On March 17, I was fortunate enough to tag along with some kayakers as they headed to Darrington, Wash. to look at some falls that had never been run. The plan was to check them out the first day, do some camping and hopefully run them the next morning.
We arrived to Clear Creek late in the afternoon to find that the falls were much bigger than anticipated.
Brendan Wells (above) takes in the view of the first waterfall on Clear Creek and captures it with his iPhone. The group then preceded to hike through the trees to get a look at the falls from up close.
I feel that there is something about standing next to a fifty-foot waterfall that almost mystifies the mind. One can get lost starring at the pure power of water and listening to it's roar. The continuous flow will seize your eyes and soul. It is a place of mystery and potential and even more for those daring enough to confront it.
The first two falls on Clear Creek were left un-run because of some gnarly pockets right before the drop, but the third waterfall, Asbestos Falls, appeared to be good to go, said Wells.
In the morning the group headed out and hiked down through the brush with their boats, eager and excited to run some stouts. It was a cloudy day but clear for Wash. standards. After a bit of scouting and positioning the crew, Brendan Wells dropped in first.
Brendan Wells (above) first decent of Asbestos Falls March 18, 2014.
It was a bit of a sketchy line because the water was pushing him right of where he wanted to be, but he came out clean. There were also a few rocks at the bottom he said but did not seem too concerned about them.
Galen Volchhausen (above) dropped in second. He hit the line a little better but still wound up landing on some rocks but did not get any serious injuries.
Not discouraged by the previous two runs, Todd Wells (above) was the last to drop the falls. He had a pretty good run but came off the wall a little bit on right. He hit the same rocks, that they believe may have been a shelf, so the crew decided to pack up and call it a day.