Thursday, July 27, 2006

Trips July 28th to August 3rd

The summer is flying by, so take advantage of some of the paddling trips.

Upper St Marys has provided some fun trips over the past two weeks. Flows (17 cms) are great for begginers, and a couple of play spots provide a place for more advanced paddlers to practice skills as well. Just yesterday, a group of 10 paddlers enjoyed the Upper, some of whom had never paddled on a river before. Both they and more seasoned paddlers enjoyed some hole and wave surfing as well as a great sunset. All of the reports that I heard were positive. If those paddlers or any other ORCKA members are interested in this trip or any other trip, here is the place to leave your comments.

7 comments:

Nathan said...

ORCKA has allowed us to store a couple of rental boats in Cardston for both Cardston members and convenient use for other members wanting to visit Upper St and area rivers. Janson is the man to contact for use of htese boats (Wave Sport T3 and Jackson 4Fun). You can also leave a comment under the trips postings as well.

Linda said...

There are a few of us driving from Calgary to paddle the Elk on Sunday. Water's getting low there but why not. :) Interested?
-Linda
lenglehart@shaw.ca

Linda said...

I really want to find a civic holiday Kicking Horse paddling partner. Know the river? Interested in taking me out?
Best wishes,
Linda
Calgary
lenglehart@shaw.ca

Nathan said...

I'm interested in the Elk, but can't make a Sunday trip. If you go any other day, let me know. Thanks.

I haven't done the Kicking Horse and heard that it is continuous class III-IV. I would love to do it sometme soon. How long do flows stay up for it? I probably won't be able to go on any big trips until after the weekend of the 12th... I'll be itching to paddle by then.

Linda said...

KH is glacier fed. That's right, Sunday's - that's too bad. We should be at Elko by 9:30 am. We're tossing over the idea of doing the upper-lower in addition to the lower canyon.
Cheers!
-Linda
lenglehart@shaw.ca

Helen said...

Hi guys,
I was wondering if I would be in way over my head if I said I would love to come. I've only done the upper st mary (I'm one of the beginers Nathan mentioned). But I did do the KH when I was 12 on a rafting trip (that was the first time I became interested in kayak bc although the rafting was fun, I thought it could get pretty boring pretty quick, and that kayak- the safety guy- would be the way to really have fun). Also, you could probably hook up with the rafting guys for more info or a tour. The morning was II/III and little IV, and afternoon was III/IV. Call me if you think I could come (I promise I would try really hard not to drown)
Helen
634-9547

Linda said...

KH is an intermediate/advanced run. The areas I'm interested in are the class 3-5 sections (very technical, big water, and a bombproof roll is necessary). It would be challenging and difficult to rescue an individual (although I have done the course). The water has come down and now it's low (so this is a good time to go out onto the river for the 1st time), but it changes all the time. This is just based on what I know. If you're confident and have ample class 3/4 experience then no worries, it'll be good. But I'm tied up til the last weekend in August now.

We're paddling the vermillion next Saturday if anyone is interested. There are no gauges for this river. Therefore, if the river is dry we'll keep driving past Radium to paddle Toby Creek (bridge down and take out above the 1st canyon of the wild and crazy 7 canyons). We're leaving Calgary at 7:15 am.

3rd weekend in August - Mistaya river (possibly Canyon but unlikely due to undercuts and hazards). Camping near Nordegg Saturday night. Paddling Saturday & Sunday. Doing the tourist thing at the icefields too. Denny's golfing (cause he doesn't paddle). If you're interested we're leaving Calgary at 7:30 am. There will be people camping 2 nights as well. Just not my husband and I.

Last weekend in August - KH & Toby Creek.

Best wishes,
Linda
Calgary
403-383-7457
lenglehart@shaw.ca