Fairbanks Paddlers will be offering a river trip planning workshop on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 pm in the Murie Auditorium at University Alaska Fairbanks.

This first of two workshops will feature several presenters with years of experience in planning and paddling Alaskan river trips in different styles and a variety of water craft. They will each give short presentations to assist in choosing and preparing for the right river trip for a group, their chosen craft,  travel style, and experience levels. Emphasis will be on safety considerations, logistics, navigation tools, communications, risk assessment, making informed decisions, and learning about current, predicted, and historic river levels and conditions. Following the presentations, a panel will answer questions and share personal experiences.

A second workshop on Thursday, May 12, will focus on gear and packing for different styles of river travel ranging from ultralight/minimalist pack rafting and self-support kayak trips to multi-day wilderness canoe camping to raft supported trips.

Membership is encouraged, but sessions are open to the public. If you have questions or would to present information, please contact us at info@fairbankspaddlers.org .

In our recent membership survey, most respondents expressed strong interest in dry land sessions with a focus on safety and preparation for Alaskan river trips. The survey is still active and can be filled out in a few minutes at https://bit.ly/paddlers2022survey

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