This past week, the river finally dropped! We ran our first Farmlands rafting trip on Sunday. What an amazing day! Sunny, warm weather, and incredible whitewater. The trip definitely had some excitement. I probably jinxed myself, but I had a conversation about my paddle just before the trip. I remember talking about how it was getting old, and probably nearing the end of its life. I guess it was, because I broke my blade in the first fifteen minutes of the trip. One of two kayak support boaters on the trip, I had to work my way down the rest of the run being careful not to take any really powerful strokes on my right side. It was definitely somewhat comical.
Mt. Adams peaks through the trees behind our raft as it drops into Sidewinder Fakey Rapid on the Farmlands section of the White Salmon.
The Farmlands is one of the most amazing trips I have ever run commercially. Wet Planet started exploring the possibilities of running raft trips in this canyon five years ago. A group of class V kayakers working for Wet Planet began tackling the canyon’s rapids and working out the logistics of managing the risks for handling rafts in the heart of the gorge. With a combination of skill and creativity, we developed one of the nation’s premiere class IV-V rafting trips. The trip became a reality when we reached an exclusive arrangement with SDS lumber to use their land for our take-out. We are now the only company to offer rafting trips in this amazing section of river. With challenging class IV-V whitewater charging through a vertical cliff-walled canyon, this trip is one of the most committing, and spectacular, rafting trips run anywhere.
The Farmlands trip is not for everyone. However, if challenging whitewater and adventurous rock-scrambing portages in the heart of a totally committing canyon sounds like the challenge you were looking for … get out on one of our Farmlands trips. The White Salmon is dropping fast, and we may only have a week of two left to run this amazing section of river.
– Todd @ 11:22 AM