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Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 3 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 3 by Nicole Smedegaard

This is where the final deciding accident of our trip occurred. Getting to shore felt like a must-make move since we could not see how much of the tree was in play in the class IV rapid below us. T...

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 2 by Nicole Smedegaard

Upper North Fork of the Smith River, Attempted Headwaters Run Part 2 by Nicole Smedegaard

At our chosen put-in location, there was a nice eddy at the confluence. I inflated my kayak in a bear's sleeping nook. There were rotten salmon fins and bones scattered about next to bear scat and ...

Hiking Rafts Into the NF American River by Nicole Smedegaard

Hiking Rafts Into the NF American River by Nicole Smedegaard

The North Fork of the American River is an epic playground of challenging whitewater rapids, including a 14.5 mile stretch that paddlers call Giant Gap. The actual gap is a river canyon sized slot ...