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Grand Canyon: Shut Out, but Not Shut Down - Paddling Trip Presentation - March 27

To celebrate the return of spring and the rapid approach of paddling season, Fairbanks Paddlers will host a presentation by Lance Lynch on Thursday March 27 at 7 pm in the upstairs room at the Food Factory on College Road.


Lance lead a group of Fairbanks Paddlers on a trip to Arizona last October. Despite having a Grand Canyon permit in hand, they were shut out by the government shutdown: the Grand Canyon was “closed”! Not to be outdone by “The Man”, they hit the road in search of canyons and whitewater. Follow Lance and his team as they dodge bureaucracy and ultimately succeed in their quest.

This will be a multimedia extravaganza, so don’t miss it! Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lance’s show will be preceded by a Fairbanks Paddlers board meeting starting at 5:30. We’ll be discussing summer trips and other upcoming events. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Hamme Pool Boating Night: Winter-Spring 2014

Winter paddling practice sessions and kayak polo at Hamme Pool will have a new schedule in winter/spring of 2014.

From Monday, January 13th through, March 10th, the pool will be available to kayakers, canoeists, and packrafters from 7-9 pm every other Monday night (Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, March 10). From March 24 through May 12, the pool will be open for boaters every Monday night. In the new Hamme Pool schedule, the Monday night sessions are called “Boating Nights” rather than Kayak night in an effort to encourage participation from a broader cross-section of the paddling community.
Continue reading Hamme Pool Boating Nights for Winter-Spring 2014

Luc Mehl to present at Paddlers' Annual Meeting

Luc-portrait-featuredLuc Mehl will be the guest speaker following the annual meeting and potluck dinner on Friday, November 8 this at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, 4448 Pikes Landing Road (across the street from the Princess Hotel). The gear swap begins at 6:30 pm, with potluck at 7:00, AND business meeting at 7:30.

Luc will be sharing creative approaches to trip planning, and stories, images, and video of his incredible wilderness journeys. He has a gift for drawing creative lines across topographic maps and crafting them into awe-inspiring adventures. Routes he conceived and realized include traverses of the three tallest summits in North America: Denali (2011 – 200 miles), Mount Logan (2012 – 370 miles), and Orizaba (2013 – 240 miles). Luc’s odysseys combine mountain bikes, skis, climbing gear, packrafts and ultralight camping gear with extreme competence and confidence. He has has won the winter Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic five times and the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic twice. Luc has applied “tricks’ learned from Wilderness Classics to longer traverses.

Luc grew up in McGrath, earned advanced degrees in in environmental and geophysical sciences at MIT and UCSB, and now works in environmental science research in Anchorage. His recent adventures include a 200 mile hike-ski-climb-paddle traverse of Mount Fairweather from Yakutat to Haines. He recently returned from an outreach trip with the American Packrafting Association to Megalayha, India. In addition to paddling some new rivers, he taught packrafting and swiftwater safety skills to local residents.

You can learn more about Luc Mehl and his adventures on his website: thingstolucat.com

Annual Meeting November 8, 2013

Save the Date!

Annual Meeting to be Held November 8

The Fairbanks Paddlers Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 8 this year at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, 4448 Pikes Landing Road (across the street from the Princess Hotel).

6:30 Gear Swap–We’d like to make our gear swap a bigger deal this year and are thinking that if we know ahead of time what items will be offered for sale we could put out some advance emails and try to raise some excitement. With this in mind, please let Mary (457-4324) know as soon as possible what you plan to offer at the gear swap.  You don’t even need to have decided on a price yet.

7:00 Potluck–If your last name begins with A-Z bring food!

7:30 Short Business Meeting–Nominations accepted for new board members.

7:50 Program–Luc Mehl will present on his  wilderness traverses by foot, bike, ski, and packraft.  Learn more about Luc at thingstolucat.com

Wooden Boat Rondy August 17

Atkinson-Traveler-158The Fourth Annual World Famous Farthest North Wooden Boat Rendezvous will be held Saturday, August 17th at 2pm.

Meet at Graehl Landing at 2:00 pm, set shuttle, put in by 3:00 pm and paddle to the take out at the campground and boat ramp at the University Avenue Bridge.

The Wooden Boat Rendezvous is a celebration of old, wooden and home made canoes, kayaks, umiaks, wherries and more. All paddlers are welcome and frankly, we need to have you there to help us select our prize winners.

Grills, plates, napkins, flatware, and condiments will be provided. Bring some meat for the BBQ and a side dish to share. The BBQ will be held at the University Avenue take out. There will be  PRIZES too!


