Five high school seniors accepted SNC’s Undergraduate Admissions invitation to find out what an SNC Tahoe outdoor adventure is really like. On the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17, they ran class II & III rapids on the South Fork of the American River with names like Hospital Bar, Race Horse Bend, Chili Bar, and the infamous Meat Grinder, roasted hot dogs and s’mores over the campfire, and shared sunscreen, sandwiches, and new ways to get other people really wet.
Marc Speake, a snowboarder from Redding; Melanie Anderson and Sara Johnson, friends from the Folsom area; Dylan Robertson, a lacrosse player from Reno; Anya Cooper-Hynell from Nevada Union High in Grass Valley; 15 SNC Tahoe students; and guides Professor Daryl Teittinen, Dean of Students Will Hoida, and Outdoor Adventure Leadership major Landen Chau gathered in Coloma on Saturday morning to inflate the rafts, fit helmets and PFDs, and go through Will Hoida’s famous safety talk. Then they were out on the river to run the Gorge. After lunch, several students chose to leap into the water at the beginning of the Swimmers Rapid, which is one of the more mellow – unless you’re not in a boat.
The second day was a sleepy and chilly 9 am start, but big wave at the Chili Bar rapid woke everyone up quite effectively. After a few more Class IIIs, the quieter water downriver presented an irresistible invitation to mess around. Daryl Teittinen jumped from his raft into Landen’s, trying to get Landon in the water with a swooping side tackle. Daryl failed, but the games had begun. The rest of the run was spent trying to see how many students could get how many other students into the water. The high school students turned out to be particularly sneaky!
At the take-out, everybody worked together to deflate the rafts and load the gear, all supplied by the college’s Student Activities program, into the van for the trip back. At the final sandwich lunch there was plenty of conversation and not one long face.