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June 23, 2017

Padlemia
En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

AWP Arctic Womens Playground 2017 - del 2

Dersom du ikke har lest del 1 ennå, så finner du den HER.

Neste workshop etter windy conditions uten vind, var working the coastline. Målet med denne skulle være å lære seg å lese sjøen, leke litt langs kystlinja og svabergene. Det ble ikke helt som jeg så for meg, kanskje mest fordi det i likhet med vind ikke var noen sjø å lese?

Flatt hav kan ingen noe for, men jeg blir jo passe sprø når lite skjer. Å kave i tang er heller ingen favorittsyssel. Her var det en del.

Snirkle snirkle i tangen, i den grad det gikk an. Det ble nok mer venting enn snirkling strengt tatt. Det går tregt i tang, rett og slett.

Catriona og Kristin hadde et snedig triks med å legge tennisballer på land som vi skulle berøre. Det har jeg notert meg som nytt verktøy.

Til slutt skulle vi padle baklengs i slow motion samme ruta.

Så ble det dratt frem noe opplegg som jeg ikke kunne huske å ha meldt meg på, men det var steike tøft å ta bilder av. Sitte helt bak på kajakken og padle sånn her.

Gunn var forresten også med på denne workshopen.

Så skulle man altså padle på dette viset og komme seg i land, for så å ta en sånn sleng-launch som jeg ikke husker noe navn på, når man skulle ut igjen. Fortsatt peise flatt hav. Hvis man stirret nøye så kunne man se ørlite bevegelse rundt skjæret.

Steike pent område dette treffet foregår i! Maaange sånne her små, skjønne strender.

Dette ble ikke det jeg hadde sett for meg, og et hakk eller to under det vi hadde gjort på den andre workshopen. Så jeg tok etter hvert turen tilbake til camp sammen med ei som hadde fått vondt, og så laget jeg min egen workshop med vanntilvenning der isteden. Jeg får jo ikke til denne rulla lenger, og det er helt garantert stressfaktor det går i. Så jeg prøvde en halv zillion ganger uten å få det til, men da hadde jeg i det minste vært en del under vann. (Øver med reentry for mest mulig tid under.) En av gangene glemte jeg til og med neseklypa så jeg fikk vann i systemet - kjempebra! Ekkelt, men særdeles nyttig, ha ha. Men i hvert fall fikk jeg noe ut av denne seansen også - og jeg har lært å lese workshopbeskrivelser mer nøye neste gang.

Til lunsj var det forresten bålmat! Dagen før hadde nemlig Trude delt grillmaten sin med meg – kvalkjøtt og grønnsaker, hurra! Så i dag var det min tur til å dele – torskeloins og grønnsaker. Bildet er slett ikke så irrelevant som du tror, det er nemlig utsikten fra bålet.

Nam nam nam!

Etter workshopene dukket RS Gideon opp, for en liten øvelse. Sånne øvelser er jo alltid kule å få med seg, som regel lærer man ett eller annet nyttig. Vi hadde tre stykker som hadde meldt seg for å hoppe i vannet og bli reddet. 

Mannskapet på RS Gideon var imidlertid superkjappe! På et blunk var jo det hele over. Vips, så ramlet en ny dame i vannet, og enda en og en til, for at det skulle vare litt lenger. Kristin, Kristin og jeg (ja, jeg burde jo da også hett Kristin tydeligvis, men det hadde de ikke opplyst) samlet opp kajakkene etter hvert.

Plutselig kom det en kar i flytedrakt svømmende forbi. Jeg måtte høre hvor han hadde tenkt seg, for jeg så ingen som trengte redning. Men det var en kajakk han tenkte å ta vare på, omtenksomt.

Filmsnutt må vi vel også ha!

Til slutt var alle foruten kajakksamlerne om bord. Det er liksom et slags "rullenett" som de får under personen i havet, og så rulles vedkommende inn over rekka.

Foto: Kristin Belden Bjørkedal
De fikk seg en helt sikkert morsom tur med fart.

Foto: Kristin Belden Bjørkedal
Mens vi padlet kajakkene inn til stranda, tre i slengen. Overkommelig, passe tungt. Jeg hadde jo ikke akkurat slitt meg ut tidligere på dagen. Men jeg er glad vi ikke var langt til havs.

Sånn så det ut fra min vinkel, bakover.

Om kvelden var det herlig buffet til middag, og deretter foredrag med inspirerende bilder. En flott dag totalt sett.

Lørdag var det heldags workshop. Vi meldte oss jo på ganske lang tid i forveien, så jeg hadde meldt meg på straumpadling i Rya. Det sto intro, så det burde være passelig egentlig. Men med et heftig bilde i beskrivelsen, en siste erfaring der jeg skjønte lite, og noen som la ut masse bilder fra Rya nokså kort tid før AWP, så var jeg blitt skeptisk. Ikke husker jeg rulla heller. Så jeg hadde prøvd å snakke meg ut av den, men Monica var (fornuftig nok) ikke så mottakelig for det. Dermed var jeg fortsatt med.

Det var Justine som hadde denne, og hun terpet selvfølgelig støtte og sving først. Sving hit, sving dit.

Så var vi klare for å padle videre, og se nærmere på straumen. Omgivelsene var det lite å si på her også.

Eeee... ? En slags semi-ubåt? Jeg sørget i hvert fall for å ta bilde, i tilfelle den skulle gå ned. Det gjorde den såvidt jeg vet ikke, men det så litt spesielt ut.

Etter litt terping satte vi kursen mot straumen. Vi var en akkurat passelig gjeng i grunnen.

Vi øvde litt på å bryte inn og ut, sånn typisk standard. Det gikk ikke så verst denne gangen, mye bedre enn i vinter. Verre var at den semi-ubåten ikke var eneste båt, det kom stadig nye. Vi fant det derfor best å krysse over på et ledig tidspunkt, og sette kursen til den andre siden av øya. Der var det også straum, men færre båter – og de som kom var små.

Det var litt uryddig å komme seg over, men det gikk bra med alle. Øya som ligger imellom de to straumene er forresten den som det har vært moskus på. Det er det visst ikke i dag, dessverre. Hadde jo vært kult å kunne se moskus på padletur.

De kom seg over etter hvert, den ene etter den andre. Fjong plass.

Så fulgte vi øya bortover, Justine ledet an. Flott fjell der borte - og en fin straum. Resten kommer i neste episode – den som leser får se.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at June 23, 2017 06:00 pm

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Två Caribou 495 i sjön...

Caribou 495 – Tomas Jansson

Under försommaren har två nya Caribou 495 blivit klara.

I Rimbo är Gustav Ryberg i det närmaste klar med sin kanot (fömodligen sjösatt nu – det är jag som är lite sen med uppdateringar ;-) 

Caribou 495 – Gustav Ryberg

"Hej!

Nu är jag nästan färdig med min Caribou 495. Jag vill tacka dig för en fantastisk websida och all hjälp jag har fått via email! Jag har en Flickr sida där jag har lagt upp bilder på projektet. Jag tänkte att du kanske vill ha denna information för att lägga till på din hemsida.

Mvh,
Gustav Ryberg"

...och i Älvsbyn har Tomas Jansson sjösatt sin:

Caribou 495 – Tomas Jansson

"Tack för alla goda råd, Björn!

Tomas jansson"

by Björn Thomasson at June 23, 2017 03:30 pm

SimonWillis.net
Triathlon, cycling, sea kayaking, swimming and life in the Scottish Highlands

First Race of 2017 This Weekend

My first race of 2017 will be the half-Ironman in Staffordshire next Sunday 18th June.  That wasn't the original plan.

My aim had been to race Loch LoMan four weeks earlier and iron out any race-related problems.

Lethargy and a persistent cough, possibly virus, put a month-long hole in my training and pushed me out of the Loch Lomond race.

I'm using a new bike, new trisuit and new nutrition products, all of which work well in training but none of which have been tested under race conditions.

Consequently, I'm not expecting a fantastic result at Staffordshire.  Indeed, I've discussed with my coach Joe Beer and decided to treat this as a tough day's training.  I'll back-off the run rather than going full gas.

That's because my first 'A' race of 2017 happens just two weeks later - unfortunate timing - but I hope to do better at Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh, the first of the brand's visits to Scotland.

I'm slightly concerned about the Staffordshire course.  There have only been two races held there (you can watch the TV coverage for 2015 and 2016) and this year's will be the last.  The 2015 race sold out in 14 minutes, whereas this year's still hasn't sold out.  What's more, it's the last time the event will be held largely in the grounds of Shrugborough because the estate has been sold and, I believe, the new owners have a different focus for the estate.

The TV shows produced by Dreamteam, and with my friend Patrick Winterton as commentator, were useful preparation.  Still I'm driving down mid-week so I'll have time to recce the course and feel relaxed before the inevitable mayhem.  Sadly I'll miss being part of the Adventure Show's coverage of The Celtman this year as it happens on the same weekend.

That's quite a lot of effort for a training race, so I hope it pays off at Edinburgh!

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at June 23, 2017 01:00 pm

Where To Carry All That Stuff On A Triathlon Bike?

That's a serious question - where do you carry it all?

Especially for middle and long course events in the UK and other parts of northern Europe.

The weather can be less than perfect and try jamming a rain jacket into a tiny Tri-suit pocket!

If you have any suggestions / thoughts / ideas please let me know in the comments.

This is my Cervelo P2 rigged for training rides of 4-5 hours in duration around the Scottish Highlands.  Actually, it has never been used for racing.  Staffordhire IM70.3 will (probably) be its first race.

Food is five bars, mostly carried in the front Specialized Remora bento box which fits directly onto mounts in the Cervelo frame.  I carry a PowerBar wafer as a treat in the storage between the bars,
Specialized bento box
with four gels tucked into the zippered X-Lab Stealth Pocket 100 in front of the seat post.

Zipper bento for gels
It works fine, but the X-lab one doesn't sit as flat as I'd like because the rear brake cable comes out of the frame underneath.  It'll sit better during a race because I won't need the rear light.

Fits better without light
Spares and tools are in the Vittoria bottle cage tool bag behind the saddle.  I carry two inner tubes, three co2 cartridges, two tyre levers and a multi-tool so hopefully I'm never stranded miles from anywhere.  Double punctures do happen.  This is heavy so I'd carry less racing.  Alongside the tool-carrier is a spare 75ml drinks bottle.
Tools left, spare bottle right
There's another 75ml of liquid in the Profile Design FC35 'tank' between the bars, with the 'treat' PowerBar and space for wrappers before I find a bin.  I've not used this in racing, but I've ridden with it for a while now and I like having the drinks tube.  The Garmin mount wasn't secure and slipped around, so I glued some inner tube onto the bar to prevent the mount slipping around.

Profile Design front hydration
There used to be 50ml in the Elite Crono aero bottle on the frame.  I'd frequently leave this empty but in place because it weighed mere grams and in my ignorance, I assumed it part-filled a 'hole' in the frame shape so it more aero.

However, I have decided to (perhaps) re-deploy it for UK races where there's a chance of rain.  By cutting a hole in the top of a spare bottle, I can store an inner tube, inflator head, gas cartridge, tyre levers and a Sportful HotPocket rain jacket.  Yeah, it looks a mess in those pictures, but I could easily put gaffa tape over this and only expose the hole if I needed access.

Aero bottle as storage
I have no idea whether this will work.  I showed a photo to my coach and he suspects it will be aero-messy once the tape fails to round-off the top.  Since he knows way, way more about aerodynamics than I do, he's probably correct.

Will tape make this aero or no?
Still, I rather like having this as optional storage, especially if it means getting rid of that Vittoria tool carrier behind my seat.

In fact, that whole behind-the-seat mount could be empty.

Ironman bike aid stations operate 'bottle-exchange', they give you a fresh bottle filled with either water or energy drink.

So I could start with just the front tank and keep topping it up at aid stations along the way.  If I fail to ditch the new bottle before the end of the aid station (the only place you can jettison a used bottle) then I'll just stick it in the rear carrier until the next one.

This is starting to sound like a plan.  I'll test it this week in training, and more importantly during Staffordshire IM70.3, which is really just a 'B' race for me this year.

If you have tried and junked any of these ideas or you can contribute a better way to carry all the stuff, then seriously, I would love to hear from you.  Add your thoughts in the comments below.

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at June 23, 2017 01:00 pm

Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh Bike Course Recce

All three courses, swim bike and run, on the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 have changed since the original maps were posted at the launch of this event.  We're told the final routes are in place but no-one can be certain.

I ran the run route (the old run route!) back in January.  The new iteration is not so different as to give me many concerns, but I will walk it before the event.

However, the swim and the bike are on routes mostly new to me, so a recce was always going to be valuable.  I hope you'll find the info useful too.

Arthur's Seat quickly reached
From a Facebook group for competitors I learnt I would not be able to ride the race bike route in two places because

 a) a private road will be used for a short section at 46.2 miles and

b) the end of the bike route at 54miles would mean cycling the wrong way, against the one-way, traffic coming around Arthur's Seat.

That's the big hill in the centre of the city at the base of which the expo, finish and run will take place.

If you wish to ride the bike route in advance - highly recommended -there are two easy diversions for those above problems.  You can read the details on the Facebook group or just download and follow my .GPX or .TCX track.  I went slightly wrong once, clearly visible at 11 miles, but only for 20ft and was quickly back on course.

