Canyoneering through the old-growth of Opal Creek!

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Deep Water Wading!

A weekend jaunt brought the Catlin Outdoor Program to the Willamette National Forest for two days of camping and canyoneering in the old-growth drainage of Opal Creek.  Donning wetsuits, we descended a three mile section of the creek on Sunday before scrambling up a side creek (and scaling a waterfall or two along the way!) to reach the road above and complete our loop back to the bus.  The copper-rich waters of the creek resulted in the most amazing green-blue water imaginable.  This beautiful water periodically collects in deep pools along the creek, and, since we were following no trail, we had most of the creek to ourselves on this toasty hot July day!  Please enjoy some photos from this adventure.