Upcoming Events

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

EVENT SCHEDULE:

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:
http://girdwoodsummer.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/six-mile-whitewater-festi

and a quick racing video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3p-qKFn4I4

and a video of some of the live music that will be happenin!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRePhwS-hKs

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.

Sponsors:
* Cook Inlet Keepers
* Mooses Tooth Brewing Company
* World Kayak
* Susitna Sled & Kayak
* Alaska Raft & Kayak
* Chugach Outdoor Center
* NOVA
* 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

Boatercross:
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.
Rodeo: 
Throw down at Three Knuckle Rock, Peer vote detirmines win.
Entry Fee: $15 per Person:  Gets you into all four events
Classes:
Boatercross:
  • 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.

Just for Fun!

 

The latest Bubblestreet comic stripThe weekly Bubble Street Cartoon, by Paul Mason

 

 

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

Annual Chena River Paddle & Potluck

Our annual Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck will take place on Saturday May 17. This year we’ll launch at the first bridge (approximately Mile 37 Chena Hot Springs Road) and take out at the mile 31.4 river access (the Nugget Creek winter trailhead).  This section has been challenging in recent years due to a new log-infested channel just upstream of the takeout in the vicinity of the Chena River Public Use Cabin.  There is a particularly dangerous set of logs extending 3/4 of the way across the channel at the downstream end of this section.  We’ll show you where it is.  Depending on water level there may be a sneak around it down a narrow channel on river left.

This year we’ll pack our food, grill, tables chairs, etc into the boats and have our potluck on a “remote” gravel bar along the way. We hope there will be enough canoes to help carry stuff for the kayakers. The trip will occur rain or shine; we will have the club BAT (big a** tarp) in case of the former.

There may also be a short and entertaining safety demo at lunch time.

Meet at the First Bridge (big gravel bar downstream from the bridge, accessed by signed dirt road on the right just before the bridge, then left at the fork out to the gravel bar) at 10 am. We’ll unload gear, run a couple vehicles down to the take out, and launch by 10:30. Plan to be off the river by late afternoon. It takes about an hour to get to
the first bridge from downtown Fairbanks.

To come on this trip, you will need to be a current FP member (we’ll have membership applications/renewals with us), wear a PFD, carry spare clothes and rain gear, and be at least an advanced beginner paddler with experience in swift water and the ability to confidently maneuver a boat to avoid sweepers and strainers. The Upper Chena is Class I, and woody debris in the river constitutes the main hazard.

It’s not required, but I’d appreciate knowing if you plan to come. E-mail me or phone 488-3205.

Hope to see you on the river!

Alan

Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck, 2010

Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck, 2010

Chena River Cleanup 2014

The Paddlers’ annual cleanup of the Chena River through town is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 this year.  This will also be the first of the Wednesday evening float trips for the summer.  We will meet at Graehl Landing (just upstream from the Wendell Street bridge) at 6:00 p.m., set shuttle to the Pioneer Park landing at Peger Road, and plan on launching from Graehl promptly at 6:30.  Once on the water people travel more or less at their own pace, stopping to pick up trash on the riverbanks. Usually, everybody is out of the water by 9:00 or 10:00.

Cleaning up the Chena River is one of the contributions our club makes to the community of Fairbanks, and is also a commitment we have made to the  Adopt-a-Stream program of the Tanana Valley Watershed Association.  For this activity we are recognized by two nice signs placed by the TVWA near the river at Graehl and Pioneer Park.  Our cleanup is also registered with the American Rivers National River Cleanup campaign.

Trash bags will be provided.  Participants should bring mud boots, raincoat, gloves, warm clothes, extra clothes, mosquito repellent, drinking water and something to snack on as well as some sort of craft to paddle.  Don’t forget your life-jacket!

We will attempt to separate out clean aluminum in separate bags for recycling. We need to take the trash directly to the dump (as opposed to sticking it in dumpsters) so that the Borough can keep track of the volunteer cleanup effort and so that we can report our haul to American Rivers.  My truck will be available for stuffing full of trash at the take-out.

For more information contact Alan Batten, or at 488-3205.

Chena River Cleanup 2013

Chena River Cleanup Crew and Results, 2013

Time to Join Fairbanks Paddlers

It’s time to renew your membership or join Fairbanks Paddlers for the first time.  Memberships go from April 1 through March 31 of each year.  Individual memberships are $10 per year, and household memberships are $15.  You can fill out the online membership form, or print a membership form  and mail it or bring it to an activity.

The club is still working on its 2014 trip schedule.  We would love to have some members step up and lead some new trips.

The club also has a variety of equipment available for club members to use on river trips. These include a rescue beacon, large river tarp, toilet systems, a canoe trailer, a grill, event bibs, slalom gates, and a first aid kit (for club-sponsored trips).

Membership Form (1193)

Whitewater Kayaking Class

A one-credit Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking class will be offered this summer through the UAF Outdoor Adventures program and UAF Community and Technical College’s Recreation department. The course will be taught by Fairbanks Paddler’s member John Schauer.

Kayaking: Whitewater: RECR F140Y T01- 1 Credit Field Fee – $254
An introduction to whitewater kayaking. Topics will include equipment selection, safety considerations and hazard assessment, introduction to group and river running, eddy turns, scouting, river running, ferrying, trip planning considerations.

Summer 2014 Schedule

  • June 24: Classroom and Pool Session – Kayak outfitting and safety basics – Basic paddling and maneuvering skills
  • June 26: Chena Lakes – Flatwater paddling skill demonstration and rescue practice
  • June 28-29: Upper Chena Overnight– Paddling and rescue techniques on moving flatwater, eddy turns and ferrying
  • July 1-2: Swiftwater/Whitewater Paddling Trip– (River location TBD based on water levels and group readiness)

Most equipment is provided through the Outdoor Adventures program. Participants wishing to use their own boats and gear need to have it inspected and approved before the start of the class.

For more information please contact Outdoor Adventures at (907) 474-6027 or
uaf-oa-staff@alaska.edu. Or stop by the OA House at 519 Copper