Monday, April 25, 2005


It looks like the Bull river really picked up the last couple of days. It went from 20cms or so on Friday to over 60cms today. I guess that means this weekend everyone should head over to the Kootenays. Anyone up for the Bull or Dutch creek, the upper White or even the Skook on Sunday the 1st of May?

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Spring AGM

The annual General Meeting is coming up in April. Dates and locations haven't been picked yet. Usually it is at the university during the 2nd week in April. There will be some major resolutions being presented. One includes giving up the boat house in the river bottom. Storage would occur at the rental exec's garage. A similar fee to the boat house would be then be given in exchange for a several year lease. It is beleived that this will offset some of the continuing problems that occur running rentals. It is also needed to make the club sustainable.

UPDATE - April 7th

Looking at the Calender, it looks like the last day of pool sessions may be a better choice. That would put it on April 28th at 6:00pm. This would make it easier to transfer boats down to the boat house. Also it would give us a bit more time to recruit new paddlers to come out. Let me know if there are any problems with this date.

UPDATE - April 25th
The agenda minutes are available as a PDF here FIXED LINK. The time is at 6:00pm. Room location will be posted on the back gym doors that face the parking lot. We will not need to move boats as Clay's garage is not yet finished.

Monday, April 18, 2005


Well the folks over at the Paddle Fernie website have been running the elk and bull so far. I guess that means the paddling season has started. Wilco also indicated that the landslide on the lower Elk has gotten even more filled in changing the line again.

Sunday, April 17, 2005


Looks like the Swan river is flowing. I am hoping to head down to Missoula for the weekend. If I can't find anyone interested in the Lochsa, perhaps some people would be interested in the Swan? It is a continuous class 4 mid volume run that has the read and run style of a creek.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Pool Sessions

I talked to Clay the other night, and the pool sessions are starightened out. They are on Thursdays at approximately 8:00.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The new & improved Google Maps

Goolge Maps has outdone itself this time. It now has reasonably good sattelite maps up for north america. This is great if you are looking to check out rapids on a river, or see your house from space. Not all areas have equally high resolution. To use this, just look to the right where it says satellite maps. Lethbridge is pretty detailed. Other areas less so. To quickly find a location, just type in the name of a nearby city.

Here are some picts from the middle fork of the flathead. See if you can guess the rapid, or location. I will post the answers next week.

hint - this minor rapid is very close to the next image.

April Pool Sessions

Last night (April 7th) the pool ended up being double booked. Well actually, it looks as if kayaking wasn't scheduled for the month. Apologies to anyone who came and was unable to paddle. Actually the life guards were kind enough to open up a narrow section to allow the dozen or so who came the opportunity to practice rolls.

From the sounds of it, this could have been caused by the poor turn outs the last few weeks. The week before everything seemed to be fine. I should be getting a call this week to find out what will happen for the 14th, 21st and 28th.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Aquabatics Gear Swap

It looks like the aquabatics gear swap is on again this year. It will be from April 15th to 17th. This is a good place for people who need a boat and can't wade through lots of adds to find it. It is also good if you want a newer boat. Getting there early means best selection.

Aquabatics is behind Wendy's in front of COP in Calgary.

April Trips

I am thinking that a weekend down at Missoula on the Lochsa would be great. The weekend of the 23rd would work great. I believe it is a 6h drive to Missoula, and another 1.5h to the Lochsa. The hot springs would make a nice stop.

The Lochsa is a larger river, similar in size to the Middle Fork of the Flathead. Runs are class 3 and easy 4. There is also a beautiful surf wave next to the road when the water is high.

I would think leaving after work on Friday as soon as possible. Kayak all Sat, and Sunday morning and leave around 1:00 in the afternoon.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Water Walker Film Fest

The Water Walker film fest is up in Calgary this Friday. THe last time I went to it, the films were great. It will be at the U of C in the Kinesiology building this Friday (April 8th) at 7:00. Tickets at $12 at the door.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Hot Tubs

With Chucks River Rendezvous coming up next month, I figured I would check out the possibility of getting a hot tub for the event. Things look pretty good. Apparently rentals are $275 for a long weekend with a $1.25/km transportation fee (one way distance I believe). I am just checking with Chuck to find out if the power requirements are possible (15A at 120V, constant draw). If not a very good generator may do the trick. Lookiing good! It seats 10-12. I was figuring $2 an hour, or $10 a day. This would put the break even point at about 50 people (likely) or 250h (25 full tub hours). The hour thing would be hard to monitor. The daily pass would be much easier, but would lead to over crowding unless people were good about an hour time limit. Any ideas?

Monday, April 04, 2005

Snow Data

Looking at the snow pack from Alberta Environment shows that the Akamina snow pack is about 75% of average. Typically the snow pack starts to melt right about now. We will have to see if the current trend of late spring snow storms will change that. It is hard to predict what the upcoming season will be like. Perhaps it will even be sunny on the May Long weekend River-Rendezvous.