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Also known as Cascadia, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) encompasses the states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia, though no agreed boundary exists. More information
Also known as Cascadia, the Pacific Northwest (PNW) encompasses the states of Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia, though no agreed boundary exists. Broader conceptions reach north into Alaska and Yukon, south into far Northern California and east into Idaho and Western Montana, western Wyoming, and western Alberta, to the Continental Divide.
The region is home to spectacular aquatic canyons, often carved deep into volcanic (basalt) and/or plutonic (granite) rock, and framed by lush, verdant forests.
The best time to descend canyons of the Pacific Northwest is usually in summer, when the weather is warm and mostly sunny. Spring and Fall are subject to more frequent rains but may also be the best time to catch some of the low water canyons at optimal flow.
With a relatively short season and a small, but growing, canyoning community, the region is still being actively explored. As of 2020, a large number of first descents are being documented every season.