For the past 32 days Wet Planet Whitewater Center has been the epicenter for kayaking in the United States with Raft Guide and Kayak Instructon staff members taking on Eddyflower’s Total Vertical Challenge.
This competition is unlike any you’ve heard of before.
For an entire month, participants log every vertical foot of whitewater dropped in their kayaks while also raising money for First Descents, a non-profit organization that sponsors young adults with cancer in week-long kayak instruction camps. However, each river can only be run a maximum of 5 times, making strategy and endurance essential for success.
With the Columbia Gorge as their stomping grounds, Wet Planet Staff have blown away the competition in all arenas.
Winning team “Off The Cowch” comprised of four Wet Planet river staff members took the win for most vertical feet dropped with nearly triple the amount of feet of their competition.
1st place overall: Drew Austell 41,130 ft
3rd place overall: Curt Joyce 30, 865 ft
4th place overall: Lance Reif 28,205 ft
19th place overall: Andy Round 14,965 ft
Total Vertical Feet: 149,800! That’s 28 vertical miles!
Even more incredible the Off the Cowch team also took the win for most money raised by a landslide. Together, these motivated river enthusiasts raised $5,610 for First Descents.
Coming in second place is Wet Planet’s new Kayak Instructor Susan Hollingsworth and her Femme 45 team of local extreme ladies. Winning the Women’s Division, these ladies also beat out teams in every other division. Susan also raised nearly $800 on her own for First Descents.
8th place overall: Susan Hollingsworth 25,085 ft
Additionally, Kayak Instructor Heather Herbeck’s woman’s team, River Angels, took the second place in the women’s division with Heather contributing the most vertical feet for her team of talented female kayakers.
14th place overall: Heather Herbeck18,062 feet
These highly motivated individuals have clearly shown the caliber of whitewater the region has to offer, beating out teams in all parts of the country. Wet Planet couldn’t be more proud of their staff.