Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 Upper Wind Festival Details

The Upper Wind Festival is almost here! Open to Kayaks (short/long), catarafts, IK's, and R2/R6 rafts. Cost is $30 for the weekend (includes ACA insurance, shuttles, and Next Adventure BBQ). Come out for the 2-day festival this year on March 19-20. See who's going on via the facebook event. The gauge for the festival can be found here.

If you are interested in the R2/R6 raft events but don't have access to a boat, Bullet is graciously providing demo boats for the Festival.

Here are the specifics for this year's event:

Saturday March 19th

9:30am Meet at the put-in near the bridge over the Wind at Stabler, Washington to prep for the morning practice run.
10:30am Shove off for 1st practice run.
12:30pm Arrive at the High Bridge take out. Quick load and shuttle back up to the cabin for lunch and prep for the afternoon race.
1:00pm Race Registration Begins
2:30pm Raft R2 Kayak Long Boat RACE (Mass Start, 8.5 ft or more)
4:15pm Shuttle back up for to the cabin, bring a lawn chair or tarp if its raining.
5pm @ the top of the takeout road: BBQ (provided by Next Adventure), beer for registered participants, music, silent auction...

SUNDAY March 20th

9:30am Registration begins.
10:45am Registration ends.10:45am Boaters meeting.
11:15am Floaters depart to set up safety, take pictures, shoot footy. We will coordinate where these folks will be stationed at the boaters meeting.
12 (HIGH NOON) : Mass start kayak, (8.5 ft or less)

12:05pm Mass start R6 raft

12:10pm Mass start catarafts

12:15pm Mass start whatever is left.
12:45pm Cataraft Rodeo following the end of the race.
1:45pm Arrive at High Bridge take-out for quick load and shuttle back up to the campground for race results and awards.
3pm Awards and chillin at the campground

Finish Line is now set up... it is located approximately 1 mi downstream of Climax. NRS banners are hung up on each side of the river to designate where each race category will end.

All registration and Post-race activities will take place at the race start.
Put-in directions (put-in GPS:45o48.514'N, 121o54.556'W): Once in Carson, WA Turn north on Wind River Rd/ Hwy. Then take a left on Hemlock Road about 7.3 miles from downtown Carson. Either park at the bridge over the Wind River or turn right at the next road and follow to an open spot along the road. Please be mindful of others, the locals, and be mindful of parking too close to the river as people will need to back down to unload boats.

Here you will find a listing of accommodations that can be found near by the event for those competing from out of town.

Beaver Campground - maps
Timberlake Campground and RV - maps
Little Soda Springs Campground - maps
Panther Creek Campground - maps

Sand Hill Cottages, Carson, WA
Carson Ridge Cabins, Carson, WA -
Rodeway Inn, Stevenson, WA
Columbia Gorge Motel, Bridge of the Gods, OR

If you have additional questions, please email info@oregonraftingteam.com. Hope to see everyone out there, even if you plan not to race!

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