The overal impression of the route is one through rolling farmland.

It starts flat on the coast and ends in the city, but between the two it's fields fields fields.  There were no long hills to slowly crank up for ages.  There were lots of short, sometimes very steep hills where the route dropped into a stream valley and had to climb out the other side.

Frequent potholes on descents
The road surface is moderately good with sections that are pretty poor.

Quite a few stretches of road are not smooth but chunky, rough tarmac that's very draggy on a bike.

Almost every descent cannot be taken on tri-bars because there's a 'surprise' part way down; a pothole (crater in some cases), a torn section of road surface, a sudden turn in the course or, in one case, a stop sign and major road to cross.

Whenever heading into a tree-covered corridor descent, or one were you can't see the exit, I'm going to play safe.

The 'toughest' bit for me, certainly the most technical, is the loop out of Gifford.  It starts with a  climb and there's lots of the aforementioned hazards right up until you drop back down to Gifford again.  The excellent Lanterne Rouge cafe is well worth a coffee stop if you're doing the recce.

Really?  This is the route?
Riding back into the city you can see the finish from quite a distance, because Arthur's Seat is such a distinctive landmark.

Initially it looks like it'll take ages to reach, but you get to the bottom surprisingly fast.

Curiously, this involved a leg through a housing estate including a pedestrian area with offset railings designed to slow cycles!

Edit: I'm told (via Facebook) that the railings will be removed and ramps put in place to cope with the curbs.

I rode a slow recce on my winter bike and on race day will definitely use a tri bike.  However, I will put on a bigger cassette to help with those short sharp rises.  I did my swim after my ride and it was fine.

The swim and bike routes did feel quite exposed to wind, especially from the North to Easterly quarter.  That would give a choppy swim and a tough initial part to the bike.  That said, since most of the route is in a westerly direction, it will probably even out.

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at June 23, 2017 01:00 pm

Great Lessons From My Bad Race at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire

"If you learn more from a bad race than a good one", I wrote to my coach after finishing Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire last weekend, "then I've just had a great lesson".

It was an eight hour drive home, giving me plenty of thinking time.  I then poured over the metrics from my Garmin and know a lot more about what went on.

But there's something more basic than that.

It's all about expectations.  Another athlete, with the same coach, was jubilant about her result yet she was slower than me.

Stupidly, I expected to improve on my result at Weymouth IM70.3 last September.

I conveniently ignored the facts that I had gone into Weymouth much fitter, fortified by a year of full ironman training and competition.  Not only had I lost fitness over winter, I'd managed minimal training in March and April due to a virus.

All this I ignored.  Stupid.

My swim was almost the slowest I've done for 1.9km, 41minutes.  My 3:07:16 bike was good and matched Weymouth to within one second.  But my run was a disaster 2:16:11, twenty two minutes down.  At least I could smile when I tweeted from the finish area.


Driving home, thinking things through, I turned on the Oxygenaddict Podcast and heard triathlon legend Mark Allen say, "the only bad race is one where you don't learn anything".  Motivated, I drilled down into my numbers.


Swim - my speed was not too bad.  My pace was only 2" per 100yds slower than Weymouth, so that would account for 48".  It might have been because I hadn't managed a body warm-up or because this race started with Age Group waves, within which we self-seeded for expected time.  That meant fewer bodies in the water, so less of a moving flow of humanity carrying swimmers forward.  Also fewer good feet to follow.

I swam like a drunken duck
What mainly went wrong with the swim was my sighting.  On a 1.9km swim, I swam 2.2km, zig-zagging all over the place.  Weymouth was a simple out-and-back whereas Staffordshire was a loop with separate starts and finishes.  Clearly I need to pay more attention to my straight line swimming, and must focus more on the course pre-swim.


Bike - at first glance this looks good.  Almost the same average speed to Weymouth but for 30watts less average power.  However, my heart rate was much, much higher.  And why couldn't I get those extra 30 watts?  

This I will discuss with my coach later today and reassess my power numbers.

Likely it was a combination of adverse situations.  30C heat was utterly frying and my HR skyrockets in such conditions.  I made a basic nutrition mistake, adding extra flavoured electrolyte tabs to my bottles to help with the heat but instead it produced a sickly, syrupy mess.  It was my first race on my Cervelo P2.  And, of course, I'm not as fit as at Weymouth.


Run - because of those factors, my run became a shuffle.  Stomach cramps seized me the moment I rose from the bike, I couldn't down any energy products just water, and I nearly pulled out on the first lap.  Despite the baking heat, I'm sure my form was best on the last of three laps.


In advance I'd written this was only a training race, my first of 2017.  I would save my legs for Edinburgh 70.3 on 2nd July.  I now realise that, even if everything goes to plan my fitness is not yet where it was, and won't be for another month at least.  Perhaps Edinburgh will hand me another learning opportunity?  

by Simon Willis (noreply@blogger.com) at June 23, 2017 07:30 am

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Thu 22/06-2017 Day 90

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat Bay west
Acc: tent
Dist: 36,3 km
Start: 6:10 End: 13:35

Time to get up early this morning at 4 am! I had to pack my last bits and pieces of food and gear, while Steve was impatiently waiting for me to load my stuff and to drop me at the harbor. He had his “weekend” of his main job, and wanted to go fishing today! That is something a women should not hold up :-). Steve had already launched his boat to the harbor yesterday, and was ready geared up in waders and warm hat and sweatshirt. Good luck on the King Salmon today!

I was finally also packed at the harbor, an Steve escorted me out of Yakutat with his boat for a few minutes. Bye, bye, Yakutat and all it’s nice people! It was quite an unexpected memorable pit stop in this small community of 600. Thanks a lot to Steve Dice and all his friends to look after me so well! And thanks to Joel Meier to hook me up online with Steve. A good choice!

I kind of sadly paddled out to cross Yakutat Bay, but also looking forward to continue my “mission”. It was a calm dry day, with low seas of a meter, I had nothing to suffer besides the usual tiredness after a city pit stop. Too many things going on! After about half an hour, I heard a boat behind me – Geoff drove up to me for a last farewell with his fishing charter, with a bunch of tourist fishermen on board busy taking pics. That was a nice move, thanks, Geoff! Now I was really back on my very own again. I was lucky to mostly have some current with me, and made reasonable progress.

A huge cruise came in again, I was just 1/3 across and felt I was just in their line to drive to the glacier. But they suddenly changed course and passed in a well distance behind me – did they see me, or did someone alert the captain on the radio that there is a lonely kayaker out on the bay? Usually, those huge ships don’t change direction so obviously and suddenly…?

I feasted quite early on smoked King Salmon and crackers Steve has packed for me, delicious, thanks! Some weird current changes appeared in the middle of the straight crossing, but nothing to bring me out of my line. I just had to deal with a dumping surf landing on high tide on the other side. Well padded with helmet and PFD, I timed it right and rode in safely and dry on the back of a large wave. I erected my tent on clean cobbles, while I was stunningly watching the massive dumpers coming in. Thank goodness, as the tide went down, they diminished a lot to an hopefully easy launch on tomorrow morning’s low tide. I will sleep well and early tonight!

by Freya at June 23, 2017 02:15 am

Wed 21/06-2017 Day 89

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat
Acc: Steve’s house
no paddling today

Today turned out to be the highlight of my stay in Yakutat! The morning went fast with uploading pictures and other internet stuff on the freshly installed fast access, when Richard called to confirm I could be on a ship going out to the huge glacier at the end of Yakutat Bay! The ship was the “Ocean Cape”, quite a sizable ship used now for bringing out pilots to the huge cruise ships who want to enter the bay and visit the glacier. And there are quite some cruises going in there! Up to twice a day. But different to Sitka, the cruise passengers are not dumped at Yakutat.

I had to quickly squeeze in my food shopping for the next leg, which I had not done yet as I was yesterday stupid enough to not be able to start Steve’s truck – I was pressing the clutch on start just a centimeter less deep than necessary. Weak women…I had barely half packed my food, when I had to drive again with Steve’s truck to be in the boat harbor in time at 12.30. This trip was a very special one – we were only 8 people on the huge ship, including the captain Joe and his wife Melissa who were supposed to get married in front of the glacier! A very special place to do so, and I was honored to be invited to be a special marriage and trip guest. Thanks very much to Steve and Richard to organize this for me! You guys are the best!

Four of us spent the one hour ride up to the glacier on deck well dressed in warm and windproof clothing and a rescue jacket. This ship is a workhorse, not a luxury cruise, and has partly no side rail. Every time one person likes to get in or out the cabin, the captain has to slow down to give a safe passage holding only on the inner handrail. Just one step to the wrong side and you fall into the icy water!

The radar showed early that there is one huge cruise ship in the glacier bay, and we were hoping to still find the open ice free passage in their wake, to get as close as the cruise to the glacier tongue. But about 4 miles or such we had to stop, the ice was too thick to continue up to the cruise. The chance to proceed with the wedding ceremony! Captain Joe stopped the engine, Richard stopped the generator, and it was peaceful silence around us in a magic world of ice and snow. Mary-Kay was leading the ceremony in official mission, amazingly a “first” here at this magic place! It was heartwarming and touching to listen and watch, and as Joe “dropped” Melissa’s ring rolling into the water with a clear metal sound, everybody’s heart was stopping…the bastard had only been dropping a dime on purpose!

Eventually, all was set and a big heartwarming wedding kiss finalized the ceremony, with Joe and Melissa happy allover. Congratulations! We were spotting an interesting iceberg to the right, and suddenly a lightly open passage through the ice showed up to cross the two miles of thick ice floes to the open water just upfront the glacier tongue, exactly where the massive cruise ship was sitting. We could take a few close up pictures, before the cruise turned off and we were quickly following the “ice breaker” close up in his wake in now easy open water back into the ice free wide bay.

Our party had moved meanwhile to the bow of the ship, when I got the idea to fool around on the rail just upfront the bridge with the captain’s window and on the bow rail. Old gymnastic habits…first I created a pair of new “windshield wipers” for Joe with my legs, and some other version of headstand followed in “Titanic” style. Suddenly, Marsha joined surprisingly in with a bunch of Yoga moves like a full split, a bridge and others. She is 60-something!!! We had a lot of fun, and took many pics with the huge cruise ship just a few meter upfront our bow. Thanks to Neil to provide me a bunch of his pics! I’m so sorry I had no time to edit the many pictures and to upload them already the evening after the trip, I was invited into Geoff’s house together with Steve and Richard for dinner, and our ship was coming back home later than expected. So this has to wait until Cordova, my next city stop.

Geoff was temporary bachelor with his wife Chris unfortunately out of town, and was pleased to have us around. Thanks for the invitation and grilled fish, Geoff! I really think I’m here in Yakutat in the fish eating paradise, as I got self-caught fish served almost every day in any version. Yummy! I had once more an entertaining longish evening together with a bunch of the nicest folks in the world. Thank you so much to all people I met here to welcome and to integrate me so warmly in your small community! I really felt “at home”… The spirit in such a remote small community is to compare with nothing elsewhere. Everyone knows and (mostly) likes each other, greets each other on driving by, and you can leave house and car open all day with no problems. Amazing! I would love to be back one day and to stay longer.

by Freya at June 23, 2017 01:29 am

June 22, 2017

PaddlingLight.com
Lightweight canoe and kayak travel

Wooden Boat Show in Grand Marais Trip Report

It’s that time of the year when wood boat builders gather in the northern reach of the state of Minnesota and show off their wood boats. This year wooden canoes, both new and restored, stole the show. Without further ado, here’s the pictures.

Seliga Wide Plank, 17′, Restored at the North House Folk School

Thompson Brother Indian, 16′, restored by Mike Knuth of Duluth, MN.

20th Anniversary Canoe, 18 ft, Based on E.M. White “Guide” Model, Built at the North House Folk School

1928 Old Town Canoe, model not listed. This was up for auction. The starting bid was $300.

Skin-on-frame Canoe, 17′ 6″, Based on the Atkinson Traveler

The kayaks

Fletcher Fancy, 15′, built by Thelma Camrom

St. Croix Canoes cedar strip, details unknown

Building the 6-day birchbark canoe. They built this over six days and launched it when finished.

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by Bryan Hansel at June 22, 2017 08:33 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

In Search of “Ground Photo Timothy”

I had reached out to my old paddling partner Jason ‘Kiwi’ Goldstein just to catch up and during the course of our conversation mentioned that I’d be out at the coast over the weekend. Turns out he was going to be heading up to explore the old Naselle Air Force Station, call sign “Ground Photo […]

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by Steve Weileman at June 22, 2017 03:53 pm

Pouls kajakblog
Jeg hedder Poul, og jeg er kajakoholiker! Denne blog - der mest er min egen dagbog over mit "kajakliv" - handler om mine kajakture og det udstyr jeg benytter mig af.

Rotur ved Korsør

Det var næsten helt vindstille, da jeg roede af sted fra den lille strand ved Isbådmusset på Halskov Odde.

