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jihad
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  Quote jihad Replybullet Topic: Sequim???
    Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 11:51am
I'm heading / moving to sequim for work for the foreseeable future, and was woundering what the boating scene was like there. What is my local run? Who are the local boaters? Class 3-5 is what I'm looking for. I think I'll be working 4 10s, does anyone in the area have Fridays off?
Is this a bad idea? I heard sequim is a town full of retirees?
Opinions please...
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  Quote Jed Hawkes Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 12:32pm
There is a group that is on facebook that is based out of the Port Angeles (?) area I think. They seem to run the Sol Duc and Sitkum alot. Sol Duc seems like it would be a good highwater run.

Up in that zone there is some good stuff, the SF Sol Duc is pretty good with one pretty committing rapid. If it had less wood it would be more classic.

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  Quote jalmquist Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 1:19pm

Sequim is the palm springs of western WA, and hence a popular retiree paradise.  Break out your slippers and blue blockers!  You could also fit in by becoming an organic lavender farmer.

 

Boating wise, because of the rain shadow your backdoor rivers, which include the Dungeness and Gray Wolf, run predominantly with snowmelt.  You can catch them with the occasional rain event, but really theyíre best April-July.  The Gray Wolf is a long adventure starting with a hike down from Deer Park.  Very beautiful up there, starting in the ONP, and a good adventure!  The Dungeness has two primary runs that could be combined for a longer day.  My favorite is the upper from Gold Creek to the Dungeness Forks Campground.  Itís mainly lower volume, creeky class III / III+, with lots of twists, turns, and interesting rock formations.  And usually some wood to spice things up.  It makes for a good solo venture.  I did it this past season and it was cleaner than Iíve seen it in years.  Still some wood, but not bad for OP adventure standards.  You could also explore much further upstream on the Dungeness, as the road goes up this drainage for miles. Many years ago a few of us hiked our kayaks maybe a mile or so upstream from Gold Creek to run the gorge that is just above the upper run.  We portaged a lotÖ 

 
 

Driving west or south from Sequim you quickly leave the rain shadow and find rivers that reliably run all winter.  Heading south on 101 itís maybe 30+ minutes to the Big Quil, and another 15 to the Dose.  You can find class V on both of those.  Heading west youíre 30-45 minutes from the Elwha and Lyre.  Iím not a huge fan of the lower Elwha runs, although it would be fun to boat the old dam site.  But the GC is beyond description!  Iíve never done the Lyre, so report back if you get there.  Beyond those itís another 30+ minutes to get to the Sol Duc, which has lots of options, and some good play boating.  Just past there you hit Forks, where youíll have lots of winter boating options.  And if you donít find boating in Forks, I suppose you could tear yourself apart with the internal conflict of deciding between beastailty and necrophilia.                   



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  Quote Arrow6 Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 5:06pm
Peninsula Dirtbag Kayaker Wannabees   That's a very good facebook group based out of PA. I have property there and my neighbor I think runs the group or at least is a big part of it.
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  Quote BIGWATER Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 5:14pm
Jared is a real deal dirtbag living in a box truck. He's going to show the wannabes how it's done. Haha. We will miss you down south this season Jared!
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  Quote thad2000 Replybullet Posted: 25 Nov 2014 at 6:50pm
I drive to sequim every night, except Saturday, still haven't managed any of the runs :( and I'm still a class 3 boater. Lavender and retiree comments made me laugh, but they fit.
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