Thursday, August 7, 2014

July 27 - Aug 3

                    Small week but a great group of wonderful people! Thanks so much to Bill and Carrie for all the extra things they do to help Otter Bar! The Klamath continues to be a blast for the groups, although, we are sad to say we only have one more group coming as our last three weeks are empty. We really enjoyed meeting Cheryl, Marya, and Laura who were super keen and fun to have around! Pete Peterson was here for the first half of the week, as well, before heading off to the Rogue for four days with Phil and Mary. It was great seeing him! We did have a major fire start up early in the week east of Sawyer's Bar but so far we have had almost no smoke from it and now the temps have cooled. Thanks for coming!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July 20 - 26

     This week ran at the same time as the kid's course, although, was completely separate. This course originally only had one person signed up so we put up a last minute half price deal and picked up a few folks. Thank you Thank you Steve, Sheryl and Howard for showing up and making this course more fun! And then Paul and Werner showed up a week early and we were off and running with a great group and wonderful flows on the Klamath. The big dogs even did the Ikes twice. Andy, Shannon and Scott were a super strong instructional team and a great time was had by all!

Friday, August 1, 2014

July 20 - 26 Kid's week





                  
               This was an amazing kid's week with a stellar team of instructors and a delightful group of great kids! Tons of learning and fun this week with major swimming parties when not paddling on the river. Rush Sturges showed up on Wednesday and treated the kids to a flat water session of tricks. The highlight was when the kids all attacked and tried to sink him. This was more dangerous than running Cherry Bomb falls with half a paddle. After this swimfest, backhoe rides for all featured in the itinerary. The afternoon then progressed to Cascade where the kids had a blast jumping into the pool below the rapid. So much for the day off. Special thanks goes to the amazing instructor crew of Daan, Jess, Ben and Sophie! They put a huge amount of energy into ramping up everyone's skills all week. And Melinda Stearns deserves special mention THANKS as our 5 star camp mom and chef! We had a severe thunderstorm mid week and Melinda saved the day by covering all the tents. New for next year:  Looks like we will expand the kid's courses next year as well as offering an ACA training courses in April taught led by Ben Morton.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

July 6 - 12



                        Pictured above are Rex Richardson, Miles and Petey who were, as always, amazing on our final party night. Fantastic attentive group that bonded incredibly well and seemed to have the time of their lives. We specialize in this at Otter bar but it doesn't always happen to this degree. Scott Harding, Andy Round and Soph were on their instructional game and our wonderful chefs, Therese and Miranda once again spoiled us rotten. The Klamath is a wonderful teaching river and it is a treat to have it pretty much to ourselves. It was a blast seeing Jack Kyman return again and his daughter Lena was a delight. Likewise we enjoyed seeing David Dow again along with his daughter Erin. It had been 16 years since Jeff Depew and Trish Hayward had visited and I believe they had a total blast! We also hadn't seen Steve Webster in 9 years and it was pretty cool to see how he ramped his skills right back up after such a long work jag in The Apple. Fun having some new folks as well! Helena was pretty shy and retiring and hardly ever said a word but...  Ok - she was a bit of the life of the party - we loved her. And everyone. Appreciated the inclusion of Prasasta and Vajin at the last minute. Thanks for making OB a reality guys!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

June 29 - July 5 2014

Small but wonderful week with some fast learners! All sections on the Klamath were in and fantastic. The diving on Wed PM was amazing and I believe everyone saw fish! I was a pleasure having John Kretzler return and the the rest of the group were all first timers. Joe Kinner came with a solid skill set and was super serious about ramping up his skills. His dad was super human driving 44 hours to bring Joe down afrom Seattle and then pick him up at the end of the week. Too bad no one was from Seattle! We missed having Howard Torf the last night but it was great meeting him. Skye Ellison was something of a beginner but was combat rolling by the end of the week. Her dad, rafting legend Jib Ellison, joined us for the last couple of days and was a blast to have around. Calvin and Sandi were new to OB, as well, and were a wonderful fit with the group. It was kettering's last week and we will miss him. Andy Round also held court in the instuctional program. Therese and Miranda as usual were spectacular in the galley. Thanks for coming!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June 22 - 28 2014






           Another small week but a delightful group! Really appreciate Jack and Maria making a return visit this year after being here last year for Steve and Michele's wedding. Maria kept us entertained all week and one can get radiation burns if you stand too close. Also really appreciate Tom's return visit as well as the addition of Steve and Rick. They were first timers here at OB and seemed to really have a blast despite some coolish weather and a bit of rain. We started the week on the ponds and section of river in front of OB and moved to the Klamath which is a bit of heaven with wonderful flows and fantastic scenery. Scott Harding and PK once again delivered as did our five star culinary staff of Therese and Miranda. Having such a great staff makes life so pleasant and easy for the management team - we love and appreciate them all!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 15 - 21

A fun week at Otter Bar with another very game and interesting group. We were joined by four people in inflatable kayaks who learned lots of technique in the course of a week. We talked these guys into starting in hard shells for the first day only. This facilitated an awareness of hull performance and helped the learning curve. Kurt and Tristan were the stars this week and we so appreciate them coming back this year. Many of our regular clients did not come this year due to water level concerns. We fortunately have the Klamath 15 miles away and it has been fantastic for learning with great water levels and friendly warm water. The food has been 5 star  and the lodge and grounds are looking spectacular this year with most dinners outside. Very gregarious crowd this week and the vibe was fantastic. Sorry that Brandon and Ryan had to leave early. They were two of the strongest beginners we have seen in years and even taught themselves other side rolls on Wed. Speaking of which we did another afternoon of diving on Wednesday and the King salmon didn't disappoint! PK, Dave Farkas and Scott Harding did an amazing job instructing this week! Thanks for coming!!