Monday, November 26, 2007
These are the approved prices for the 2007 season. The exec may change prices for the 2008 season, but that is usually up to them. Maybe you can find something here that will make a good Christmas present?
I have a used shortie (L) for sale 20 bucks. It's in great shape, probably used on a dozen times. I bought another one so this is extra. Great for warm days or when the Lower Saint Marys is flowing. It has neoprene on the neck and arms that are comfortable and a rubber seal on the waist.
This is a 1mm rash guard type shirt. Brand new never used! 20 bucks as well. It's a medium, I had this silly idea that because it's neoprene I could squeeze into it. Wrong....
I bought it for under my shortie and pool sessions because it gets cold in that pool! Good for people who get cold easy or for layering under a shortie top.
This is a skull cap (small) that fits well under a helmet. I bought an extra one for a friend who didn't need it so now I've got it. It's new as you can see and works great.
Climbing shoes! On a kayaking site! If your like me, your probably multi-faceted so this should come as no surprise. Bought these for the wife and they turned out to be a bit small. Brand new size 7, Euro 38. They're some 5.10 prima lace ups that are sweet shoes. If they had larger sizes I would have ordered another pair. If they fit you then congrats! Sweet deal at 45 bucks!
New medium harness. Brand new, still has tags on it and such. Bought it for my brother for a birthday gift, but he bought himself a new on a week earlier.
It's a Rock Empire Equator which sells for 44 at MEC. It's yours for 20 bucks, or buy it with the shoes and I'll sell the package for 60.
This is a mesh gear bag that fit's a kayak cockpit. It has a zipper on the top for access when attached to the boat. This thing is sweet! I loved it! Why selling? I got a new boat a Juice 7.1 and it doesn't fit. So with the choice of selling the boat or the bag... I guess I'm keeping the boat. It it fit's your boat then it's awesome. Put your wet gear in it, strap it to the roof with your boat and drive home. Pop it out at home and it carries all your gear to wherever it needs to be.
Keeping with the trend 20 bucks!
Lastly I have a pair of new columbia water shoes (size 10). They were too beefy to wear in my kayak so I'm getting rid of them. Probably better suited for canoeing or such.
I'm getting rid of these suckers for 15 dollars if there are any takers out there.
Well that's it. Maybe you see something here that tickles your fancy or you see a gift there for Christmas. Either way give me a shout if your interested.
mark_iwaasa (at) yahoo (dot) com
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Anyways a great memory on this river was when Jon Low got home from his mission for the LDS church, so we took him out and invited a few others. We barley put in and was playing on the "fishing hole" right at the put-in when David was having a blast playing on this surf wave when he went for a brace hitting some rocks with his paddle. I noticed that he was struggling on his roll, which left me a little concerned that something was wrong. I finally noticed that the side of the paddle he was rolling with had NO blade on the end. I believe he figured it out as well and rolled up on his left-side. Jon and I raced down the river to catch the blade. It was hard to get because it would surface and sink again and again! BUT we retrieved it and lucky for Dave he was only about a 5 minute walk to his truck so he just packed up and left to buy a new paddle! It was too bad he couldn't paddle with us, but its better that his paddle broke at the very beginning of the run than in the middle of the run. Another great memory of that day was when Jon finished the 4 hour paddle. He hadn't paddled in 2 years and he was stiff and sore. He could barely walk and when he climbed the fence I could do nothing but laugh and laugh and laugh!
Another day we had Stew Rood write a comment on the ORCKA blogspot about taking a white-Water raft down Lower St. Mary's. A lot of us joined this trip bringing kids to go on the boat and a lot of others brought their kayaks. It was a lot of fun.
David had a new paddle and was finally going to get his chance to run the Lower St. Mary's stretch. We paddled for almost a total of 7 hours. A LONG TRIP! It was really good though. I met a lot of new paddlers that I have never met before, so that was good for me! The kids had a blast in the raft and the rest of us had just as much fun playing on the surf waves and running "Hairpin" again and again and again.... It was a really hot day and a few of us got a good burn being in the sun for about 7 hours, bu tit was worth it.
