In 2013, NWRC celebrated our fifth season of running river trips – and it’s been one to remember. Here are some highlights that made us proud!
1. Our 3rd annual Wild Rivers Night was our biggest ever, and we nominated Baldface Creek and Rough and Ready Creek to American Rivers’ Most Endangered Rivers list.
2. After learning that both Baldface and Rough and Ready Creeks were going to be named in the Most Endangered Rivers list, we headed down to southern Oregon to get some photos to use in their campaign. It was a magical trip!
3. Our first trip of the year was our Class IV Rowing School where we trained four intrepid oarsmen on the Hood and Klickitat Rivers. Shortly after, we began doing day trips on the Hood River and stand-up paddleboarding the Hood and White Salmon Rivers, which quickly turned into an obsession for the NWRC Guides.
4. After three years of patience, planning, and paperwork, we were issued a Forest Service permit to run kayak trips on the Chetco River! We did our first trip in June, where we hiked 10 miles into Carter Creek and spent 4 days running this emerald gem deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
5. At the end of May we started running rafting trips and kayaks schools. It all went smoothly until massive forest fires converged on Galice closing the Rogue for 3 weeks. NWRC met this challenge by moving some trips to the Deschutes River, which was a new experience for everyone involved (especially me!). Our guides also transported gear and firefighters down the Rogue River. Nate Wilson took some great photos and wrote a great account of one of these fire missions.
6. After a wonderful summer, I headed to the Balkans to explore a new trip offering. I checked out some rivers in Bosnia and Montenegro, and put together the itinerary for our new “Rivers of the Balkans” trip available in May 2014.
7. From Europe, I headed to Bhutan for another amazing NWRC trip in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. As usual, the highlight was a visit to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery.
8. We ended 2013 with an exciting deal to triple the number of trip dates we’ll have available on the Rogue River this summer. We’ll launch Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and hope to see you on board!
Thanks to everyone that joined us on the river and also to all of our amazing guides! We look forward to a wonderful 2014!