Sunday, April 8, 2012

OT Couch drops some NW bombz!

RCRE global affiliate Nick Hinds presents "A NW Taste". Check it out! Northwest boaters on various runs including Robe Canyon, Fall in the Wall, Eagle Creek, The Green Truss, Chelan Gorge, and the Ohane.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

RCRE VOL. IV 2011 High Water Highlight Reel

RCRE Vol. IV dropping in with High Water Gore, Fish Creek, Charlie's hole, OBJ, Daisy, North Fork of the Little Wind, Pozo Azul, Reventazón, Chirripo Pacifico and much more. Enjoy the stoke!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Last fall, Ben Hawthorne and I rallied from the Seattle/Tacoma area to the promised land: British Columbia. Over the course of three days we were able to paddle Tatlow creek twice and the Box Canyon of the Ashlu twice. I had the pleasure of meeting and paddling with Leif Embertson, Don and Darcy of Small World Adventures and also German paddlers Nils and Matti. Thanks to Nils and Don and Darcy for the photos! If you ever want to paddle in Ecuador, be sure to check out

The rapids contained within the Box are awesome. They have a bigger water feel to them all the while being in a spectacular canyon.

Don and I scouting 50/50

Seamed out and about to go deep. Batting average: 0/1

Immediately below 50/50. Ben leading into the first sequence of drops.

Just up the road is Tatlow! The road is impassable once you come to a certain point, so it requires a bit of a hike, but it is well worth it!

Trying to find the path of least resistance down to the river.

Ahh yeah! Put in

First boof of the run

Another angle. Photo: Nils Dippon

2nd Drop. This one takes you soo deep!

Ben and I below the 25'er. You can really see how stacked Tatlow is from this perspective.

I think this one was called Lil Dave's. Nasty little pocket at bottom on r right

The in between rapid after Wall Drug, (sickest rapid ever) and right above the crux

The Nymph Pool! The idyllic take out.

Check out this video Fred put together of some of my gopro footage from these two classics as well as some Dipper footage!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lower Fish Creek Video Guide

When things start to reach the out of control range on Upper Fish we look to the more manageable gradient of lower. Lower Fish is a blast! The following video contains some super high water footage. The flows were around 1600 to 1700 cfs aprox. 3.7 on the guage. Its a nonstop roller coaster ride from top to bottom! A good first time flow is in the 2.3 range. Always be heads up for wood in this section! Enjoy the video!

Lower Fish Creek Video Guide from Dan Piano on Vimeo.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Upper Fish Creek Video Guide

Fish Creek is the RCRE's training ground. It's where all the Steamboater's head after work for an adrenaline boost. Fish is a nonstop roller coaster ride from top to bottom. Individually the rapids are not super technical and their is no serious vert to drop but this creek teaches you to be a good boater. It's continuos nature makes your river reading sense on super amber alert causing the adrenalin to flow on a consistent basis. Swimming on Fish usually results with a banged up swimmer and destroyed equipment floating out into the Yampa. Other hazards on the creek include 2 weirs of which should be treated with respect especially the upper one. A few years back a local boater took a swim in the upper weir and almost drown. Another heads up about Fish is the wood. Each day can be different. As the water rises in the spring it takes all of the trees that have fallen in over the winter down with it causing a variety of exciting situations. Once Fish peaks and the water levels start to drop the wood situation seems to stabilize. So if your in the area and keen on boating Fish ask around for current wood issues.
Here is the first of 3 videos im going to make. This first video is intended to be a video guide top to bottom of upper , and the 2nd vid will be middle, and the third will be super high water lower. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RCRE Northwest dispatch..

RCRE droppen bombs in the Northwest!
Marty Smith checks in with a sweet promo vid from last season and some Nooksack action from outside Bellingham Washington!
Check it out!

Martin Bradley Smith Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River. from Martin Smith on Vimeo.

New back yard run just off of of Mt. Baker Highway, the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River. kayaking Winter 2012. Marty Smith

Martin Bradley Smith Kayaking around Colorado and Wyoming in Spring/Summer 2011. (Slater Falls, Oh Be Joyful, Daisy Creek, Elk Box, Fish Creek, Big South, North Fork Little Wind)