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Delta Clearwater Trip – April 24-25, 2021

Delta Clearwater Trip – April 24-25, 2021

Break-up is proceeding apace and we can see patches of flowing water in most interior riverways. Fairbanks Paddlers annually celebrate the arrival of spring with a trip on the Delta-Clearwater River near Delta Junction. This area has some of the first water to open up in the Interior each spring, so if our timing is right we may have an excellent opportunity to see many species of waterfowl (including swans) up close. This year the trip will be on the weekend of April 24-25, which is a little earlier than it has been in recent years. As usual, we will have a day trip and an overnight trip. Alan Batten will coordinate the day trip logistics on Sunday, April 25, and Don Pendergrast will be coordinator for the overnight trip leaving Saturday and finishing up on Sunday.

We will have a pre-trip zoom meeting for all participants. It is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 21 at 7 pm . People who are interested in either the day trip or the overnight should contact the appropriate trip coordinator to get a link to join. 

Alan’s (day trip) contact info is alanbatten@acsalaska.net, H: 488-3205, C: 378-6384.

Don’s (overnight trip) contact info is don@alaskacanoeschool.com, 907-371-4868

Please note that all participants must be current members of Fairbanks Paddlers. Memberships can be renewed at https://www.fairbankspaddlers.org/join/ or at the put-in. As we did in 2019 we are purchasing liability insurance for our trips through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This takes a big worry off the minds of those of us who volunteer to lead trips, and we hope it will lead to having more volunteers step forward. However, this does add another level of bureaucracy to our trips, so we hope you will all be patient with that. Each participant will need to be a member of the ACA, either an annual member or a member for a day. Annual memberships cost $40 (https://www.americancanoe.org/general/register_member_type.asp). Fairbanks Paddlers is an ACA Paddle America Club so we are on the list of clubs in the drop-down menu on the membership form. ACA members will need to know their ACA number when you show up for our trips. The other option is to become an ACA member for one day, which costs $10. Trip leaders will have this type of membership form at the put-in. Please understand that it is now necessary to be a member of both Fairbanks Paddlers and, at least for the day, the ACA. The ACA is an excellent organization that is very effective in promoting boating safety, education, waterway conservation, and river access. It deserves our support.

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Fairbanks Paddlers COVID-19 Policy

Fairbanks Paddlers COVID-19 Policy

Updated April 15, 2021

General Overview

In accordance with the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the State of Alaska, and local health organizations the Fairbanks Paddlers Club guidelines for safe paddling and events reflects our commitment to safe paddling, public health, and community well being during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A key aspect of public health is that Covid-19 can be transmitted by subjects that have not developed symptoms, so the Fairbanks Paddlers has adopted a Covid-19 risk management policy based on the guidelines from the American Canoe Association, the American Packraft Association, and the State of Alaska Covid-19 Health Mandates. We encourage all paddlers to follow these or similar policies when paddling.

Fairbanks Paddlers’ Covid-19 Risk Management Plan

Covid Policy

The Fairbanks Paddlers’ Covid-19 Risk Management plan depends on the participants’ desire and willingness to keep themselves and their fellow paddlers healthy. To meet that end the Fairbanks Paddlers offers these guidelines. Please respect others and comply with the desires of the trip or event organizer. Be smart and keep each other healthy and safe.

Participation

No one exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms is allowed to participate. This includes a fever within 72 hours, or contact with someone who has Covid-19.

Vaccination

  1. Two weeks after people are vaccinated they are considered safe from Covid; however, the CDC and the State of Alaska guidelines still indicate that vaccinated individuals when in public settings wear a mask, maintain a 6 foot distance, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often and use hand sanitizer.
  2. Fully vaccinated individuals may choose to shuttle together, but should do so with automobile windows opened for good ventilation and all riders should be masked.