Another trip involved Nathan, Jeff and I. We made a pretty quick trip, but spent most of our time playing on the wave hole right above "run-no-run". We were all working our spins and side surfing skills. Nathan was using Ethan's old play boat (because he was waiting for his new one to arrive), so we had some fun watching him struggle with Ethan's boat. Nathan used throw bags as make shift hip pads to keep his hips tight in the boat, but they didn't work so well. So when Nathan was surfing you could tell that his boat was really loose, but he managed well getting a few spins in for the day. Jeff forgot to close his plug a couple times and spent a bit of his paddling time on the shore emptying his boat.
All in all the Lower St. Mary's had a lot to offer for the short amount of time that it was flowing. But when it was flowing we were out on it having a blast!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
To see the Pool Schedule go to:
Saturday, September 01, 2007
we are having a paddle for our customers who have boats in waterton this weekend. sunday semptember second. we are meeting at emerald bay at 12:00am and going for a paddle from there in groups. sorry no demo boats will be supplied.
highlevel canoes and kayak
any questions call 327-4506
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Here is the schedule for the provincials. The novice clinic on Friday may interest a number of our paddlers, especially the ones I met at the High Level Kayak demo day.
September 7, 8, & 9, 2007
Provincials and Aquabatics Cup
Canoe Meadows, Kananaskis Country
Friday, September 7, 2007
Novice clinic will be offered if there is enough interest and water flow. (4:00 pm)
Any novice interested in participating please contact email@example.com
Course construction 4:00
Athletes meeting ?
Demo Run – 10:30 or 1 hr after Barrier dam release
Whitewater Slalom Race – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Novice Race following Race
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Classic Downriver Race – 10:30 a.m.
Aquabatics Freestyle Event – 1:00 p.m.
Novice Clinic TBD
Saturday Demo Run will be 1 hour after the Kananaskis river water is turned on
Slalom and Downriver Race Fee- $20.00
Aquabatics Freestyle Event- $10.00
Slalom and Freestyle Race fees combined -$25.00
The fee is $25/unit, 1 unit = 1 RV, 1
large tent, 2 smaller tents, or 4 very small tents (one person each).
NOTE: Any athletes with trophies are requested to bring them along to this event.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
This is a sad day, as always when someone so young dies. As from the Calpaddle forum
Traditional Buddhist Prayers will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 and Wednesday, August 1, 2007 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Linda's Life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, August 3, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. If so desired, memorial tributes in Linda's name, for her daughters' education fund, to be directed to the Royal Bank (#144, 250 Shawville Blvd. SE, Calgary, AB, T2Y 2Z7). Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 17 Avenue SE at Garden Road, (1.5 km east of 84th Street SE) Telephone (403) 272-5555.
I will talk to the executive about a donation to the education fund, as she was an active member of our paddling community. I'm sure many of you had a chance to paddle with her or read her postings on our blog.
Our thoughts go out to her family and the rest of the ORCKA members as they paddle this season. I know many of you will still be on the rivers this season so "Be Safe" and paddle smart.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
HERE'S A MAP...
Sunday, June 24, 2007
ALSO... Three ORCKA rental boats are located in the Cardston area for any paddlers that would like to rent a boat(s) for the day while paddling in that area. For more information Contact JANSON @ 894-77773.
ALSO... Three ORCKA rental boats are located in the Cardston area for any paddlers that would like to rent a boat(s) for the day while paddling in that area. For more information Contact JANSON @ 894-77773.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Last week I talked with Chester McCrae about access to the river at the gravel pit below Castle Canyon. As most of you know this is the only decent river access below the Canyon until the Airport Road bridge. Because of this we have tried to maintain good relations with the landowners because it would stretch out a 2 hour kayak trip into 4 hours if we can't use the public road allowance to get out at this point.
Chester fenced off the road last year and seeded the river flats back to grass. He is trying his best to revegetate the land that was pretty torn up by the previous landowners.
As such he is requesting that the paddling community respect his need to control access. He is still permitting us to park at the gate and walk up from the river. But he is not allowing anyone to travel through the gate and down along the road allowance to the river. He is also asking that we be careful when parking at the gate to not block access to the roads heading away from there.
Finally Chester has requested that if you are going to be accessing the river across his property or along the road allowance that you call him on his cellphone and leave a message letting him know that you are going to be there. Chester's cellphone number is 403-327-7555. Chester and I will try to set up a meeting sometime soon to talk about public access to the river at this site and I hope to involve the MD in looking at road allowances that would give kayakers, rafters and fisherman better river access.
