WHERE DID YOU PADDLE? -- September 07

Discussion in 'Trip Reports' started by westcoastwill, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Dan_Millsip

    Dan_Millsip Paddler & Admin

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    Nice pictures -- and it looks like you guys had some good weather.

    What were the campsites like?

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  2. waverider

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    Dan wrote: Nice pictures -- and it looks like you guys had some good weather.

    What were the campsites like?


    Plumpers' Cove campsite offers either wide open spots or ones tucked in and away in the bush for more privacy. We all commented that it was a real treat in having picnic tables and very level ground to sleep on. Even though it is a place that sees alot of visitors and the fact that the noise from Gibsons does carry over to you (dam car alarms :evil: ) it is a great place to set up base camp. ( hell how much time does one spend in camp anyways?) I for one will use it as a base camp again.
     
  3. Mark_Schilling

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    Great photos, Blondie! Mine pale in comparison.

    The campsite is nice - lots of open space for larger groups (hmmm... WCP 3rd Annual Spring Camp-out 2008? :wink: ) although there are quite a number of more secluded sites in there as well. It would appear that there is normally a good water source (with a boiling advisory) although the hand-pump handle was missing, so we had to paddle over to Gibsons on Saturday morning for water. The park was reasonably busy Saturday night... all but empty every other night though! Not much to complain about, really. There's some good paddling to be had from Keats - I could easily see myself going back for a longer trip to explore some of the other, larger islands including Anvil and Gambier Islands.
     
  4. Mark_Schilling

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    OK - a few photos.

    Battling the light chop as we make our way west along the north shore of Keats Island
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    Blondie and Sushiy enjoy paddling alongside the rocky shores
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    Blondie watches as a flock of Pigeon Guillemots takes to the skies
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    A young seal glances towards us in careful apprehension as a gull shares his rock
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    A view east, towards the coast mountains, from the relative shelter of the Pasley Islands
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    Sushiy enjoys a restful 'float' during our lunch break in the Pasleys
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    Sushiy sets up for a roll (watch that blade angle! :wink: )
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    A view of our camp site, complete with a carefully constructed wooden inukshuk :lol:
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    A lone mallard swims nearby on a calm afternoon
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    A view over the water from camp
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  5. woodensoul

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    Nice shots Mark. Maybe we need to start up a photo contest? With Dan's submissions it might be an interesting competition...
     
  6. sushiy

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    That is the most embarrasing set up I ever seen!! Thanks :twisted:
    That camera made me nurvas...
     
  7. Mark_Schilling

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    That's the only reason you missed any of those rolls. Everything else looked perfect - but your blade was diving so you didn't have the support to begin with! Make sure you really curl that forward wrist around (away from your body) and you'll get a perfect blade angle every time!

    Dan takes so many great shots, I think I'd prefer to contribute to the collection, rather than compete! :wink:
     
  8. Dan_Millsip

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    I'm not so sure about "great" shots but thanks for the compliments -- my philosophy is that if you take enough shots, you're bound to get an occasional good one. There's quite a number of people on this site who post some excellent shots and I'm often in awe of their photographic skills.

    Not sure if I'm into a photo contest (especially after seeing a sampling of the photos taken by our newest member, snorrigunnarsson - check out some of these photos), but I do think it would be cool to include photos submitted by paddlers in our rotating images at the top of our pages. Hmm... I'll start another thread to discuss this rather than take this thread even more off-topic.

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  9. Dan_Millsip

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    Greg, thanks for posting photos from your paddle trips -- it's really cool to see where others paddle. I've been to San Diego several times before I got into kayaking -- next time I'm there I'll definitely do some paddling. Are any of the areas of San Diego Bay off limits? Do you do much paddling outside the bay?

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    Dave wrote: Well, there turned out to be more than a couple to post, of our Deer Group visit. Enjoy.

    A couple more from our Deers trip. Cast of characters, as it were.

    Darren at launch.

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    The Below the Border crowd: Dave, Ann, Jan.

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    Nice little ducky. Been everywhere. This one is better than the first one, which got seasick ... often.

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  11. Mark_Schilling

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    I awoke this morning to howling winds and driving rain. It looked like a perfect day to light the fire, and hunker down with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate.

    Then the phone rang.

    An hour later, Wet Elvis and I were on the water, paddling south from Telegraph Cove towards Baines Channel (separating Oak Bay / Victoria from Discovery and Chatham Islands). It was nice and soupy - well churned - a great beginning to paddling in winter storms (please excuse the water droplets).

    Heading out of Telegraph Cove
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    A view back to Ten Mile Point from Baines Channel
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    Trying to catch some surf in the steep stuff
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    Wet Elvis makes a break for it
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    Enjoying a relaxing day on the water :wink:
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    It was easier to take video (hands free!) so I'm in the process of editing some clips that are a little more exciting than the photos.

    What a blast! Now excuse me as I throw another log on the fire. :wink:
     
  12. DarrenM

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    Sweet!
     
  13. DarenN

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    Jeeze Mark! how did you stay awake? drugs? how positively boring!! :D
     
  14. Mark_Schilling

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    A little splash in the face works wonders! I could swear the water has cooled by about 20 degrees in the last week!
     
  15. Mark_Schilling

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    I've just finished whipping together a video of today's paddle. It's quite a large file for download, but if you don't mind sitting a while, you can watch it here.

    The YouTube streaming version is on its way.
     
  16. andreas

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    wow it didn't look that bad from the beach!

    i was out there for a walk today and was wondering if you are out paddling :wink:
     
  17. mick_allen

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    sheesh, what hp of motor did you have on the back of that yak??
    looks like you caught all kinds of stuff. great, fun clip.
     
  18. Mark_Schilling

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    Bad?!? You mean good! :p

    The swells were a decent size, but got a lot steeper in Baines as the SE wind was opposing about a 4kt current. Well, sort of opposing - at a bit of an angle. It made for some interesting wave patterns. I only got knocked over once (and captured it on video); we had a hard time keeping Elvis in his boat. :lol:

    We were only out there for a few hours in the morning. It was fun but rather tiring. And, the winds were dying down by the time we got back.

    YouTube has finally finished processing the video; you can catch it here.
     
  19. Mark_Schilling

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    One of these (205 bent shaft) :twisted:
     
  20. DarrenM

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    Very cool 8)