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  Quote Fish Replybullet Topic: Chelan Gorge Releases
    Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 4:36pm
Hey Everyone,
American Whitewater has negotiated with  Chelan PUD,  to release water in the Chelan Gorge, on July 11,12, 25,26 for the first time ever to the public.  

To boat the releases,  you need to sign up online with the below link, fill out the waiver,  fax it in,  and be present the morning of the release.  Follow the link below.  This is a great opportunity to boat class IV/V whitewater during the hottest time of year!    I'd love to see a great turnout from our community to show support for all the hard work AW has done to get these releases. 

Sign up here,  sorry i couldnt get the hyper link to work    
 http://www.chelanpud.org/7077.html  

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  Quote Travisimo Replybullet Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 5:18pm
Thank you Fish!

I have been trying to find out where to do this since I heard about it!  Can't wait!
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  Quote franzhorner Replybullet Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 7:56pm
Can you raft it???!!!
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  Quote franzhorner Replybullet Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 8:02pm
Originally posted by franzhorner

Can you raft it???!!!


I guess not...
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  Quote tradguy2 Replybullet Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 10:42pm
I'm definitely interested.  Hopefully I can make it over. 
... preparing for a river beating!     
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  Quote James Replybullet Posted: 18 Jun 2009 at 11:40pm
It looks like you could IK it though...
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  Quote Fish Replybullet Posted: 19 Jun 2009 at 8:19am
I plan on bringing my Ik in addition to the hardshell,  although in the fine print it says "hardshell plastic kayaks only"    I'm unsure how the enforcement of craft will work at the put in.  I do know, that there will be somone there at the putin with a clipboard,  double checking boaters to make sure they  have signed up, filled out a waiver, and are on the list.   i'll email Tom O'Keefe and inquire about craft and let ya know Horner.





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  Quote Weide Replybullet Posted: 20 Jun 2009 at 2:11am

Looks like a lot of fun from the video. What is with the paddle spinning? I like the guy doing flat spins in his creek boat.

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  Quote RemAcct2 Replybullet Posted: 21 Jun 2009 at 9:43pm
Any thoughts on the following quote from the Wenatchee World:

"American Whitewater will screen boaters to help ensure only experts enter the water"
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  Quote jondufay Replybullet Posted: 22 Jun 2009 at 11:34pm
Wow,
  Watch the quick time videos that AW has on their site from this section.  That entire river looks like sieves that want to chew you up.  On a bright note, it looks warm though...
ahh, f--- it dude, lets go boating...
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  Quote jP Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 2:54pm
yeah, at least you won't get hyperthermic while sitting stuffed in a seive.
Nothin wrong with a 'lil paddle spinning while you're at it.
 
Seriously though, I'm game to go check it out.
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  Quote okeefe Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 10:14pm
Originally posted by leifkirchoff

Any thoughts on the following quote from the Wenatchee World:

"American Whitewater will screen boaters to help ensure only experts enter the water"


All I can say is the reporter did not get in touch with me before they had to go to press and I take no responsibility for that quote.

Exercise good judgment and be safe. Providing this opportunity has been a significant amount of effort and many people at this project and at others across the region are watching closely to see how it goes. More details to be posted on the AW site soon.
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  Quote RemAcct2 Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 10:25pm
I didn't think they would have gotten a comment like that from you, Tom; however, I was concerned who else they might have been speaking with.

That said, I probably won't get in there.  Most looks good to go, but a few of the drops look a bit sketchy, and I am unclear if they can be portaged.  Nasty looking sieves, for sure.

I think the amount of paperwork the PUD is asking people to sign is a bit out of hand; I am guessing they can do this because they own the put-in?
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  Quote WA-Boater Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2009 at 11:11pm
...its God's water, you can't own the water!!!
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  Quote Fish Replybullet Posted: 06 Jul 2009 at 4:52pm
Bump.      Just a reminder that the first Chelan Gorge release is this Saturday and Sunday.  Don't forget to sign up online if you havnt already, and fill out the waiver.  If you want to see media on this run, check out the link below.   
http://www.chelanpud.org/documents/Photos.pdf

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  Quote JayB Replybullet Posted: 06 Jul 2009 at 5:04pm
Looks incredible! Wish I had the skills to boost the paddler numbers over there by one, but I'll probably have to leave that job to the A-Team this year.

