Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Open Pool

There will be open pool session again this year starting in October. Right now, it looks like for Oct, they will be from 9-10PM on Thursday nights. The times may change in later month's, but it depends on scheduling. You can get current pool schedules at

Check this regularly, for monthly updated pool times!

See you in the pool! Janson will be there on Oct. 5th!

Boat Prices

I've finally gotten the price list for the club boats. As is club policy now, we continually offer club boats for sale to club members, with the idea that an active paddling community has paddlers who own boats. The prices remain current until the executive change prices, which I expect may occur in the spring of 2007.

The boats can be found at

They are saved in an excel spreadsheet with relevant stats. If any club member is interested in a boat, please contact myself, either through email or phone.


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Please Take It!!

As we were doing inventory this weekend, we have decided to get rid of some stuff. It will end up in a dumpster if no one wants to claim it for themselves (current members only).

We have an old wood paddle (90 degree offset), a left-handed paddle (1 blade is damaged, tip is broken off), a right-handed paddle (1 blade is damaged, tip is broken off, but has been re-shaped)

As well, we have 3 old nylon skirts and 1 old neoprene skirt (C1 shape? For a smaller cockpit) that are up for grabs.

Please!! If you want any of these contact myself or Clay. If we get no responses in a week or so, then they never existed!

See you in the pool! (when we have times posted!)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Dragon Boating

The local dragon boating group is having an open paddle at henderson lake. Meet at the boat dock around 6pm this Tuesday or Thursday if your interested.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Boat Prices

Boat prices for club members will be posted shortly. This prices will be current for the rest of 2006. If a club member is interested, we should have them in the pool by Sept. 11th.

See you in the Pool!

New Club Purchases

The club used some of it's rental money from the summer to purchase a riot sniper, a riot turbo and 4 new paddles. This should complement our exisiting boats by adding both a larger and a smaller boat. As well we needed the new paddles.

We are also hoping to purchase a new canoe and some more PFD's for spring.

Finally, some maintenance work was done on the trailer. Some new paint and electrical work was done to keep it in a functional state.

See you on the River!

Kicking Horse River

Well Clay and I made it up to the Kicking Horse, as well as Chris and Nathan. Although I can't comment on how Chris and Nathan's run went, I can mention a few things about our trip.

WOW!! WHAT A RIVER!!(Find Clay and his boat in this picture!)

This river is really the perfect river. Hard, continuous, easy access, somewhat easy portaging with beer at the end. I can't wait to paddle it again.

We first ran Hunter Creek to Glenogle. At low flows, this was a technical run that was very interesting, but the easier section that we ran. Not that it was easy! I haven't been this freaked out since I found out my wife was pregnant! (kidding) The big rapids, Portage and Shotgun come up quick and they are still pretty big at low flows.

Next we ran Glenogle to Golden which was a more technical section. The rapids get harder and harder until you reach the bridge where they reach the pinnacle with a rather nasty rapid. As you can see from the pictures below, maybe a bit too technical under the bridge!

*As mentioned in the comments, this is a dangerous class 5 rapid with a high risk factor. If you miss the portage point, it becomes quite difficult to get off the river, as we found out. I decided to walk this rapid and spotted Clay from above the rapid with a throw bag. Although this provides added safety, it does not eliminate the risks. Paddle within your ability!

(good start)

(where did he go?)

(not good)

(still not good)

Well after watching a 47L kayak get sucked underwater after it begins to resurface and a bit of an epic we were back on the river. After the bridge it's a pretty action packed section with technical moves to position yourself with good lines. If you could sweat while kayaking, I was sweating. It then finishes with some nice calm water and tourists who love it when you do a roll.

All and all, it was a great river, but I'd hate to be on it and be over my head (there were a couple of minutes where I felt like I was) as it's not a great place for a swim. Well I hope you enjoyed my trip report and we'll see you in the pool this winter! I'll post pool times when I get them.