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PNW Summer Closeout

The leaves are starting to change here in the Pacific Northwest. As a new season begins, new travels and new adventures are blowing in the crisp fall winds. This brings an end to my first season out in Washington/Columbia Gorge. A season of raft guiding, and more kayaking than I ever have done is great to look back on. This summer, a few of us first year boys banded together and got after it. Clay Lucas and Chris Stafford are both originally east coasters, as well as myself. We were all stoked to find the treats of the PNW in our backyards. Many new friends, new rivers and new places were found along the journey. Here are a few photos that stand out, as well as a couple video edits. Hope ya’ll enjoy!

Jah Spirit on the LW

Stafford feeling Spirited on the LDUB.

The Little White Salmon is the gift to the Columbia River Gorge. With crystal clear waters, and endless boof’s, one may say the word “Church” a few too many times.

Clay Lucas styles Punchbowl Falls.

Clay Lucas styles Punchbowl Falls.

Shiva likes to go BIG, with Chris Morelli

Shiva likes to go BIG at Metlako Falls, with Chris Morelli.

Eagle creek is stout. With a few miles of hiking your kayak, you too can enjoy these perfect waterfalls. Straight out of the gnomes forest pours two amazing drops, Punchbowl and Metlako. Both of these drops make the soul feel good.

Morelli and Lower Lewis making friends.

Morelli and Lower Lewis making friends.

Check out this edit of the SHIVAS at LOWER LEWIS FALLS

Chris Stafford’s video of a Lower Lewis Huck Sesh —–>

Staffords Video from LOWER LEWIS FALLS!

Friends. The gorge has many of them. Never a time where you can’t find a boating partner. Heres a pic from the “First Annual Isaac Levinson Big Wave Invitational” , a classic example of the boating community here coming together to have some fun.

The Crew.

The Crew.

Last but not least, check out this video edit from one day at the Cispus River in Washington. A summer time classic, this comes in when everything else is low. Super fun boogie water, some more substantial rapids and a stout gorge the leads off a 30 foot sliding drop. Always a great time to get in touch with jah on the river!

Check out the edit here —>

A day at the CI$PUS with the $HIVA and the CHRIS’S !


Parting shot: Bridal Veil Falls

Half way down Bridal Veil Falls, WA

Half way down Bridal Veil Falls, WA


Cheers. Headed home to NY for MOOSEFEST 2013 then out to Chile for my first adventure down there, stoked to get some updates up soon!

Chris Morelli



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