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Delta Clearwater Day Trip #2 – May 19, 2019

Delta Clearwater Day Trip #2 – May 19, 2019

Our first trip down the Delta-Clearwater on April 20 may have been pushing the season a little bit and several people who expressed interest in the trip had to drop out for various reasons. Therefore, we are scheduling another day trip on Sunday May 19. Most of the waterfowl may have moved on to other places in the interior, but we may still see some. The weather should be a little warmer than it was last month.

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. A major difference from previous years is that now 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 beaurocracy 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 $25 (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 $5. 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.

Parking at the put-in requires either a $5 parking fee to Alaska State Parks, or a State Parks parking sticker on your car’s windshield. These cost $50 and can be ordered online at https://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes, or purchased at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center in the Morris Thompson Center or at the DNR Information Center in the woods off of University Avenue and Airport Way. State Parks are in serious financial trouble these days (especially the Delta Junction-area State Parks) and need our support.

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Boat Swap at Beaver Sports – May 18, 2019

Boat Swap at Beaver Sports – May 18, 2019

Find a great deal on used boats or paddling gear, or sell the boats you haven’t paddled for a while!

Fairbanks Paddlers will be working with Beaver Sports to host a Boat Swap on May 18, 2019 under the awning outside the Beaver Sports Boat Shop on 3480 College Road.

  • 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Bring your non-motorized boats and paddling gear to sell
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Find bargains on “new to you” boats and paddlesports gear
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Find out if your gear sold and pick up your unsold items.

15% of sales will be donated to Fairbanks Paddlers. Please price your items accordingly.

If you are a Fairbanks Paddlers member and would like to volunteer to help, please contact Cam Leonard at (907)750-3084

Other questions? Please contact Fairbanks Paddlers at [email protected]

Paddling Film Festival – May 10, 2019

Paddling Film Festival – May 10, 2019

The 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour comes to Fairbanks on Friday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. This year the event will be held The Blue Loon, at 2999 Parks Highway.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Seating is limited, and the 2018 event sold out through online ticket sales. No tickets were available at the door. Get your tickets early!

The Paddling Film Festival is an international adventure film tour presenting the some of world’s best paddling films of the year – whitewater, sea kayaking, canoeing, SUP, action and lifestyle – in more than 120 cities and towns across Canada, United States and around the world.

Fairbanks Paddlers and sponsors selected a full program of inspiring paddling films from the 25 films shortlisted for the World Tour. These feature wild whitewater action, sea kayaking, wilderness river expeditions, packrafting, environmental documentaries, stand-up paddleboarding, and short films capturing highlights of paddling life.

Fairbanks Paddlers is co-hosting the 2019 Paddling Film Festival with local businesses Beaver Sports, Alaska Land Exploration, Alaska Canoe School, Alaska Dream Adventures, Arctic River Guides, and CanoeAlaska.

Advance tickets are $10 or $8 with military ID.   In the unlikely event that the event is not sold out in advance, they will be $12 or $10 with military ID at the door. Kids under 6 are free. Minors under age 21 must be accompanied by their parents as per the Blue Loon’s policy.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Delta Clearwater Day Trip #2 – May 19, 2019

Delta Clearwater Trip – April 20-21, 2019

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 20-21, 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 lead the day trip on Saturday, April 20, and Cam Leonard will lead the overnight trip leaving the same day and finishing up on Sunday. Interested paddlers should contact the leaders, who will send out details later.

Alan’s (day trip) contact info is [email protected], H: 488-3205, C: 378-6384.

Cam’s (overnight trip) contact info is [email protected], C: 750-3084

Please note that all participants must be current members of Fairbanks Paddlers. Memberships can be renewed at https://www.fairbankspaddlers.org/join/. A major difference from previous years is that now 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 beaurocracy 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 $25 (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 $5. 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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2019 Winter/Spring Pool Sessions for Paddlers

2019 Winter/Spring Pool Sessions for Paddlers

Spring is a great time to get your paddling skills tuned up before hitting the rivers when they are cold, high, and swift after breakup.

There are several opportunities to practice your skills, work on your roll, and have fun with other paddlers at local swimming pools.

  • Saturdays: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Alaska Club, Fairbanks South – $4 pool fee
  • Sundays: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Patty Pool, UAF Student Rec Center – $5 pool fee
  • Mondays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Hamme Pool, Lathrop H.S. – $6 pool fee

If you bring your own boat, please be sure to clean out all the silt, sand, leaves and rodent nests before bringing it. You can give  it a final rinse with hoses provided poolside.

If you can’t bring your own boat, contact Alaska Dream Adventures in advance at (907) 460-2909. They offer boats and gear at no extra charge and also offer lessons upon request.

 

Alaska Canoe School Courses – Summer 2019

Alaska Canoe School Courses – Summer 2019

Fairbanks Paddlers business member Alaska Canoe School announces its summer 2019 schedule for canoe instruction.

May 17, 18, & 19
River Canoeing Sequence. Three American Canoe Association River Courses linked Levels 1-3.

May 31, June 1, 2, & 3
River Canoeing Instructor Development Workshop and Exam.  This is for experienced cancers who want to become ACA Certified Instructors River Canoe Level 2.

June 5
Introduction to River Canoeing Part 1.  Evening course divided into halves for those who want a course on a week night, Wednesday.

June 6
Introduction to River Canoeing Part 2.  Second half on Thursday night.

