Video: Kayakers paddle flooded Skykomish River

Aerial footage of Sam Grafton and Ben Kinsella paddling Washington's Skykomish River during a massive wintertime flood

The legendary rains of the Pacific Northwest slam into the Cascade Mountains every few weeks in the fall and winter, producing high flows in the Skykomish River valley along US Highway 2 near Index, Washington. While most paddlers are out skiing, local legends Sam Grafton and Ben Kinsella drive straight to “the Sky” to satisfy their flood lust. In this video, presented by KAVU, the duo paddled the Sky at 33,000 CFS. The river, usually characterized by friendly Class IV boulder gardens, transforms into a raging torrent of icy grey big-water rapids.

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These “rain on snow” events typically occur a few times each year, often causing high flows on rivers around the Pacific Northwest.

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