Protocols

  1. Social distancing of 6 feet should be maintained both on land and on water (pay particular attention at put-ins and take-outs; loading and unloading craft; no rafting up on the water).
  2. Face masks are strongly encouraged at put-ins and take outs, and if ever non- household groups are in close proximity (less than six feet). Please bring an extra face mask to use if yours gets wet.
  3. Paddlers should avoid popular places and times in order to more effectively social distance. If you know there are likely to be other users, pick a different time or place to paddle.

Hygiene

Hygiene is the responsibility of each participant in Fairbanks Paddlers activities.

  1. Bring hand sanitizer.
  2. Sanitizing wipes or disinfectant sprays should be used when sharing equipment.
  3. If public restrooms are open only one person at a time should use them. If public
    restrooms are not available each individual is responsible for a “bathroom bag” (I.e. trowel, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, zip lock bags at a minimum).

Group Size

Group size is up to the activity coordinator. The CDC recommends “small” gatherings, but does not define small with a number. The key is taking proper precautions: masking, social distancing, travel/shuttle considerations, and good hygiene.

Travel

Fairbanks Paddlers believes that the greatest risk for Covid transmission is traveling to activities and shuttling between access points. These guidelines are to reduce that risk.

  1. Travel and shuttle must be worked out prior to the activity. It is not fair to others for
    someone to show up without making prior arrangements.
  2. The activity leader should hold a virtual meeting with all participants to work out de-
    tails and protocols prior to the activity. We are all now used to such meetings and
    they will help ensure safe Covid practices for all.
  3. Household members (pod members) can travel in a vehicle together. Fully vaccinated individuals may choose to travel or shuttle together, but should do so with automobile windows opened for good ventilation and all riders should be masked. No participant should be in an uncomfortable or unsafe travel situation.
  4. Use bicycle shuttles where appropriate.
  5. When traveling, minimize stops, avoid crowded places, wear a face mask when
    dealing with vendors, wash or sanitize hands before exiting and after returning to the vehicle.

Camping

  1. Tent sites must be 25 feet apart from non-household members.
  2. Common areas (i.e. campfires, cooking areas) should be used with appropriate social distancing or at different times.
  3. No sharing of food or drink.
Crowd-Sourced Virtual Paddling Show – March 18, 2021

Crowd-Sourced Virtual Paddling Show – March 18, 2021

Fairbanks Paddlers will host our third virtual slide show / video night of the season on Thursday, March 18 at 7pm Alaska Time over Zoom.

For this event, we have reached out to members to gather a number of short videos or slideshows of 3 to 15 minutes for a evening of crowd-sourced paddling imagery.

UPDATE: The show shaped up to be quite the mini-festival. More than 40 households joined us over Zoom on Thursday, March 18 at 7pm Alaska time. The session was recorded and posted to YouTube.

Presenters shared short videos and slide shows of 15 different paddling experiences:

  • Inna Rivkin – Beaver Creek and Middle Fork Koyukuk
  • Barry Whitehill – Birch Creek and Atigun / Sagavanirktok
  • Dave Hamilton – Atigun / Sagavanirktok
  • Jeremy Worrall – Gulkana and Nenana Reindeer Hills
  • John Schauer – Chatanika and Willow Creek
  • Brendan Wells – Tebay River
  • Shannon Busby & Evan Sterling – Copper River to Yakutat
  • Alayah Brunty & Nathalie Croteau – Paddling Access for All
  • Christine Huff – Underground Kayaking – Crystal City, Missouri
  • Don and Tracie Pendergrast and Cam Leonard – Boundary Waters
  • Ron Yarnell – Zambezi Canoeing

From Alaska to Africa, The show proved to be a fun mix of weekend trips and expeditions; placid waters, swift streams, and Class V whitewater.  Whether your water craft of choice is a canoe, kayak, packraft, inflatable kayak, raft or all of the above, you’ll see Alaskan boaters having fun in all of these. 

