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Slideshow: Paddling Greenland's East Coast - February 19, 2015

Hi Paddlers!

Please join us at Food Factory on Thursday, February 19 at 7 pm for an evening of slides and stories from Gail Davidson’s 2010 kayak based exploration of Greenland’s remote east coast.  In addition to covering some 240 km of coastline the hardy paddlers left their paddle gear behind and hiked inland through mountains back to where they started.
Arrive early to order some food and beverages. A short Fairbanks Paddlers board meeting will be held before the slideshow. The public is welcome to attend the meeting as well.
If you can’t paddle ’cause the waterways are frozen, you might as well be thinking about paddling so show up!

Pool Paddling Opportunities Update

Hamme pool has been the site of some great boating practice sessions and kayak polo games on Monday nights this winter.   Hamme Pool will be closed the next few weeks for scheduled maintenance.   There will be no boating nights on February 16, 23, or March 2. The next paddling session at Hamme Pool will be March 9. Monday night sessions will continue through May 18th.

There is a new opportunity to tune up your paddling skills this winter and spring.  The University of Alaska Student Recreation Center (SRC) pool will be offering open pool hours for paddlers on Sunday afternoons from Noon until 2 p.m.  If you are not an SRC member you will have to pay the $4 drop in fee at the SRC Front desk. If you are an SRC member it is free. The UAF Outdoor Adventure Program usually has about 5 boats, paddles, and skirts at the pool available for public use. If you bring your own boat please spray the boat off on the pool deck using the provided hose before entering the pool. The open pool hours will be every Sunday till the end of the semester.

Hamme Pool Boating Nights for 2015

Winter 2015 paddling practice sessions and kayak polo at Hamme Pool begin Monday, January 5th.

Boating nights are scheduled for EVERY Monday from  7-9pm beginning January 5th and running through May 18th,  except for the following holidays/scheduled maintenance:

  • Monday Jan 19th for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
  • Maintenance closure to February 16-March 8th

Paddling skills and rolling practice run from 7:00 to 8:15pm.  Pick-up games of kayak polo run from 8:15 to 9 pm.   The deep end of the pool usually remains open for skills practice during polo games at the discretion of pool staff.

Bring a helmet if you want to join the paddling polo game.  Face masks or full face helmets are recommended.

Continue reading Hamme Pool Boating Nights for 2015

Annual Meeting 2014

Annual Meeting Friday November 7 at Unitarian Fellowship Hall

The Annual Meeting is coming up on Friday, November 7, 2014, at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 4448 Pikes Landing Road, across from the Princess Hotel, off Airport Road.


 6:30  GEAR SWAP – Bring your old gear to sell, or get good deals on stuff you need. So far we have a kayak paddle, likely a kayak, and a pair of snowshoes (keep you in shape for next year’s paddling season…) Last year we had 2 or 3 kayaks, tents, an Alaska whitewater book, and lots of camping gear. Suggested 10% donation to Fairbanks Paddler’s Club.
 7:00  POTLUCK – Bring food and drinks!  Enjoy and be merry! Tell about trips you made between high water times during our record rainy summer!
 7:30  BUSINESS MEETING – Nominations encouraged for new board members.
 7:50 TO 9:00  ENTERTAINMENT – It looks like a movie and slides, stay tuned for details.

Six Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival

The 2014 Six Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held August 8-10 at Mile 3.4 of the Hope Access Road.

IMG_3696Here are the details from the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1415787765367682/

Come experience the CHAOS of WAYYY too many people sprint racing through a narrow, whitewater canyon… guaranteed ear-to-ear grins! While you’re at it, come boogie on the shores of the river on Friday & Saturday nights to boot-stompin’ live music. AJ’s barbeque will feed you (bring cash). EVERYTHING (live music, raffle tickets, competition entry, festival entry, camping, parking) is FREE!!!!! However, a $$$ donation REALLY help pay the set-up costs, permit fees, and keep this festival going year after year!

