Best day yet of kayaking!

Best day yet of kayaking!

This morning I woke up to the sound of pouring rain in Gold Bar, WA and I had a feeling that today was going to be the day I was going to kayak all of the Class IV-V whitewater of Tumwater Canyon. This has been a goal of mine for a while and over the course of the past couple months has become increasingly more and more tangible. After scouting Chaos and POW, Lars Stolz and I walked our boats to the top of The Wall to the put-in, I felt confident, determined, and fully committed. As I made my way through each rapid I forgot about how nervous I was and simply paddled. Through each boof, technical move, and paddle stroke I felt my body in unstoppable harmony with the powerful natural force of the river; fully present, confident, and vulnerable simultaneously. It wasn't until I had finished POW that I turned to look back and realized that I had successfully made it through the entire Canyon. I was ecstatic beyond belief!

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Later that day, Austyn Heinlein and I made our way up Icicle canyon to climb and boulder in Cascade Meadows. She sent it on a bouldering problem she had been working on all summer! Her strength and determination was incredible, I'm so happy we were able to push each other and be a part of one and others success whether it be on the river or in the mountains!

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Afterwards some beers and celebrating were most definitely in order, but most importantly we spent the evening with even better friends. It is largely a result of our support of one and other, encouragement, and the fact that we just have such a damn good time playing together that makes all we do possible in the first place.

Our incredible day was over as quickly as it had begun, it was a day unlike any other that is for sure. #shewent

-AL

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