WHERE DID YOU PADDLE? - October 2010

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by mbiraman, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. mbiraman

    mbiraman Paddler

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    300
    Location:
    west kootenays
    It was supposed to be a couple of days but ended up leaving a day late so turned into one long beautiful day. When i got to Kaslo on Kootenay lake about an hr and a half from my place the wind was blowing about 30-40 mph and there was about 2' wind waves on the lake , more than i was up for and so thought the day was gone.
    [​IMG]

    I was heading for the north end of the lake and thought why not go anyway and check things out for later and maybe it will be a bit quieter up there.On the way i took a couple of pics .
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I put in at Lardeau by Davis Cr. It was a quiet day up at the north end. All that stuff in Kaslo must have been coming out of Campbell Cr.These are a few shots around the bay and top end.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    You can see the MacBeth Icefeild in the background of the last pic. To the right of that there are about six Glaciers.
    I started heading south on the lake, it was a beautiful day.
    [​IMG]

    Some of the scenery on the way
    [​IMG]

    All along the shoreline there was a low but steep rock cliff that just dropped off making it difficult to get out any where. I love the color of the water here, that's glacier water for ya.
    [​IMG]

    I finally did find a bit of a rocky albeit dicey landing area but i had to pee and have lunch so lets not get wet. After lunch i headed back kind of worried about the weather down south catching up to me but it never did, in fact it went to glass by mid afternoon. Unusual weather for us at this time of year. 70 degrees, beautiful day.
    I found a nice spot on the beach and had a bit of a nap and took a couple of more pics before the end of the day.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I definately want to go back and check out other places.
     
  2. Lindy

    Lindy Paddler

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    14
    Location:
    Ladysmith, B.C.
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    A nice October day paddle from Ladysmith Harbour through "the cut" to Norway Is which is on the east side of Kuper. Ladysmith Harbour is a great place to launch as there are 3 boat ramps and ample parking for dozens of vehicles. The day was a bit chilly but we were rewarded with a nice haul of oysters for dinner that night.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 002.JPG
      002.JPG
      File size:
      429.6 KB
      Views:
      3,381
    • 006.JPG
      006.JPG
      File size:
      435.3 KB
      Views:
      3,385
    • 003.JPG
      003.JPG
      File size:
      413.8 KB
      Views:
      3,379
    • 008.JPG
      008.JPG
      File size:
      470.2 KB
      Views:
      3,382
  3. redguy

    redguy Paddler

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2010
    Messages:
    47
    Location:
    Comox Valley, BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Oct 1, Comox Lake, Vancouver Island, BC.
     

    Attached Files:

  4. rider

    rider Paddler

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Messages:
    1,743
    Location:
    Coquitlam,BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Here's a couple things/places I've been this month so far.
    Surf weekend on the West coast, coincided with a sea kayaking surf course done by a large group of people. Got many good rides,lots of beat downs,big thanks to the guy from MEC for letting me try the P&H Dolphin.
    Paddle to Lighthouse park and back from Whytecliff park with Mike and Richard.
    Driving to check out the ferry graveyard on Fraser river,by Silverdale. Queen of Sidney would make one hell of a haunted house. Nice to see all the sunken boats(and probably soon to be sunken boats),that's gotta do the river and all in it a lot of good.
     

    Attached Files:

  5. Tootsall

    Tootsall Paddler

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2008
    Messages:
    661
    Location:
    Southern Alberta
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Funny how that happens, eh Rider? BC Ferries is "innocent" because they've sold the boat off for scrap to a private buyer. The private buyer has big plans but no money so the boat sits there until it becomes an ecological mess. Something similar happened on Kootenay Lake... the old MV Anscomb was decomissioned and hauled up to Kaslo. Then someone (one of the Jones Boys) had the bright idea of buying it and had it towed down where it was moored against the rocks at Woodbury Marina. He apparently had plans to turn it into a floating restaurant or casino... oops... right up until it sank at it's moorings one night in the middle of winter (when nobody was around)... except for said Mr. Jones.

    http://www.angelfire.com/film/tmtv/anscombsinks.html

    How mysterious and strange.......

    I fail to see why private business operators can't be held responsible for the ecological problems that they create themselves whether those problems be in the air, on land, or on the water. We hold the owners responsible for underground storage tank leaks so what's holding our governments back?
     
  6. camshaft

    camshaft Paddler

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2010
    Messages:
    385
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    I second that Tootsall

    Why can't these owners be charged for recovery and disposal ? If such a thing was possible maybe they would take more care in how it was moored and monitored.
     
  7. Astoriadave

    Astoriadave Paddler

    Joined:
    May 31, 2005
    Messages:
    5,631
    Location:
    Astoria, Oregon, USA
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    The usual way to make sure the company follows through is to require them to post a bond of several million dollars, which is forfeited if they do not scrap the vessel within a specified time.

    We have had a couple companies propose engaging in ship breaking at an excellent (though unused) set of docks near me, but none of them have been able to secure the required safeguards. Scrapping old steel vessels is a real environmental hazard if the seller of the decommissioned vessel is not very savvy.

    It looks like a current proposal to scrap (smaller) fishing vessels will go through, perhaps because the history of requirements has set the bar at a level such that only careful, responsible companies are in the game. Holding my breath on his, nonetheless!
     
