Annual event brings out competitors and onlookers alike

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The 31st Annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival was held May 17-18.The 31st annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival drew its share of adrenaline junkies.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - This group competed in the Paddle Team Slalom on Sunday, May 18.Kayakers, rafters, stand-up paddlers and whitewater enthusiasts of all kinds attempted to navigate the challenging course in the Carter Bridge area of the Clackamas River on the Mt. Hood National Forest, May 17-18.

Competitors — while not navigating the gates or wiping out) — and spectators enjoyed vendors, food (including waffles prepared by master chef contestant Bethy Rossos from Bethy’s Waffle Wagon) and clinics.

by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The event draws whitewater enthusiasts of all kinds. Even between events, whitewater atheletes couldn't stay off the course.The Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival event takes place mid-May each year.

Started in 1984 by the Northwest Rafters Association, the Upper Clackamas White Water Festival has grown into a big attraction.

The festival began when a group of friends challenged each other to whitewater competitions through Carter Rapids.

Now, Event Chairman Bob Mosier said, the festival is “probably the largest all whitewater event on the West Coast.”

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