tommygunn

Water….please give us some water!!!!!!

tommygunn wrote 810 days ago:


Ellie is having a stellar year, becoming a better paddler with every session!

Drought!

There is no other way to describe the summer that the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers are facing. For anyone reading this far from our Central Ontario home, things are PRETTY dry this year. Environment Canada has declared official drought conditions in various Ontario regions, including the area northeast of Toronto where our club regularly paddles and meets for our World Kayak-related Fun Runs. Unfortunately, the lack of water has put a cramp in the type of events that we regularly hold – in fact, it’s so dry that it’s the first year that anyone no one has run the dam that is a big part of our whitewater playground at Burleigh Falls.

The always gut checking, rock filled “Sketchy Left”!

Despite the low weather  limiting what we can do with the river, we’ve seen a consistent number of between 12-14 paddlers turning up each week to tune their eddying, ferrying and narrow, rocky (and shallow) creeking skills. A bonus has been the appearance of great boof ledge at the bottom of the falls, that is normally totally covered in fast flowing water. It’s been a great place for many to work on their boof technique without any big consequences. One unexpected result of the low water has been an increased number of swimmers at the bottom of the falls, as a result of getting pinned against an unforgiving rock ledge – a pretty tough place to roll up sometimes!

Marcie showing the ropes to future club leader Lexi

Weather can change and we’re hoping for the best before too long. We’re all giving thanks that the Ottawa River, with it’s reliable, warm flows, is less than 4 hours away.



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james

2015! On your mark, get set, paddle!

james wrote 1182 days ago:


This year started with a significant amount of newbies to WW paddling coming out to the ten weeks of pool sessions at Trent University. Awesome. Both young and not-as-young, a common demographic for the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers, were introduced to this brilliant sport. Outfitted and guided by members of the Club, the newbies excelled and were prepared for the start of the spring runs.

WW kayaking takes us to places in Ontario that can be a bit off of the beaten track… sometimes way off the beaten track. A group of us signed up for a wilderness first aid course, held over two days. Great experience and another tool for the toolbox.

Your author being attended to by KWP members, Tom, Steve and Marcie.

That was some cold winter. And snow?… a lot of snow. Thinking that a lot of snow would translate into an epic spring paddling season turned out to be untrue. A slow and gradual spring melt, and absence of significant spring rains meant the usual spring-run rivers and creeks failed to rise to their expected levels. There were some concerns whether or not our WW festival, MACKfest, would happen this year. Based on experience and a bit of luck, MACKfest was postponed from its originally scheduled weekend which turned out to be the best move. The new weekend was gorgeous with elevated temperatures and blue skies. There was much success with lots of paddlers running features that were a real challenge for them. 100% success rate. You can’t get much better than that.



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saskia

2015! On your mark, get set, paddle!

saskia wrote 1182 days ago:


This year started with a significant amount of newbies to WW paddling coming out to the ten weeks of pool sessions at Trent University. Awesome. Both young and not-as-young, a common demographic for the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers, were introduced to this brilliant sport. Outfitted and guided by members of the Club, the newbies excelled and were prepared for the start of the spring runs.

WW kayaking takes us to places in Ontario that can be a bit off of the beaten track… sometimes way off the beaten track. A group of us signed up for a wilderness first aid course, held over two days. Great experience and another tool for the toolbox.

Your author being attended to by KWP members, Tom, Steve and Marcie.

That was some cold winter. And snow?… a lot of snow. Thinking that a lot of snow would translate into an epic spring paddling season turned out to be untrue. A slow and gradual spring melt, and absence of significant spring rains meant the usual spring-run rivers and creeks failed to rise to their expected levels. There were some concerns whether or not our WW festival, MACKfest, would happen this year. Based on experience and a bit of luck, MACKfest was postponed from its originally scheduled weekend which turned out to be the best move. The new weekend was gorgeous with elevated temperatures and blue skies. There was much success with lots of paddlers running features that were a real challenge for them. 100% success rate. You can’t get much better than that.



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bozemankayaker

2015! On your mark, get set, paddle!

bozemankayaker wrote 1182 days ago:


This year started with a significant amount of newbies to WW paddling coming out to the ten weeks of pool sessions at Trent University. Awesome. Both young and not-as-young, a common demographic for the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers, were introduced to this brilliant sport. Outfitted and guided by members of the Club, the newbies excelled and were prepared for the start of the spring runs.

WW kayaking takes us to places in Ontario that can be a bit off of the beaten track… sometimes way off the beaten track. A group of us signed up for a wilderness first aid course, held over two days. Great experience and another tool for the toolbox.

Your author being attended to by KWP members, Tom, Steve and Marcie.

That was some cold winter. And snow?… a lot of snow. Thinking that a lot of snow would translate into an epic spring paddling season turned out to be untrue. A slow and gradual spring melt, and absence of significant spring rains meant the usual spring-run rivers and creeks failed to rise to their expected levels. There were some concerns whether or not our WW festival, MACKfest, would happen this year. Based on experience and a bit of luck, MACKfest was postponed from its originally scheduled weekend which turned out to be the best move. The new weekend was gorgeous with elevated temperatures and blue skies. There was much success with lots of paddlers running features that were a real challenge for them. 100% success rate. You can’t get much better than that.



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natefry

2015! On your mark, get set, paddle!

natefry wrote 1182 days ago:


This year started with a significant amount of newbies to WW paddling coming out to the ten weeks of pool sessions at Trent University. Awesome. Both young and not-as-young, a common demographic for the Kawartha Whitewater Paddlers, were introduced to this brilliant sport. Outfitted and guided by members of the Club, the newbies excelled and were prepared for the start of the spring runs.

WW kayaking takes us to places in Ontario that can be a bit off of the beaten track… sometimes way off the beaten track. A group of us signed up for a wilderness first aid course, held over two days. Great experience and another tool for the toolbox.

Your author being attended to by KWP members, Tom, Steve and Marcie.

That was some cold winter. And snow?… a lot of snow. Thinking that a lot of snow would translate into an epic spring paddling season turned out to be untrue. A slow and gradual spring melt, and absence of significant spring rains meant the usual spring-run rivers and creeks failed to rise to their expected levels. There were some concerns whether or not our WW festival, MACKfest, would happen this year. Based on experience and a bit of luck, MACKfest was postponed from its originally scheduled weekend which turned out to be the best move. The new weekend was gorgeous with elevated temperatures and blue skies. There was much success with lots of paddlers running features that were a real challenge for them. 100% success rate. You can’t get much better than that.



Categorized as:BRILLIANT  •  beaten  •  gradual-spring  •  kawartha  •  kayaking-takes  •  meant-the-usual  •  paddling-season  •  real-challenge  •  their-expected  •  toolBRILLIANT  •  beaten  •  gradual-spring  •  kawartha  •  kayaking-takes  •  meant-the-usual  •  paddling-season  •  real-challenge  •  their-expected  •  toolBRILLIANT  •  beaten  •  gradual-spring  •  kawartha  •  kayaking-takes  •  meant-the-usual  •  paddling-season  •  real-challenge  •  their-expected  •  toolBRILLIANT  •  beaten  •  gradual-spring  •  kawartha  •  kayaking-takes  •  meant-the-usual  •  paddling-season  •  real-challenge  •  their-expected  •  tool

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