Planning for the 2009 WCP Spring Campout

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by DarrenM, Feb 4, 2009.

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Which April weekend works best for you?

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  1. kayakwriter

    kayakwriter Paddler

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    My current planning is to take the 10:10AM ferry from Tsawwassen to Otter Bay on the Friday, wheel down to Otter Bay Marina, pay the $5 launch fee, and paddle to Beaumont from there.
    If the wind's from the NW, I should be able to sail to down to Wallace Point. If it's from the South, I'll get a free ride once I round Wallace.

    Speaking of sailing, if I could get my hands on a demo WindPaddle sail to bring along, would anyone want to give it a go? (In return for a brief debriefing of your impression of it).

    I'll be coming out on the 15:35 ferry from Lyell Harbour.
    Looking forward to seeing everyone.
     
  2. SheilaP

    SheilaP Paddler

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    OOO Pick ME! Pick ME! I have always wanted to try a sail on my boat.

    :wink: :wink:
     
  3. andreas

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    I will be getting there by ferry on Friday morning or even Thursday night... will see.
     
  4. DarrenM

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    ditto
     
  5. andreas

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    Want to meet for coffee on the ferry? :lol:
     
  6. DarrenM

    DarrenM Paddler

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    sure :wink:
     
  7. DarrenM

    DarrenM Paddler

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    Do we have a head count? (For pot luck planning)

    :D 8) :p
     
  8. Monster

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    Are these spring events open to all or, is it a kayak only thing? I'd like to attend too if I can.
     
  9. Mark_Schilling

    Mark_Schilling Paddler

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    The only stipulation is that you have to be able to get there. Beaumont is a Marine Provincial Park which means it's only accessible by water (actually Beaumont can be reached on foot but it's a lengthy hike in, and I'm not sure where from exactly). But canoes, skiffs, water wings and hand-lashed bamboo rafts are also acceptable means of transport to get there, as long as you're prepared to accept responsibility for your own safety.

    Of course, those who are arriving in larger vessels are encouraged to demonstrate the vast amounts of cargo that they are able to transport in said vessels. Preferably in methods that can be appreciated by those of us arriving in small kayaks. In other words, bring us water or something tasty or equally useful! :lol: :p
     
  10. DarenN

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    and beer!! 8) Coors Light please! :wink:
     
  11. Monster

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    Seriously... Coors Light :?

    Actually if I could find a bow paddler I could bring the "freighter", an 18.5' Mackenzie able to carry excessive loads of well over 600lbs. I find it's not the fastest canoe though, usually I rely on my Prospector for smaller ocean trips or my Hellman Quetico if I'm paddling solo.
     
  12. DarrenM

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    :lol:
     
  13. DarenN

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    i was raised on it! :p

    i also like Chardonney. :p :p

    ...........
     
  14. SheilaP

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    Where is that pic of my overloaded barge when ya need it? :wink:
     
  15. greg0rn

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    Sheila, here it is:

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    Are you coming as well this year?
     
  16. DarenN

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    Gee Sheila; you need to read some backpacking forums! :wink: even Mick doesn't pack that much stuff!! :lol:

    ......
     
  17. SheilaP

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    I have read those blasphemous forums! I like to camp in style. LOL. :shock: :lol: :shock: :lol: :shock: Why do you think I love kayaking. I used to back pack - GONE are the days of cutting my toothbrush in half to save ounces! GONE are the days of sleeping under a tarp getting eaten alive by bugs! GONE are the endless days of freeze dried concoctions! :clap: :clap: :clap:

    OK truth be known, last summer on my long trip I needed to scale it all down. It was too much work dragging that stuff up and down the beach all the time. I still like the little extras like jumbo sized sleeping mats and three person tents for two. :mrgreen:

    I will make sure to bring some treats for those that travel in toothpicks. :wink: Coors Light is NOT an option. Sheesh. Sleemans Honey Brown, maybe.
     
  18. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

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    Only Dan and Kayakwriter can compare. Is there a reward for packing the most stuff?
     
  19. DarenN

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    is there a reward for packing the least? :wink:
    probably not. what matters is whether or not you can fit it all in the boat and you don't mind humping it up the beach and packing it back up again the next day.

    Daren.......
     
  20. kayakwriter

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    I resemble that remark... :p