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. Mike_Jackson

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    This was the gear I had in my Nigel foster Shadow for the first leg of our West Coast VI trip in 2006...

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  2. Monster

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    lol Sheila.. I think you even have me beat...
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  3. lance_randy

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    I don't believe it. There is no way all that gear could have gone into those boats.

    How did you guys do it? Was the cockpit full of stuff, and stuff tied all over the deck?
     
  4. rider

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    This reminds me of the Ikea Super Sale commercial with the little car loaded 3 times it's height with furniture. Lugging it all up and down the beach and packing/unpacking the boat would drive me crazy.....I've once camped out of a 11 ft kayak with airbags front/rear.
     
  5. SheilaP

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    I only put my safety gear on deck. I can fit a 20 litre bag at my feet if need be. :lol: :lol: :lol: I bought a dry bag that fits perfectly at my feet; it also helps my boat from filling with too much water should I go over... :mrgreen:

    Can you say Telkwa High Volume? (And I wonder why I can't roll the thing :wink: .)
     
  6. Dan_Millsip

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    In the spirit of the event, this month's wallpaper image is one from last years Spring Campout. Hopefully, this year we will forego the snow and this is what the weather will look like the entire time. 8)

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  7. Dan_Millsip

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    And here's a reminder of what we're (hopefully) not going to get for weather this year:

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  8. kayakwriter

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    Dan,

    Can we assume you're bringing the massive Pavillion O' Pleasure again, so we can be of good cheer inside regardlesss of the weather outside?

    Also, my paddling buddy Mike is considered bringing his wife and 4-year old daughter. Both parents are experienced outdoors types, they'll have massive tent, and little Sarah is very sweet. They'd probably take their car to Pender and paddle from a put-in near to Beaumount - I may come with them.
     
  9. Dan_Millsip

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    Yes, the Pavillion Tarp will be brought to ward off the effects of wind and show:

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  10. Monster

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    Can I actually paddle in from Mayne Island? I have family with a cabin there and free ferry passage but, not sure how viable that might be...?
     
  11. Dan_Millsip

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    You could. It would be about 18km (From Village Bay) and you'd want to be very aware of what currents are doing in Navy Channel and Plumper Sound. Might be a bit of a slog in a canoe if there's any kind of head wind.

    It would definitely be easier for you from Saturna (about 8km).

    What day are you planning to head over?

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  12. Monster

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    I was going to try and open up what ever date was decided on, given that planning has begun this far in advance. I also thought I'd offer up my bow paddlers seat to any of the WCP regulars who might want to bring in some extra or heavier gear?

    Launching from Saturna is fine by me too, although if the weather is nice I wouldn't mind at all the extra paddle, timing dependent on the tides and weather of course.
     
  13. Dan_Millsip

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    I think you'll find that people will be leaving on different days starting from Wednesday or Thursday on. Some are going to be camping on other islands and then paddling over on Friday (or Saturday). I suspect that most will head home on Sunday, but a few have said they are staying until Monday or later.

    Last year, a few of us didn't head home until the following Thursday.

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  14. waverider

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    It kills me to write that I will not be joining in on the fun this year.
    I hope you all have a fantastic time and I hope the weather lets you paddle as you wish.

    Be safe, and take lots of photo's .

    Cheers
     
  15. Mark_Schilling

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    There's a shorter option than what Dan suggested if you have transportation on Mayne. There's a put-in on the south-east side of the island, in the shelter of Curlew Island. I've only been there once, as I paddled around the island, and stopped there for lunch. There appears to be parking there for a few cars, and it's about 10 feet to the water at high tide. No stairs, almost flat, to a beautiful crushed-shell and sand beach with nary a ripple in sight thanks to the sheltered cove. I wish I could give you specific directions, but I'd check out Steward Road off of Horton Bay Road - that seems likely. Otherwise it'd be on Horton Bay Road itself. Should be a little over 12km from there.

    It's also possible that there's a launch spot on the south-west side of Mayne but I seem to remember that side being much steeper with high rocky banks / cliffs. Perhaps Gallagher Bay near Marine Drive and Hewitt Road? I can post a couple of screen shots of maps and charts if that helps. That would be about the same distance - maybe a km less or so.
     
  16. rider

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    I think starting at Mayne is pretty feasible, assuming you time the current right (from my brief experience, Swanson channel flows same way as Georgia strait,but Navy channel tends to flow the opposite way) The one benefit of launching at Mayne is that it results in much shorter open crossing than from Saturna.
     
  17. greg0rn

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    Good news to all of us!!

    I just came back from a bottom fishing trip to South Pender. We stopped for a glass of beer at the Poet's Cove, where we met resort's manager (a very charming lady, I'd say). I told her about our meeting in Beaumont Marine Park in a few weeks. She invited us that weekend to their spa facility and HOT HOT swimming pool!!

    http://www.poetscove.com/

    I couldn't believe the hot pool thing, so I went to check. It was really perfect, steamingly hot! :D :D :D

    I told her that by Saturday afternoon we all will be craving for a fresh shower, but most importantly for her double hamburgers and beer.

    It looks to me like a win-win situation.
     
  18. Kasey

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    Oh wow!! I remember wishing we could warm our toes last year!! Great talking Greg!

    Bring your speedos!! :lol:
     
  19. Dan_Millsip

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    Hmmm... maybe I'll get a facial and a manicure while you're all getting wrinkled in the pool. :lol:

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  20. mick_allen

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    now that you mention it, I've been meaning to suggest that you get a facial for some time now.