The wait is finally over. Husum Falls season is back.
Water levels have decided to cooperate for your recreational needs, dropping low enough to add the Husum waterfall to our daily raft trips down the White Salmon River.
This past Saturday Wet Planet held their annual staff “Turkey” run down the falls. Rafts full of guides, both new and veteran, loaded in rafts and ran the falls over and over again. Guides tried out different lines and methods for descending Husum Falls successfully. New guides were given the opportunity to guide a raft full of fellow guides…or “Turkeys”…down before taking guests.
This exploratory run is necessary every year prior to adding the waterfall to the daily raft trip. Heavy rainfall, wind, snow and other major weather events can significantly change the character of a river over a short period of time. The bottom of a waterfall is especially susceptible to this type of alteration as it becomes the collection spot for any debris that finds its way down the river.
New guides to the White Salmon River like Charley Munsey, Aleson Reitow, John Coles, Tobias Johansson and Susan Hollingsworth were able to test their whitewater rafting skills on the drop for the first time.
Some made it look smooth. Some forgot to get down and hold on, falling out the back of the raft for a whitewater swim. Others held on but were off line slightly, flipping the raft at the base of the falls. Check out these shots that produced some whitewater swimmers!
Every outcome producing excessive amounts of enjoyment and smiles from rafters and the large crowd watching from the shore.
We at Wet Planet are extremely excited for the waterfall to be added to our White Salmon Raft Trip repertoire. We know that guests can’t experience this type of whitewater anywhere else in the country. It makes us proud that offer such a unique experience to our guests.
So get ready for even more excitement on the White Salmon River this summer!
Special thanks to Adam Mills Elliott for the great photos!
-Susan Hollingsworth, Lead Kayak Instructor, Blogger and River Enthusiast