Experiencing more First Descents

Sep 10, 2014

I have done more kayaking for myself this summer than I have in the last 8 years.  I have ran waterfalls, boofed hundreds of drops, stuck challenging lines and 'ran the gnar', feeling stronger than ever.  And, as much excitement as all that arouses and as many "likes" as that gets on facebook, there is one thing that sticks out that surpasses all that personal attention . . . and, that is being a part in others' "First Descents".

The month of August consisted of me driving to Montana to lead my first "First Descents" camp of the summer; then, off to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Show; followed closely by two weeks in Southern Oregon on the Rogue River for more "First Descents".  I never thought I'd be on the 'back end' of that busy August, but now that I am and have time to reflect, it consisted of the most amazing events of my summer.

Lodge on the Rogue River

It's difficult to sum up my FD experience this season, as each camp was unique in its' own way.  Words cannot even describe what goes on in the 5 days of an FD week.  We share laughter, tears, fears, love, meals, "love" notes, silly "awards" and so much more.  So instead, I'm just sharing with you a few photos.

If you would like to read a more personal write-up about this experience, please visit this website.  (plus there are more photos)

As I've said in the past, "you walk in as strangers and leave as family". 
"Lox" and I getting ready to make some money for FD ~ who do you think won?  Beach day and Rugby  FD family jam in Montana
Chilling in our evening "family circles"  Gearing up for a day on the river  6:00 a.m. surf session


Mrs R (me) and Mrs. Kemp (both nicknames)  Helping Lilo with edging  Sundance Kayak School ROCKS!

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