clarck passed through the Columbia River Gorge."

Roger Stewart in the Gorge @ 1992
Photo Ron Reynier
*notable comments from the early days:
Ron Reynier: "It was that following year, 1990, that we figured it out top to bottom. I can vividly remember how we got beat down figuring out Getting Busy before finally understanding the run."
Jeff Bennett: "To put all that in perspective, I learned to paddle the LWS in a 12' long Prijon T-Slalom, then a Dancer XT.... and those were cutting edge."
Jed Weingarten: When I got back to my boat, it had a big crack in the hull. So, I found a big log, stuck in the cockpit, and sent the boat off to see what would happen. It had a sweet line off of the Altar, but broke into 3 separated pieces in Chaos (which hadn't been named yet either!).

*and according to early sources, Wishbone Falls was run down the right channel during the first few times that paddlers decided to drop into the lower gorge. Since then paddlers have stuck with the left channel.

The crew below Stovepipe, summer 2007
Photo Keel Brightman


Jay Gifford running Stovepipe in early 2007

Keel Brightman running Spirit Falls, summer 2007
Photo Lana Young

Tristan McCleran running Chaos at 3.6 feet early 2007
Photo Erik Boomer


*a few recent notable descents:
*Todd Anderson and Tommy Fredricks running the right channel at Wishbone Falls in early 2006.
*Ross Henry and Todd Anderson throwing some of the biggest free-wheels I've seen off of Boulder Sluice Rapid in early 2007.
*Frequent runs at 4.8feet by the local crew in 2006-07'
*Todd Anderson free-wheeling Stovepipe in 2007.
*L.J Groth's free-wheel off Spirit Falls in 2006 - same day as the race.
*Locals runing car (put-in) to car (take-out) in under 40 minutes.
*Highest known complete descent by Erik Boomer in 2006 at 5.0 feet.

Thanks to Ron Reynier, Jeff Bennett, and Jed Weingarten for the early history and all the Photographers for the photos.

Check out this video of Todd Anderson and Ross Henry killin it!

67 comments:

Pete said...

Great stuff Ryan! Love to hear the history. Someone just asked me a couple weeks ago what the highest level folks had run the LW. I said maybe 4.5-4.6' but now I know better.

Thanks.

pete

Jay Gifford said...

Ryan,

Does your phone work?

Hollar when you get off the L-Dub today...615.775.6224

Anonymous said...

Ryan, I've been trying to get a hold of you. You videoed the rafting trip my friends and I were on in August on the Little White. Call me 201-315-2456 or email me greggnoll@kanimi.com Thanks. Gregg

Anonymous said...

buy online viagra buy viagra online uk recreational viagra use viagra by mail lowest price viagra marijuana and viagra viagra suppliers viagra 100mg low cost viagra free viagra samples before buying generic name of viagra free viagra without prescription india viagra cialis vicodin buy cheap viagra online

Anonymous said...

Copmaq presario 2500 maybe 7+ years old. How do I get this thing to run faster. When we boot it up it takes 5 - 10 minutes before you can use anything, any sooner than that it will freeze up. The anti virus recently expired and anything I tried to put onto it totally screwed it up. After Mcafee I couldnt get anything to run. I took that off and am using a free avg for now. But seriously everything is so slow on this thing what can I do to get it running faster? Yeah I know throw it away and get a new one. Not that easy its my GF's and she loves it. We use my computer primarily but when im busy on mine or just every now and then she likes to use hers. [url=http://gordoarsnaui.com]santoramaa[/url]

Anonymous said...

Guy
You have got to see this. Obama playing on XBox. Funniest video ever. http://bit.ly/bllhx1

Penis Enlargement Pills said...

Vimax Pills is a powerful natural herbal male enhancement that increases penis length and girth, sexual desire, sexual health and helps to achieve stronger erections, Buy Vimax Pills best penis enlargement pills

about author:
best penis enlargement penis enlargement pills improve sexual performance and stamina

best penis enlargement pills VigRx Plus Vimax Pills ProSolution Pills clinicaly proven for enlarge your penis up to 3-4 inches in 3 month 100% money back guarantee FDA APPROVED
http://www.orderpenisenlargement.com
http://www.vimaxpenispills.com

retirement homes in costa rica said...

thanks for the info, is very good!
retirement homes in costa rica

Anonymous said...

buy cheap xanax xanax 2mg high - xanax dosage during pregnancy

Anonymous said...

online xanax no prescription xanax pills s 902 - xanax 1mg street value

Anonymous said...

http://todonation.com/node/463613

Anonymous said...

viagra for sale viagra online new york - viagra altitude sickness

Anonymous said...

viagra online without prescription viagra for women how it works - can you buy viagra boots

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma 446 - information on the drug soma

