Canoeing the Hood River — An Adventure to the Vanishing Arctic

In July 2019, Wenatchee Valley residents Gordon Congdon, Paul Hessburg, Gary Womeldorff, and Andy Dappen spent 23 days canoeing the Hood River, a river flowing northeasterly from the lakes of Nunavut in northern Canada to the Arctic Sound. On Wed., Feb. 12, 7-8:30pm, come hear tales of their trip in WRI’s Red Barn, 347 Division St. in Leavenworth.

The combination of abundant wildlife, challenging whitewater, extreme remoteness, and rugged landscape make Hood River one of the premier northern rivers to canoe. Yet, the many portages around un-runnable rapids and waterfalls makes it a physically demanding trip; only a few groups paddle it each year.

Part discussion, part slideshow set to ballad poetry written by Hessburg during the journey, this presentation captures the essence and magnitude of the adventure, while also addressing the scope and importance of what is being lost in the vanishing Arctic.

Doors open at 6:30pm for community social and no-host refreshments, presentation begins at 7:00pm.

You can find all event details here.