Luc 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.
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
The 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!
LIFE JACKETS ARE REQUIRED!
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.
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: email@example.com
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 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
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.
AHTNA has recently been asserting ownership of the area immediately downstream from the Windy bridge (the southernmost Parks Highway bridge over the Nenana River, a few miles north of Cantwell), which has been the traditional take-out for trips down the Reindeer Hills section of the Nenana River. Representatives of Ahtna are asking for $15 per vehicle to park in this area. As of 16 June 2013 no signs were present indicating property boundaries or any requirement for parking permits. There have also been anecdotes of Ahtna patrolling the river upstream from the bridge and asking anyone camped anywhere except Brushkasna Creek (which is State land) to pay a fee for the privilege of camping. Brad Snow and others have done preliminary research on this issue and discovered the following:
There are two state-controlled 300′ right-of-way (ROW) segments there, which converge at the Nenana River. They are measured 150′ on each side of the centerline of the new Park’s Hwy and the approximated centerline of the gravel road leading to the river, which is in the approximate center of the old ROW of the original Denali Highway. This leaves a sliver of land which comes to a point approximately 80′ from the river and extends west between the two ROWs. Except for this sliver, all land at this takeout is controlled by the state, which has no concern about boaters parking there. From studying both the DOT ROW maps and a Google Earth picture from 8/2004, it seems to me that, with all the “approximate” language above, the safest course would be to park directly to the right as you enter the open area by the river, just off the road’s travel grade, and either launch or pull out somewhere near where the centerline of that road would project to intersect with the river. Alternately, one can use the riverbank within 75′ of the river from the old ROW to the new highway ROW, where one can park, launch and retrieve as well without incurring either a fee or a valid trespass notice. Continue reading Nenana River Access Issue at Windy Bridge
Our large group of 26 people met at the Windy Bridge at noon on Saturday, June 15. We used the club trailer to carry half a dozen canoes, which greatly facilitated leaving empty cars there at the bridge. We were surprised to be accosted by an Ahtna representative requesting $15 per vehicle for the privilege of parking there, but readers of this listserv are already aware of this.
We put in at the raft-launching spot at the 2nd place where the river runs adjacent to the road on the Denali Highway east of Cantwell and also at the canoe-launching spot on the muddy trail by the old cabin a mile or so farther on. Our group consisted of 2 large rafts, a small paddle-cat, 6 tandem canoes, 3 solo canoes and 5 kayaks. The weather was exceptionally warm and sunny, with only light breezes throughout the trip. The river gauge at Healy was oscillating on a diurnal basis between about 10.2 and 10.8 feet (approx. 6,000 to 8,000 cfs) for the 24 hours that we were on the river.
We launched somewhere around 3:00 in the afternoon and had a very enjoyable run down to our camp at Brushkasna Creek, arriving around 6:00. The splashy section at the beginning of the canyon had fairly large waves (especially considering the relatively low water volume of the river) and several of the canoes had to stop to bail once or twice. Camp at Brushkasna Creek was very pleasant and there seemed to be plenty of room for all our tents. Mosquitos out on the gravels were almost nonexistant and they were surprisingly sparse even in the woods. A variety of delicious foods and beverages seemed to appear from everywhere and we ate for several hours while enjoying convivial conversations and reacquainting ourselves with each other.
In the morning more delicious food appeared and after several hours we loaded our various crafts and got back on the river around 11:00. After a relaxed paddle and a lengthy break on a gravel bar in continuing excellent weather we arrived back at the bridge around 2:00.
Susitna Sled and Kayak is hosting the Willow Creek Whitewater Festival in Willow, Alaska the weekend of June 15-16.
Day One Events: Saturday
9:00 Sign up for Slalom 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.
1:00 Slalom race starts – K1, C1, PR/IK.
After the Slalom there will be a fun event down to Shirley Towne.
Day Two Events: Sunday
10:00 Sign Up for Guardrail Downriver Doubles Race, Redgate Downriver Race.
Start in order of sign up.
11:30 Sign up ends, Mandatory Boaters Meeting.
11:45 Head up to Guard Rail with your buddy for Guardrail Race – K1.
1:00 Guard Rail Downriver Doubles Race Starts with two minute intervals.
2:00 Red Gate Downriver Race Starts with one minute intervals – K1, C1, PR/IK.
4:00 Meet at Susitna Sled and Kayak for Awards Ceremony.
Free Camping at SSK Friday and Saturday night.
Awards ceremony and party will be at SSK following the races.
Please contact SSK @ 495-1505 if you would like to volunteer your time for this festival, donate prizes, food, drinks, etc. Stay Tuned for More Details.
If you would like to sign up early it would help us plan better, and save you time
Slalom : Run a series of gates down the first rapid on the Red Gate section against the clock, you keep the best time out of two runs.
Guardrail Downriver Doubles Race : Teams of two leave the put in pool for the Guard Rail section at two minute intervals, You must stick with your buddy, you are their saftey. Your time stops when the second person crosses the finish line. Best time wins.
Red Gate Down River Race : Paddlers leave at one minute intervals, Best time wins.