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  1. SalishSeaNior

    Crossing from the San Juans to Canadian islands?

    The Prime Minister of Canada, made the following statement to the Premiers of the Provinces yesterday during their meeting: "Canada could open its border to fully vaccinated ( two shots ), Americans for nonessential travel as early as mid-August." Thus far, President Biden has not made any...
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    Well it finally happened to me

    Well done SZhin. Hopefully your story will help encourage others to get out there and practice re-entry,
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    Seeking best possible San Juan Islands paddle: weekend of 6/25-27

    Yup, rivers or oceans: scale, volumes, conditions, experience, skills, fitness, risk tolerance and good decision making. Here is yet another link to one of my all time favourite Kayaking videos. I watch this often when land locked and pining for the fjords. It is the pacific northwest Kayak...
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    Another opinion and question about rudders...

    If I recall correctly, Seaward Kayaks puts a bungee keeper on their rudder equiped kayaks that goes over the tip of the rudder when it is stowed. I expect this concept was originally to keep the rudder stowed in the slot while you sped to the put in at 110 KMH. However, it would also work to...
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    Seeking best possible San Juan Islands paddle: weekend of 6/25-27

    Scott, this is further to your experience and ability to read water from your river paddling trips: Since many people paddle there, many beginners or less experienced on the ocean, I am going to have a go at explaining what I have come to know about paddling conditions in the San Juan Islands...
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    Seeking best possible San Juan Islands paddle: weekend of 6/25-27

    Our family has a cottage on Lummi Island. Though I have not been there since March 2020 due to the Pandemic related border closure. There is an overflow parking lot across the street from the ferry slip that I have never seen full. Locals park there for days at a time without any issue to my...
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    Another opinion and question about rudders...

    Just read your second post Scott. Perhaps Micks Ideas about nuance, and the idea of experience, beginner, intermediate, advanced, is part of the key to this question. The other part in my view is hull design, and purpose of that design. In my post above, where I detail my experience with four...
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    Another opinion and question about rudders...

    I find the rudder, no rudder debate to be most often simply one of subjective preference. I have paddled many, many kayaks, with a rudder, with a skeg and yes without either. Currently, I have four singles, two with rudders and two with skegs. I like them all and paddle them for different...
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    How To Poop in Canadian Waters

    In areas where you are remote, and those are getting less easy to find on the B.C, coast, my practice has been to climb high into the forest, dig a hole as deep as possible in the forest floor and do the necessary business. Cover it well, including with large rocks, or downfall and leave it...
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    What could possibly go wrong?

    Things that make HIghway Patrol Officers, go...really!!! What were you thinking?????
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    Broughton Archipelago ( Beginner trip)

    Nother thought, i mentioned practicing rescues prior to our 1985 Haida Gwaii trip. I actually had to do a T rescue with one our group on that trip for real. He was a rooky paddler, but after I got him to listen and calm down, the rescue proceeded without a hitch. There would have been a far...
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    Broughton Archipelago ( Beginner trip)

    I agree with much of what has been said. The north end of the Broughton Archapelago and Queen Charlotte Straight in general is not really beginner territory. Having said that there are protected areas and safety would be more dependent on proper trip planning, participant preparation and being...
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    Tarp over tent, or better tent?

    I have a Hennessey Hex Rainfly that I routinely use over my old North Face tent whenever there is rain in the forecast. My wife and I took it on our late September Bowron Lakes Circuit trip last year. The weather was wet for five of the seven days. It made a huge difference keeping the tent...
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    Field work by kayak on Kodiak Island's south end

    Superb trip report!! Love the images and the fact that there are yet a few wild places left on Earth where Homo sapiens are not the dominant species. I have long dreamed of paddling in that part of Alaska. Thanks for the vicarious tour, Rick
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    I was in no way suggesting or advocating that folk do not wear a PFD, or any other safety equipment such as a drysuit, or wetsuits. I was simply noting that the current law in British Columbia requires one to have one on board, not to wear it. This thread began with a discussion of boating...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    Don't know what the code is for life jackets in Washington State. In Canada, it simply has to be on board, not worn. That can be on the deck, in the cockpit, even in a closed hatch compartment. In good weather, with warm water and hot temperatures, I often do not wear my PFD because it is...
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    Seeing Red - British Columbia's Old Growth Forests

    In a separate trip report today, Alex talked about and posted images of a coastal remnant old growth forest in Willapa Bay. That reminded me of an article in the on-line Journal the "Narwhal" detailing the current state of British Columbia's "old growth forests". The article was published on...
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    Long Island, Willapa Bay, WA 6–7 Mar 2021

    I was inspired by your trip report and tribute to Dave Kruger Alex. Looks like a wonderful place to paddle, especially early season. The fact that there is still one tiny remnant of ancient forest in Willapa Bay is both uplifting and at the same time very sad. So few people in modern western...
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    The Psychology of Solo Tripping

    Each person is psychologically unique. Alex Honnold's Brain and his fear response have been studied extensively and yet the conclusions are still conjectural. The link is quite and interesting read. I don't think you can directly compare Honnold's climbing directly with Gillet's solo paddle...
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    Licenses for paddling Canoes, Kayaks, & SUPs proposed - WA state bill?

    Alex wrote: "Other states have upheld upheld statutes that allow law enforcement to randomly board vessels without probable cause or reasonable suspicion. Such laws have been upheld as reasonable because the legitimate state interest in promoting water safety, in addition to the diminished...
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