Saltspring Island Circumnavigation

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by westcoastwill, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. westcoastwill

    westcoastwill Paddler

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    Last may, Greg and me paddled around Saltspring Isand, here are some fotos.

    By the way, Dan and Mark, how about installing a new "Trip Report" forum at westcoastpaddler.com?

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    Greg and me at the launch site in Sidney

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    terrorists sneaking into the country? it is just Greg with his anti UV headgear.

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    visiting friends, they live onboard a 100 year old sailboat without any electricity!

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    our first camp: Portland

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    the camp is set

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    eveningpaddle into the sunset

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    en route to Prevost

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    break in James Bay, we decided to carry on

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    Greg paddles to Montague Harbour

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    Dinner is ready

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    Montague sunset

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    Ballingal Islets + resident

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    we had to fight the tide all the way to Wallace

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    finnaly, the southern point of Wallace

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    we got the best campsites at Chivers Point

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    a HH with a view!

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    another sunset paddle

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    daytrip to Kupper and Thetis

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    waiting for the tide to rise in the channel between the islands

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    yours, truly

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    beach bum & skydiver

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    we also added a sign to the Conover Cove shelter, the credit goes to Greg for carving the sign!

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    Chivers Point details

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    meanwhile, the camp got busy!

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    the last day out was the longest paddle. we went from Wallace all the way down tru Sansum Narrows to Moses Point on Vancouver Island

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    Headwind all the way down!

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    Greg called for pickup details at the destination, we did not want to loose way, so i towed him, good exercise!

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    a well deserved rest at Musgrave Landing

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    farewell to Saltspring Island

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    they where in a hurry!

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    at last, the arrival at Moses Point

    will post fotos from our Broken Group trip later, if there is interest.

    Greg, i would like to thank you for beeing an excellent paddle partner, i am looking forward for a new trip soon!

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    servus

    Willi
     
  2. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Nice pictures Willi -- looks like you guys had an excellent time.

    Since you mention it, we're currently working on a new Trip Report section for the site.

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  3. oldsailor

    oldsailor Paddler

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    I really enjoy the photos in the trip reports. I can sit over here in the desert and see shots of places I remember from my own trips (but there were never so many kayaks then) and fantasize about future trips (with the mutha-ship if I can ever get her finished). These were great... thanks a million for the story.

    I also enjoy the thumbnail at the upper right corner. Sometimes they make me laugh out loud causing everyone in the living room watching some dramatic moment on tv to look at me in a strange way. Oh, well.

    Thanks again to you and to everyone who posts.

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  4. SheilaP

    SheilaP Paddler

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    Love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing them. Are you coming back next year Willi???

    How long was that last day of paddling? :shock: :shock:
     
  5. greg0rn

    greg0rn Paddler

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    Sheila, good to hear from you. It was rather interesting day. Tides were with us all the time, but wind (predicted light N/E) very quickly became strong easterlies with the chanelling effects through adjacent valleys. Instead of being flushed through the narrows, we ended up battling the head and beam winds. It was quite depressing watching GPS speed showing 3.5 km instead of 7+. Even in the very narrows, where the current is the strongest, we had fairly large standing waves, so we tried to stay to the sides of the flow. All in all, it took us over 9 hours from Wallace's north end to Moses Point (35 km), with a couple of short breaks for snacks.

    I'd like to go again through the gorge, but this time with better wind cooperation. By the way, a fellow from my club paddled around Saltspring in 10.5 hours!
     
  6. Kasey

    Kasey Paddler

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    Great photo report Willi and Greg! Most interesting too since I was there just after you fellas!
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    Kathy
     
  7. westcoastwill

    westcoastwill Paddler

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    Kathy, too bad that we did notmeet, maybe next year?

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    Willi
     
  8. Kasey

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    Yes Willi, next year it will be.
    Glad you had a great trip!
    Kathy