  8. rider

    rider Paddler

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Messages:
    1,743
    Location:
    Coquitlam,BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    From what I know, derelict vessels are simply a headache that nobody likes to deal with. I remember hearing about the hassle that Veins of Life watershed society had to go through to scrap 2 derelict abandoned wooden hulks that sat abandoned in the Salt Spring isl. harbor for years, and all they were after was a written permission, since the work was done with volunteer effort from all parties involved.
    On the bright side,most vessels sitting in that area are wood hulls,including the derelict American ferry and most sunken fishboats. Only steel hulls I saw are the BC Ferry, the big steel barges, and the little white freighter. Which means less environmental damage,but also means very little incentive to do anything about it... The big ferry gets used from time to time as a movie prop. I'd be curious to count how many sizable derelicts are sitting around in Fraser mud, I'll guess many many more.
     
  9. Greg

    Greg Paddler

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    113
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Here are some photos from a nine day solo trip I just took in Utah on Lake powell. I started at the up end of the lake at a boat launch called Halls Crossing and paddled about 45 miles down lake to Escalante Canyon, up Escalante Canyon about 10 miles going in and out of several finger canyons, and then made my way back up lake to my put-in spot. in the 9 days I paddled about 100 miles or so and had 5 camps along the way. This is a very scenic place to paddle. It's like paddling the Grand Canyon filled with water.
     

    Attached Files:

  10. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    9,305
    Location:
    Beautiful BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Wow. Greg, those are some awesome photos -- looks like you had a fabulous trip. Thanks for posting -- another place added to my (rather long) list.

    *****
     
  11. nick

    nick Paddler

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2010
    Messages:
    110
    Location:
    Ladysmith BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    My God that is some amazing country! I just loved the first few pic's of your camp under that massive rock.
     
  12. mbiraman

    mbiraman Paddler

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2010
    Messages:
    300
    Location:
    west kootenays
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Just gorgeous. Love the camp scenes.
     
  13. Kasey

    Kasey Paddler

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2005
    Messages:
    764
    Location:
    Kelowna, BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Wow - cool area! Thanks for posting! I'm wondering - was the water warm or was it cold?
     
  14. Greg

    Greg Paddler

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    113
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I was very lucky getting that one campsite under the rock overhang. I paddled way back (about 5 miles) into this canyon looking for a campsite for the night and the few campsites that were in this canyon were taken by houseboats and when I got to within 200 feet of the farthest point I could paddle up this canyon I discovered this campsite. A couple camping out of a speed boat were just packing up to leave so i snagged it. I wasn't looking forward to paddling back out of this canyon to find a campsite after already paddling about 12 miles that day.

    I was also lucky getting this spot because the day I got it a storm came through that afternoon/evening and there was lightning and it rained for about an hour, and I stayed perfectly dry under that overhang. Every other camp I had on the trip was out in the open and exposed to weather but that was the only day it clouded up and rained. All other days were sunny and warm.

    The temprature for the nine days I was there (September 26th thru October 4th) ranged from a low of 60 to 65 to highs of 85 to 92. The water temprature was 75. It was perfect for swimming everyday with the warm air tempratures. Late September and early October is actually the best time to go for kayaking I think because its not so hot, in June, July and August it reaches well over 100 degrees and in late September and early October the water is still warm enough to swim in. In the spring the water is very cold from snow melt from Colorado. The water can be in the 50's and low 60's in the spring all the way into early June.

    I reccomend this trip very much. I'm thinking of doing it again some day, but next time check out the southern half of the lake. The lake is about 186 miles long and in most spots it ranges from 1/2 mile to a few miles wide.
     
  15. The GCW

    The GCW Paddler

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2009
    Messages:
    116
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Greg,

    Any wind problems?

    Spring time may also be windier. The area is known for winds. Especially afternoons.
     
  16. Greg

    Greg Paddler

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    113
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    GCW,

    There was some windy conditions on my first two days, but not too bad. The first day the wind came up in Mid-afternoon and it only effected me getting my tarp up for shade, which I got rigged but it was a small battle I won. The second day I had a 17 mile paddle and the last 1.5 hours of my paddle I had a head wind of maybe 10-20 MPH winds (I'm not too good at estimating winds) and it caused some small 1 foot choppy waves with some whitecaps and I was in a part of the lake where there was no where to land for another 3 miles (Straight up rock walls on each side of the channel), so I had to push on until I found a landing spot, which I knew where they were, so I wasn't too worried as long as the wind stayed at that level and didn't increase or cause the waves to get larger.

    The remainder of the trip the winds were very calm all day, I hit a very good weather window. Lake Powell is known for very high winds whipping through the canyons and causing very rough lake conditions which have sunk some houseboats in the past. The wind usually comes up in the afternoons, so I made a habit of getting on the water by 7 to 8AM and usually found my camp by noon or 1PM at the latest. The second day when I had the head wind I didn't get to my camp until 2:30.
     
  17. rider

    rider Paddler

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Messages:
    1,743
    Location:
    Coquitlam,BC
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Greg those are some awesome spots to camp!
    On a different note, I paddled north Howe Sound today from Britannia Beach,checked out the derelict ships and then headed north to check out a rusty hulk of what turned out to be a barge. Along the way i found a slope that would make for a pretty monstrous seal launch(Hurricane Riders??)
     

    Attached Files:

  18. THR

    THR Paddler

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2008
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    Deep Cove
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    Thanks for posting the pics and the pm about the location rider. It looks like a pretty clean line. I'm off for a week of surfing and filming - I'll be sure to check out out when I get back. Might be a fun winter project.
     
  19. Kheyashunka

    Kheyashunka Paddler

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2005
    Messages:
    152
  20. waverider

    waverider Paddler

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2006
    Messages:
    671
    Location:
    langley
    Re: WHERE DID YOU PADDLE ?? - OCTOBER 2010

    OMG Greg that trip of yours is now a must on my list!