Have fun.
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  Quote okeefe Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 7:56am
Details Here:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Article/view/articleid/30472

Two important points:

- All paddlers considering this run need to carefully evaluate their skill level and understand that continued access to this river and the opportunity depends on our ability to safely enjoy it.

- The success of these first couple weekends will be judged not on the number of paddlers or the number of trips, but on our ability to be safe and be off the water well before 6 pm. We have plenty of people to justify the release and nobody should feel that they have to register to "demonstrate interest".

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  Quote Tobin Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 8:15am
Tom / Fish,

Is there a process I would need to go through if I wanted to take photos? In one caption they mention that "safe" access was granted by the sheriff.
Just curious if I came over if I would be allowed to spectate in several location?
Sure?
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  Quote Fish Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 8:22am
Hey Tobin,  Tom would know best, but below i copied part of a  statement from the Chelan PUD site.

Kayakers are required to preregister on the PUD Web site in order to participate, and they will be given access badges the morning of the runs. Badges will also be required for immediate members of support teams and for media who want access to restricted areas. All who kayak or enter the hazardous parts of the Gorge will be required to sign liability waivers. The Gorge area is considered highly dangerous with steep cliffs and difficult terrain.

Participants, support team members and the media are asked to check in at Chelan Falls Park starting at 8 a.m. the day of the tests.  Public viewing of launching is available along a trail in the flatter area of the upper river.


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  Quote Tobin Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 9:24am
Thanks Fish,
I am going to see if I can confirm I will be there and if so get in my forms and stuff.
I am trying to study the access and see how it corresponds with the drops.
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  Quote HoldinOn Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:02am
I am curious who is definitely headed up there this weekend. I keep hearing people talk about how great its going to be but that they are not going to make it out.

I am hoping to head up Friday afternoon/ evening (depending on what I can manage with my work schedule) from the Seattle area, if anyone is interested in carpooling hit me up.

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  Quote RemAcct2 Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:09am
I am sure it will be great; however, I am going down to hood river, somewhere where there won't be representatives from government agencies telling me when, if, and how I can go on the river. The level of control being exerted over this event is unacceptable in my opinion, and ought to be protested by no one showing up.

Just my opinion, but I'll tell you this - you shouldn't have to sign releases to venture on public lands.

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  Quote ThrowYaMittsUp Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:20am
Originally posted by leifkirchoff

That said, I probably won't get in there.  Most looks good to go, but a few of the drops look a bit sketchy, and I am unclear if they can be portaged.  Nasty looking sieves, for sure.


Quit whining Leif. Your just scared.
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  Quote HoldinOn Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:23am
Like I said, lots of people saying it is going to be great but coming up with excuses to not be there.

Personally I think we should be appreciative of the great work AW has done for the paddling community and not complain about the three minutes we have to spend filling out a form.

I am not thrilled with the litigious nature of our society either but that's America buddy,  love it or leave it!
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  Quote James Replybullet Posted: 08 Jul 2009 at 10:38am
What a great set of posts to get it more off topic ... I'm getting suckered in too i guess...

Does the fact that you as a tax payer have to waive your right to emergency assistance but dumb ass climbers on mount rainier don't make sense? I think it is sad that the waiver contains such ridiculous clauses to force kayakers into some group of fools venturing into a death zone. Certainly there are many drunk jet skiers on chelan that are more foolish by action but yet they don't refuse to help those dumbasses.

On a seperate note .... yea I am going 4 shurzle. If I can't work into a group or work up a group I will just hike it and check it out. I have to be back on Sunday so that limits my plans. Leave Thursday/Friday and come back on Sat night.
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