 Turen gik lidt ned langs kysten forbi Korsør og gennem havnen et slag ind på Korsør Nor
14 rolige km

by Pouls kajakblog (noreply@blogger.com) at June 22, 2017 12:01 pm

Manolo Pastoriza

Curso intensivo (nivel I) - 12,13 y 14 de agosto

Muchas gracias por el interés y acogida que han tenido las convocatorias para los 2 cursos intensivos organizados para julio. 

En agosto, volvemos a organizar otro curso de formación intensivo para los días 12-13 y 14 de agosto, orientado a aprender las técnicas de kayak de mar.



1º día: Técnica de palada



Una buena técnica de palada, hará que puedas hacer travesías más largas con menor esfuerzo, mayor rendimiento y SEGURIDAD, utilizando unas técnicas u otras a nuestra conveniencia. Fotos


2º día: Técnica de roll (esquimotaje).

Aprenderemos la realización de esta técnica si es tu primera vez y para los que ya sepan hacerla podrán perfeccionar o aprender otros tipos de roll.  Vídeo


3º día: Clinic

Consistirá en realizar y aprender las técnicas de SEGURIDAD (rescates y autorrescates) para luego realizar una pequeña travesía por la Ría de Vigo, Costa da Vela y/o la Ría de Aldán donde practicaremos lo aprendido.  Esta ruta estará adaptada al nivel de los participantes y la climatología. 




Plazas limitadas: 6 participantes.
Contacto: manolopastoriza@gmail.com

by Manolo Pastoriza (noreply@blogger.com) at June 22, 2017 12:00 pm

Merci pour le kayak !
Pratique du kayak de mer

Norvège sud (8) : fin !

Voici la liste des articles parus concernant la côte sud de la Norvège, d’est en ouest. Ils font suite à une itinérance de 20 jours consécutifs en kayak de mer, de Kragero à Flekkefjord, en passant par la Pointe de Lista. (1) Impressions : l’itinéraire et un tour d’horizon de cette côte (2) Navigation : […]

by Arzhela at June 22, 2017 09:11 am

Retour de Norvège sud (7) : savoir-vivre dehors

Le bivouac est un droit, il est inscrit dans la loi en Norvège, on a apprécié un « savoir-vivre dehors » dans ce pays. Les aires aménagées sont appréciables pour bivouaquer. Le « service bygg » Tous les ports, petits ou grands, mettent à dispostion une maison de services : le « service bygg ». Eau potable, douches chaudes (avec pièces de […]

by Arzhela at June 22, 2017 09:04 am

Horisont Kajak
Kajak i Stockholms Skärgård

MEET OUR TEAM

MEET THE TEAM 2017

Matcha rätt kajakkurs med rätt Paddelpass hos Horisont Kajak.

The Horisont Kajak Team 2017

These ladies are our core. Sanna, Karolina or Carin welcome you when you arrive at Horisont Kajak for picking up your rental kayak. You will meet us when you arrive for a course or if you want to test a kayak from Seakayaking UK.

Sanna has enriched our business (and life) for 4 years now. A trained wilderness guide who takes on every challenge with a Finnish Sisu calmness. She runs the rental division, coaches courses and fixes broken kayaks.

Karolina is a born natural when it comes to customer relations. She is a trained wilderness guide with a big smile. She is head of the grass trimmer, a wizard with the accounting system and helps out with courses and guiding.

Carin stands in the Control Tower and has been running Horisont Kajak for 12 years now. She is never where you would expect her to be. And she never finds her keys. But if you look to the horizon, you might spot her.

THE COACHES

Meet our coaches. The guys who have human jobs and runs off to coach and practice sea kayaking and coaching on their free time from work. Horisont Kajak wouldn’t be one of Swedens busyiest coaching centers without them.

Lars Jäderström

Lars Jäderström

När han kommer från kontoret väljer han oftast kajaken, men vänsterprasslar då och då med klätterutrustningen. Reser gärna långt och blött eller bergigt med blytung ryggsäck. Anser genom personlig erfarenhet att hypotermi och långa kalla bad är överskattat och bör förebyggas med kompetens. Fattar främst paddeln för att släppa taget om vardagen och få en nära-livet-upplevelse.

  • BCU Level 2 Coach
  • BCU 4*
  • EPP Blå Examinator
  • NIL Examinator
  • Wilderness First Aid

Bengt Allebrink

Bengt Allebrink

En uppfinnarjocke med det norrländska lugnet som en aura runt sej, om det så är mitt i en stormroll eller i ett walesiskt tidvattenrace. Gärna med en kamera i andra handen. Finns det bara en enda människa på jorden som inte går att stressa så måste det vara Bengt.

  • BCU Level 1 coach
  • EPP Blå Examinator
  • NIL Instruktör
  • Wilderness First Aid

Birgitta Bergström

Birgitta Bergström

Pedagogisk och metodisk. Det finns få saker som kan få orubbligt lunga Gittan ur balans. Med sina 152 cm står hon stadigt på jorden och löser alla situationer. Kan det vara den finska sisun som färdats någon generation?

  • BCU 3*
  • EPP Blå Examinator
  • NIL Instruktör
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Idrottslärare

Birgitta Nilsen

Birgitta har sagt i ungefär 10 år att ”hon paddlat i ungefär 5 år”. 5 låååånga år då hon hela tiden samlat kunskap som en ekorre och bidrar till Horisont med sitt lugna, trygga ledarskap och förmågan att ”lösa allt”.

  • BCU 3*
  • EPP Gul Examinator
  • Wilderness First Aid

Johan Skarelius

Johan Skarelius

Reklamare som helst flyr till havet men när vattnet är för hårt blir det skidbacken. Trivs lika bra på Kebenekaise som i ett tidvatten-race utanför Wales eller på favoritön Svartlöga i Stockholms Skärgård.

  • BCU 4* Sea
  • EPP Grön Examinator
  • Turledare 1
  • Wilderness First Aid

Anna Björnström

Anna Björnström

Få kan lära ut rollar som Anna. Flitigast instruktör på våra Bassängkurser i Gustavsbergsbadet under den mörka säsongen. Hjälper oss med formgivning och leder H2O-turer.

  • Wilderness First Aid

Jonas Andersson

Jonas Andersson

När han kastar av sej människokläderna hittar man honom paddlandes utanför sommarstället i Runmarötrakten eller på alla fyra, snickrandes en brygga. Möjligen hittar du honom på ett skär nästan på väg till Åland.

  • Wilderness First Aid

Om oss

Skrattgaranti

Nästan alla våra instruktörer har ”ett riktigt jobb”. De flyr kontorsstolen, golvet eller andra 9-5-plikter för att få komma ut och dela med sej av sin kunskap till dej. Vi knyter till oss instruktörer som har ett genuint intresse för människor och livslångt lärande. Vi vill hela tiden bli bättre på att ta dej dit du vill. Oavsett om det är din första kajakupplevelse eller en tur till ett annat hörn av världen. För oss är det viktigt med #Skrattgaranti. Har man inte roligt lär man sej inte lika mycket. Vi samlar på licenser och certifikat för att vi tror att det utvecklar oss likaväl som det hjälper dej. Och nej – vi paddlar inte alltid med hjälm. Men vi älskar att vara i miljöer där den är bra att ha.

FÖRETAGET

Horisont Kajak såg dagens ljus 2004. Det var resultatet av vår önskan att få leva vårt största gemensamma intresse –  att hitta bort från asfalt och hem till doften av hav och landsbygd. Sedan vår första, trevande säsong 2005 har vi målinriktat utvecklat företaget till en leverantör av tjänster i form av kurser i havskajak från introduktionsnivå upp till instruktörsförberedande nivåer och produkter som ska passa såväl den nyfikna som entusiasten.

I vårt stall av instruktörer brinner vi alla för havspaddling. De flesta av oss är certifierade av Nordisk Instruktörslicens för Havspaddling, några som Hjälpinstruktörer och några som Instruktörer. Några av oss har plockat stjärnor i det brittiska systemet för havspaddling, BCU. Vi är också många som kan och får examinera i Euro Paddle Pass, EPP, som stöds av Svenska Kanotförbundet.

När du kommer till oss på Norråva, längst ute på Värmdö, hoppas vi att du också stannar upp en liten stund och känner lugnet och mellanskärgårdens gynnsamma inverkan på kropp och själ. Vi hoppas att du lämnar oss med en fin kajakupplevelse att stoppa i må-bra-luckan, oavsett om du kommit för att hyra kajak, delta i en av våra kurser eller köpa din nya ögonsten.

Välkommen, önskar

Lars och Carin och alla på Horisont

Inlägget MEET OUR TEAM dök först upp på Horisont Kajak.

by Carin at June 22, 2017 05:51 am

June 21, 2017

CackleTV
snippets of life from an adventure filmmaker

Arctic Women’s Playground

It’s midnight again and I haven’t gone to bed because the sun is still shining! It’s so hard to drag yourself away from hot sun, turquoise waters, and snow-clad mountains on the horizon. Not to mention the laughing women and fine food! I recently got back from teaching at the wonderful Arctic Women’s playground near […]

by Justine at June 21, 2017 09:30 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Mon 19/06-2017 Day 87

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat
Acc: Steve’s house
no paddling today

The day was full of city chores as usual, Steve was out working, I had slow internet up to the late afternoon. I uploaded my tracks and wrote my last updates and some e-mails, but the internet at Steve’s house quit unfortunately working just when I started to upload pictures.
So this has to wait until tomorrow!

We had a restaurant meal yesterday, today was got a great home cooked dinner of blackened self-caught salmon with some desert of a huge bowl of fruit salad and ice cream. Just what the doctor ordered! I also caught up on some sleep from the paddle through the night, but not really enough yet…see how it goes the next days!

A brief visit before dinner to Hans and Tanya who operate an airline charter, and to Steve’s co-worker Tony provided me with useful information and contacts about my upcoming paddle along the coast. Thanks for some great company and talks, guys! I like it how the small local community here holds together…you drive along the roads and everyone is greeting you, in every location people know each other – so different to most other places!

by Freya at June 21, 2017 03:04 am

Tue 20/06-2017 Day 88

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat
Acc: Steve’s house
no paddling today

Steve put the internet back to work this morning before he left for work – but it took exactly 10 min and it was gone again. I was unfortunately offline all day, but worked a bit on my kayak and gear, was set for an overdue hairdresser appointment which unfortunately got canceled and borrowed Steve’s fat bike for a ride around the area in nice sunshine. So I got not much work done on my pictures and other online chores, but had some relaxing time being forced offline. I couldn’t even log in with my German cell phone, which had worked fine in Sitka. Patience! Paul, the local internet serice, was working on some new fast internet access today, maybe it is back tonight!

The weather window looked yesterday good to continue paddling on Thursday, we’ll see how it develops!

by Freya at June 21, 2017 02:57 am

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Inflatable Ennui

This past week, Tacoma hosted the Festival of Sail, a collection of 25 or so sailing vessels, square-riggers, schooners, gaff-rigged barks and other nautical period pieces that bring the past back to life, at least for a short moment. The beauty and grace of these vessels, whether bobbing at dock side or under full sail out in the bay, seems to offer a silent rebuke to the industrialization of the sea, to the mega-freighters and super tankers long on productivity and completely bereft of soul.

At least that’s how it seems to me.

And for some reason, this particular homage to the golden age of sail also included the world’s largest rubber ducky. 50 feet tall, dorky squat and disturbingly massive at the same time, it’s the bathtub toy we all got tired of years ago, blown up to ludicrous size, its featureless gob senselessly dominating the marina skyline. Almost 14 tons of lemony vinyl, a petroleum and plastic idol for a frivolous people.

Not that everyone is happy about it. It’s going to Canada next, and apparently causing quite the stir. Of course, even in Canada, the arguments against the duck are mainly centered around the insanely high rental cost for a grande-sized inanimate object that doesn’t actually do anything. I can certainly respect that point of view as well, but I was thinking about the other kinds of atrocity that this particular “art” is showcasing.

A day or two later, I was at the Point Defiance Zoo, looking at the incredible pieces of art on display from Washed Ashore, an Oregon group that makes sculptures out of marine debris. An octopus, a shark, a field of anemone and a tufted puffin… the detail was incredible and the combined force of the message could not be missed. The majority of the raw materials were gleaned from beaches from California to Alaska, eternal detritus that had been cast aside, as if it had anywhere to go.

That duck, that big-ass duck, it will be out here someday too. Pieces of it will be, anyway, and maybe someone will be picking up its crusty shards from the sand a generation from now. If I had to explain my visceral disaffection for the useless duck-shaped balloon, it would probably come down to my understanding that now that it is here, it will never really go away. It’s plastic, that duck, and by definition, that makes it garbage. That makes it something that will outlive us all, that will never disappear.

I enjoyed the Washed Ashore exhibit. I am already looking forward to the next  coastal picking trip and the chance to retrieve a few more bags of marine debris. Who’s in?

 

by Ken Campbell at June 21, 2017 02:53 am

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Upcoming Events - This Saturday in Hoboken, and July 15 all over the "6th Borough"

Just the quickest of posts tonight to share a couple of upcoming events that are sure to be great fun - both are free, family friendly, and you don't need to know the pointy end from the square end (or in the case of a kayak, the pointy end from, uh, the other pointy end) to have a great time!

This coming Saturday, June 24th, join Ke Aloha Outrigger and the Hoboken Cove Boathouse for a day of good fun, good food, friendly competition, and a big dose of Aloha spirit. All are welcome at the 1st Annual Hudson River Cup Race and Family Festival. I'm hoping they have a great turnout!