Zoom Meeting Link:

Topic: Fairbanks Paddlers Slide Show
Time: Mar 18, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99817251776?pwd=YTFYOW5KcDA1L1lNTkdFYWJYcklNZz09

Or

https://bit.ly/march18show 

Meeting ID: 998 1725 1776
Passcode: 350869

 

2021 Paddling Film Festival Virtual World Tour

2021 Paddling Film Festival Virtual World Tour

Fairbanks Paddlers will host the Virtual Edition of the 2021 Paddling Film Festival. Since 2016, Fairbanks Paddlers has hosted the showing of paddlesports films. Board members and sponsors have selected a program from the full list of films available for showing, and the show has sold out at local venues. We had to cancel the planned 2020 festival due to COVID. However, we received permission to show four of the films over Zoom at our 2020 annual meeting in November. Video quality varied for members depending on their bandwidth.

This year, the club has opted to become a local host for the Virtual World Tour.Tickets can be purchased to rent each program at the links below. The ticket allows you to stream the movies for a 3 day rental period. Using the code FairbanksPaddlers10 gives a 10% discount on the purchase. Fairbanks Paddlers receives 10% of ticket proceeds when they are purchased from the host links below.

The films are the same as those offered in 2020.  The full list of films has been divided into these three programs:

  • Adrenaline Program (5 films, 1 1/2 hours)
  • Culture Program (9 films, 1 3/4 hours)
  • Adventure Program (4 films, 2 hours)

The full list of films for each program can be seen in the links to tickets below. (At our annual meeting, we showed two films from the Adrenaline Program and one from the Culture Program.)

2021 Virtual World Tour Tickets

2021 World Tour – Adrenaline Program

2021 World Tour – Culture Program

Adventure Program

2021 World Tour – Adventure Program

Support Fairbanks Paddlers, and enjoy the great collections of paddlesports films!

Choose your movie nights and…
Get your tickets! 

Tikchik River Presentation – February 25, 2021

Tikchik River Presentation – February 25, 2021

UPDATE: John’s Presentation was very well received with over 60 households attending over Zoom meeting. Most most participants reported a good viewing experience, but limited bandwidth affected viewing quality for some. The presentation was recorded and uploaded to YouTube, including the questions and answers at the end of the meeting.

John Morack will be presenting “River of Salmon, Bears, and Flowers”,  a slide show of a trip on the remote Tikchik River, Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm Alaska time. This will be a virtual presentation delivered by Zoom.

John reports that the Tikchik is an easy wilderness trip (Class 1 and 2), so it is perfect for beginners. There is great hiking nearby, beautiful scenery and lots of bears. The best part is that there are so few people making the trip that the bears are pretty people shy. You need a permit from State Parks, but they limit the number of people in the area at any one time so you basically have the whole place to yourself. We didn’t see anyone until we got near the fishing camps at the end of the trip.

This will be Fairbanks Paddlers second presentation of our 2021 virtual slide show series. The zoom meeting link is:

https://zoom.us/j/91475621055?pwd=UGJpNmE1WEZ3NjduUVNKSU55U0VLQT09

or http://bit.ly/tikchikshow

Our first virtual presentation, Don and Tracie Pendergrast’s Chandalar River slide show was very well received. It was so successful that we reached our Zoom license capacity of 100 participants early in the show. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the foresight to record the meeting. Don and Tracie plan to record their narration and we will share a link to their show soon.

Chandalar River – Virtual Slide Show – February 5, 2021

Chandalar River – Virtual Slide Show – February 5, 2021

UPDATE: Don and Tracie’s Virtual Slideshow was so popular, that we reached our Zoom meeting capacity of 100 participants early in the evening. Some folks were unable to join after we reached our limit. Although we didn’t record the meeting, Don and Tracie recorded their narration and shared the presentation to YouTube. You can now view it here: 

Fairbanks Paddlers is kicking off our 2021 Virtual Slide Show series Friday, February 5 at 7 pm.

Join Don and Tracie Pendergrast and friends for a paddle through the heart of the southern Brooks Range and along its foothills on the Chandalar River.

