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Rogue River

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First Descent of the North Fork of Rough and Ready Creek

/ Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Rough and Ready Creek is a tributary of the upper Illinois River. I fell in love with it after my initial visit in 2011 and subsequently returned three more times to paddle this uniquely special creek. My most recent expedition with NWRC guides Nate Wilson and Ryan Saevitz involved carrying our gear for a day and a half to paddle it’s remote upper reaches. The most challenging part of running this upper section is being there when the conditions are right. You need to go in...


/ Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Just as everyone hoped, winter is here and hopefully going to stay for a while. However, the snow and chilly weather have us thinking about about summer on the Rogue River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Here are the winners from our annual #MYNWRCPHOTO contest! Al Case The finale of Mule Creek Canyon is a swirly, boiling constriction called Coffee Pot. Nerves are high as everyone paddles in and hopes not to crash into the wall. Al captured this great moment right as the...

Wild Rivers Night 2016 Recap

/ Monday, January 11, 2016

Last Thursday was the 6th annual Wild Rivers Night at the Patagonia Store in Portland. Over 300 river enthusiasts joined to celebrate wild rivers in and around Oregon. Once again writer, photographer, and speaker Tim Palmer was the emcee. He followed up opening remarks with a slide show of his 216 mile trip down the Rogue River. Bearfoot Brad Nate Wilson premiered his new film about Bearfoot Brad and the North Fork of the Smith River. x Baldface Creek in the headwaters of the North...

The Divine Madman Drukpa Kunley

/ Sunday, January 10, 2016

Drukpa Kunley (pronounced "Drook-Pa Coon-Lee") was a Bhutanese yogi and poet popularly known as "the Divine Madman" who renounced the ascetic life of a monk for a more lighthearted and fun lifestyle. He is legendary for drinking wine, being promiscuous, and using his "Flaming Thunderbolt of Wisdom" (the nickname for his penis) to strike down and subdue evil demons. The Buddha advocated for the "middle road" between a self-indulgent, materialistic lifestyle and an ascetic life of sacrifice. Drukpa Kunley began as an ascetic monk, but denounced...