And then on July 15th, it's time once again for the Waterfront Alliance's annual City of Water Day. It started on Governor's Island, but now there are events all over the NYC waterfront, and some in NJ too! You can join us at the Sebago Canoe Club in Canarsie, you can head for the main festival on Governor's Island, or you can check out the main City of Water Day page for locations all around the waterfront of our amazing "6th Borough" (the perfect name for our local waterways, dreamed up by great local boatblogger Tugster Will). Again, all are welcome! 

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at June 21, 2017 02:19 am

June 20, 2017

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Loreto Islands Challenge

Earlier this year I was in Antarctica. It is not often that one comes along unique 'organized expeditions' in very remote areas and with itineraries that require above average paddling ability and experience.

End of October, Ginni Callahan of Sea Kayak Baja Mexico is guiding a 20-day paddling challenge that combines all the islands of the Loreto National Marine Park, including the remote islands of Montserrat and Santa Catalina.

The remote islands of the Loreto National Marine Park are unique, scientifically significant, absolutely beautiful, and require special permits to visit. Very few people ever get to go, and no other kayak outfitter has ever brought a group to the most remote island, Santa Catalina. Ginni has been there before and is now organizing it for a group of skilled paddlers.

Because of the remoteness and the paddling distances for the crossings, the required paddling ability is BCU 4* Sea or equivalent or better.

This is another of those rare opportunities for skilled paddlers to join such a special trip. And Baja gives you an extra month of Summer.

For more information : Loreto Islands Challenge

by noreply@blogger.com (Axel) at June 20, 2017 08:00 pm

kajak.nu
ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

Kvällsrunda på Skälderviken

Igår tog vi en kvällsrunda på Skälderviken. Sjösatte vid niosnåret och paddlade en runda i fint solnedgångsljus. Oskrynkligt vatten. Lite fiskare på pirarna och några båtar ute men ändå ganska lugnt med tanke på superfinvädret.

Inlägget Kvällsrunda på Skälderviken dök först upp på kajak.nu.

by Erik Sjöstedt at June 20, 2017 02:22 pm

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Eel River Mountains to Sea - Day 6

Into the Redwoods
On Day 6, we launched from Cain Creek Crossing and continued down river.  Our spirits were a little low as it was raining again, and we knew that the whitewater portion of our trip was over.

Before too long, our spirits soared.  This current was moving us along quickly and the scenery was spectacular with lots of waterfalls.  We don't have a lot of good photos from this stretch of the river because of the low light and rain but our memories of it are how serenely beautiful it was.

We saw lots of nice beaches for camping.  The area was becoming more forested.  We were starting to see more coniferous trees along the river including redwoods.  It was a great day for floating and contemplation.

We stopped for lunch to explore a side creek that had numerous cascading waterfalls.  (one advantage of the rainy weather).

Just above the confluence with the South Fork of the Eel River, we were awed by redwood trees towering over us on both banks.  In some spots, the redwood trees, overgrew the railroad trestles. We were on the edge of Avenue of the Giants.

When we went under the Dyerville Bridge just above the confluence with the South Fork Eel, we knew the remote wilderness portion of our trip was over.  It had been a long day on the water.  We covered over 24 miles and were tired and chilled from all day in the rain.  We floated down to a gravel bar where Chris Creek enters the Eel River and set up camp.  We ate dinner and crawled into our tent for the night.



by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at June 20, 2017 07:00 am

June 19, 2017

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Sun 18/06-2017 Day 86

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat
Acc: Steve’s house
continued paddle through the night

It really could have been worse conditions on this night paddle! I was warm-ish, dry-ish, had enough to eat and drink, could pee, it was dry from the sky, calm-ish seas and light enough not to have to additionally fight sea sickness.
Just the tiredness kicked in as usually, a few cat naps on the front- or back deck were helpful to me. My lower back felt only a bit sore on the backrest on the long run, and there was this tiny itching spot on my back I had a hard time to reach…but again, it could be much worse!

When the full morning light came back, seas were looking even mre smooth, and I could have tried to paddle into the last suitable river mouth to land, the Ahrnklin River, but I was so far out and I was too tired to even give it a try. And what are another 25 km now…I was yearning to have a shower, a dry place to relax and some nice company at my new host’s place. Paddle on!

I finally cold spot the headland of Yakutat Bay, so just an easy paddle around the corner, and you’ll be “home and housed”! What first looked like “just around the corner”, dragged out to be a very wide berth through tidal waters, avoiding to get caught at the shore break and trapped in one of the many solid fishing nets. I was maybe an hour too late, and had to paddle either in slack water or even a bit against the current, but I slowly but surely made headway into the bay, around the corner and could eventually spot Yakutat city!

Yakutat has 600 people, no road access, but a twice a day jet flying in, and a once a months ferry going south or north. My host is Steve Ddice, through a connection of Joel Meier, an avid paddler and blog follower. Joel has been Steve’s old professor. Steve is not a paddler, but a surfer by heart with great conditions on his doorstep and many other sports interest. He has traveled the world and lives the typical life of a man in a remote Alaskan place with a lot of fishing, hunting and part-time also commercial fishing besides his main job at the airport and other places which needs big machine operation. He is a great company and good source of local knowledge. Thanks for looking after me, Steve!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 07:55 pm

Sat 17/06-2017 Day 85

Pos: 59.5471,-139.7316
Loc: Yakutat
Acc: Steve’s house
Dist: 105 km
Start: 10:15 End: 10:50 24 hrs later

I liked to be on the water this morning as early as first light allowed, if the raising tide would allow me to get off this beach and out of the entrance. Yesterday afternoon, the entrance looked clean even on high tide. This early morning’s low tide was at 1.15 am, and I was aiming to be on the water at least at 3 am if not earlier. I had already packed my bags besides taking the tent down, as I only wanted to walk out of my tent into the drizzling rain in my dry suit to have a look on the beach to make my final decision.

The beach break still looked all right to get out 1,5 hrs after low tide, but the entrance or rather my exit now looked much more confused than yesterday, even from a higher spot. I was pondering to give it a go or not, walked twice back and forth and had already plucked out my tent pegs, when I finally decided NOT to leave today. The soaking wet gear and continuous may have added to my decision to find shelter again inside my tent and to unpack my bags again.

I got warm and cozy once more inside my sleeping bag and fleece line (a very important piece of gear to me!!!), and went straight back to sleep, the rain dropping reassuring on my tent wall that I did the right decision.

Surely, when I woke again twice, I once more stuck me head out of the tent, especially when the tide was dropping again. It had also a brief spell of no rain, and I walked out to have another look around 9 am, 2 hrs after high tide. Now it looked like I could get out safe! I had only planned to paddle those 35 km to the Akwe River, or I may land again on the open coast somewhere it may look doable. I could also check on Dangerous River in 50 km, both distances I could still do from launching at 10 am within day light. And if nothing works, I simply keep on paddling to the next river mouth through the short night, or even head straight to Yakutat…what’s another 100 km leg? I have done many longer ones…and the night and next day’s fore cast would be even nicer than today.

I packed for the second time today, and was on the water easy on 10.15 am eventually. When I paddled along the breaker line to find the calm exit, I once more experienced that from a high dune or even only from standing on the shore, things look different than from the perspective of sitting low inside a kayak. I couldn’t say I was spotting a clean unbroken line out now…paddle a bit more back east…this must be it…I turned out, noticed the main current increasing my speed, and was hoping for the best. True, it was not really breaking, but still quite lumpy on the exit! Especially when I decided I need to turn west now, it took me a while to get free of the intimidating waves, still breaking here or there. But am I not used to paddle through those kind of “minefields”, even at night??

I made it to clean unbroken water with no problems, and relaxed. Still, the seas were as forecasted double the size of yesterday, and things were feeling and looking quite different today. It was also amazing that I felt paddling in confused lumpy river currents a dozen times ever so often on the way up to the first real open river, the Akwe River mouth, despite there was only a continuous sand bar and no outflow at all. But I know, rivers can also reach the sea subterranean, and this will be the case here.

Unfortunately for me, the Akwe River mouth with the smaller Italo River mouth inside was not looking open at all. I had already donned my helmet and was ready to go in, turning already into the coast, when I decided NO, this is not worth the risk! I will simply keep on paddling, and see how the surf break and the next river mouth will develop. I have not much to suffer out here! Especially when i discovered for myself how much warmer it was on my head to have the helmet on. Sure, I know, when you have cold feet, put a hat on, but I might have not really been aware how really soaked my head gear was? My Gore-Tex dry suit hood does not cover all of my scarf pieces, so like with a wick effect, the rain water slowly soaks it all.

And I remembered I had another treat waiting in my day hatch – a whole fresh fluffs dry set of even brand new scarfs I have not used yet! The fore cast was saying it would be a dry night and next day, so when I thought now this was the last rainy bit, I removed the warm helmet, changed into dry headgear, and felt like having just jumped into my dry cozy sleeping bag 🙂 My feet warmed up to a degree I could stand, and I could even leave the helmet away which is not extremely comfortable on the long run.
Ready to tackle the short northern night!

Well, maybe i should have carried an over cag, and should have kept a new breakfast bag and maybe even more drinking water handy? I kind of knew I may have to stay out?? The night is in these latitudes here in the time of the year only two hours where it is kind of gray-dark, and this already is feeling very different to the southern nights in Australia or South America where I had to stay out quite often. And it was half moon. I knew, as soon as darkness comes, I rather have to fight mental tiredness not to fall asleep. My body can keep on working for so much longer. My method to stay awake is to sing, loud and mostly stupid made up texts, thank goodness nobody is around! What are two hours of half-darkness, it was a dry night, I was warmish, I had enough to eat and drink (so far), and at the end, even to Yakutat fully, it would be “only” 100 km. I had done 160-180 km more than once…not on this trip, an not with my current age though…

But I was fine. I was calling Peter once at night for a mental boost, and pondered to try to go into the calm looking Dangerous River mouth around 10 pm. I was approaching a bit from my quite offshore position to have a better look, but also realized my GPS speed dropped down to almost 1 km/h on about 2 hrs after high tide, so this would also not be a good idea now! And this river name…a bad omen.

So just keep on paddling!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 07:52 pm

Fri 16/06-2017 Day 84

Pos: 59.1227,-138.6002
Loc: Dry Bay
Acc: tent
Dist: 36,5 km
Start: 05:20 End: 11:50

When I decided to land yesterday, I guessed already, it may be more calm closer to the small point before the glacier river outflow, a few kilometers down the coast? But I wanted to top up my water, and this small river here looked inviting. Landing was ok yesterday, but launching this morning took me a bit more effort. It looked all right, but I probably dragged my heavy kayak too early too close to the back surge line, and had to wait long and to fight hard to keep it from being sucked down or washed sideways.

I changed my grip position on the cockpit and front or back deck lines depending on the direction of the surge and wash up, stemmed my feet and partially my ass with all my body weight into the sand to keep control. And after seemingly endless waves and minutes avoiding to get rid of the kayak on one side, and to not get any water or worse – cobbles and sand – into the cockpit on the other side, I dared to push my kayak out and to jump on. Only on the final push, I caught a moderate wave into the cockpit. My electrical pump came to action, and it took a while until my heart rate and adrenalin level was back to normal.

It was already raining on packing, and it was raining continuously all day. I turned around the rocky small headland where the Grand Plateau glacier lake had an outflow as two waterfalls over rocks. I couldn’t spot the glacier, only forest with the two rivers. Especially before and also after the spot, the sea was breaking very low on the sandy beach and I could have easily landed as I was suspecting yesterday. A whale was playing around, wind and seas were low, all was ok.

The following wind picked up, the sea lifted accordingly, but I made good speed and was even pondering to go further than Dry Bay, to make the best out of the following wind. But It was so freezing fucking cold and wet I decided to stop at Dry Bay as planned. I had studied the satellite image carefully before, and had marked two lines of entrance into the bay. On approaching one hour before low tide, I could see a clean line of breakers offshore, and my marked side line seemed to be open. I sneaked upfront the breaker line into the bay with no problems, and even dared to cut right across the current to the other side, which almost made me washed back to the other line of low breakers…the current was still stronger than I thought. But with a bit of harder paddling, I ferry glided across into the large eddy behind a dry spit which is probably covered at higher tide.

I first tried to go fully into the bay to have a bit of wind shelter, paddled along the sand bar to the entrance, but the last corner was too heavy current to get around. I either would have to drag my kayak over a small sand spit, or I would have to stay on the outer entrance side. Ok, on low tide this is a wide eddy and the beach is shallow easy landing, what will be on higher tide? I might have to wait again until lower tide when the sand spit would be exposed again and provide shelter.

Now I just wanted to land, and to get dry and warm! The whole entry process and line reminded me very much to the many huge river mouths I was crossing in Brazil, and my experience “reading” those river mouths from South America came in very handy now. Only the temperature difference was quite something, and I wished myself back to warmer waters!

