-March 28, 2011
-May 28, 2010
I received a text around 10am with a picture attached to it.. The message, from Luke Spencer read, “Good level 4 the pool?”
At 11:43am I received a text that read, “Success 1 down!”
Luke Spencer, Chuck Taylor, and Willy Illingworth all ran it with various results.
The Nuclear Flume was a unique find to say the least. Just north of Pasco, Washington on the west side of the Columbia River, opposite side of the river from the Hanford Nuclear Facility. It turns out the this Flume is the outlet to the Potholes Canal which is part of the larger Grand Coule Dam and Irrigation to Eastern Washington. At first glance the exit looked good, it passed under the road about twenty feet upstream of the lip of the falls with no obstruction. It was narrow, boxed in and the top was lined with barbwire as far as you could see up the hill, making a seal-launch into the flume impossible. So Paul and I took off up the hill. At the top, It was the same as far as you could see up the hill. At the top of that hill we could see a small structure of some kind beside the canal. At this structure the canal was wider and held flat water which poured out the end rolling downhill out of the end of the flume. We were now standing nearly 1,600 feet from the end and 160 feet higher than where this water lands.. It took more consideration and after a warm up on Baillie Creek the next day i dropped in and had a successful line down the flume.
Paul Gamache scouting the N.F. during the Columbia Experience Paddle