For more info visit: www.alaskawhitewater.org or www.timmystoyota.blogspot.com ***** DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON!!!

DIRECTIONS: Drive 1 hour south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway towards the town of Hope. Main festival grounds are located at mile 3.4 of Hope Road. Look for festival signs.

PARKING: You can park off the shoulder of the road, but DO NOT park over the white lines or you will be towed. They are very series about towing, so please spread the word!!! Please be respectful and don’t park on anyone’s private property!

* Free camping!
* 21+ to drink (BYOB)
*** Please bring cash for a generous donation…

There will be food from AJ’s Bar-be-que Friday & Saturday, a raffle for some sweet prizes, and some fire-spinning once the sun goes down!

* Please pack in and pack out your own trash. If you have time to help clean up the festival grounds on Sunday, your help will not go unnoticed!

* If you want to volunteer, all you have to do is contribute somehow. I need volunteers to
– make a fire pit/collect firewood
– pick up trash and bring it to town on Sunday morning
– help break down the main stage on Sunday morning
– help pack up Sunday morning
– help direct people towards parking
– river safety/rescue racers by boat/throwbag
-etc etc etc

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER, please contact me at kayaker35@hotmail.com

MUSIC Schedule:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8th, 2014 at the main festival grounds:
– 10:00pm – 11:00pm : Backwoods Revolution
– 11:30pm – 1:30am : The Dirty Hands

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2014 at the main festival grounds:

– 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm : Wayward North
– 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm : The Destry J.W. Smith Band
– 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm : The Shoot Dangs
– 11:30 pm – 2:00 am : The Denali Cooks


IMG_3650SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2014:

11:00 am : competitor sign-up down at the main festival grounds tent/main stage area, racing bib hand-out

12:30 pm: racers and spectators leave main festival grounds at Boston Bar area and carpool/drive back north to the 1st canyon extreme race series site (about 1 mile north of the Seward Highway bridge over Canyon Creek, just before the Hope cut-off road… look for lots of parked cars off the side of the highway at 1:00pm.

1:00 pm : Downriver mass-start extreme race through the 3 biggest rapids of the 1st canyon (KAYAK, canoe, inflatable kayak)

1:30 pm: PACK RAFT mass-start extreme race through the 3 biggest rapids of the 1st canyon (pack rafts only)

2:00 pm: INFLATABLE POOL-TOY extreme mass-start race (inflatable pool-toy race…ride an alligator, shark, couch, whatever you want!… (normal whitewater gear is required (aka: drysuit, life jacket, helmet))… pack rafts don’t count as an inflatable pool-toy:^

2:30 pm: Backwards race! (ALL river craft!) You go forwards, you’re disqualified!

4:00 pm: everyone drives back to main festival area, awards ceremony, bonfire party, micro-brewed beer, AJ’s bar-be-que, FREE RAFFLE, & live music begins. AWARDS will be around 7:00pm!

Here’s a write-up from a few years back:

and a quick racing video:

and a video of some of the live music that will be happenin!:

DIRECTIONS to the racing area: *Competitors & spectators will leave the main festival grounds & drive up the road to the 1st canyon race area just off the Seward Highway about 1 mile north of the Canyon Creek bridge overpass on Saturday at 1:00p.m. sharp. * There are plenty of free camping spots along the Hope Road if the camping/parking is full at the main festival grounds.

* Cook Inlet Keepers
* Mooses Tooth Brewing Company
* World Kayak
* Susitna Sled & Kayak
* Alaska Raft & Kayak
* Chugach Outdoor Center
* American Whitewater
* Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking
* Bills Distributing
* Knik Canoe & Kayak Club
* Great Harvest Bread Company

******* Any questions please email or if you want to volunteer help please Timmy @ kayaker35@hotmail.com or sign up at the festival grounds/beer garden*******

Nenana River Fest 2014

The Nenana River Festival is the longest running annual river festival in Alaska. The event has been rescheduled to August 1-2 from its original dates in July.