The top of the broad sand bar looked as if it would stay dry on high tide, but it had many massive huge trees and other trash washed on top. A reminder of a Tsunami wave, or just the regular winter high tides? It rather looked like I was on a different planet, as if a catastrophe has been hitting this sand spit. But it may be just the way it looks! I set my tent, and discovered a bunch of relatively fresh wheel tracks of probably quad bikes. Maybe on the sunny days yesterday a bunch of guys enjoyed their day? I think I have heard something about a fishing lodge out here? No bear track though as far as I could spot, just one wolf track.

Not really sure about tomorrow, as it is still southerly wind which is basically good, but the sea has lifted to 1,50 m which may be nasty. See how it looks tomorrow! I would have three rivers to chose from to land in, but I have no idea how they would look like. The first and smallest one would be the Akwe River in 35 km, the satellite image shows an open entrance with a small break. Not sure if it would work to get in there safely. The second one in about 50 km from here has a horrible name: “Dangerous River”, and I can’t figure out which the name was given. The third one, the Ahrnklin River, is about 70 km away, and looks best to go in. We’ll see!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 07:51 pm

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embracing the elements on the water and in the mountains

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum eNews for June 2017.


The following e-news announcements was prepared and edited by Tod Schimelpfenig, who is the curriculum director for NOLS Wilderness Medicine in Lander, WY.

Curriculum Content - Tincture of Benzoin

The standard wound care demonstration by NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructors has been to clean the wound, use steri-strips for temporary closure and a transparent dressing supplemented with generous application of Benzoin. This can generate a topical allergic response.


NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director, Tod Schimelpfenig, has noted enough of these reactions to announce that instructors should no longer demonstrate the use of benzoin under the transparent dressing. Benzoin will remain in the wound demo kit. It should be shown to students and taught with these curriculum points:

- Benzoin is used to augment tape and dressing adhesives in situations where the adhesive on a tape or dressing is not sticky, where motion (e.g. a dressing over an elbow) or where moisture (e.g. sweaty feet, wet environment) challenges the adhesive’s effectiveness.

- Some people have a topical allergic response to benzoin, or to any tape or dressing adhesive. Assess for this and if it develops, wash the benzoin and adhesive from the skin.

Continue with the standard wound cleaning, closure and dressing demo, without the application of benzoin.

Curriculum Style - Auto Injector Incident

On a recent course, an instructor handed students a set of EpiPen® auto-injector trainers with, “Don’t worry, no needles, no drugs, they’re all trainers.“  He had accumulated these over the years.  As he briefed the scenario a student presented with a confused and mildly anxious look on his face. He held up his “trainer” - a dripping needle protruding from the business end. He had injected himself with a live epinephrine auto-injector. 

The auto-injector expired November, 2007, and the epinephrine was “as amber as a tasty IPA.” Nearly 10 years beyond the expiration date it was still effective, albeit probably not quite as strong. The student is fine. There was mild pain at the injection site which resolved quickly. HR was 80 bpm soon after the injection, a little over 100 bpm during the scenario, and down to 60 bpm several hours later. He was mildly anxious.

The point isn’t that epinephrine is effective long after its expiration date, it is to remind all of us to be careful with needles. We have no idea how this live auto-injector ended up in this personal prop set. This live EpiPen® may have been in the set for a long time, yet never deployed. Take home point - We need to model checking and double checking any medication, real or prop, all the time.

Other stuff

In the current edition of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education and Leadership (JOREL) is a paper titled “Evidence-Based Review of Wilderness First Aid Practices.” This is a review of the medical evidence supporting WFA practices. The conclusions are not new; there is very little medical science supporting first aid practices. If you want to read the paper the reference is below. I also posted it on Rendezvous.

Schimelpfenig T, Johnson D, Lipman G, McEvoy D, Bennett B. Evidence-Based Review of Wilderness First Aid Practices. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. 2017, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 217–239

by Mark Tozer (noreply@blogger.com) at June 19, 2017 06:00 pm

Freya Hoffmeister
Goddess of Love to the Seas

Thu 15/06-2017 Day 83

Pos: 58.9646,-138.0871
Loc: open beach
Acc: tent
Dist: 45,3 km
Start: 03:35 End: 13:20

Today I started *really* early to have low to no winds as long as possible. The North Westerly headwinds in the afternoon sound so low around 10 knots in the forecast, but feel so much stronger – and probably are around 15 knots. I made good progress on calm seas and rounded the huge and big boulders and rocks of the wide bent of Cape Fairweather in even sunny weather. A giant whale was playing besides me, sea lions and seals, two porpoises and many eagles and sea gulls joined in. All was good speed, until the tide turned, the sun came out even more and the wind freshed up. If I would have dared to land, I would have done it about two hours earlier.

The surf is mostly a single dumper on mid to high tide, but on low tide, it develops a second line of breakers, and the bottom of the steep dark sandy beach has quite rough gravel. So better hang in there for mid tide…when I spotted a smaller river, I guessed the beach may not be so steep around the river mouth? I couldn’t paddle into it, but dared to land through a moderate dumper which worked well with good timing. I sat on relatively shallow sand, and had time enough to jump out before the next one would suck me back and wash me up uncontrolled. All good! And I had fresh water just on the door step, which I could well use.

I put up my tent quite in the middle of the wide beach, when a very low flying light plane crossed over my head. The pilot was shaking with the wings as a sign he has seen me! And another plane, this time a bit higher, was doing the same!. But they did not come back later. In Lituya Bay, Mike and I were waved at by another plane, which looked the same as the first one today. I’m quite sure the bush drum knows already that I am on the way to Yakutat?

The usual beach patrol track of a single bear was almost blown away by the wind, but I’m feeling quite safe here with free view to all sides. It may take me another four days to get to Yakutat, if the weather allows. Tomorrow will be an easy landing into Dry Bay – hopefully! the chart does not mark any current information like on Lituya Bay.

by Freya at June 19, 2017 05:50 pm

Wed 14/06-2017 Day 82

Pos: 58.6631,-137.6870
Loc: open beach
Acc: tent
Dist: 13,1 km
Start: 06:25 End: 12:00 break 7:00 to 9:55

I don’t know why I guessed I could miss slack tide at 5 am to get out of this bay. Probably because I simply did not take the ebb current going out of Lituya Bay serious, as much as I didn’t take the flood current on going in yesterday serious. Maybe this time my current information on my GPS was a bit too low? At the end, it was calm with no waves, but has pushed us in with 12 km/h. Maybe I should have read the pilot which I had downloaded on my laptop ever since, and not only listened to Mike’s experience 20 years ago when he said he just paddled in and out with no problems?

So we both got ready to go at convenient 6.30 am, I had only 30 km to go north, and planned to land just behind Cape Fairweather. Mike would be going south, with the forecasted low North West wind, and would be easily reaching one of the deep bays before Cape Spencer. We both agreed Mike is not really set for open coast landings in surf, and he had only committed to escort me to Lituya Bay, as far north as he was paddling 20 years ago. All right! Better being safe each of us! I was not having the responsibility for a paddler who has not really been dealing with surf, and Mike not taking any unknown risk. We now split in friendship, it was good we had paddled those three days together again. We had both learned a lot, and Mike turned out to be eventually a good strong paddling partner in the conditions we had around the islands.

Now comes the open exposed coast…I obviously have done already many suspicious landings in such conditions, I was set with a helmet and a rudder on my kayak which would take much more if not all beatings than Mike’s fragile rudder piece and hull. And maybe learning to surf land land a heavy kayak and to judge the surf right one should rather do in warm and easier conditions than here in Alaska.

But first, we both guessed as we were entering yesterday on maximum flood current with no problems, we could do the same on the ebb current…what a stupid thought! I was already suspiciously listening to the increased shore break on our sheltered beach, much more than yesterday – and to what I could spot from the entrance break from my tent. I had also been pondering to wait one, if not two days going north, with seas today 1,60 down to 1,20 m, tomorrow 1,30 m, the 1 m and lower. Today were nw winds around 10 knots, tomorrow easterlies.

But as usual, I wanted to go! Mike going south wanted to go anyway. When we carefully approached the optimum line out, we spotted nothing than serious heavy breakers everywhere. Better stay far, far away from there before getting sucked out! We had to wait the next slack tide, and opted to wait on the other entrance side beach which was dead calm. I took my e-book, Mike went treasure hunting inland, always in search for those ancient Japanese glass floats. I had to stay warm, though the sun was shining and eventually reveling a beautiful Fairweather Mountain range with snow and ice capped peaks and glaciers! What a perfect view!

One hour before slack, we saw the entrance break had calmed down greatly and we decided to give it a go. Still, we were very carefully approaching, but I decided the optimum line would be free of breakers and slid out with another 11 km/h with no effort. We waved good bye, and I was kind of envious Mike would have an easy ride with the wind and would soon be in sheltered areas again…I was heading out to the unsheltered stuff!

I had to cross the now moderated tide rips on the entrance, which were flushing me still 500 m out to sea while I tried to more or less ferry glide across. But I was eventually free of the outgoing current and made headway along the coast. But I was underestimating the headwind and sea state in general…Karel’s update this morning was 4-9 knots nw, afternoon 4-12 knots nw with seas from 1,60 down to 1,20 m, which had sounded manageable to me. The truth were increasing whitecaps and nw 15+ winds, which were tiring me out quite soon. I also had my doubts about the shelter around Cape Fairweather on a nw wind, but sw swell, and decided I quit already on an area which looked I could land. It had no additional lines of breakers, but surely still a heavy dumper.

I donned my helmet, and slowly headed in. All went well, I just accelerated on the last higher dumper too slow, I guess, to ride in quick enough on the backside. So I had to side broach on the next one catching me and I got washed up the beach, my ear 90 degrees in the water on a high brace. All good, just a bit bumpy, and I could jump out quickly enough to get free of the boat and grabbed my toggle without the cockpit catching water. I dragged my heavy kayak quickly out of the danger zone, my paddle thrown high up the beach. I’m glad I did not have to wave Mike in! With him, we might have better turned around fully back into Lituya Bay.

I camped high up on the sandy steep beach with cobbles, the usual “Big Foot” trace as the evidence of a regular bear patrol up and down the beach. Hope he is staying away from this strange bit of “driftwood and float”!

I think tomorrow’s easterly wind will flatten the surf out so far that I can launch easy and maybe even make it to Dry Bay, we’ll see!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 05:47 pm

Tue 13/06-2017 Day 81

Pos: 58.6130,-137.6487
Loc: Lituya Bay
Acc: tent
Dist: 48,0 km
Start: 05:45 End: 14:05

Well rested after a day off, we headed out again in rain, but wonderful east and south east wind. Even the rain stopped at some point, and it was sunny most afternoon!

We mad good speed along rocky and sandy steep beaches, the surf looking very different in the different sections. It was 1,30-1,50 swell height, in the right beaches with the right timing, landing should be quite doable on a single dumper. On other spots, the swell and double beach breaks looked quite intimidating. Mike thought there would be no landing at all possible, but I taught him to tell the different conditions apart, just in case we needed to go in somewhere earlier than Lituya Bay. and I taught him that one can paddle much much closer to the beach break than he would and has done by himself 20 years ago! After all, I liked to watch the coast which looked like a wonderful hike along the beach top on grass upfront the forest.

Many different glaciers were lurking in the distance, more or less visible in the clouds, in between the highest peaks which at least occasionally showed up. La Perouse glacier touched with his wide rocky and icy tongue the sea, a wonderful and impressive view on paddling slowly past the 3,4 km wide area!

When the tide was turning at 11 am, the wind picked also up, and wind against tide created some good waves. We would be landing at 2 pm right in the maximum flood tide, streaming, according to my GPS information, with 5 km/h into Lituya Bay. There were two navigation markers to be lined up to find the best pass through the relatively narrow entrance. It was not really rough, just choppy and much stronger current than I was expecting.

We chose the beach to the right to camp on, and Mike decided he would like to paddle fully into the bay to see (again) the three glacier tongues at the end while I preferred to stay “home”. He set up camp and paddled with the unloaded boat while I made a fire, edited pictures and updated my blog as usual. It was even a sunny afternoon! One single, but not fresh bear track at the beach – my assumption is like we found mostly only one single track, mostly not even fresh, that the “local resident bear” is not patrolling “his” beach every day…hopefully I am right!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 05:38 pm

Mon 12/06-2017 Day 80

Pos: 58.3997,-137.0753
Loc: Kaknau Creek
Acc: tent
no paddling today

A good physical relaxing day after five days of paddling, the last one very hard and long. I found to sleep yesterday only after midnight, and it took me a long time to get my frozen feet and legs warm and to relax my mind from the continuous adrenalin rush yesterday. It was raining most of the day, only a few hours in the afternoon were dry where I had a brief walk and took pics. No new bear traces. Just finished lunch/ dinner, and will mentally prepare for tomorrows another 50+ km day into Lituya Bay. No landing in between on rocky steep beaches. But it should be all right!

Mike will decide if he’ll continue then with me to Yakutat or even Cordova and will take the ferry back one day, or if he prefers to paddle back already from Lituya Bay. I wouldn’t mind his company further on, he is a safe paddler with endurance, good outdoor skills and will manage surf launching and landing with maybe my help. In camp, I probably feel more safe regarding the bears. And we both learned to get along all right!

by Freya at June 19, 2017 05:34 pm

Essex Explorations
Our membership is small…but that’s by design. Each of our explorers is a recognized leader in their respective field and brings a unique set of skills to the group. Whether a certified instructor, commercial guide, or in the case of our latest member, a professional photographer, each is passionate about explorations, pushing their boundaries, and then sharing that experience with others.

