Saturday, February 07, 2009

Celestial Falls Part II

Hey everyone! Just got the photos from Tyler of Celestial Falls...
We had so much fun that day and hope to get back there sometime soon :)...maybe when the put in isn't completely covered in ice....it was scary slick!  If you head out there, be safe and have fun!

(Below) gearing up for a cold afternoon on the water
(Below) a rancher that lives across from the put-in...he was awesome
(Below) Me trying to not pee my pants...
(Below) HOO HAA Oregon Tuck! 
(Below) trying to breathe.....it felt like I got kicked by a horse!  I think I probably should have tucked a bit more :)
(Below) Christie's sequential shot...

(Below) Josh had a crazy line!
(Below) The yard sale...Josh got ejected and tore his PCL :(
(Below) a neat time lapse shot of the exit drop
(Below) Look at that helmet hair! :P
(Below) Josh scouting the drop of the lower gorge.  His knee was killing him so he wasn't feeling his best :(  Send him good ju ju!
(Below) Tyler had fun with time lapse shots...beautiful place for sure






Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Celestial Falls
Height: 45-55 feet (depending on the flow)
Gauge: 235-260 cfs on February 1, 2009
By: Christina Russell

Last Sunday, Josh and I headed to Maupin, OR to huck Celestial Falls.  Neither of us had run it yet but we had seen PLENTY of photos.  It isn't called "Celebrity Falls" for nothin'!  We have both been actively planning lots of paddling trips this year and we thought Celestial would be a kick in the pants after a few heavy weeks of school.
We left early on Sunday morning and picked up Tyler Roemer who is a fantastic photographer.  Check out his work at http://www.tylerroemer.blogspot.com.  After we grabbed him, we headed about two hours North where all you can see is rolling hills and farmland.  We pulled over next to the trail down to the falls- it couldn't have been a stranger place to find a waterfall!  We were in the middle of no where with NO water anywhere and FLAT land.  The trail is about .25 miles down to the viewpoint where you can check out the upper falls (which land on rocks) and see the lower drop-celestial.  The put-in was a bit tricky as the bushes were completely covered in ice (9 degrees the previous night) but we lowered the boats and seal-launched in.    
Once you are in the pool above the drop, it's basically the point of no return.  I guess you could find some way to get out but it would be a real pain!  
Here's the footage of the day-Note- the height of the falls is mislabled...my bad! :(

check out photos from the day at: http://www.tylerroemer.blogspot.com
video
Anyways, Josh went first while Christie and I waited for the go-ahead from Heather down below.   
I went after josh and was very happy with my line....and Christie followed me. :) All in all the day went pretty well...
Thanks to Tyler Roemer who took photos!  We will post some of his work soon...
For more information on the drop check out http://www.oregonkayaking.net...AW is not correct on all the falls info.