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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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Paddle for the Refuge – July 24-26, 2020

Paddle for the Refuge – July 24-26, 2020

Celebrate the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at the 24th Run for the Refuge. The Northern Alaska Environmental Center is taking the event virtual this year. People can participate by running, walking, hiking, biking, or paddling a 5K or 10K route of their own choosing, or can choose a route sponsored by local organizations. Participants can choose any time between July 24 -26 to do their route

Fairbanks Paddlers is sponsoring two paddling routes on the Chena through Fairbanks:

10 K – Barnette Bridge to Pikes Landing

The 10 km route starts at the end of Turner Street just downstream of the Barnette Street bridge on the north side of the Chena. It finishes at Pikes Landing.

5 K – Graehl Landing to Pioneer Park

To make this popular float an honest 5 km, put in at the boat landing at Graehl Park near Front Street and Forty Mile Ave. Paddle upstream to the upstream side of Steese Highway Bridge, then turn your boat around and paddle downstream to Pioneer Park just upstream of the Peger Road bridge. You could get creative and turn this into a 10k paddle & pedal route if you pick a 5 k bike shuttle route back to the put-in.

Sign Up Online – Get Great Swag!

Register Online for the 24th Annual Run for the Refuge on RunSignup.
Deadline to sign up is July 21.

All registrants, regardless of location, will receive Run for the Refuge t-shirts with our 2020 artwork, coming soon.  We will give details for mailing or pick up of race materials as we decide how best to do so.

$25 for Adults, $15 for 12 & under.  Includes choice of t-shirt or hat, or long sleeved t-shirt for an extra $7 (this adds $0.50 to the race fee as it is calculated by RunSignup as a percentage.)  All registrants 12 & under will receive t-shirts.

Run Packets will be mailed for all outside of Fairbanks registrants. For those in Fairbanks, we will arrange a socially distant pick up day, or we can mail your packet.

Join our Facebook Event Page to discuss your routes and get inspired.  Use #RunForTheRefuge and tag @TheNorthernCenter so we can see your adventures!

Support the conservation of Alaska’s largest refuge by participating in this fun, family-friendly event!

For any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the Events Coordinator, Caitlin Lenahan, at events@northern.org

Wednesday Night Paddle – June 3, 2020

Wednesday Night Paddle – June 3, 2020

Fairbanks Paddlers will begin hosting Wednesday night paddles every other Wednesday night starting June 3.

In the interest in keeping with our COVID-19 policy and to avoid the challenges of shared shuttles with non-household members, we will hold our first Wednesday night event at Tanana Lakes on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m.  We will start and end at the non-motorized boat launch on the West side of Cushman lake near Alaska Dream Adventures boat rental.

To add a little interest to an evening paddle around the lake, we will have a “poker run” with five locations around the lake to pick a waterproof card for a best poker hand.  We will also have a throw bag toss contest to see who has the best aim at “saving” a “swimmer”.  Modest prizes will be offered for the best poker hand and most accurate rescuer. ( If you don’t have your own throw bag, Alaska Dream Adventures has offered to let us use their throw bags with which they use a sterilization protocol.)

Epic Kayak Ultimate also uses Tanana Lakes on Wednesday evenings. As you paddle and relax on the beach, you can also watch how ultimate frisbee is played in kayaks.

Bring your own picnic dinner. We will practice social distancing and will not be sharing food. We will not be using the club propane grill. We will have a fire in one of the fire rings along the gravel beach if you would like to bring your own brats or hotdogs to cook on a long stick. Glass containers are not allowed on the beaches.

In order to facilitate contact tracing and anticipate group size, we ask participants to add their name and contact information to the shared Google Sheet at https://bit.ly/june3wedpaddle

John and Karen Schauer will coordinate this first Wednesday night paddle.  You can contact them at 907-460-6290 or johnjschauer@gmail.com.

We are looking for members to sign up to coordinate other Wednesday night paddles on these dates:
( Venues to be chosen by coordinators. )

  • June 17
  • July 1
  • July 15
  • July 29
  • August 12
  • August 26
  • September 9

 

 

 

Paddle and Pedal Outings in the Interior

Paddle and Pedal Outings in the Interior

Paddling Outings with Bicycle Shuttles

These notes on paddling trips that can be made with bicycle shuttles are offered as a way for groups to paddle together while still honoring the mandate against people from different households sharing vehicles during the shuttle back to the put-in. Besides, combining paddlesports with bicycling doubles the pleasure of being out in our sunny interior summers. Practice safe cycling, wear a helmet, obey traffic laws, and wear bright clothing. Combining biking and boating means you need to think about safety for two pleasurable activities.

Paddling in moving water is an inherently dangerous activity. Don’t paddle beyond your ability. Always wear a life jacket. Always stay alert and look ahead for hazards that you may be approaching. Don’t drink and paddle. Remember that the water is cold, especially early in the season. Remember that our Alaskan weather can change quickly and take plenty of warm clothes in a dry bag, as well as extra clothes in case you or someone in your party takes an unexpected swim. Sweepers are the most common danger on our interior rivers. Give them as much room as you can. Sometimes it may be necessary to land on the opposite shore and walk your boat around the end of the sweeper. Sometimes a tree or even multiple logs may block the entire channel and you will have to portage or drag your boat around or over them. If you can’t tell from the river whether it is possible to get around a particular tree or not, it never hurts to pull over, get out of your boat, and walk over to where you can see clearly what the situation is before committing yourself to it.

Remember to bring food and water, rain gear, mosquito repellent, sun block, an extra paddle, bear spray when out of town, and appropriate footwear for walking in the water. Always be prepared for a trip to take longer than expected.

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