The 2015 Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival

by Michael Hughes

Well it was another great weekend at The 32nd Annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival. The lower water brought new race strategies, new lines, and fierce competition. There was a little bit of rain, but that didn't keep people away from getting on the river and enjoying the weekend.

Rafting on the Clackamas River

Rafting on the Clackamas River | Photo courtesy of Oregon Rafting Team

SOTAR, AIRE, Maravia, and NRS had rafts for people to demo, while Dusty's River Logistics, ReRack, and Goodwater Boat Works were providing shuttles all day. A huge thanks to all of them for making it possible do make countless laps on many different crafts this weekend.

SUP Crew Getting Ready to Race

SUP Crew Getting Ready to Race | Photo courtesy of Oregon Rafting Team

The Northwest Rafting Company crew showed up ready to defend previous titles and bring in a few more. After a big day of racing on Saturday and Sunday, Zach and Ryan brought home 1st and 3rd in the NRS Oar Boat Slalom, 1st and 2nd in the MadCatr Cataraft Boat Slalom, and 1st and 3rd in the NRS Down River SUP Race. Zach also got 1st in the Inflatable Kayak Mass Start, 2nd in the DRL Cataraft Freestyle Rodeo, and 3rd in the AIRE Inflatable Kayak Slalom race. Ryan brought home 1st place in the Sawyer Paddles SUP Whitewater Challenge. Team Northwest also brought home 1st place in the UCWWF Paddle Team Slalom - R3 to R6 Open Class Team Competition.

Ryan, Zach, Michael with the Awards

Ryan, Zach, Michael with the Awards

Saturday evening we hosted a gathering at our campsite and enjoyed brews from Base Camp Brewing Company as well as mead on tap from guide and mead master Nick at Nectar Creek Honeywine. River stories were shared as music filled the air late into the night.

Ladies Rafting on the Clackamas River

Ladies Rafting on the Clackamas River | Photo courtesy of Oregon Rafting Team

Guide Colby Elliot was wandering around the event gathering footage and put together a short to showcase the weekend.


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Michael Hughes

Michael grew up in a small Minnesota town. He spent his days outside in the woods and riding a bike. The only thing that has changed is his location. Oregon is now home and he is still outside, riding a bike, and paddling where ever the water is.

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