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SheJumps California Whitewater Weekend!

I’ve barely been in my kayak this summer so I’m really looking forward to this event put on this weekend (August 8-10) by the California Chapter of SheJumps!

Join other females for a weekend of whitewater instruction and progression on the South Fork of the American River! We will camp along the river at the Coloma Resort Lotus for two nights and do runs varying from Class 2 to Class 3. Open to women of all experience levels.

Gear is available to borrow from California Canoe & Kayak. Bring a kayak, skirt, helmet, pfd, and paddle if you have it.

Sign up for all scheduled activities HERE including :

Women’s Whitewater 101 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for total beginners to the sport of whitewater kayaking. Students will learn how to exit the kayak safely, how to maneuver the kayak, and how to engage currents correctly in a Class 2 section of the South Fork American river. Sign up here! Sign up here.

Women’s Whitewater 201 Clinic ($229), Saturday & Sunday. This class is for women that have taken a introductory whitewater class before and are ready to get back on the river and work on skills. The class will run a section of the South Fork American River from Marshall Gold State Park to Camp Lotus. Sign up here.

Step Up Your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts  with pro Jessica Yurtinus ($75+Eventbrite fee; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Saturday, Chile Bar play run! Sign up here!

Get it on the Gorge, a guided paddle on the Gorge with professional kayaker Sara James (donation to SheJumps, open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll), Sunday, Gorge. Sign up here.

Other Scheduled Events:
Friday Social Hour at Marco’s, Friday at 7pm: to get aquainted and talk about the weekend.

Group paddle on Chili Bar, Saturday, 9 AM @Coloma Resort, 9:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Saturday Dinner: eat well, drink heartily and make some new paddling friends! Slideshow by Sara James. Bring a dish to share or cook at camp!

Group paddle on  the Gorge, Sunday, 10:15 AM at Coloma Resort or 10:30 at CCK (free; open to Class III paddlers with a reliable roll)

Camping at a SheJumps group camp at Coloma Resort both Friday and Saturday nights. $15/night.

Here is the complete schedule for the weekend:

Friday

Any time after 1pm on Friday: show up at Coloma Resort and check in under Meghan Kelly (Reservation # G102271). Coloma Resort is located at 6921 Mt. Murphy Road in Coloma. Please pay Meghan $15 for each night you plan to stay if you didn’t pre-pay.

6:00 PM: Meghan will be at camp to greet people.

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Informal social dinner at Marcos  in Coloma.

Saturday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101, 201, and Step up your Kayaking with Playboating Concepts clinics if you’re signed up.

9:30 AM: Meet at Coloma Resort to Shuttle up to Chili Bar for open Chili Bar Run. Self shuttle and take out at Coloma Resort or join some less advanced paddlers for a trip from Coloma Resort to Lotus or Greenwood.

12:30 PM: C to G run for Class 2 boaters! meet at Coloma Resort. Scout Sorcic will be the point person for this and some paddlers from the Chili Bar run will likely join to help too.

4:00 PM: Roll Session by Scout Sorcic and co. Meet at Coloma Resort and we’ll find a spot near there!

7:00 PM: Potluck at Coloma Resort. Bring your favorite camping dish to make or share. SheJumps will have a few main vegetarian courses available.

8:00 PM: Slide show by Sara James and others!

Sunday

9:00 AM: Meet at CCK for 101 and 201 clinics if you’re signed up.

10:00 AM: Meet at Sierra Rising Bakery for Sara James’ “Get it on the Gorge” run and the open Gorge Run. We’ll set shuttle from there. (we’ll need to break down camp prior to this!)

2 or 3pm, let’s all meet for a beer at CCK!

What to Bring

Boat, paddle, pfd, skirt, and helmet – all of these things are available for rent from CCK but call ahead!

A dish to share on Saturday night

Camping gear

We are excited to recognize California Canoe & Kayak as a partner for this event!

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Halfway There!

We’ll be watching for these in 2 hour shifts!

Despite support from our sponsors. partners and awarded grants we are still a short of fully funding our expedition. Instead of giving up, we decided to launch an independent crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo, which allows the online public to fund projects that they are interested in.

We believe that our expedition is worth funding- We want to showcase that with hard work and determination,a team of women can pursue a dream toward success. We want to encourage everyone else to do this! We want to grow our knowledge base about the climate, oceans, and glaciers and share our experiences with the public. We don’t have one sponsor that unites us, just a single mission, and we hope you will help us by giving what you can.

Last night we tipped our online fundraiser for $20,000 over the halfway mark. We have $10,000 left to raise and we need your help! Watch our campaign movie, donate if you can and most importantly, please help us share this project online!

Thanks for your support from the whole Shifting Ice team!

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Help Fund Shifting Ice + Changing Tides!

