Whitewater Rafting on the Lower Deschutes

The high adventure patrol decided to return to the Lower Deschutes river for a little whitewater excitement. I think they got all they came for, and maybe a little more!

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The group put in at Harpham Flat just up river of Maupin, OR and pulled off the river at Sandy Beach.

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There were fifteen boaters in two boats this trip. Here is boat-1 guided by Greg with paddlers Alex, Trenton, Jarrod, Connor, Aaron, and Daniel as they negotiate the first rapid of the day Wapinitia.

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In this animated series of boat-1 on Wapinitia, you’ll notice Greg quietly disappears off the back of the boat into the surf and the paddlers don’t even notice!

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Here is boat-2 guided by Scott with paddlers Christian, Randy, Kennedy, Jill, Shelby, Jacob, and David.

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In this animated series of boat-2 on Wapinitia, you’ll notice David doesn’t want to be outdone by boat-1 and disappears off the back of the boat as well.

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Next up, is boat-1 in Boxcar:

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Here is an animated series of boat-1 in Boxcar:

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Boat-2 in Boxcar:

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Animated series of boat-2 in Boxcar:

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One of last rapids of the day is also the most advanced on this section of the Deschutes, Oak Springs. Here is boat-1 who decided that merely floating down Oak Springs is too easy, they would rather swim:

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Animated series of boat-1 roll in Oak Springs:

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Boat-2 in Oak Springs:

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Animated series of boat-2 in Oak Springs:

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We returned home with all the boaters intact, with smiles on their faces, and everyone is looking forward to the next trip.

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