One of tallest and most spectacular waterfalls in the Northwest is Palouse Falls near Pullman, Washington. Last spring a extreme paddler went over the nearly 200-foot drop in a kayak. Now, you can see that wild and risky ride in a new documentary.
Tyler Bradt has been paddling a kayak since age 6. And he's seen some pretty rough white water. It might a nightmare for some, but Bradt actually seeks out waterfalls all over the world to go over with his small craft. The 23-year-old considers Eastern Washington's Palouse Falls his kayaking holy grail. It's unique because the rocky structures surrounding it and its plunge pool were gorged out by the repeated, massive Great Missoula Floods.
Tyler Bradt: “It's truly an anomaly. I have traveled all over the world looking at waterfalls and I have never seen anything like Palouse in my whole life. I think something bigger than that could be possible, but if there is a waterfall that is that clean and that good I certainly don't know.”
Bradt made the Palouse ride last April and stars in a documentary about it called Dream Result.
Bradt's ride upset Washington State Parks officials. They say the falls are extremely dangerous and kayaking over them is not advised. Undeterred, Bradt is hoping to measure the falls with a surveyor and submit his ride for a World Record. He and friends are touring the Northwest now to promote the film with stops in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. [I'm Anna King in Richland.]
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On the web:
Dream Result trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru2QJWQlqns
Dream Result website: http://dreamresultmovie.com