Thanks for your assistance in keeping a river access point available for us below the Castle Canyon.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Oldman Spillway II-
|Old Man II+ to IV||60.62(m3/s)||25.5||2007-06-05 20:15:00||History|
|Upper St. Mary's II+||49.67(m3/s)||31||2007-06-05 20:15:00||History|
|Lower St.Mary III to IV-||40.87(m3/s)||34||2007-06-05 21:00:00||History|
|Waterton II+||87.95(m3/s)||33.5||2007-06-05 20:15:00||History|
|Castle II to III+||71.70(m3/s)||26.5||2007-06-05 20:15:00||History|
I'm curious as to what people are thinking for the days ahead. You might find me down on the Oldman after work if it gets up around 300. Currently it's around 245.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sounds like our Vice-Prez got out on the Saint Mary's! How was it?
Friday, May 04, 2007
Paddlers are Mark Iwaasa, Mike Mercier, Janson Smith, Nathan Smith, and Dave Stephan. Castle was flowing around 25 cms. It looks as though we will be in for more of a ride at Castle tomorrow. Yeeha!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The weekend of June 23/24th would work for me. Chuck and I are trying to juggle some candidates so we can make that weekend happen.
Meanwhile, if you know any other folks that would be interested (we need 4 people to run a course), that would be great. We would run the course out of Pincher Creek.
31 Ridgemont ave
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
We ran the Castle from the bridge down to the campground and then we ran the Castle falls section as well. The section from the bridge to the campground was a nice section as long as you take out before the last rapid before the falls. It's an easy one to spot as it's the only spot on the river where you notice the "waterline" and an obvious drop. Probably good for a beginner (with paddling experience on moving water), who is looking for something that is flowing.
The falls were great as always, actually saw someone bottom out on the falls for the first time. Pretty amazing actually...
Anyone else have a trip to report?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Live from the banks of Forester's Creek in the Kootenay's, Homespun Industries is proud to present the glad skirt. Desinged for trashy outdoor situations this custom skirt blocks noxious odors. Duct tape re-enforcements keep it from exploding when under 5 liters of water are encountered. Poly construction ensures 100% waterproofness (seams excluded).
Grab loops are an additional feature envisioned for future production.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Junior POCC kayak team. Too much fun watching those kids on the Salmon,
Little Salmon, S Fork Clearwater and the Lochsa this year.
If there are some instructors that are interested in teaching novices
this year at the Rendezvous for pay please contact me and let me know.
Last year we had a bunch of brand new novices and we would like to make
arrangements for some instructors to take responsibility for them this
I look forward to seeing you down here this spring. SURF'S COMING UP.
3 Rivers Whitewater Rendezvous (May Long Snofest)
The Pinch-o-Crow Creekers are hosting the 9th annual River Rendezvous on May 18-19-20-21, 2007 again this year down in southwest Alberta in the "Centre of Adventure". We will be organizing and leading trips on the Castle, Crowsnest and Oldman Rivers in this area. There will also be opportunities to go paddle Cameron Creek and the Carbondale, Elk, Wigwam, Highwood, Waterton or Belly Rivers while you are down here. Only three days and too many rivers to paddle.
There will be opportunities for beginner groups to get on the water and paddle easier stretches as well as more advanced trips. We have something special planned for this year, including more sun, less snow and lots of water for all you big wave fans. Okay seriously – its always been fun and it will be fun this year too!
Camping is going to be the same as last year. We will be at the Castle River Rodeo Grounds. You may remember it as the takeout for the Upper Castle River run. It is centrally located and easy to find off Highway 507 between Lundbreck/Burmis and Beaver Mines, just south of Highway 3. This site is well sheltered and has more conveniences as well.
Drive west on Highway 3 past Lundbreck Falls till you come to Highway 507. Turn south and head towards Beaver Mines and Castle Mountain Ski Resort. Drive 8 km south, after you cross the Castle River at the top of the hill turn east to the Castle River Rodeo Grounds. The road swings back down to the river and we are camped right there.
