Fairbanks Paddlers Annual Meeting – Friday, November 6, 2015
At the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 4448 Pikes Landing Road, Across from the Princess Hotel, Off Airport Way
6:00 Doors Open and Gear Swap: Bring your old gear to sell, and get good deals on stuff you need. Suggested 10% donation to FP. More details on the gear swap to follow.
6:45 Potluck and tribute to Jimmy Gaydos – Bring food/drink! We’ll share photos and memories of our late friend during dinner. If you have photos of Jimmy, please bring them.
7:30 Brief Business Meeting – Nominations needed for new board members. Please see below for an important message.
8:00 to 9:00 Entertainment – “Time Traveler in Bolivia: Floating the Headwaters of the Amazon” by Frank Keim. Local paddler and author Frank Keim hiked through the jungle and floated the Tuichi and Alto Beni Rivers in 1968, then repeated the trip 30 years later. He’ll share photos, stories and observations.
An Important Message:
Your club’s Board is concerned about flat or declining membership and increasing difficulty attracting volunteers to lead trips. Because of these trends we’ve been asking ourselves some hard questions. We’d like to have an open discussion of our club’s future at the annual meeting. To prepare, please give some thought to these questions:
We are due for a big turnover in Board membership, and need several new Board members. Please consider joining the Board.
We look forward to seeing you at UUFF on Nov. 6!
The 2015 Six-Mile Creek Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival will be held on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 and features extreme mass-start whitewater kayak, pack raft, and POOL TOY races!
The Festival will include five bands (Big Fat Budhha, The Shoot Dangs, Blackwater Railroad Company, Kat Moore and Angelina Moore), a raffle for awesome prizes, and award ceremony, fire spinning and aerial silks, free festival & competition entry, free camping and parking, and good company.
It is also very special because we are having a Viking Burial for our late kayaking friend Xavier Engle.
Event organizer Tim Johnson has started a kickstarter campaign to crowd fund the costs of holding the festival.
More information at : http://timmystoyota.blogspot.com/2015/07/six-mile-creek-whitewater-and-bluegrass.html
Beaver Sports will be hosting their third and final Chena River Canoe Race of the season on Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.
This free event will meet at Graehl Landing (in front of Pro Music) on the Chena River to register and then cast off at 7 p.m. This race will end at THE PUMP HOUSE.
All paddle-powered floating vehicles are welcome. This means kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, etc. You and and your team will be categorized based on your mode of floating. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race.
Everyone must wear life jackets.
So pick out your team name and be ready to go Tuesday night!
On the Reindeer Hills section we float the Nenana River between 18 mile Denali
Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested; I may leave town on Friday. June Thomasson 479-2434, jthomasson_99 at yahoo.com; co-leading with Alan Batten.
We’ll try to coordinate dinner for Saturday night. Maybe we can all bring a little something to share.
Join the fun near Denali Park for the longest running whitewater festival in Alaska!
The 39th annual Nenana River Fest 2015 will start with a barbecue at Denali Outdoor Center at Otto Lake on Friday evening, July 10th. Camping spots are reserved for the event. Camping is $8 per person.
The downriver race from Jonesville Bridge to Twin Rocks starts on Saturday, July 11th at noon. Racers can sign up at Kingfisher Creek before the race on Saturday. The downriver race will be followed by a boatercross on Razorback/Rooster Tail, and a rodeo on whatever wave is looking best.
Saturday’s post event party is 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 run some big water.
Lee Pownall is organizing this year’s event. See the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/377494192454565/
The Paddlers’ annual cleanup of the Chena River through town is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 this year and will be a continuation 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.
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.
Our annual Upper Chena Paddle and Potluck will take place on Saturday May 16. 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.
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.
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. Plan to be off the river by late afternoon. It takes about an hour to get to
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.
Hope to see you on the river!
In the next few weeks, streams all over northern Alaska will be open for adventures! Packrafting has become one of the fastest growing means of exploring Alaska’s rivers. Take advantage of an opportunity to try out your boat, practice paddling and rescue skills and meet fellow packraft enthusiasts on warm water. Kayakers have been having fun at Hamme Pool on Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm from January through May since the 1980’s. There are only a few more boating nights this spring: May 4, May 11, and May 18.
Fairbanks Paddlers and Northern Alaska Packrafts would like to encourage interior pack rafters to show up for the May 4 boating night at Hamme pool. There is no formal clinic or instruction being offered. Just show up with your boat, paddle, and a smile. You might just:
The shallow section of the pool is used for informal pickup kayak polo between 8:15 and 9 pm. Rules loosely followed, but helmets are highly recommended to reduce risk of injury from wild paddle blades or balls. Hockey, ski, skateboard, or bike helmets work if you don’t have a dedicated helmet for boating. The pool supervisor indicated that pack rafters could use the deep end of the pool to have their own game if there are a lot of kayakers (usually there are 5-6 per team). We’ll have have a shortened court and improvised goals.
Pool access is 5$. If your boat is full of silt and dirt from last fall’s adventures, please rinse it out before coming.
The warm weather reminds us that the rivers will be opening up soon and our thoughts will be turning toward moving water. Dues for the 2015 season are due at the beginning of April. Now might be a good time to think about paying them before we start getting the boats ready. Right now we have 28 households who are either life members or who have already paid for the 2015 season. There are 58 households whose memberships expire at the end of this month and another 45 households whose memberships expired a year ago. If you aren’t certain of your membership status please feel free to write to me and ask (though I’ll be away from email March 22-28). We’ve played with the idea of putting membership info on the web but haven’t been able to figure out how to deal with privacy concerns. We are beginning to put the calendar of club trips together and membership is required to participate in them.
Dues remain at $10 per person per year, or $15 per household. If you sign up as a household, please provide the names of all the people in the household. We also have life memberships available for $100. Then you won’t have to worry each year about whether you are current or not. There is no household (family) option for life memberships–everyone who wants one has to pay the full $100. There is also a business membership available for $150 which carries certain advertising privileges.
See you on the river!