RIVERS: Kayaking and Rafting
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PUGET SOUND - SAN JUAN IS.
The big Gray Fund destination for Fall Break, the San Juan Islands are provide beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and great sea kayaking. Some of the Islands are inhabited, some are not. There are established campsites available for kayakers bumming around, and weather you are trying to hit all the islands, or making day trips from a central location, you can do it. Some of the islands are preserves, and if you approach them you can see otters, herons and other wildlife swimming away from you. Dolfins are also known to inhabit the area. +++++++Horsehead Island is a great spot on the edge of the chain for exploration, however it is slightly close to Bellingham.
by Doug Borst
Fall Break 2002
LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER
NORTH UMPQUA RIVER
Here's what I remember from an overnight trip to the North Umpqua River two years ago: car camping ten yards from the river, with an excellent and large dinner of MSR-stove cooked pizza by Josh Dulburger, and the drop they call "Pinball," a garden of huge boulders that can act as bumpers on your way down a class 3+ rapid. We also saw lots of old wild salmon carcasses, testament to the relatively pristine nature of this river in the southern Cascades near Crater Lake.
Wy-east face descends from nearly 11000 feet just under the summit of Hood, with a steep and sunny descent down a glacier with a 40 degree average slope. Situated on the east side of the mountain, it gets soft fast, so an early start is necessary. The route is also prone to many crevasses and avalanches if the conditions aren't right: go with someone who really knows what they're doing. That said, there's also a 5000 foot descent down to the base of Heather Canyon at Mt. Hood Meadows, which is pretty good.
by Christian McNeil