Category: Get Wet Wednesday

Official Trailer: Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter”

69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment features some of Miller’s favorite locations

LOVING THE PURE JOYS OF WINTER is something we have in common with the late, great Warren Miller, who helped create and capture the magic of skiing. This fall, Face of Winter — the 69th installment from Warren Miller Entertainment presented by Volkswagen — will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all.

Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes like Jessie Diggins, Anna Segal, Dash Longe, Forrest Jillson, Amie Engerbretson, Seth Wescott, Jim Ryan and others carve down the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

Follow along and celebrate a life lived in high places at warrenmiller.com.


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Official Trailer: Ode to Muir – The High Sierra

New film from Teton Gravity Research stars professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect our Winters Jeremy Jones

TETON GRAVITY’S NEWEST FILM ODE TO MUIR pairs professional snowboarder, adventurer and founder of Protect Our Winters Jeremy Jones with two-time Olympian Elena Hight as they embark on a 40-mile foot-powered expedition deep into California’s John Muir Wilderness. Their journey balances the challenges of winter camping, grueling climbs up the Sierra’s biggest mountains, and aesthetic first descents with personal reflections on the importance of the natural world and those who first traveled it generations ago, and sharing perspectives gleaned from what it truly means to explore a great American Wilderness.

Get more information, including tour dates and tickets, at tetongravity.com/films/ode-to-muir.

 

 

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Video: REEL ROCK 12 Trailer

Tickets now available for climbing’s biggest film festival

REEL ROCK has been following the world’s most exciting climbers, documenting their gripping tales and groundbreaking sends. REEL ROCK 12 brings you stories from the edge, featuring big names and breakout stars. Starring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; the return of Chris Sharma to the deep water soloing stage; and introducing Maureen Beck, a one-handed crusher who’s gonna knock your socks off.

2017 LINE-UP

Above the Sea
Legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the island of Mallorca where he discovers an untouched, sweeping wall. If he can endure numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea and finally link the moves, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb.

Break on Through
In modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a …

Get Wet Wednesday: Old Run New

Finding new moves and skills no matter how old the run
By Haven Livingston

After logging a whopping 115 days of kayaking last year, it’s disappointing to admit I’ve only reached 27 days so far this year. Work, other sports, life; there is so much to do and so few hours of daylight. The adventurous runs are so far away … or so I thought.

Instead of traveling to kayak new runs I’m finding myself on my neighborhood run, Chili Bar, on the South Fork American River more often than I thought tolerable. You know the feeling; you’re tying your laces up and hitting the same after-work trail run you’ve done every Wednesday night that you can remember. You’re thinking, “This, again?” How mind numbing.

But after more than 50 times on the run I’ve discovered there are still new moves to be had, and skills to work on. The …

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Get Wet Wednesday: River scenes

There’s more than one way to surf a river wave. Tyler Lausten shreds Barking Dog on the South Fork American on his own TL designed boards (tlsurf.com).


 … And this is why we scout. South fork Silver Creek below Icehouse Dam presented all kinds of new wood jams during the one day water release. It’s just what happens. Always worth it to get out and look before running a drop.

Check out Haven Livingston’s whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.
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Get Wet Wednesday: Whitewater safety

This river safety tip will keep both you and your board safe

By Haven Livingston

Before you strap a leash on your riverboard or SUP and head to the nearest whitewater, hook yourself up with a river specific quick release waist belt.

Leashes open the door to dangerous entanglement hazards on a river. When you become separated from your board leashes can catch on rocks. Surf style leashes leave you dangling by the ankle and unable to reach down to release it with the current pushing you underwater. Ankle release straps are a no-no in rivers; currents are stronger than you think!

Check out NRS waist belts for a better option.


Check out Haven Livingston’s whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.

 

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Get Wet Wednesday: Shuttle Bunnies

As the saying goes … anyone can kayak, but it takes a smart kayaker to figure out the shuttle

By Haven Livingston

Downriver boating is a point to point activity. You start upstream and end downstream, but somehow you have to get back to your vehicle at the top. This usually involves two cars, a bike, a motorcycle or hitch-hiking. For runs that have more than an hour or so drive between start to finish it’s time to consider a shuttle driver.

Ideally you have someone who loves you, loves to drive but doesn’t want to boat, so they can drop you off at put in and pick you up at take out. We affectionately call these people “Shuttle Bunnies” and we LOVE them! Injured buddies or someone who forgot their spray skirt or pfd and can’t get in anyway can quickly become your favorite bunny.

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Get Wet Wednesday: Yosemite opens Merced to paddling

Paddlers revel in lift of four decade ban

 

Three cheers for Yosemite National Park for opening the Merced River to paddling after a 40 year ban!

Last week the Park hosted an inaugural paddle for a test run. Haven Livingston will report more about this in our upcoming June/July 2015 issue, so stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, get more info on the paddling the Merced at AmericanWhitewater.org.


Read Haven Livingston’s account of her epic year of whitewater kayaking in our April / May 2015 issue: Goal 100 – what one hundred days of whitewater taught me. Plus, check out her whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.

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Get Wet Wednesday: Huge hydraulics and steep drops on the Middle Fork American

With its Tunnel Chute rapid, the Middle Fork American River is a summertime classic adventure not for the faint of heart. Being dam controlled with scheduled releases means that you can plan ahead and sign up for your fun now.

The Middle Fork of the American River is located 45 minutes east of Sacramento (off I-80 about halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe) in the heart of Gold Country. With an intermediate level of difficult (Class III-IV), the Middle Fork American boasts eight Class IV rapids, numerous Class II and III rapids, and of course, its renowned Tunnel Chute. Learn more at Rafting.com.


Read Haven Livingston’s account of her epic year of whitewater kayaking in our April / May 2015 issue: Goal 100 – what one hundred days of whitewater taught me. Plus, check out her whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.

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Get Wet Wednesday: Free Falling

The little known gem Pit River in Nor Cal has been releasing water all month. It’s not to be missed in a drought year like this. Pit Falls on Pit 1 run is a great “beginner” waterfall to initiate kayakers into the wonderful world of free fall.

If you’re new to free fall, be sure to go with someone who knows it well, because even as a beginner falls, it still requires careful scouting and technical skills. Make connections on the Nor Cal Paddlers Facebook group; join here.


Check out Haven Livingston’s whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.

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Get Wet Wednesday: Dreamflows, and one trick you didn’t know

Daydream and plot your river trips with more resources in your pocket

By Haven Livingston

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If you’re new to whitewater, you may be wondering how all the cool kids know where to go, and when, to find the best river levels. Welcome to Dreamflows! Move over Facebook and Instagram, time to make room on your smartphone’s front page for a quick link to this website. Don’t be surprised if your thumb begins impulsively clicking and scrolling through this website any time of day or night, especially first thing in the morning and last thing before bed. As a California whitewater enthusiast this will quickly become your go to obsession, after actual boating, of course.

On your phone the page will look like this:

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It may look like a bunch of numbers and names you’re unfamiliar with, but wait, there’s more!

Observe carefully that the name of the river and the …

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Get Wet Wednesday: Whiskeytown Whitewater

Despite California’s historic drought, whitewater is out there 

There’s still not much rain, but a few reliable flowing rivers and creeks in California allow Lisa Byers to work her boof stroke off Ski Jump rapid on Whiskeytown Reservoir’s Clear Creek over the last weekend of February 2015.

Check out Haven Livingston’s whitewater blog Wavehaven Adventures at wavehaven.wordpress.com.

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