Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Jul 16th, 2014

The constant view of Mt. Hood from White Salmon! This picture was taken off my front porch!As 2014 ushered in yet another great year of life, I fulfilled a long time goal of mine and moved to the town of White Salmon, Washington in the amazing Columbia River Gorge. Change is the only constant and this year I chose to concentrate my paddling rather than running around looking for lots of variety. However, the quality and variety of the Columbia River Gorge are unmatched by any destination I have traveled to in my kayaking career. Not only does it have the best river in the world, The Little White Salmon, but there are so many quality runs and amazing waterfalls this area boasts! Moving to town I found myself surrounded by the worlds best paddlers. Whether they lived there themselves or they were just passing through for a short stay, the presence of this elite crowd is unmistakable! The best thing about this is these are my friends, my motivation, and best of all my community! To run with the wolf-pack on th......

A few weeks back we took a trip down to White Salmon, WA to connect with our friends over at Substantial Media House. We had me...

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Apr 26th, 2014

In the beginning of November I traveled to the notorious whitewater town of Tlapacoyan in Veracruz Mexico. I found an amazing accommodation at Aventurec and will definitely be returning for future missions. I knew the area had high water and figured I would be able to get a variety of water levels. The water stayed high for the duration of my trip and did not allow me to tackle some of the stouter drops I had my eye on.Bloodied by a swinging GoPro! Pretty much the last time I wore one!Hucking San Pedro in flood! Pic by Seth AshworthThe area was beautiful with quality bassalt canyons running through lush rain forest. The waters ran brown and high and I constantly heard stories of normal lines buried beneath an extra six feet of water. I enjoyed the cultural experience and have taken many mental notes and am ready to return and crush. Luxury logistics and hucking to be had in the Alsaseca drainage!Jake Greenbaum is a pretty good kayaker!Jakub Nemec on San PedroMike Peacher through the tree on San PedroI lov......

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Dec 21st, 2013

Summer/Fall hangin out on the granite beside the play wave on the S.F. American pic by Nate CalhounI have been hanging out in California for the last 5 summers and every year I seam to make my stay a little longer. This year was no exception as I first arrived to Cali back in April not to leave until the beginning of December. The scene is laid back to say the least. Hanging out in the Coloma area I was able to surf on the South Fork of the American and soak up sun rays on a daily basis. California also has 4 annual races held on some of the dam released sections that flow in the fall. The festival/race season starts with the Cherry Creek race. Will Pruett took first place at this years race and tied the course record- congrats to Will! Note - this year we were forced to relocate the party shortly after the race due to the Rim Fire that would eventually become one of the worst fires in California history. The damage from this fire will have a big impact on the 2014 whitewater season in California as access ......

Luckily for us, I have an addiction to checking the river gauges, here in California. Therefore, I caught early wind of an unsch...

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Nov 11th, 2013

With a California season wrapped up I headed up to Washington for sessions on the Little White and anything else I could get on with minimal portaging due to my bum ankle. Soon after arriving I jumped in the car with Nichole Mansfield and Erik Johnson and headed up to Levenworth to meet some friends and paddle the quality water the area hosts. We visited the Tumwater, Ice Cycle, and the Tye. I ended up staying in Washington for two weeks and bagged roughly 20 laps on the Little White - Stoked to Session! I would return to Washington later in the summer and bagged laps on The Cispus, Lower Lewis, and The Green Truss!Multiple scenes from LevenworthAfter Washington I headed to Idaho for a 3 week stint and eventually another week for a total of 4 weeks on the North Fork Payette this summer! I have grown to love this river ad belive it to be one of the best training grounds around. There is endless potential on this river as you go from avoiding all the features to charging right into them! I was able to grab 40......

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Sep 8th, 2013

Here is a great edit that Evan Garcia put together from my third trip into Fantasy Falls earlier this summer! Definitely the highlight of the summer!!!...

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Sep 4th, 2013

Bishop Pass - An iconic reminder of the scale of such a journey!I first visited California in 2009 and was instantly hooked on the the clean granite and heavy flows of the Sierra Nevada whitewater. The Middle Kings had been talked up to me as the \"Trip of a Lifetime\" with epic proportions and the hardest whitewater one could find in the lower 48. I was forever changed after my first trip to the river in 2009 and 2013 would stand as my 4th visit to the sacred waters of the Middle Kings!Taking a break from the hike and cruising one of the early lakes! 4th trip - Stoked!A little older, wiser, and more experienced I set out into this 4th trip with Will Pruett and Jake Greenbaum. This would be Will\'s 4th trip as well and and a 1st for Jake. Just the three of us out there- too cool! With damn good beta from Will and Myself to Jake we were able to really flow down the river with minimal portaging and scouting! I could talk statistics on how long, big, far out, and difficult this particular river is but when it com......

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
May 28th, 2013

I was lucky enough this year to grab three separate runs on the Multi Day Fantasy Falls section of the North Fork of the Mokelumne River in California. Jake Greenbaum and myself hit the flow window pretty perfect and were blessed with two high water runs and a third with regular flows. Fantasy Falls is arguably the best run in the High Sierra with maybe an exception for Kings or Postpile. The 24.9 mile run which drops 3,100 vertical feet is quintessential Cali style whitewater. The scenery and camping are some of the best with lush meadows and high granite walls bursting with hanging falls flowing out of high mountain lakes. High water lines and drift trees perched over head show evidence of the massive flows the river must see in flood. The water levels rise and lower up to a foot and a half each day as the river breathes and diurnals more so than any other river I have paddled. Every night the flow erupts to a level that makes you happy you are camping, only to wake up to a much lower flow as the he......


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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
May 23rd, 2013

As the summer season of 2013 rolls in I have embarked on a journey back to Cali! This makes 5 seasons in a row now that I have traveled to the blessed arena of whitewater beasts- California. I am very stoked to be back in my second home and making returns to the the amazing whitewater that only exists in this great state. The Sierras have seen a very low snowpack this year and the water will be done sooner than ever. However, the classic High Sierra runs must still go. Short and sweet is the mission and we have been doing a good job of making the best of it.I am accompanied this year by Jake Greenbaum riding around with me in the van. Jake is super fired up and is in my mind one of the strongest paddlers on the scene. I am very stoked to have him riding with me as our styles mesh well and the collective fire on big rapids lessens ones own anxiety and leads to fun days going big!We have met up with many great paddlers and friends and have been having a blast on and off the river. One of our first stops o......

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Apr 18th, 2013

The Toxaway River in the Jocassee watershed in North Carolina is by far the biggest, gnarliest, fastest, and most aesthetic piece of whitewater on the East Coast. The rapids and slides seem to last forever and the whiteout effect is in full swing. I was able to paddle this river back in 2009 and haven\'t been able to catch it again until this past week. This past trip was blessed with a healthier flow than my 2009 descent and I would dare to say the flow was on the high side of perfect. There was much more energy and inertia in the water and the rapids had there demons. We had an amazing day out there and I know the next time I return to the Toxaway it will be a Blessing!Myself on the put in slide- this thing goes forever!The blessed waters.Robby Gilson on the put in slideBen Bernhard starting the day offJohn Shannon with the elbows up at the bottom of the slideYou come out of the slide with so much speed that your bow lifts to the sky!Myself roosting into the first crux of EnergizerComing out of the first ......

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Where in the World is Nick Murphy
Apr 1st, 2013

Super Stoked to be heading west this week for a long road trip of whitewater. Put together this video in excitement for the hucks to be had! Cheers my friends!...

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