This month long, 500 mile paddle started on the Chandalar Shelf on the Dalton Highway and ended in Venetie, Alaska. The trip encompassed the majority of the river drainage including the North, Middle and East Forks of the Chandalar River.  They paddled by ghost towns, across lakes, down rapids and through a broad expanse of nature that included traditional G’witchin homelands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Venetie Indian Reservation and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

Chandalar River 2009
Attendees will be added to a drawing for door prizes ( screen prizes? ) of a Fairbanks Paddlers hats, T-shirts, and stickers. Non-members are welcome to join the meeting. We encourage folks who are not current or life members to join the club.

We have several other virtual presentations planned. Announcements coming soon, and we will share them at the Chandalar show.

Here is the link to the Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/94624986485?pwd=bTJjMzQra3AxZm9BSVgrbDFUTkEwZz09

or https://bit.ly/chandalarshow

Chandalar Map

Gifts for Paddlers

Gifts for Paddlers

Get a unique gift for your favorite paddling partner. Fairbanks Paddlers caps and T-shirts make great gifts for the boaters in your life.

If you order from our online shop before January 1, we’ll include a free sticker with the matching logo for each hat or shirt ordered. These 4″x4″ durable, colorful stickers are available in the shop for $3 each.

The stickers hold up well and add character to canoes, kayaks, paddles, coolers, and shuttle vehicles.

The caps are cotton garment-washed ball caps by Port Authority. These feature custom embroidered club logo in either canoe or kayak version, with “FAIRBANKS PADDLERS” embroidered in an arch on the back. They are “one-size” caps with an adjustable fabric strap with clasp and grommet.  Caps are available in either blue or green.

The T-shirts are 100% Cotton Tees by Port & Company. They feature the club logo in a new round format in either the kayak or canoe version. They are available in limited quantities in sizes Medium, Large, and Extra Large in either Navy or Dark Green.

Select a product below to add it to your cart

We have typically sold club merchandise at functions like our annual meeting, slideshows, the Paddling Film Fest, and our boat swap. With most of these events canceled over the past season, we haven’t had an opportunity to get these products out to members or the public.

Fairbanks Paddlers is not making money by selling this merchandise. We’ve priced items to just cover the cost of the order and shipping. Caps are $35 and T-shirts $24 with flat rate shipping of $6. Stickers purchased alone are $3 and ship for free. Merchandise is currently only available within the United States.

Virtual Annual Meeting and Paddling Film Watch Party

Virtual Annual Meeting and Paddling Film Watch Party

Fairbanks Paddlers will hold its Annual Meeting in a virtual format over Zoom on Friday, November 6 at 7 pm. Without our customary potluck and gear swap, the business meeting will be short, as we have had to cancel or postpone a number of our usual events this year. We welcome creative new ideas of how the club can adapt activities for the coming season in light of current challenges.  Attendees are also encouraged to share brief descriptions of some of their paddling outings this past summer and fall. We have a couple of board positions to fill, and will elect candidates at the end of the meeting.

In lieu of having a guest speaker, we will have a watch party featuring three films that we would have shown at our annual Paddling Film festival that we had planned for last May. We have received permission to download and share these through our virtual meeting. The films the board has chosen to show along with descriptions and trailers are included at the end of this post.

As an incentive to join us, we will be offering several giveaways to virtual attendees. “Door” prizes include two $50 Beaver Sports gift certificates, two of our new club caps with your choice of blue or green and with either canoe or kayak embroidered logo ($35 value each) and two of our new club T-shirts with choice of color, size and logo.

You don’t have to be a current member to attend, but we do encourage you to renew your membership or join the club at https://fairbankspaddlers.org/join/ .

Here is the Zoom Link to the Annual Meeting and Watch Party:

https://bit.ly/fp-meeting-2020 

or Dial in:

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) or
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 997 0038 0383
Passcode: 803817

Solo Kayak Adventure in India

Kayaker Nouria Newman embarks on a solo, multiday descent on the raging waters of the Indus River in the Himalayas. Feeling challenged, blessed and vulnerable at the same time, Nouria shares her feelings with captivating honesty. From brutal close calls to moments of grace, the river delivers an intense experience shared in this gripping film. (12 minutes)

Dave the Potter – Letting Go and Moving On

An artisan in northeastern Pennsylvania shifts his focus from pottery to paddling in a bid to expand his life’s horizon. (6 min.)

