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  Quote rebshep Replybullet Posted: 21 Aug 2014 at 6:55pm
Looks like it's been a while since this has been active but my husband and I are just starting out. We're having a blast on Powerhouse for now and are up for trying some other II runs. Would love to get in some III before a trip we've got planned at the end of Sept. Weekdays overall work best for us and we need a little warning, we're still renting boats to figure out what we want to buy.
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  Quote gbubbly Replybullet Posted: 25 Aug 2014 at 1:31pm

New boater, weak roll, working on that, looking for opportunities for more experience.  I'm off on Tue/Wed.  I have all the gear.  Looking forward to meeting others who can paddle mid week.  Always work weekends. Thanks!

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  Quote ODarrow Replybullet Posted: 31 Aug 2014 at 8:46pm
I would be happy to take you out but I need to figure out my schedule first with my new job but after that I'll let you know when I can get out.
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  Quote rebshep Replybullet Posted: 01 Sep 2014 at 6:28pm
That would be awesome!  We're headed to Powerhouse on Wed afternoon but that's the only place we've been so far.
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  Quote dave Replybullet Posted: 02 Sep 2014 at 2:31pm
I will be getting out on Tues and Thursdays after work soon. need water though...
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  Quote JSN56131 Replybullet Posted: 05 Sep 2014 at 4:26pm
Hey y'all, new to the Kirkland area from Tennessee. Pretty confident in class 2 with a good roll. Looking to step up my game and meet some people! Anyone wanna hit up the SKY?
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  Quote CSSesh Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2014 at 8:46pm
Hi All-- I'd love to get in on the beginner train. I've done a bunch of the class II and some easy class III in the area. I have a good roll, and have all the gear. Looking to find more boating partners for the Fall!
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  Quote CSSesh Replybullet Posted: 07 Sep 2014 at 8:48pm
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Sounds like we're at a similar spot with boating. I'd love to hit up the sky once its back in.
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  Quote tiziak Replybullet Posted: 08 Sep 2014 at 9:13am
Is anyone gonna be on the sky this coming weekend?
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  Quote rebshep Replybullet Posted: 08 Sep 2014 at 10:20pm
I'm off on Sat and I'd love to come to the Sky. We did it last week from Split Rock to Big Eddie and loved it. Slight problem, I don't have a roll yet.
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  Quote Sanderosn Replybullet Posted: 09 Sep 2014 at 9:13am
Hi All,

New to the area and relatively new to kayaking - class II mellow III out in CO, got all gear and reasonable roll. I'm pumped to be an area with a bit more of a boating season, and hoping to start meeting people to get out this fall. Sounds like the Sky still goes even at these low flows? If there's momentum for a Saturday trip I'd be interested in join, even if only to enjoy the sun/water combo before things cloud over!
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  Quote paddlemonster Replybullet Posted: 09 Sep 2014 at 2:20pm
I am also a little new and would be interested in getting out. Busy this Saturday but down for some after work runs or more stuff in the future. I've gotten out on the Green, Cedar, Snoqualmie, Skagit, and a short section of the Wenatchee (dam to rodeo). So basically a bunch of II and III-. Solid roll.
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  Quote CSSesh Replybullet Posted: 10 Sep 2014 at 3:26pm
I'd be up for going on Saturday, so long as the levels aren't too low. I've boated that stretch a few times and really like it. But according to the gauges its not really in... Rebshep, you did it recently and it was okay?
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  Quote gbubbly Replybullet Posted: 10 Sep 2014 at 3:32pm
I ran it with rebsbep the day after the big rain, it was 3k then...
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  Quote FLUID Replybullet Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 12:19am
The sky is a big river and holds it's waters well. You should have plenty of water to make it worth your while working on your skills and working the river. Great time to attain and really work on exploring lines and catching every eddy.. Have fun !
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  Quote Kiren Replybullet Posted: 11 Sep 2014 at 10:45am
Do you think cable to split or split to big eddy is better for working on skills this time of year?
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  Quote rebshep Replybullet Posted: 15 Sep 2014 at 9:45pm
Man, that was a blast. I'd be up for it again anytime!
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  Quote CSSesh Replybullet Posted: 24 Sep 2014 at 12:59pm
Anyone want to go on the Sky on Sunday?
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  Quote Luv2kayak Replybullet Posted: 24 Sep 2014 at 9:03pm
Would any of you be willing to show me the sky?
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  Quote thad2000 Replybullet Posted: 25 Sep 2014 at 12:06pm
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Edited by thad2000 - 25 Sep 2014 at 12:11pm
why not!
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  Quote paddlemonster Replybullet Posted: 25 Sep 2014 at 12:06pm
My friend and I are looking to get out Sunday on the sky or possibly something else fun and local depending on how the levels look by Sunday. Pm me and I can give you my info.
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  Quote thad2000 Replybullet Posted: 25 Sep 2014 at 12:06pm
read the end first. :( i do weekday boating.

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  Quote mikenash Replybullet Posted: 25 Sep 2014 at 9:17pm
Irene and I will be doing a sky run (cable drop to split rock) on sat. Meet at split rock at 1.30. And would be happy to lead less experienced paddlers down this run. Should be perfect level for first timers on the Sky or anyone wanting to work on skills. We normally spend 3 hours on this run. Catching eddies, ferrying, surfing, attaining etc. No problem if you want to walk Boulder drop. Text call or PM me. Mike Nash, 206 799 8687

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  Quote Luv2kayak Replybullet Posted: 26 Sep 2014 at 5:46pm
Hey is anyone paddling Sunday?
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  Quote Slackkinhard Replybullet Posted: 29 Sep 2014 at 8:03am
Wow, rivers all dropped.  I'm a newbie with a new boat, and a big smile. Anybody going this week? 

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Last spring, I was told to learn to paddle first before moving to the hard kayak, so I bought an IK, actually two of them.  A Sotar IK, and an Aire Lynx. Thinking it couldn't be much different than a raft, I set out on the lower Wenatchee in early June. Problem with the IK is I couldn't see. Not used to viewing from the water level, immediately I was swimming Rock'n'roll...didn't see the first hole, flipped....self rescued in time to go into the next one.  Held onto my stuff, got back in the boat.  Made it down to gorilla, and had no idea that rock was under the bridge in the shadow.....right over the top, I was swimming again.  That hole held onto the IK and I had to swim all the way around the corner before it released my boat and it caught up to me.  Back in the boat, made it down to the rodeo hole, lots of folks surfin....I blundered a couple strokes and yard saled myself through the middle of them....got some ugly stares, but gathered myself up and flipped on an eddy line when the river runs up against the wall on R. Left. Swam snowblind, and finally suffocator.  Humbling day to say the least.

Since then, I've swam the Sauk, and rock bumped down the Chiwawa.  Went to Idaho and floated the Selway and the Lochsa in July.  Went down the Tieton about 8 times this month.  I've bought a used hard kayak, a Jackson Rocker, that's a bit rough but it was cheap, and I made it down the Tieton without flipping twice.  Now I just picked up a Jackson 4Fun, and I'm working on getting it in the water.  If anybody doesn't mind going with me, I'd really appreciate it :)


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