The 2014 River Fest kicks off with a barbecue at Denali Outdoor Center on Friday evening, August 1st.

The downriver race from Jonesville Bridge to Twin Rocks starts on Saturday, August 2nd at noon. Racers can sign up at Kingfisher Creek before the race on Saturday. The wildwater  race will be followed by a boatercross and rodeo.  After party at the 49th state brewery!

The Nenana River Wildwater Festival is always a great time to get together with boaters from across the state and to paddle the big water Nenana rapids.

See the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/674850055927694/




Willow Creek Festival: May 31-June 1

The 2014 Willow Creek Whitewater Festival will be held Saturday, May 31 and Sunday June 1.

P1030418Day One Events: Saturday

9:00 Sign up for Boatercross Race at SSK, start in order of sign up.
11:30 Sign up ends, Mandatory Boaters Meeting.
12:00 Everyone head to Redgate in shuttle trucks.
12:30 Boatercross race starts –  K1, PR/IK.
After the Boatercross Race will be the Redgate Downriver Race to Shirley Towne, with a mass start by class.
Awards ceremony and party will be at Susitna Sled and Kayak following the races.

Day Two Events: Sunday

9:00 Sign Up for Rodeo –  Start in order of sign up.
11:00 Sign up ends, set shuttle and work your way to Three Knuckle Rock playwave.
 1:00 Rodeo starts
 3:00 Meet at Susitna Sled and Kayak for Awards Ceremony.
Free Camping at Susitna Sled and Kayak Friday and Saturday night.

Event Descriptions

Groups of four charge down the first rapid of Redgate or five fingers plus the first drop on Redgate. First two advance to next round.
Red Gate Down River Race : 
Mass start,pack raft/IK first, then Intermediate/advanced K1, then expert K1. First across the finish line in each class wins.
Throw down at Three Knuckle Rock, Peer vote detirmines win.
Entry Fee: $15 per Person:  Gets you into all four events
  • K1
  • PR/IK
Red Gate Downriver:
  • K1
  • C1
  • PR/IK

Volunteers are needed for timers, judges, shuttle drivers, and safety boaters.

Contact James or Deb at Susitna Sled and Kayak @ 495-1505 for more details.

If anyone from Fairbanks will be going, please contact John Schauer ( 457-3962 or 460-6290 ) about taking the Fairbanks Paddlers’ bibs to the event.

Wednesday Night Floats continue this week

We’re continuing our traditional Wednesday night floats down the Chena River through town this summer. We’ll meet at 6:00 at Graehl Landing (just upstream from the Wendell Avenue bridge, but don’t forget that the bridge is closed this week), move as many vehicles as possible down to the take-out at Pioneer Park (just upstream from the Peger Road bridge), and launch promptly from Graehl at 6:30. You’ll need a craft to paddle, a life jacket and probably some spare clothes in a dry bag.

At Pioneer Park we can relax and have a picnic. I’ll have the club barbeque and will bring condiments, paper plates, plastic flatware and some sort of basic food. Everyone else can bring more food, or not. There is usually plenty.

Wooden Boat Festival, 2011

Paddlers on the Chena River

Chena River Cleanup 2014 Report

Thanks to all who came out for the Chena River cleanup on Wednesday. We had a good turnout with 22 people in 12 boats. It was a lovely evening: calm, sunny and warm. We removed 440 pounds of trash from the riverbank. Royce’s crew on the raft retrieved several weighty items, including a 6-foot pipe anchored in a chunk of concrete, that drove the total way up (last year we worked hard and had 180 pounds). More trash will inevitably appear as the summer progresses, so we should try to remove whatever we can on Wednesday night floats throughout the summer.

We’ll register the results at the National River Cleanup website  as soon as they get set up for receiving that information.

Thanks again to all who came out!

Chena River Cleanup 2014 crew and results

Chena River Cleanup 2014 crew and results