We will again offer a bbq-burger and fixings dinner for Saturday night and the Sunday night we will have a chili dinner. There will be vege-burgers and a vege-chili for those who want it. Please let us know in advance so that we can order enough for you.
We are again hosting a full breakfast each morning. Cost is included in the package.
Prizes will be drawn for during the weekend.
We are building a package price for the weekend. This price includes all entries, 3 nights camping, 2 suppers and 3 breakfasts, prizes.
Paddlers - Adult/Junior $60.00
Non-Paddling Children (under 10) $15.00
Toddlers (3 and under) Free
Families of 3 $105.00
of 4 $115.00
of 5 or more $125 + $10 for each additional adult/junior
Please pre-register this year to help us with figuring out how much food to prepare. If you want to set aside a camping spot with your friends I would appreciate knowing that in advance so we can pencil you in and rope a spot off for your group.
There is no need to prepay, we'll collect when you get here.
Trips planned Advanced Novice
Saturday - Castle Falls to Rodeo grounds Crowsnest River
- Castle Canyon Lee Lake
Sunday - Castle Canyon to Reservoir Castle R Rodeo to Canyon
- Carbondale River Crowsnest River
- Upper Oldman Waterton Lake
Monday - Oldman River Gap to Oldman River Dennis Ranch
Dennis Ranch to Bob Creek
Snowpack in the mountains is well above average this year north of Highway 3 and well below average south of Highway 3, which is surprising given the nice spring we have had. So with some warmer weather we should be well above normal for lots of water this year on the Oldman and below normal on the Castle.
For up to date info on water levels and snowpack go to:
go to Oldman River Basin - River Data - and then check out the Castle and Oldman Rivers.
So we are building on our very successful long weekend event. In 2006 we had 107 paddlers down here, so it was a great gathering and still with so many locations there was lots of space for everyone. We hope to see you down here and look forward to paddling with you. Please pass this message along to your club members.
Box 162, Lundbreck, Alberta
403-628-2336 evenings 403-627-3020 days
P.S. If you are a brand new novice paddler, still dry behind the ears, and would like to receive a 3 day pool-lake-river beginner kayak course. We are making special arrangements for you this year. There will be an additional cost to the weekend for you but we can make this a great deal for 3 days all inclusive, camping, meals, equipment and instruction. Contact me if you are interested. THIS HAS TO BE PRE-REGISTERED AND PREPAID.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
I am planning a 3 or 4 day trip with Mike Mercier somewhere in the East Kootenays during the last weekend. While I am hoping to get on the Wigwam, Kootenai and Yaak, things most likely will be the Skook Bull, and if lucky a cleaning trip down the upper Wildhorse.
I should be around for quick local trips as well - cameron, lundbreck, etc.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Know How to Lead a Group
1. Test out the basic skills of the group
2. Keep weaker paddlers in the middle, but give them time to lead in flat sections.
3. Have established protocol for swims and rescues
4. Use an iterative approach to assess dangers. I like the SiCP method (Situtaions, Consequences, Probablities) iterated through relevant rescue elements
5. Don't listen to begginers who want challenging whitewater, you're more likely to traumatize paddlers out of the sport than keep them in it.
Know How to Read Water
1. no prescriptions here - just practice by predicting and looking back to verify predictions
1. Belly River - the first corner around the bridge will almost always flip begginers. To bypass this features beginners have to put in on the west side fo the river and walk down 0.5km past the rapid. The canalon river left about 1.5km into the run is dangerous. Most current now feeds into it, and begginers can bounce off rocks when trying to make it to the old channel on the right. Once in it there are no easy eddies to get out. The last hole can be very sticky. It is a poor trip choice because the rapids are shallow and there is no warm up.
2. Castel Falls Run - the main problem to watch out for is the rapid 500m after Narrow Gate (the 5-6 foot Class IV chute). A hole 1/3 into "Follstols Flop?" between the center and river right always gets people. It flushes but may be a tumbler. The trouble is river left looks big, and river right is a hard sneak. The clean looking line tends to feed into the hole. The sharp right turn after this hole will certainly get weak paddlers who bypassed the hole.
3. Castle Canyon - it will be a long flush if you swim. Lots of rock walls and some holes/boiling eddies on either sides of the chutes make things more difficult. You need good eddy skills for this run.
