Monday, October 15, 2007

Prince George Whitewater

Willow River
For some good pix of Prince George's staple backyard whitewater run, the Willow River, check out this link. Lower Willow.

Isle Pierre, Nechako River
The Nechako River is a long meandering class I river, but in a few sections there are some rapids. Isle Pierre, located about 40 minutes west of town is one of them.

The picture above is Jess Rayner in the middle of the main rapid. This run is great for beginners looking to get a feel for big water, as there's a lot of volume pushing through, which creates some fun whirlies and boils. There's also easy options for going around the main rapid for the less brave/experienced.

Bowron River
The Bowron is best earlier in the season when levels are high. Located about 30 minutes east of town, it has a couple different runs: (1) the Boulder Run, located just upstream of the Highway Bridge; and (2) Portage Canyon found further downstream.

At high water, there's also a great park n' play spot that forms just downstream of the highway rest stop on river right called "Wayne's World". We had a lot of fun here with this years high flows. Check out these pix of Wayne's World from 2007 paddlefest: Wayne's World

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

UnLikely Paddlefest Trip Report 2007

Last weekend a whack of mad whitewater enthusiasts descended on Likely, BC for the annual UnLikely Paddlefest. People came out of the woodwork for this one, including paddlers from Clearwater, Vancouver, Kamloops, the West Kootenays, Quesnel, Calgary, Whistler, Williams Lake, and Prince George. Once again, the town of Likely opened its doors to the kayaking community, with Merle and Alison from Adrenalin Mountain Adventures pulling off a highly organized festival. Runs went down all weekend on the Upper and Lower Cariboo and Upper Quesnel. Levels were on the low side, but the put-in wave on the Quesnel was still in. Here some pix, including the wicked party on Saturday night featuring Shane Phillips.

Chilko River Trip
After the weekend festivities wrapped up, a few of us headed out to run the Chilko River. This is definitely one of the classic runs in western Canada. Located in the beautiful Chilcotin Plateau and running through steep basalt canyons, the Chilko has lots of fun continuous rapids that should be a "must do" on a paddlers tick list. There are also some amazing play waves throughout the run and lots of wildlife. We saw dozens of eagles fishing for salmon, and a few black bears eating berries on the shore. Kim, Efor, Scott and I made the trip, while a Calgary posse and others hooked up with Adrenalin Mountain. Enjoy the pix below.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Welcome to the new Northwest Brigade Paddling Club website

Here's our new blog! You can click on the links in the top right corner to see photos, videos, and the forum. Enjoy!

Here is a shot of Matt Collins on the put-in wave from a recent club trip to the Likely area.