Video: Record High Water on the Little White Salmon

Todd Wells and William Griffith charge the Northwest test-piece at 5.2 feet

By Jeff Moag

On February 16, Todd Wells and William Griffith ran Washington’s Little White Salmon at 5.2 feet. No one had ever run the Northwest’s quintessential Class V+ test piece at such high water.

This is how it looked from the seat of Wells’ kayak.

“The water has been rictor here and we’ve all been in heaven recently,” says Wells, a Hood River stalwart and co-founder of Mountain Mind Collective with his brother Brendan.

After a slow start this winter, Northwest rivers have been going off for nearly a month. Wells and Griffith’s record was not destined to last. On Wednesday, March 5, Wells took a break from editing this video to set a new high-water mark on the Little White. He and Kyle Hull stomped the classic at 5.3 feet.

“It has been unreal out here,” Wells says. “Yesterday we had a dozen of the most solid boaters–Ben Marr, Eric Parker, Erik Johnson, Kyle Hull, Galen Volckhausen, James Byrd, Nick Murphy, Kyle Hull, Louis Geltman, Fred Norquist, Rush Sturges–all out doing laps on the Wind River at 12ft.”

And today?

“I don’t know yet, but it’s so beautiful out there.”

The Little White gauge at more than 5.2 feet. Todd Wells/Mountain Mind Collective

The Little White gauge at more than 5.2 feet. Todd Wells/Mountain Mind Collective

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