4. Waterton River (to Olsens campground) - Don't take the small channel on river right by the campground to get out. You will get sucked into a low walkway. Go past the campground into the big eddy after the island. Watch the first big eddy after the Waterton Bridge into the park. Begginers will flip, however things are quite wide open. The swim to shore may be long here.
5. Lower St. - Two main features to watch out for: a relatively river wide weir like pour over some time after? Birch hole, and swimming through run-no run and into Hairpin. The hole river center above Hairpin is very dangerous, and the last ledge after Hairpin can have weir like recirculation.
6. Swiftcurrent - there are now logs going through the forest 1/2 way down. The last rapid before it runs by the shore will flip people and result in a rough swim down the shallow river below.
7. Gap run - get out above the dangerous falls. In the channel before the falls, make sure paddlers are moving left to right, and if they flip swim hard to the eddy on the right.
8. Blackiston - if you haven't checked the church camp bridge for logs do so. This can be deadly. On the corner rapid, make sure paddlers aren't too far left or they could get caught up against the wall. There are lots of logs from Red Rock down, so don't do the upper section.
9. Lower Elk - the water can be extremely squirrely through the canyon and swimmers may be in danger, especially at higher flows. There is no feasible way to walk this section. Near the end of the canyon there is a chute that constantly changes shape. I don't think you want to be in the hole on either side of it.
10. Wigwam - corner pocket can trash paddlers in the hole. The lower rapids are very continuous and rescuing a boater would be very hard.
11. Bull canyon - at low water the swims are rough. The last hole at the end of the run can be hard to miss because of diagonal pressure waves. Setting up safety is time consuming and challenging.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Following up on the AGM, people were interested in better river descriptions on our site. To clarify things, please post what your interested in seeing in the descriptions and what rivers you would like to see.
Thanks! See you on the River!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We have some more prizes, donated by Awesome Adventures/Anderson Aquatics.
It would be nice to see some new paddlers out this year to help give the club a fresh look at what people are looking for from the club. We are getting to be some crusty old men. How fitting for our website eh? (not just a bunch of old men...)
See the postings below for location and time.
Community Kayak Instructor (NCCP/AWA) Level 1 - Open Water
April 21-22, 2007
Pincher Creek, Alberta
Contact: Chuck Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you plan on taking other certifications through the AWA, this is an excellent course to take as it is early in the season. For more information regarding AWA educational programming and instructional progressions, please visit the website at http://www.albertawhitewater.ca/edulevels.html.
Monday, April 02, 2007
On a more positive note, we have at least 4 door prizes this year! Items range from a boat sponge, to some T-shirts and a paddling shirt. Lots of thanks to High Level Canoe and Kayak for the dontations See the post below for directions!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Update: Meeting will be in Turcott Hall 133 at 7:30. After the AGM people will be paddling for the last pool session before we move the boat out for the spring run-off.
*you can find a map of the University here.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I am trying to create a "Orcka membership" contact information list. With this updated list, ORCKA, will hopefully be able to inform you of any upcoming programs, lesssons, and significant events that the club will be involved in. Also I hope to be able to inform you of any membership renewals needed and how to renew. Please contact me by email, email@example.com or by leaving a comment below.
I WILL NEED:
- First and Last name (include names of all individuals of household membership)
- email address
- Phone number
- HOW/WHO membership was purchased from
- Approximate time that membership was purchased
Thank you for being a dedicated member of the ORCKA club, and hopefully this information will be a great new tool to involve all members of the future activities of ORCKA.
**If you see this post let other members know, so we can get proper contact information from all the members of the club.
Monday, January 08, 2007
As well, I'm sure you all scored some wicked paddling booty this Christmas! A new boat, a sweet paddle, some wicked clothing or a pair of nose plugs?!?
Regardless, I'm sure you're all ready to try it out! Pool sessions for January will be from 8:30 - 9:30 on Thursday nights. Come all! Let's see your cool swag!
And for the paddlers that showed up last week, sorry that you got booted! I chatted with the lifeguards and they regret the mix up. Apparently they put the pool sessions in a different spot. New Year = New Problems. We cleared it up and they're gonna leave a note to hopefully clarify the problem.
See you in the pool!