Northwest Creeking Competition 2016

Team Alder Creek made it out in record numbers this year to the 100% volunteer-run Northwest Creeking Competition!  This annual spring event is a blast for whitewater paddlers and spectators.  This two-day celebration of creekin’ typically involves races on Saturday on the East Fork of the Lewis River and a Sunday race nearby on Canyon Creek.

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Despite all the rain and snow this winter, river levels were still unseasonably low, and Sunday’s race on Canyon Creek was cancelled.  Most races still ran on Saturday, and Chris, Steve, and Andrew all participated!  Due to a shoulder injury, this was Paul’s first year in 12 that he didn’t race.  The rest of us may not be as fast, but we did our best!  Chris entered in Pro, Andrew entered in Expert, and for Steve’s first year racing, he entered Fun class.  All had pretty good lines, with some room for improvement.  Steve even took 3rd place in Fun class!

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In addition to Chris, Steve, and Andrew at the event, Paul was there helping out with his little man, Canyon, and even Brent and Ethan were there!

Photo by Paul Kuthe
Photo by Paul Kuthe

Heckuva weekend camping by the river with Team Alder Creek.

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You can bet we’ll be back next year!

Check out this video that Chris Bensch made!

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Want to get involved?  This community event is sponsored by local shops and clubs, and it is run entirely by volunteers!  Not only can you get involved with local clubs, you can work as a volunteer to help make this event run so smoothly!  www.northwestcreekingcomp.com