Review: Goal Zero’s Yeti 400

Goal-Zero-Yeti-400

The first thing I probably should make clear is that this review is on the original Goal Zero’s Yeti 400, not their new lithium model. I haven’t done a review in a while; it’s not that I haven’t come across some good gear, I just haven’t had time to sit down and and do any write […]

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by Steve Weileman at June 19, 2017 03:37 pm

josebelloseakayaking

Detalles en imágenes N49

Algunos amigos me han pedido fotos de detalle del Neutrón de Fun Run. Aprovecho para poner algunas lo más demostrativas posibles, ya que esta embarcación, al igual que su más juguetona hermana, Rocker 5. 1., no está aún en el catálogo de la marca.

Perfil en tierra 


Asiento en el agua sin peso:


La cubierta es limpia y funcional, el modelo standard trae un cuarto tambucho delante la bañera, en mi unidad no aparece porque no lo uso y prefiero movilidad en las piernas.


Las líneas de vida están desplazadas al interior, dejando limpias las bandas.


Estas mismas líneas de vida terminan muy cerca de proa y popa en orificio pasante de la propia cubierta, no en pasacabos atornillado, un plus de seguridad


Los laterales de la cubierta a la altura de la zona de paleo están rebajados. Perfecto para los que tenemos un ángulo alto y metemos la pala tocando el casco.


La medida de altura de cubierta tras el asiento. La zona trasera de la brazola se encuentra inclinada para facilitar las maniobras con cuerpo tumbado y esquimos con salida atrás.


Manga máxima 54,5 cm eslora total 498cm. 

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at June 19, 2017 11:28 am

Mountain and Sea Scotland
Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

The shining sands of Shian


After amusing ourselves playing boules with fishing floats we cooked and ate dinner then reconvened to light our campfire. Our fires are usually built on the shore below the spring high water mark but at Shian we found a long-established and properly constructed fire pit (rather than a series of ugly scars on the turf).

For those without chairs a couple of fish boxes and two planks served as a bench.  David and Sam were forced to sit ever closer together as the evening progressed; not because it was cold but because we gradually shortened the planks to feed the fire by sawing the ends off them!  Gathered around a camp fire on a remote shore with good food, good company and the odd sports recovery drink is one of life's real pleasures and a real enhancement to sea kayaking journeys for me.  On journeys such as this one time seems extended somehow and the distractions of regular life are replaced by a more simple rhythm - life in the "now", and a chance to spend a little time in a "quiet centre"





As the sun dipped towards the horizon later in the evening we left the fire for a while and drifted over to the top of the beach to take our front row seats for what we hoped would be another great Hebridean sunset......





.....and we certainly weren't disappointed!  As the sun began to set beyond Colonsay, from where we'd paddled that afternoon, the sky began to colour up to rich, warm shades.  But the special feature of this sunset was to be found on the beach in front of us, where wet sand left by the ebbing tide began to shine as it reflected the low sunlight beaming across the surface of the sea and continuing onto the beach.





Douglas and I walked down onto the shore to try and capture the the effect......





...but my photographs really don't do justice to the gorgeous light beaming, it seemed, from the sand itself.  We stood and watched as the beam of light slowly darkened and then, almost instantaneously, disappeared.  In these northern latitudes sunsets are long affairs, especially in summer when the sun only dips below the horizon, so this sudden change was all the more remarkable.






We walked back up to join the others around the fire, below a full moon and a sky of the most delicate pink shade.  A line of pale mist was forming around the hills as the warmth of the day dissipated, it was a truly beautiful evening and a wonderful quality of ethereal light.






Almost a full hour after the sun set beyond Colonsay we stood in the long Hebridean dusk with a full moon at our backs.......





.....and the ember glow of the sunset washing the sky - a scene which seemed to be straight out of a J.M.W. Turner painting.  Once again we sat long into the evening, chatting and enjoying the warmth of the fire,  the shining sands of Shian etched into our memories.

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at June 19, 2017 08:00 am

June 18, 2017

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 18th - MEC Paddlefest - Willows Beach (#47)

I went to willows beach to participate in the MEC paddlefest. I was instructing two clinics, one on the forward stroke and the other on Greenland paddling. Both were well-attended and went well.
Though the day was a bit grey and drizzly, the winds were calm, so conditions were nice. I also got to meet Finn Steiner (and his mom who took one of my clinics). Finn is the youngest person, at 17, to paddle around our Island. Check out his blog. Finn Graduates high school this coming week!
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5 km, YTD 438 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 18, 2017 08:31 pm

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

The Birds

We (Justine, Mirco an I) were not the only ones that thought the Skerries would be a nice trip today. Paddling from Cemlyn would be using the very last of the ebb and hence today an early 10:00 AM start. Three seperate groups went out at about the same time. We were the last to go, but we arrived first. This late in the tide we decided to almost aim at the Skerries, today the shortest and fastest route.

At the Skerries the Terns are full-on nesting. Even staying on the designated path we got attacked by the angry birds. Justine held her dry bag over her head. Seems like a good idea. However her dry bag now has a pecking rash.

Upon leaving we met an inquisitive seal and had a small race to play in. With the building flood via West Mouse cruising back to Cemlyn. A beautiful day!

by noreply@blogger.com (Axel) at June 18, 2017 04:42 pm

Padlemia
En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

AWP Arctic Womens Playground 2017 - del 1

Arctic Womens Playground 2017. Et fantastisk arrangement – og da mener jeg ikke bare på grunn av det eksepsjonelt gode været. Padlemessig ville jeg kanskje helst hatt verre vær.

Jeg kom meg ikke så tidlig fra jobb som jeg hadde håpet, med den lange kjøreturen. Men omsider var jeg på vei nordover. Det var som å kjøre mil etter mil i et postkort. Trærne har blitt grønne, mens fjellene ennå er hvite et godt stykke ned. Fantastisk utsikt mesteparten av veien.

Selvfølgelig dukket det opp en elg langs ruta, jeg måtte jo stoppe og knipse et bilde av den. Søt kar, men noe skeptisk til meg. Men snill nok, han stakk ikke av – eller angrep. Han tok livet med ro i varmen.

Det ble et par fuglestopp også, underveis. Her ei hegre og ei ørn.

Omsider kom jeg fram til Sommarøya, akkurat i tide til å få spist en nektarin og vært med på redningsworkshopen om kvelden. Det er nemlig obligatorisk for alle, et kjempeopplegg. Da får alle testet draktene sine (det var mer enn én som fikk seg en liten overraskelse), og frisket opp egen- og kameratredning. Et godt utgangspunkt for resten av helga. Selv oppdaget jeg at det jeg har trodd var lekk drakt, antagelig er at glidelåsen til bakluka noen ganger åpner seg på gløtt når jeg går ut av kajakken. Greit å være obs på.

Egenredder i solnedgang. Ulike metoder ble testet ut, selv har jeg vært sløv med årepose i alle år, så nå testet jeg åreposeredning med heelhookmetoden.

Herrefred så enkelt!!! Det var rett og slett sjokkerende enkelt, jeg kom opp så fort at jeg nesten stupte videre ned på andre siden. SCHMÆKK liksom. Fantastisk. Neste er å teste den ut i bølger, om det er like bænkers metode da.

En liten oppsummering i gruppa etter at vi hadde jobbet i par. Ja dette er ikke min gruppe egentlig, men jeg hadde kommet så sent at jeg foreløpig ikke ante hva som var min gruppe eller hva jeg skulle gjøre på morran dagen etter. Så jeg bare slang meg med på den første jeg fant.

Midnattsol den ene veien, nesten fullmåne andre veien. Vakkert.

Skikkelig fin stemning kvelden før det braker skikkelig løs, rett og slett. 

Det ble ganske sen kveld, folk skulle komme på plass og prate med kjente. Men opp i tide, og samling på stranda før vi "gruppet oss opp".

Noen drev med yoga og greier.

Jeg skulle på workshop for å lære tips og triks når man padler i vind - managing windy conditions, som det het. Saken var bare den at det var helt minimalt med vind. Hadde vi ikke vært ute etter vind hadde jeg kalt det vindstille, men med litt velvilje så var det litt sniktrekk innimellom.

Bare se, det er krusninger på vannet!

Egentlig hadde jeg bestemt meg for at hvis det ikke var vind skulle jeg heller droppe det – leke at det er vind gidder jeg ikke. Men instruktør Kate hadde en grei plan for hvis det ikke var vind, så jeg ga henne en sjans.

God stemning var det i hvert fall, man blir jo ikke sur i sånt vær selv om man egentlig trengte vind. I hvert fall ikke så lenge instruktøren gjør det absolutt beste ut av situasjonen, noe Kate Duffus klarte fint.

God stemning!

Vi padlet bort til brua i håp om at her skulle være litt mer vind, det er nok å ta hardt i å påstå at det var det. Men fint var det jo.

Ternefotografering. 

Den mest interessante oppdagelsen på denne workshopen, var imidlertid ikke noe triks. Kate var dyktig, flink til å forklare og vise, og tilpasse til de forskjellige. Da jeg oppdaget at det var en vingåre hun satt med i hendene og gjorde alt med den største selvfølgelighet, ble jeg beint ut imponert. Jeg la jo bare bort vingåra mi da jeg gikk over til skeg-kajakker selv, men det er altså slett ikke nødvendig! Interessant! Nå skal den fram fra glemselen, det er helt klart. (Og jeg MÅ få ordna roret på den Inuken.)

Vi lærte noen triks, og øvet på teknikk. Nye metoder for å lære bort er også kjekt å få. Ikke minst måter man kan øve sjøl på som faktisk er artig.

Til slutt tok jeg opp vindmåleren bare for å sjekke hvor lite vind det var. 0,0 m/s presis. Ikke et vindpust. (Et lite et var det nok innimellom, men ikke da jeg målte. Og neppe mer enn et pust.)

Tiden gikk faktisk fort selv om vi det var mangel på windy conditions, og best som det var måtte vi tilbake for lunsj.

Padle siste biten inn sittende oppå kajakken, ja. Akkurat. 

Ja, kameratredning, liksågodt. Såkalt sit on top, antar jeg? 

Yeeei! Første økt ferdig, bra start på dagen. :)

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at June 18, 2017 02:32 pm

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Velocidad de travesía del Neutron

Uno de los inconvenientes del uso de kayaks polivalentes, más cortos y juguetones que los de travesía puros, es la pérdida de velocidad media en los trayectos de aguas abiertas. Este es el precio a pagar por usar un kayak divertido que te permite hacer muchas más cosas que un diseño específico para largas rutas con buenas velocidades y capacidad de estiba. 

El Neutrón, sin ser un kayak corto (entra en la categoría de los 16 pies) tiene una manejabilidad muy buena y una distribución de volúmenes que te hace aflorar la sonrisa cada vez que coges una olita...

Ayer hice una prueba de navegación en un trayecto muy conocido para mi, con el objeto de medir de manera objetiva las velocidades. Buen tiempo, Beaufort 3 con ola inferior a un metro. A la ida viento y ola por la aleta de estribor, a la vuelta ambos a un descuartelar en la amura contraria.

 

No intenté ir dando caña, y no use la orza en ningún momento. El ritmo de paleo fue el normal para mi en travesía, sin prisa pero sin pausa. Ese que puedes mantener durante horas sin problemas. En el tiempo total se incluyen un par de paradas de minutos, una para hacer fotos y otra para charlar con un colega que me encontré. Esto hace bastante comparable las velocidades medias a las de una travesía normal.


El kayak no estaba cargado. El recorrido 6,35 millas náuticas. Estos son los datos generales del trayecto (expresado en km porque endomondo no utiliza unidades náuticas). 


 La tabla de tiempos y velocidades por kilómetro.


Podemos contrastar los resultados con alguna otra prueba que hice el año pasado con un kayak rápido de competición, el Avedifree,  bien conocido por mi. Las velocidad media fue en aquel caso de 4,65 Nudos, down+up (también sin forzar y con kayak descargado), aunque las distancia recorrida fue bastante superior. En la prueba de ayer, vemos que la velocidad media down+up fue de 4,15 Nudos. 

La velocidad media downwind del Neutrón (sin venir la ola de popa) de 4,74 Nudos y con fuerza 3, me parece buena si la comparamos con la del Skua, un kayak largo, que surfea bien, y que obtiene sus mejores ritmos con fuerza 4 y ola de un metro o algo mas, donde me da velocidades medias de 5,5 Nudos.

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at June 18, 2017 10:30 am

June 17, 2017

Paddle Making (and other canoe stuff)
Functional paddle art and other canoe related ramblings

c1820 Sassafras Schoolcraft Replica

Another replica I wanted to try and carve was a paddle described and illustrated by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft  (March 28, 1793–December 10, 1864), an American geographer and ethnologist, noted for his early studies of Native American cultures. The specific paddle with an interesting banded decoration appears alongside a sketch of a fur trade canoe in his 1821 publication Narrative journal of travels through the northwestern regions of the United States.  