Svaha

Svaha tells the remarkable story of a 2,000-mile, three-month sea kayak expedition across the Caribbean Sea, from Grenada to Miami, through some of the world’s most treacherous waters. With just a single day of sea kayak experience, childhood friends, Will McCreadie and George Parry, take on the expedition to raise funds for their charity, the Get Exploring Trust. With remarkable footage of real life-and-death situations, the film is a tribute to tenacity and endurance. (28 min.)

New Fairbanks Paddlers Caps and T-Shirts

New Fairbanks Paddlers Caps and T-Shirts

Fairbanks Paddlers now has club hats and T-shirts available for purchase through our website while they last!

Last winter at our annual meeting, Wade Jones stepped up and volunteered to place an order for new club ball caps and t-shirts through local business Trademark Printing / Great Alaska Shirt Company.

Thanks to Wade’s efforts, we now caps and T-shirts for sale through our website through the SHOP menu item!

The caps are cotton garment-washed ball caps by Port Authority. These feature custom embroidered club logo in either canoe or kayak version, with “FAIRBANKS PADDLERS” embroidered in an arch on the back. They are “one-size” caps with an adjustable fabric strap with clasp and grommet.  Caps are available in either blue or green.

The T-shirts are 100% Cotton Tees by Port & Company. They feature the club logo in a new round format in either the kayak or canoe version. They are available in limited quantities in sizes Medium, Large, and Extra Large in either Navy or Dark Green.

We have typically sold club merchandise at functions like our annual meeting, slideshows, the Paddling Film Fest, and our boat swap. With most of these events canceled over the past season, we haven’t had an opportunity to get these products out to members or the public.

Fairbanks Paddlers is not making money by selling this merchandise. We’ve priced items to just cover the cost of the order and shipping. Caps are $35 and T-shirts $24 with flat rate shipping of $6. Merchandise is currently only available within the United States.

 

Poling Canoe Design and Build Project

Poling Canoe Design and Build Project

Michael Manzo, the owner and designer of Yukon Freightworks Canoe Company, has contacted Fairbanks Paddlers and expressed interest in getting a group of experienced canoeist  together to design and build a 20 foot poling canoe. Michael would host the project in his 120′ x 40′ canoe and freight sled building shop in Delta Junction.

He has proposed this process with a small group of interested paddlers.

  1. Begin the draw-up of a double-ended, 20 ft poling canoe design.
  2. Train the crew on how to transfer these dimensions into a male plug.
  3. Train the crew to construct an industrial-grade, reusable two-piece female mold. (He will donate materials)
  4. Using the best epoxy resins, foam cores and paints, teach the crew how to pop a fresh hull.
  5. Fashion gunwales, thwarts, and seats from live slabs of white ash.
  6. Finish the Poling Canoe
  7. Test the canoe with a typical load of freight on a wild river.
  8. Donate Canoe to a youth poling and lining class program.

General dimensions will be 20 ft long. A center beam somewhere between 41-46 inches. A canoe designed to be paddled, poled and use of a small portable outboard no heavier than 55 lbs. A safe, beamy, all-around poling canoe designed exclusively for Alaskan families, by Alaskans, fills a void that has existed for far too long.

Photos show some of the foam core epoxy freighter canoes that Michael has designed and built.

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Memberships run from
April 1 through March 31

$10 Individual
$15 Household
$150 Business
$100 Lifetime

Upcoming Events

April 24, 2021
  • Delta-Clearwater Overnight Trip

    April 24, 2021 - April 25, 2021 @ 

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April 25, 2021
May 15, 2021
  • Fairbanks Paddlers Boat Swap at Beaver Sports

    May 15, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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May 23, 2021

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