Wet Planet traveled to the Mt. Hood National Forest on the Clackamas River to find a festival rich with tradition and competition. The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival began back in 1984 by the Northwest Rafter’s Association. Over the years this event has grown to include numerous vendors, competitions and clinics.
At our booth, Wet Planet was represented by Heather Herbeck and Lori Turbes. Lori just moved out here from the Minnesota so she was experiencing a little bit of culture shock. She didn’t realize how many various objects people inflated to float or row down the river! She was taken back by the rafting phenomenon that takes place in the Pacific Northwest and how popular inflatable kayaks are. She had heard of inflatable kayaks but didn’t imagine how popular they were and to see people competing in them was a whole new experience. For now you’ll see this Minnesota girl in a “hard shell” (whitewater kayak) but don’t be surprised if curiosity gets the best of her and you see her on something inflatable!
Heather and Lori enjoyed spending the day with festival goers who stopped by to say hello, reminisce about their rafting trips on the Wild & Scenic White Salmon or learn about the many courses and clinics offered by Wet Planet! Participants had the opportunity to register for a 2 day beginner kayak course or a 4 person rafting trip on the White Salmon. Congratulations to Mike Ross for winning the drawing!
Wet Planet was also sharing exciting information on the upcoming White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium! This event will be held Friday June 4th & Saturday June 5th at the Trailhead (formely known as the Trailhead B&B) in Troutlake, WA.
Wet Planet would like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth. We enjoyed hearing about your stories and look forward to getting out on the river with you!