Page 69 of his text briefly describes the paddle:
"The Fur Companies have lately introduced the use of oars, in propelling the canoe but the natives employ the cedar paddle, with a light and slender blade. See fig. 14, plate 2. In either case, they are steered with a larger paddle, having a long handle, and a broad blade. See Fig. 2, plate 2."

Schoolcraft's steering paddle
Fig. 2


Unfortunately any meaning or significance of the  unusual banded decorative pattern was not recorded by the author. However based on the larger size and more robust construction, it is consistent with a steering paddle rather than the slender cedar paddle meant for propulsion.

Since all of my paddle replicas are meant to be functional users, this one was also proportionally adjusted to 58 inches. The result is a pretty robust blade shape with a gradually thinning shaft ending in an oval shaped bobble grip. I also cut this out of my remaining board of sassafras. Here the blade section has been more or less finished but work was still needed on the shaft and grip.



The zig zag burning was straight forward enough. At one point, I though of preparing some sort of mask and just burning it fully with the propane torch. But in the end, I just used a large shading spoon nib on the pyrography pen. To add to the aged look, the edges of banding pattern were burned at full heat while the central sections were gradually shaded in. Below is the result after oiling...

c1820 Schoolcraft Replica in Sassafras



Here's a side by side comparison.


  

by Murat (noreply@blogger.com) at June 17, 2017 11:26 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 17 - Discovery island (#46)

Dan, Robert, Paulo and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Conditions were great for a relaxed paddle as there was little in the way of wind or current. Great chats as we paddled along trying to solve the world's problems! :)
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15 km, YTD 433 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 17, 2017 11:17 pm

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ute räknas. Ute med kajak räknas minst dubbelt :)

K2-premiär på hemmasjön

I förmiddags tog vi en lite PFD-runda på Västersjön. Testade vår nya dubbelkajak, Tahe Wind Duo en liten runda. Soligt och finfint och lite västlig vind. Blev inte runt hela sjön det hanns inte med i det stressade schemat. Brukar inte ha så tajt men Pia skulle göra klart doppresenten innan vi skulle iväg på...

Inlägget K2-premiär på hemmasjön dök först upp på kajak.nu.

by Erik Sjöstedt at June 17, 2017 08:50 pm

Travels with Paddles
a sea kayaking journal

Magnificent Craft

Today it crossed my mind how magnificent sea kayaks can perform in conditions. With some swell remaining and a bit of wind, Penrhyn Mawr could only be very rough today. A beautiful sunny blue sky day reduces the 'fear factor' a lot. The sea kayak was not the limiting factor. My kayak can handle it, I am trying to more and more.

Justine and I continued to Parliaments' House Cave for lunch. There we met a group of four friends out for a rough days paddle. I think it is time for Justine to bring out a new film. Her "This is the Sea" films had a big influence on how paddlers view tidal races and what is possible with a sea kayak. But now the 'men with beards' are back ;-)

by noreply@blogger.com (Axel) at June 17, 2017 08:00 pm

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

More on that Flag Day paddle to the dance.




I don't remember exactly when the idea for this trip first came up. I've been taking Monday night dance classes from Megan Downes, who used to be one of my dance teachers at the Irish Arts Center back when I was doing more set dancing, ever since that fun day last year when I went to the club to go for a stamina-check paddle (I was trying to build back up after reconstruction surgery) and found a hoedown going on out back at the club. I think we may have been talking about that one day after one of the Theater 80 classes (details here, beginners and all ages welcome), and then Megan was recollecting a time when there was an Irish music festival at Pier 63 in Chelsea, where I used to keep my boats; I'd gotten far enough out of the scene that I didn't know it was happening, and I'd gone out for a long paddle and come back to find all my friends from my Irish dance days dancing there, so I jumped out of my boat and into a set, still wearing my wetsuit. Most entertaining! That may have been what reminded Megan that the City Stompers summer schedule of dances in various parks in NYC was shaping up and that one of their locations was going to be at a park near the water in Broad Channel, which is in Jamaica Bay. "Wouldn't it be fun if...", she said.

I'm not sure she seriously thought that a Sebago contingent was going to come paddling up and leap out of our boats and into the dance - but Broad Channel is a quite reasonable 6 miles from Sebago if the most direct route is taken, and I thought that sounded like a lot of fun, and Lori, my Sebago clubmate who takes clogging lessons from Megan and was the one who brought the City Stompers to Sebago last year, thought it sounded like fun too; my only hesitation was that the event was on a work day, but hey, what's the use of summer if you can't take an afternoon to play hooky and go for a really great paddle, right?

OK, technically I took half a vacation day, but somehow it feels like more fun if I say I played hooky. Right?

Anyways, it was a gorgeous day, just about perfect for both paddling and dancing (which was extra nice since we'd had a few days in the 90's leading up to the 14th, the mini early heat wave broke just in time with a cold front coming through on Tuesday night) Lori and I were joined by two other friends, and it was a truly splendid afternoon and evening. The paddle over went almost exactly as I'd planned, except for the part where I second-guessed myself and decided to cut to the left of Ruffle Bar, taking a more direct route to Broad Channel, instead of to the right, following the boat channel -- I had looked at the chart and the tide tables for the day, I knew there was likely to be very little water in the Big Egg and Little Egg Marsh area, and yet somehow I convinced myself that I could see a clear channel between the two marshes that would let us go more directly...



d'oh...(click for entertaining detail)

Fortunately, between the little skim of water that was still there and all the slippery sea lettuce, we were able to slide the heavier boats across the area, while Luis just shouldered his carbon fiber Zegul and carried it, so it wasn't too bad, just kind of embarassing! This was actually a good reminder to replace my NY Harbor and Approaches waterproof chart, which I'd mislaid - mostly I know Jamaica Bay well enough by now that I can mostly paddle just about anywhere without having to look, but it would've come in handy. I went to West Marine after work today and now I'm set again. I also got a new set of Skyblazer flares to replace the expired ones, a 2017 Eldridge, and a float for my camera - now that's my kind of shopping trip!

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Other than that, it was just such a great afternoon and evening on the water, the music and dancing was great, and the sunset that was so breathtaking, it made me feel like the most fortunate person, to be able to do this and be out there on the water in the middle of the work week, surrounded by the sunset colors, with the sky reflected on the water, the way we were, right here in NYC.

There was one other thing that made me very happy about this day. I am pretty sure that at thirteen miles and change, this is the longest paddle that I've done since finishing up with breast cancer last year; I was pretty wiped out when I got back to the dock, did one of those utterly graceless rolls out of my boat and onto the dock, and on Thursday I was SO stiff - but I kept up with my friends, I was even out in front some, I wasn't winded, and my strokes felt like they were getting back to fluid and efficient. I felt good out there in a way that I just hadn't felt much since last year. I talked in the Hawai'i picnic post about being more patient with myself now than I was as a kid, and that's true, but after a certain point earlier this year, I was finding it very frustrating that I still felt so far from the paddler that I'd been before the medical stuff went down. This year's goal is to get more of that lost ground back; work's been crazy and I haven't been able to get out on the water as much as I was hoping to, but evidently I'm getting out enough for improvement to happen. Here's to keeping that going.





by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at June 17, 2017 04:17 am

June 16, 2017

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Neutron de Fun Run ... primera mojada


Recién salido del molde. Hoy primer día de agua del Neutrón la nueva criatura de Fun Run. 

Tengo por costumbre antes de navegar con un nuevo kayak realizar algunas mediciones básicas en tierra, eslora total, manga máxima, puntales de proa y popa, peso en seco etc..



 

El kayak deriva del modelo Rocker 5.1. de la marca, al que se le han suavizado los ángulos de la obra viva y se ha reducido el arrufo de popa, buscando un comportamiento suave y neutro.

Hoy lo he probado en el "chop" desordenado del agua poco profunda sobre rocas y en pequeñas olas. De momento lo veo muy bien equilibrado y manejable. Tras un uso intensivo ya pondré aquí un análisis profundo.    

Pequeño vídeo editado a doble velocidad donde se aprecian sus volúmenes y desplazamiento sobre el agua.



Tiene un diseño muy bonito, y su asiento en el agua da una confianza enorme.

by Jose Bello (noreply@blogger.com) at June 16, 2017 12:04 pm

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 15th - Cadboro Bay Towing Clinic (#45)

Edgar and I led an evening towing clinic for SISKA in Cadboro bay. The strong afternoon winds and rain had abated and the bay was nice and calm. We went over different types of tow, towing gear and other aspects of towing and then spent a couple of hours practicing. We towed each other out to the two SALTS boats, Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift, which were anchored in the bay for the night.
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2 km, YTD 418 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 16, 2017 09:00 am

June 14th - Discovery Island (#44)

Dan and I went for a morning paddle around the islands. Nice conditions with a steady ebb throughout. Lots of seals around as well as a few harlequin and oystercatchers. Nice to get some distance in!
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16 km, YTD 416 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 16, 2017 08:56 am

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Eel River Mountains to Sea - Day 5

Whitewater the Dilapidated Eel River Railroad

Day 5 - We awoke at our camp at the confluence of the main and north fork Eel to sunshine!!!  After enjoying the previous day of exhilarating whitewater and a relaxing afternoon and evening on the beach, we feel ready for whatever lies downstream.  We know that the toughest rapids of the Dos Rios to Alderpoint stretch are coming up.  They are class III, but we are expecting powerful hydraulics caused by the high water.

We start the day immediately with some fun rapids.  The river is still flowing very fast.  We estimate it to be in the 12,000 cfs range.  The water is quite squirrelly at this flow with boiling eddylines that grab at our kayaks and try to spin us about.

The country is fairly open.  The gradient of the river is not very steep but the current is fast for several miles.  Then around one bend, things drastically change.  The river constricts between some boulders, and we seem to be entering a steeper gorge section.  We suspect that we are at Island Mountain Falls and get out to take a look.

This was one of the most fascinating scouts that I have ever done.  I guess because I am continually amazed at all of the abandoned infrastructure, machinery, and rail cars of the Eel River Railroad.

The railroad through the Eel River Canyon was opened in 1914 to transport logging and mining materials and passengers between the San Francisco Bay Area and Eureka.  Since opening, the unstable soils and floods of the Eel River have wreaked havoc on the railroad infrastructure.  A continuous battle ensued between man and nature to keep the 95 miles of tracks and 30 tunnels clear.

The Eel River Valley has the highest erosion rate in North America.  The employees of the railroad were constantly working to clear the track, rebuild the tracks, remove debris from the tunnels and repair cave-ins.

Traveling down the Eel River, catastrophic devastation is evident everywhere.  Derailed cars lie on their sides on the steep banks of the river and in the bed of the river.  The ground has eroded out from under the tracks leaving the tracks suspended in the air and washed into the river.  From the river, most of the tunnels appear to be caved in or blocked by landslides.  Part of the wonder is the way that nature is working to reclaim the terrain.



In 1997 the railroad was abandoned.  Some of the Eel River Railroad employees now work for the Skunk Train in Fort Bragg and Willits.  It is fun listening to tales of their adventures on the Eel River Railroad.

We hiked along the railroad tracks to the bridge that crosses over the river and the entrance to the mile long tunnel that goes under Island Mountain.  It is called Island Mountain because the river circles around the mountain almost 300 degrees.  Standing on the bridge we are well over 100 feet above the river.  It is amazing to think that in December 1964 the river flooded over this bridge and into the tunnel.  During this Pineapple Express Storm, the river was flowing at 936,000 cfs.

At Island Mountain, we hiked along the railroad tracks.  From above we could see the line that we needed to paddle through Island Mountain Falls.  The water was definitely moving fast but the line looked fairly straight forward.

Our run through Island Mountain Falls was fun and exhilarating.  The line was straight forward but the hydraulics that we were paddling beside were HUGE.

On down the river we traveled.

The current was fast and we were enjoying the sights when suddenly the topography on the banks of the river got steep and lined with boulders.  The river was constricting, and we saw a horizon line - Kekawaka Falls.

Kekawaka Falls is a river wide hole (hydraulic).  The reversal was so powerful that I cleared it but it sucked me back in.  I dropped my edge and capsized but it flushed me out and I rolled up.

After Kekawaka Falls, the river valley started to open up and so did the skies.  We continued down river past Alderpoint which is the regular take out for multi day trips on the Eel.  We started scouting for a campsite but with the high water, they were hard to find.  We finally settled on a spot near Cain Creek Crossing where the golden spike was driven in to the rail line in 1914 to celebrate the opening of the Eel River Railroad.  The railroad was closed that same day due to a landslide.

At our camp, we prepared for the upcoming days of flat water - including paddling through the giant redwoods trees of Avenue of the Giants.



by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at June 16, 2017 08:27 am

Kayak Yak
kayaking the We(s)t Coast of British Columbia

Under The Bridge

A couple of days ago while out with my camera, I happened to spot some local paddlers playing in the rough stuff under the Tillicum Bridge. The currents under the bridge are often benign, but due to the narrowing of the channel under it, they are also often rough and fast. Many locals use it to practise their current and rough water skills. And this group was enjoying themselves doing it!
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by noreply@blogger.com (John Herbert) at June 16, 2017 02:48 am

June 15, 2017

The Ikkatsu Project
In the Service of the Ocean

Welcome News From Good Friends in Far-Away Places

I got a message a few days ago from a friend in Newfoundland, telling me about watching Message in a Plastic Bottle. I’d sent him a copy a month or so ago, and he wanted to let me know that since he and his wife had watched the film, they hadn’t used any single-use plastic bottles. “I knew as soon as we watched it,” he said, “that we weren’t going to be having any more of these. Plastic bottles are no longer part of our life, and we’re also taking a closer look at other areas where we might be able to consume less.”

