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 Post subject: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 21st, 2008, 1:13 pm 
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Anybody paddling anywhere in Ontario over the holidays? I'm thinking that the milder temperatures and rain in the forecast for later this week will make paddling possible. :clap:

Sure would like to meet up with someone and do some WW fun things.

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 21st, 2008, 1:25 pm 
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Hi Rick, please post pictures :D

If Dan doesn't catch this here or some of the day trippers out of toronto try getting hold of Derrek M and Neil, and Collin on Boatwerks site. Last I heard there was a sweeper in the Gull but I think it's upstream......anyways good luck I'm sure you'll find some takers as most of those guys like to get a day or two in for December to say thye are 12 month paddlers.....and if I don't get back to the site....have a wonderful Christmas break
Cheers!
Hey maybe you might even talk Doug B into a quick run?

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PostPosted: December 21st, 2008, 1:43 pm 
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Hey Rick its Ski season :D
I've grown distant from those days of paddling - 5 to +5..... I know I'm a whimp..... but I'm getting smarter with the wisdom of my old age..... done are those days of frozen fingers and toes. :wink:
There is also those ice cream headaches from rolling up in the holes.... birr tooo cold :oops: :doh: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 21st, 2008, 1:56 pm 
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I guess if one is a complete fanatic, white water is the medicine for the winter blues.

For me, a serene paddle on a quiet creek, past snow-laden trees, that would do. But it probably will just be some work-out with the bent-shaft....

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 21st, 2008, 2:46 pm 
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Ice (and LOTS of water) in the Gorge might rule this one out, but I'd be up for a paddle next week, any day but Monday.


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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 7:16 am 
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Well, the holiday season seems to be slipping silently away with no paddle.

The Thames and Kettle Creek have me spooked. Huge flood conditions, with many, many strainers. I would expect everything in Southern Ontario is the same way. I think it best to leave the canoe on the rack, for right now.

I leave for a winter camp tomorrow night, so, no paddle for me. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 8:22 am 
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One of my sons paddled Chippawa Creek on Sunday. He said there were some chunks of ice flowing in from the Niagara River, but otherwise no obstructions. A word of caution to anyone planning to paddle it; about 6 km from the put-in on Moyer Rd is the hydro intake. If you get caught in the ice flow or fast flowing water, there is NO out, so stay on the far bank of the intake when paddling past. There are 2 channels that lead into the intake, so be wary. Depending on the demand for hydro, the current can change rapidly and the river flow also changes direction. It normally flows west to east, but when the hydro demand is high, it flows east to west from the Niagara River to the intake. It's a tough 6 KM when the current changes direction and you have to now paddle upstream. A strange sensation when you paddle half the trip downstream and the other half upstream, without leaving the river. No whitewater, just strong current at times.

Best wishes in 2009, to all my paddling friends.

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 9:33 am 
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Rick wrote:

The Thames and Kettle Creek have me spooked. Huge flood conditions, with many, many strainers. I would expect everything in Southern Ontario is the same way. I think it best to leave the canoe on the rack, for right now.
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No kidding, Rick! See the near tragic story posted by Novacraft Canoe in General Discussion. We live on the Notty in Wasaga. It looked scary over the past few days

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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 10:01 am 
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If I wasn't such a wimp about this cold ( sick as in head cold ) I'd say lets go do the Maitland as its rocken right now with some solid class III's....way too much fun as this river has lots of play spots. As for the trees...... well this is a public forum so I have to practice common sense and not publicly say its ok to be using tree strainers as eddies or to boof the falls at Ben Miller. :oops: :wink:

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 6:32 pm 
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I, like Al seem to have the never ending cold, just as it seems to be getting better....
And on Sunday morning I was chewing at the bit, but my wimpyness (common sense :-? ) prevailed.
But I did send out a few reports of the water level.
But I/we are picky who we call when 16 mile creek floods.
Would have been 4 plus then add cold water and numerous sweepers that can appear real quick, or even fall when you are paddling by :o
The Credit can be easier but we always err on the side of caution because of the increased risk.
So hopefully for the next thaw I will be ready.....
You up for it Al? :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Holiday Paddling?
PostPosted: December 30th, 2008, 7:42 pm 
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Oh yah I'm enoying this head cold..... like a hole in the head! :( I'm guessing my next outing will be after we drop Aliesha off in Dickerson come March Break, as we still plan to head down to Knoxville. But thats not to say that we won't get another chance around here. :wink:

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