Anonymous said...

buy soma online no prescription buy soma with mastercard - buy cheap somatropin

Anonymous said...

buy soma online no prescription soma food trucks - soma muscle relaxer recreational use

Anonymous said...

cheap soma generic soma description - soma perfect drug brave new world

Anonymous said...

soma medication soma 350 mg effects - soma intimates locations

Anonymous said...

buy soma snorting soma muscle relaxer - soma bras usa

Anonymous said...

buy soma online generic brand for soma - soma condos for sale

Anonymous said...

buy soma muscle relaxers similar soma - soma yoga

Anonymous said...

buy soma online cheap haircut soma - soma drug test probation

Anonymous said...

buy soma soma heart muscle - cheap soma cod

Anonymous said...

buy soma online buy tribal seeds tickets soma - cost of generic soma

Anonymous said...

order soma buy soma legally online - buy soma buena vista

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol for dogs high - buy tramadol online in usa

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol online tramadol overdose fatal amount - what is tramadol the generic of

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis commercial bathtub - cialis online pharmacy

Anonymous said...

tramadol 50mg tramadol hcl 50 mg maximum dosage - buy tramadol online forum

Anonymous said...

tramadol 50mg buy tramadol no prescription cod - tramadol zoloft drug interaction

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online what's price cialis - cheap cialis generic us

Anonymous said...

tramadol cheap tramadol 650 - tramadol withdrawal rls

Anonymous said...

where to buy xanax online no prescription how long do the effects of 1mg of xanax last - drug interactions norco xanax

Anonymous said...

xanax online pictures generic xanax tablets - buy xanax 1mg online

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax effects on body - xanax effects body

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol 8 per day - buy tramadol online with cod

Anonymous said...

generic xanax buy xanax online us pharmacy - drug interactions trazodone xanax

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax side effects for dogs - difference between generic xanax regular

Anonymous said...

buy generic tramadol no prescription buy tramadol online cod only - tramadol addiction blog

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol tramadol vs vicodin - tramadol 50 mg side effects

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg uses for carisoprodol 350 mg - carisoprodol high blood pressure

Anonymous said...

generic xanax how many .5 xanax to overdose - xanax side effects and pregnancy

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax g3722 - generic to xanax

Anonymous said...

generic xanax xanax bars vs klonopin - drug facts for xanax

Anonymous said...

tramadol cheap tramadol 50 mg effects - order tramadol online overnight

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol without prescriptions buy tramadol online australia - tramadol online shipped to florida

Anonymous said...

buy tramadol buying tramadol with mastercard - tramadol 50 mg kaps ratiopharm

Anonymous said...

cialis online order cialis with prescription - cialis online order

Anonymous said...

cialis online pharmacy cialis daily use instructions - cialis reviews comments

Anonymous said...

cialis online cialis price at target - cialis 100mg price

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis daily use instructions - generic cialis us suppliers

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis daily study - generic cialis date

Anonymous said...

cialis online generic cialis 10mg online - generic cialis viagra online

Anonymous said...

cheap generic cialis cialis online 2.5mg - cialis online buy

Anonymous said...

buy cialis online cialis price usa - cialis 20mg online

Anonymous said...

tramadol overnight shipping do people buy tramadol - no prescription for tramadol

Anonymous said...

http://www.integrativeonc.org/adminsio/buyklonopinonline/#buy klonopin and alcohol mixed - klonopin mg get high

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online klonopin side effects anger - effects of klonopin wiki

Anonymous said...

http://landvoicelearning.com/#51602 tramadol withdrawal restless legs - tramadol hydrochloride dosage

Anonymous said...

buy klonopin online klonopin withdrawal 1mg - generic pill for klonopin

Anonymous said...

http://www.msn.com/ - [url=http://www.msn.com/]msn[/url] msn
msn

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol 350 mg carisoprodol 5513 - carisoprodol generic soma

Anonymous said...

buy cheap carisoprodol carisoprodol codeine - carisoprodol 350 mg alcohol

Anonymous said...

buy carisoprodol cheap carisoprodol dosage get high - picture of carisoprodol 350 mg

Anonymous said...

carisoprodol no prescription carisoprodol blue light - muscle relaxers soma carisoprodol

Anonymous said...

Your сuгrent ωгite-up features
νerified necessаry to me. It’s really helpful and уou гeally are obviously
vеry еducated of thіs typе.
Yοu get opened up mу peгѕonal face fоr you tο numеrous thoughts abоut this toρic
wіth іntriguing, nοtable and reliable сontent.



Also visit my page: ambien

Buy EZ Flash IV said...

Anyway, I am adding this RSS to my email and could look out for much more of your respective interesting content. Make sure you update this again soon.