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Upper Wind Festival
March 11, 2017
017 Upper Wind Festival
Saturday March 11th, 2017
Morning Registration is from 7:30 – 8:30am.
1st race starts at 9am.
Afternoon Registration is from 7:30 – 11:30am.
Afternoon races start at High Noon.
3 length is miles; mass start by class at Stabler Bridge to approximately 1 mile below Climax. Take out will be river right above High Bridge.
Classes include; kayak (all lengths), and R4 and R2 paddle rafts.
To reach the put in, drive north past Carson about 8 miles. There will be a store and a road on your left (This is Stabler). Take a left, cross over the bridge, after about 100 meters take a right, stay right, and follow that road down until it dead ends at the river. Unload quickly, park your vehicle off to the side of this short access road or park back up on the main road. This is a residential area, please be courteous and minimize traffic.
To reach the take-out, drive north past Carson, take last left onto High Bridge Rd, take first right, next right, follow all the way to river (turns into dirt road).
Carson has gas, a small store, café, camping in the area, and cabins. Stevenson, Washington is about 6 miles away and has hotels, a supermarket, and many restaurants.
High water cutoff is 7.5 feet, low water cutoff is 4 feet. Gauge of reference is Wind River at Stabler.
Each individual craft and competitor will be equipped with; Type III – V pfds, helmet, spare paddle for rafters, spare oar for catarafters or oar assist paddle rafts, first aid kit, 50 foot throw bag. This equipment will be inspected by the event organizer or designated personnel prior to departure.
Paddlers must possess a class IV+ or higher skill set in regard to whitewater navigation.
(3) or more safety teams (rafts with oars, additional paddlers, first aid kits, radios, static lines, pin kits, 150 foot static 3000lb rescue rope, 6 carabiners, 3 prussic loops, 2 rescue pulleys, (2) 15 foot long nylon webbing anchors made of 4000lb test material), will be stationed at the bottom of the major rapids. These rapids include; Rams Horn, Initiation, and Balls to the Wall.
Once all competitors have passed, the furthest most upstream safety boat will descend downstream. Experienced Upper Wind boaters will head the safety teams. Event coordinators will make every attempt to insure that the leaders of the aforementioned safety teams are both Swiftwater Rescue and EMT certified.
Additionally, class V kayakers or “safety boaters” will be dispersed throughout the course at the bottom of the smaller drops.
The last safety team or “sweep boat”, will not exit the canyon until it has been confirmed that all competitors have reached the take out.
Beach spectators will only be able to view the event from the Ram’s Horn or finish line areas. Private boaters may view the race from a safe distance outside of the main navigable channel and are encouraged to stand by with throw bags.
This event is part of the 2017 Next Adventure WWCS