Spring in the Northwest is go-time for whitewater paddlers. Rivers are full to their banks (typically), and rain boots are are out in full storm (typically)! While spring has only just sprung, this spring is different, as paddlers find themselves praying for rain, watching NOAA's radar for the slightest hint of moisture.
Mid-March starts the Western Whitewater Championship Series: a series of paddling festivals throughout the spring and summer featuring various downriver races and events. The first festival of the season was the Wind River Festival, a 25 minute all out sprint to the finish through class IV/V whitewater. The second festival of the season: The Northwest Creeking Competition took place last weekend, April 21, 22, as paddlers continued to pray for rain. Our prayers were answered as a day prior to events, we had a sudden flash of levels, bringing us just enough water for two solid days of class IV/V racing.