When we won the Polartec Challenge Grant last year for our All-Female Sail and Ski from Iceland to Greenland, we thought the rest of the funding would fall in line with some hard work. We’ve applied for 10 grants, sent sponsorship proposals to a lot of companies, and experienced about a 15% success rate. Getting told “No” that often can be discouraging, but we really had no choice but to keep on asking and plugging along. After all, we were dedicated to doing the trip. We already had some great partners on board and we already put our deposit on the boat!


Now we are asking you! Our friends, family, supporters, blog readers, etc, to help us fund the remainder of the trip cost. If we can reach our goal of $20,000, we can actually pay our photographer and produce an amazing final product! We can also pay off the credit card we took out to pay for the sailboat charter! So help us! Even if 85% of you say no, we can reach our goal! But say yes, and I’ll be this happy!
Shifting Ice + Changing Tides donors are #1

Shifting Ice + Changing Tides donors are #1

So visit this site and chip in if you can!

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Last Day to Support Pretty Faces on Kickstarter!!!

Today is the last day of the super successful Kickstarter campaign for Pretty Faces, the movie about skier girls! I encourage you to donate, even though they have already reached their “goal.” Not only will it feel great when you see the film come to fruition, you’ll get a rad prize like heli-skiing, a “mind-blowing” sweatshirt, a trucker hat, and many more! So, don’t miss this opportunity!

We're pretty excited about reaching our goal! Will you help us jump even higher?

We’re pretty excited about reaching our goal! Will you help us jump even higher?

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Shifting Ice and Changing Tides Update

Our website for Shifting Ice and Changing Tides is live! Also, consider liking us on Facebook or following us on Instagram or Twitter! Thanks – less than 3 months until we depart for this epic sail and ski adventure.

The team in Jackson Hole at the end of November 2013.

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Pretty Faces on Kickstarter!

Please take a moment and consider a donation to Pretty Faces – an all female ski and snowsports adventure film! I had the incredible opportunity to be an athlete on a film trip for Pretty Faces last winter and I can attest to how much the collective efforts of a few people have put into the making of this film.

Pretty Faces athletes on the “top of the world” in Alaska


So check out the kickstarter and donate what you can. There are some great prizes in the mix! I went for the $50 level to get a DVD and trucker hat!

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Kenya Trip: Summit for Our Sisters aka SKIING IN AFRICA!

So it was Tuesday morning, and the final leg of the Kenya trip was upon us. We’d depart for Naro Moru, a town at the base of Mt. Kenya, at 11 AM to meet with the Mt. Kenya Guide and Porter Association and hatch a plan for our trip up Mt. Kenya. Kelvin gave us a lift in a car he borrowed for the occasion to fit our skis and snowboards. He’d never seen skis and snowboards in person and he’d never been to Naro Moru, so it was fun for all of us.

Kelvin, our fearless driver!


En route in Kelvin’s ski carrying machine!


We met with the head guide Matthew and decided to ascend via the Naro Moru route since the weather this time of year is unpredictable and usually not great. We were here during the “light rainy” season and the rains had come a few weeks late and basically showed up for the start of our trip. The association put us up in super nice “bandas” complete with a fire place and we were to depart the next morning.

Really nice accommodations at the Mt. Kenya Guides Association.


The next morning we met our guide Simon and some of our porters and loaded into a private matatu to the gate of Mt. Kenya National Park. We picked up porters and sometimes just their backpacks along the way. It was pouring rain. Dropped at the entrance, we paid our park fees and did some last minute gear rearrangements and were off.

Bags and skis ready to be loaded into the matatu.


The first 10 km were up a rough dirt road to the Met (meteorological) station were we’d camp at 10,000 feet for the night. The high clay content combined with constant rain made the road slick. We were in a bamboo forest and spotted monkeys and water buck from time to time. There was evidence of elephants, but we didn’t see any. Half way through, the rain subsided and we were able to enjoy the last few kilometers. Day one was in the books the only thing left to do was to set up camp and watch monkeys scarf down flowers.

A rainy start to the hike.


Starting to clear up and the views are getting better!


My pants and shoes would remain this way the rest of the trip. My shoes would remain in Kenya.


Sykes monkeys take over the Met Station


It rained all night and I dreamt that I was sleeping in water. Luckily, the Black Diamond Mega Mid held up and we emerged dry the next morning. After assessing the state of our tent and talking to the caretakers at Met Station about the weather up higher, we decided to leave our tent behind and utilize the hut accommodations the rest of the trip. Our next destination was McKinders, 10 km away and 4000 ft higher. Part of the hike would be through a section called “the vertical bog” which would live up to its name – spongy, wet, green, steep, and rain from above continually adding to the moisture. I was in great spirits the first 3 hrs of the hike, but as the constant rain started to seep through my Gore-tex jacket, I started to unravel mentally and asked the guide if we could pick up the pace. He declined and so for self-preservation, I charged ahead and made it to McKinders within the hour.

Just past “the vertical bog” – just a bog at this point!


One of the 3 types of riberia on Mt. Kenya collecting water like it’s designed to do.


I was trying to smile for this selfie. Behind me is the first glimpse of snow on Mt. Kenya.