Of all the comments I’ve gotten from various people since the film was made, that one meant the most.

by Ken Campbell at June 15, 2017 09:40 pm

Frogma
Being the Continuing Adventures of a Woman and her Trusty Kayak in New York Harbor, the Hudson River, and Beyond. (with occasional political rants just to keep things lively!)

Flag Day Paddle


Four of us paddled from Canarsie to the Flag Day festivities in Broad Channel, did some square dancing with the City Stompers, and then paddled back to Canarsie. It was a great day, I didn't get any pictures of the dancing because I danced the whole time, but there will be more paddling pix of course, this is just a teaser. :) 

by noreply@blogger.com (bonnie) at June 15, 2017 04:20 am

Padlemia
En blogg om padling og annet friluftsliv i (hovedsakelig) Vesterålen

Ringstad-Guvåg-Snarset

Forrige helg fant jeg på en lur plan. Padle fra Ringstad, motvinds til Guvåghytta. Så videre motvinds så langt jeg orket innover Eidsfjorden - for å suuuse tilbake i medvind. Smart, syntes jeg. Ingen andre virket som de syntes det, det blåste jo på fjorden! Som om ikke jeg visste akkurat hvor mye, jeg har da både værvarsel, måling og kikkert. Her er jeg ved Finnøya. Det var slett ikke ille, og dessuten mindre langs ruta mi enn ute på midten av fjorden.

Ganske så stor fjære, så stranda var relativt stor i dag. 

En flott dag. Endelig litt sommer! 

Som jeg i grunnen var forberedt på, var det ikke vann i den lille passasjen før Guvåg. Men det var lenger å dra over enn jeg var forberedt på, så jeg fant det enklere å padle rundt likevel. 

 Ved Guvåghytta var det liv, og flere kanoer ute.

Fantastisk fint sted. Egentlig var jeg ment å padle litt videre innover, men jeg hadde altså klart å glemme gassboks. Man gjør lite med stormkjøkkenet uten gassen...

Så jeg slo meg heller til ro her, så kunne jeg bruke kjøkkenet på hytta til å fikse maten. Det var folk på hyttene, blant annet en seks snart sju år gammel hjelper som sørget for å klippe bort buskas på hengekøyeplassen min. Det hadde vokst opp nytt siden sist, så det var kjekt. Han gjorde en solid jobb. 

Utsikten til venstre fra køya var slett ikke verst? Jeg sovnet til fuglesang, og våknet til fuglesang. 

Det var en herlig morgen, jeg lå her og sløvet og hørte på fuglene (og antagelig en oter som plasket nede i havet en stund), en stund satt det til og med en løvsanger i treet rett over meg. 

Det ble ganske seint før jeg kom meg opp av denne, rett og slett. 

Det var som nevnt andre her, blant annet denne karen, en linselus.

Og så han her, samme karen som ryddet "skog" der jeg skulle ha hengekøya. Før jeg kom hadde han vært med tilsyns-Tom og plukket søppel i fjæra, og det betalte seg - en flaskepost! Brevet i flaska ble besvart, og jeg fikk i oppdrag å ta den med når jeg padlet utover fjorden, for å sende den videre. Her er den lagt klar på dekk.

Det var varmt, sånn ordentlig varmt. Det ble badet i flere runder. (Niks, ikke meg. Det utgår. Noen må ta bilder.)

Tilsyns-Tom innvilget seg pauser i diverse forefallende arbeid. I sånt vær kan det ikke bare jobbes, været må også nytes.

Padleplanen min skar seg, men værvarslet sa heldigvis fra litt på forhånd om at det hadde ombestemt seg. Vinden daua, så det ble null medvind tilbake. Da droppa jeg også motvindspadlinga.

Jeg satte heller kursen utove. I den grad det skulle dukke opp vind, skulle den nå komme motsatt vei.

Flotte farger i sollyset.

Jo, det går an å padle mellom her faktisk.

Flaskeposten på vei videre. Om den tar turen utover Vesterålsfjorden kan den vel strengt tatt havne omtrent hvor som helst. Kult.

Jeg sneiet forbi Flæsa en tur.

Hongværan også.

Siden det er hekketid tok jeg en ganske stor runde for ikke å forstyrre. De eneste jeg skremte opp var disse to, som plutselig var tett ved. Men de lå ikke på reir i hvert fall.

Til slutt padlet jeg helt ut til Snarset. Da begynte jeg smått å bli sulten.

Men først måtte jeg padle innimellom alt. Har vel aldri sett det så stille her før. Havet var peise flatt i dag, sånn skikkelig. 

Kul himmel.

Ikke så farbar vei før det flør.

Jeg padlet så tilbake til Ringstad, men tok en stopp ved Buøya, for litt rulletrening. Det skar seg selvfølgelig, fikk ikke til noen. Men det er jo likevel bra å være litt nedi vann og tippe runt, og sånt, så kanskje jeg får den til igjen om ikke så lenge. Det er jo stress det står i - to sekunder, så vil kroppen bare OPP OPP OPP og da går det jo ikke.

Flott vær, flott tur, neste gang skal jeg huske gassen.

by Miamaria Padlemia (noreply@blogger.com) at June 15, 2017 12:11 am

June 14, 2017

Woman on Water
A woman's perspective on kayaking and outdoor adventures.

Rock Garden Etiquette- Part One

Northern California has an awesome coastline for sea kayaking - specifically rock gardening.  There are many variations of kayaking in ocean rock gardens.  I believe the simplest explanation of rock gardening is kayaking in and around rocks in the ocean.
Sea kayaking in the rock gardens and sea caves of the Mendocino Coast.
Variations range from tooling around rock gardens and sea caves in calm conditions to traversing technical passage ways, riding pour-overs, and surfing in rock gardens and sea caves.  For safety and enjoyment, it is important that we follow the written and unwritten rules of this marine playground.
Cate with a juicy rock garden pour-over ride.
First we need to consider that this is not just our playground but is home to many marine creatures and our actions can effect their survival.  Right now, things are drastically changing in the Eastern Pacific.  Many marine creatures are struggling to survive.  The rock garden habit in which we play is quite sensitive.

What we need to do:

Tread lightly - avoid landing on and crushing marine life.  Mussels, kelp, sea stars, anemones, and abalone are all important to the balance of the marine ecosystem.  Be cautious about where you land and try not to step on creatures or injure the kelp.

Police plastic - pick it up and pack it out.  We all find trash and plastic out in the marine environment.  Help out by picking it up and packing it out and of course packing out your own trash.

Minimize impact of plastic from kayaks on rocks.  Timing, boat control, and judgement are key skills to make sure that we don't impact rocks with our kayaks and leave behind plastic curly-q's.  If the tide is too low or the swell is not powerful enough to run a feature without scrapping over it, move on and find a spot that is working.  Avoid landing and dragging kayaks on abrasive rock surfaces including mussels and barnacles.

Be aware and avoid wildlife during the nesting and pupping season.  Most paddlers are aware of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and are conscious of not disturbing harbor seals.  It is also our responsibility to avoid bird nesting areas during nesting season.  On the Mendocino Coast, this is typically March through the beginning of August.  The population and nesting success of birds that nest near shore is being monitored by local and state Audubon Societies as well as by Fish and Wildlife.  Human disturbance is a considerable issue and one that often results in chick mortality.  Human disturbance can also lead to areas being closed.  It is best for us to avoid these areas during the nesting season.  On the Mendocino Coast, species of concern is the pelagic cormorant.  Pelagic cormorants nest on the cliffs of headlands, near shore rocks and commonly around sea caves.
Large nesting colony of pelagic cormorants on the Mendocino Coast.
Smaller nesting colony of pelagic cormorants.
Stay tuned for Part II where we talk about rock garden etiquette related to humans.

Sea kayakers using a circuit for safety and fun.




by Cate Hawthorne (noreply@blogger.com) at June 14, 2017 10:01 pm

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Kajakhelg i Tranås 30 juni – 2 juli

Helgen 30 juni- 2 juli är det dags för årets stora kajakhelg hos Petruskajak i Tranås. I enlighet med traditionen från tidigare år kommer Dubside och jag att hålla kurser vid flera tillfällen under helgen: han i roll på olika nivåer och jag i paddelteknik/manövering med grönlandspaddel. I övrigt paddling, rolluppvisning, kajakprovning, paddeltillverkning, frågestund med tillfälle att få svar om det mesta som har med kajaker och paddling att göra, grillfest mm.

Här finns affischen för helgen (pdf).

by Björn Thomasson at June 14, 2017 06:54 pm

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Reflections on life, self-propelled outdoor pursuits, and all manner of things that may come to mind while sea kayaking on the waters, and minimalist running along the trails, of south Vancouver Island and Gabriola Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

Finding the "quiet centre", amidst it all...


The news cycle today brought more unsettling news - from the tragedy of senseless violence, to countless innocents trapped between warring factions, to continued arrogance in political leadership. And then the news of a major league baseball player who could receive a $600,000,000 cotract (yes, six hundred million) in a world where one in three people lack simple access to a toilet. It can be overwhelming, trying to make sense of it all.

It is good, therefore, to take time every now and again and go to that "place", where we can find our “quiet centre”.

We all have such places. They are where we know we can think, and focus, most clearly. They offer that sweet spot or “thin place” between the troubled mind and hungry spirit and a higher consciousness that offers both calm and sustenance. For some, it is somewhere that may be accessed by walking on a forest trail, or spending time nurturing a vegetable garden, or gazing out on a beautiful landscape. For me, thoughts flow most freely on the water, and in my kayak. It is a place of healthy disconnection - from the siren call of screens, from the weight of incessant news cycles, and from all land-based cares. In the narrow boat, and with just a little effort, there is a feeling of weightlessness, both literal and figurative. The only connection is to pure and raw nature...and to the present moment.

Escaping the frenzied and frenetic life, every so often, clears the mind and steels the resolve to never give up on working to make the world a better place for all people. Each of us, from our own small corner, can do this. Despite the ubiquitous and troubling news, we must not give up on one another. Not ever. We must do all that we can to act with kindness, with compassion, patience, and understanding, and with courage and faith in the inherent goodness of humankind. And we must listen...for it is in truly "listening" to one another that we affirm each other's value.

The words from Shirley Erena Murray’s song are strengthening…

“Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.”

I wonder, do you have a special "place" where you can best think and focus?

by Duncan and Joan Barwise (noreply@blogger.com) at June 14, 2017 07:23 pm

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Hillwalking and Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Boules - Hebridean style


The 16 kilometre crossing from Colonsay back to the west coast of Jura took a little over two hours of steady paddling, assisted by a light breeze from astern.  As ever on crossings like this the coast towards which we paddled didn't seem to get any nearer for long periods of time despite GPS showing that we were making steady progress.





Gradually the raised beach backing Shian Bay which we were using as an aiming point grew close enough to see the brilliant white streak of sand below it.  Douglas and I had noted Shian as a good campsite on our visit a year previously and knew that we'd find flat ground for the tents, a good landing on sand and fresh water in a nearby burn.






We were pleased that our memory of the place was accurate!  A sweep of brilliant white sand with cropped turf above it, a view out to Colonsay and in full sunshine made for a great place to camp.  Added extras were that the nearby burn had a deep bathing pool with sun-warmed water and there was plenty of driftwood for a fire........





...which we collected while Douglas used his Japanese folding saw to create a satisfying pile of evenly sized logs.  Normally we would light our fire well below the tideline, but at this beach we found a properly constructed fire pit which had clearly been in use for very many years.

We had arrived at Shian and set up camp in the late afternoon so we had plenty of time for relaxation before dinner.  After we'd taken turns bathing in the pool we found all that we needed on the beach for.......





..... a few ends of Hebridean boules! There were more than enough creel buoys washed up on the beach to provide a jack and six quite evenly sized boules - great fun but a pity that there's so many of these plastic buoys littering the beaches around Scotland.





Douglas climbed up to the raised beach behind the bay and found that he could just about get enough elevation to pick up a mobile phone signal from the mast on Colonsay in order to get a weather forecast.  The outlook was for a less settled period from the following day, but for now we knew we'd enjoy a fine evening in this wild and remote spot.

by Ian Johnston (noreply@blogger.com) at June 14, 2017 08:00 am

June 13, 2017

Mike Jackson's Paddling Journal
A journal of my sea kayak trips.

June 11th - Oak Bay (#43)

Dave and I led an inter-tidal exploration paddle out of Willows beach. We had a nice low tide and saw plenty of low tide zone life. This is always a fun, short paddle with lots to look at.
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3 km, YTD 400 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 13, 2017 05:25 pm

June 10th - SISKA picnic (#42)

I helped out with a crabbing clinic  for the SISKA picnic which we helpd in Gyro Park. The crabbing was a bit slow (catching only females and undersized males) but we were able to show that it works! :) A great day of fun and games!
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5 km, YTD 397 km

by Mike J (noreply@blogger.com) at June 13, 2017 05:22 pm