Participation is free to Fairbanks Paddlers members and non-members alike. All are welcome!

For more information and to RSVP call: 457-4324

Are you a musician and would you like to help serenade us as we paddle down the Chena? Inquire at 457-4324.

This event is sponsored by Fairbanks Paddlers.


Wooden Boat Construction Presentation

Join Fairbanks Paddlers at 1 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2013 for a discussion on wooden boat construction techniques. John Young of Juneau, Alaska will provide photos and a description of techniques he recently used in the**construction of “Young Johnny”, a rib plank and canvas canoe. The workshop will be held at Larry Fogelson’s shop: 2531 Linda Lane, Fairbanks — (off Chena Pump Rd, before Roland Rd). The workshop is free to members and non-members.

Birch Bark Canoe to be Launched on August 6

The Folk School Announces the Launching of their Birch Bark Canoe

The birch bark canoe built by participants in the Folk School class led by Randy Brown will be launched into the Chena River at Graehl Landing at 6:30 pm on August 6.  Fairbanks Paddlers are invited to witness the launch! Continue reading Birch Bark Canoe Launching 6 Aug 2013

Wooden Boat Building Discussion

Join Australian wooden Boat Builder, Keith Lambert, for a discussion on building, repairing, and maintaining all types of pleasure craft!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 7- 9pm Larry Fogelson’s Workshop

2531 Linda Lane, Fairbanks – (off Chena Pump Rd, before Roland Rd)

For more information, please email: moosecamp@alaska.net


Keith Lambert is an Australian boat builder who has taught at trade school for 30 years! Keith has over 50 years in the trade building all forms of pleasure craft, specializing in timber and FRP. Traditional practices and modern techniques.

This event is presented by Fairbanks Paddlers and the Fairbanks Folk School

Boatbuilding talk flier

Six Mile Festival - August 9-11

SixMileThis year’s Six Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held Friday, August 9 through Sunday, August 11 at Six Mile Creek between mile 9 & 10 of Hope Road, near Hope, Alaska.

Come experience the CHAOS of WAY too many people racing through a narrow, whitewater canyon… guaranteed ear-to-ear grins! While you’re at it, come boogie in the dirt on Friday & Saturday nights to boot-stompin’ live music. AJ’s barbeque will feed you (bring cash). EVERYTHING (microbrew beer, raffle tickets, competition entry, festival entry) is FREE!!!!! However, a donation of $20 or more will help pay the bands, set-up costs, permit fees, and keep this festival going year after year!


Here is a little action from the 2011 Six Mile Festival

Friday, August 9th:

7:00 pm – Banjago
8:00 pm- The Dirty Hands
11:00 pm – Goat Rodeo

Saturday, August 10th:

11:00 am – race sign-up
1:00 pm – extreme kayak, packraft,
POOL TOY race, and all-craft BACKWARDS race!

6:00 pm – Big Fat Buddha
9:00 pm – The Gutter Sheiks
11:00 pm – Slaughter Daughters

For more info visit: www.alaskawhitewater.org or

Directions: Drive 1 hour south of Anchorage towards the town of Hope. Main festival grounds are located between Mile Marker 9 & 10 of Hope Road. Look for festival signs.

* Free camping!
* 21+ to drink
* Beer, raffle, food Saturday night
*** Please bring cash for a generous donation…

Sponsored by…
Mooses Tooth
Alaska Raft & Kayak
Chugach Outdoor Center
American Whitewater
Great Harvest
Susitna Sled & Kayak
Bills Distributing
Knik Canoers & Kayakers
Cook Inlet Water Keepers
World Kayak


Nenana Wildwater Festival - July 20-21

The longest running river festival in Alaska is slated for the weekend of July 19-21 on the Nenana River near Denali Park.  Mark the dates on your calendars.

There will be a barbecue on Friday night, July 19 at Otto Lake near Denali Outdoor Center.  The wildwater race starts at noon on Saturday , July 20 after the “Ducky” ( inflatable kayak) race at the Jonesville Bridge to Twin Rocks. This is an exciting, big water class III+ four mile stretch with some huge waves, holes, and boils. There is usually an impromptu rodeo/freestyle event at a location to be determined based on water levels.

Saturday afternoon and Sunday provide opportunities to paddle different sections of the Nenana with boaters from across the state.

Denali Outdoor Center on Otto Lake Road near Healy has a limited number of camping sites available. Other options include Riley Creek Campground in Denali Park, or several private campgrounds in the the area.