When I saw this sign, I just said out loud “happy” even though no one was around.


Looking out the window at Mt. Kenya’s peaks from McKinders Hut. It wants to clear up!


We spent the afternoon drying off the best we could, drinking tea, chatting with some French guys, and resting at McKinders. Around 3 in the afternoon, the clouds broke and I had my first real glimpse of Mt. Kenya. I could finally see why I was here. I’d been questioning it before.

Yeah, it’s pretty beautiful here when the sun is out.


The next morning we headed up to the Austrian Hut and on the way, I crossed the 14,505 ft elevation mark, so I was now officially as high as I’d ever been. I was feeling the altitude and had not slept well the night before, but I was able to keep a steady pace and make it to the hut for rest and lunch. I spent a few hours resting in my sleeping bag waiting for my headache to subside and the weather to clear before making a push to the summit. At 3 pm I suggested we try for the summit with the anecdotal evidence that it cleared up around 4 pm the previous day. Simon and Jen were game and so we started the somewhat quick hike from 15,700 feet to 16,322 feet.

Jen scrambles with assistance from cables on the way up to Pt. Lenana


The 40 minute hike was fun. There was a few inches of new snow on the ground, fun rock moves, moderate exposure, and some rebar ladders. We reached the top quickly and it was still socked in. We took some photos and hung out for a while when we saw a patch of blue make an appearance. Little by little, the skies cleared and we were treated to some views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers. I excitedly proclaimed that we might get to ski tonight! So we headed back down to scope out our access to the glacier.

Me at Point Lenana with clear skis moving in! My backseat meteorology turned out to be correct. Watch out NOAA!


By the time we made it back to the Austrian Hut, the clear skies were gone, but the visibility was good enough to get a good look at the glacier. There were a lot more “cracks” visible than I anticipated. We had heard reports ranging from no crevasses to one obvious crevasse to an unknown amount of crevasses. We had also heard that the glacier surface would be anything from old ice to deep, wet snow. From my vantage it looked like it had multiple cracks and wet unconsolidated snow on top of ice. There was even evidence of a new slide. I was hoping the wet snow would freeze overnight and therefore stabilize and bridge some of the cracks. The lookers left side of the glacier was a longer run, but had less new snow and more cracks, were the lookers right seemed smoother, safer, and, overall, like a good starting point for the morning. We confirmed this information with the ranger who lives at the Austrian Hut. He said that the first snow Mt. Kenya received this year started 2 days ago and that due to the long dry spell, many cracks did open up. The glacier definitely looked a lot different than the conditions described to us during this expedition last year and it looked incredibly different from the shots in the Warren Miller movie filmed at least 10 years ago.

We knew the glacier was receding, but I couldn’t help but feel like we’d be one of the last people to ski on snow this close to the equator. We decided to wake up early in the morning and climb the right side roped up and reassess from there.

The morning came and it was clear so we got our stuff together as quickly as possible and made the 10 minute walk to the glacier. We roped up and started climbing. The snow had frozen overnight as I hoped and was perfect for climbing. The surface was not bulletproof and so crampons held well which boded well for skis and snowboards. When we reached the top, the clouds rolled in again so as we started our descent, we were in a white cloud. It induced a bit of vertigo, but I was able to use rocks and some bamboo poles (placed for a glacier study) to make efficient turns down the glacier. It was like a storm day above treeline where you use anything dark to gain perspective. At the bottom of the run, I thought about hiking back up, but the visibility kept degrading and that would be my only run in Africa, this time!

Jen making her way up the Lewis Glacier with clear skies in the background.


Not so clear for skiing, but skiing was still super fun!


After high fives to each other and our guide Simon who was waiting at the bottom, we returned to the Austrian Hut and showed photos to our cook and porters. I think they were impressed, but they were also happy to be heading back down to McKinders to a warmer and dryer environment. So we packed up the rest of our stuff and ran down there just beating the late morning rain! It rained the rest of the day, so instead of heading down, we just relaxed at McKinders and were to descend the final 10 km the next morning. We awoke to clear skies again and started our descent and sure enough it started to rain again at about 11 am! We were all but down at that point. We just had a scary 4 wheel drive down a dirt road to town. Amazingly, it hadn’t rained Naro Moru all weekend and the dry lawn and warm sun felt amazing… as did a shower and soap. We had done it! We climbed Mt. Kenya, skied Lewis Glacier, and summitted for our sisters. The campaign is running for 2 more weeks so go here if you want to donate and support Zawadisha’s work in Kenya! Quick shout out to all my supporters: Elevenate for gear that kept me dryer than everyone else, Osprey for the best ski mountaineering pack on the market, Natures Bakery and Tahoe Trail Bar for delicious snacks to fuel our bodies, Kirkwood Mountain Resort for the training ground, and Kind Design for stylish tshirts and gloves.

It’s clear again! Need at least one jumping photo!


There was no snow or rain in town, but my new friend Maureen wanted to try out the skis!

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