June 8
Essentials of River Canoeing.  Day long course.

More courses and custom courses are available upon request.

Women’s Paddling Group events will also this summer.  Contact Alaska Canoe School for more information.

The Charley River – April 3, 2019

The Charley River – April 3, 2019

Fairbanks Paddlers hosts the third and final event in our Spring Slideshow series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at the Blue Loon.

The Charley River

Ron Davis and John Morack will present a program of two trips down the Charley River in the early 1980’s when you had to walk in fifteen miles to get there!

The Charley River originates in the Yukon-Tanana uplands and flows northward about 108 miles to the Yukon River. The river flows through three distinct topographic regions – open upland valley, entrenched river, and open floodplain – offering varied, sometimes spectacular scenery as well as unspoiled wilderness. The upland valleys drain a rugged mountain area where peaks over 6,000 feet are common. The river passes beneath high bluffs and cliffs where the majority of the rapids occur. When the river leaves the high bluff area, it enters the flat plain of the Yukon Valley where it slowly meanders to the Yukon River. ( “Floating the Charley River” – NPS Yukon-Charley Rivers Preserve website )

Come early and enjoy food, beverages, and camaraderie.  Meet up with friends and start planning your own summer river adventures. The public is welcome. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help cover the cost of the venue. Those under 21 must be accompanied by parents or guardians as required by Blue Loon policies.

The Wind River – March 20,  2019

The Wind River – March 20, 2019

Fairbanks Paddlers hosts the second presentation in our Spring Slideshow series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 at the Blue Loon.

The Wind River

The Wind River is a Wild and Scenic River located on the south east side of the Brooks Range and flows into the East Fork of the Chandalar River. Tom and Sarka Paragi, Dave Sauer, and John Morack floated the Wind River for eight days during August of 2018.  The upper part of the river flows through the mountains with great views which the group took advantage of by taking several hikes.  It is a great wilderness trip which is floated by only a hand full of groups each year.

Come early and enjoy food, beverages, and camaraderie.  Meet up with friends and start planning your own summer river adventures. The public is welcome. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to help cover the cost of the venue. Those under 21 must be accompanied by parents or guardians as required by Blue Loon policies.

Navigating the Nahanni – February 20, 2019

Navigating the Nahanni – February 20, 2019

Fairbanks Paddlers kicks off our Spring Slideshow series on Wednesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Blue Loon.

“Navigating the Nahanni”

A slideshow by Torre Jorgenson
and the accompanying river rats Janet Jorgenson, Don and Tracy Pendergrast, Brad Fleener, and Donna Manders

The “Dangerous River”, flowing through the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978 in recognition of its incredible landscape and world class river system. The South Nahanni River has been called the “Grand Canyon” of Canada and contains the highest large waterfall in North America, Virginia Falls, at 90 m high. Once the ancestral  home of the nomadic Dene First Nation, tribal members reestablished their connections to the river by constructing a 12-m-long moose hide boat and paddling it down river while we were there. Following the days of the Cassiargold rush, it became a land of mystery with unsolved murders and disappearances, as recorded in place names such as Broken Skull River, Vampire Peaks, Deadman Valley, Headless Range, and Funeral Range.

During summer 2018, six of us in three canoes navigated 267 river miles over a three-week period. Highlights of the trip include Virginia Falls, four canyons up to 1000-m deep with challenging class 3 whitewater, side-canyon hikes, RabbitkettleLake, Tufa mounds, Hells Gate, WhitespraySprings, Kraus Hot Springs, and wood buffalo in camp. In the slideshow we discuss the history, ethnography, and ecology of the region, as well as canoeing challenges, logistics, and culinary entertainment.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. The public is invited. Under age 21 must be with parents.

Nahanni River

Annual Meeting and Potluck – November 9, 2018

Annual Meeting and Potluck – November 9, 2018

Fairbanks Paddlers will hold it’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner on Friday, November 9 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks.  All are welcome to attend.

Last year’s “crowd-sourced” slide shows and videos were so well received, that we have decided to bring this format back to the featured presentation following the short business meeting and election. At the 2017 meeting, we celebrated Wild and Scenic Rivers. Nine people shared their images and stories from river adventures.  We would like to keep each presentation to about 5-7 minutes. These mini-shows can highlight any human powered river trips, but we would especially like to invite presentations of wild and scenic Alaskan rivers, whether they are officially designated or not.

If you are willing to share few images, video clips, and memories, please contact John Schauer at johnjschauer (AT) gmail.com or (907) 457-3962 in advance.  Pictures or videos should be loaded on a USB drive to transfer onto the presenting computer. 

Celebrating Wild and Scenic Rivers

Last year, we kicked off the 50th Anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The actual 50th anniversary of this historic act’s passage was October 2, 2018.  To continue the celebration, we will show the 42 minute video “Run Wild Run Free: 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers” following our mini-slide shows.

The film “Run Wild Run Free…” takes the viewer through the history to the present of Wild and Scenic as told through experts, grassroots organizers, white water enthusiasts, and members of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho.

 

Run Wild Run Free: 50 years of Wild and Scenic Rivers : Official Trailer from Pacific Rivers on Vimeo.

Today in a polarized political climate new designations and river protections have stalled even though there is no time in history more important then now to protect our freshwater ecosystems. We hope this film will inspire and educate people across the country to protect their home river under Wild and Scenic so we can continue this important legacy for future generations to come. ~Shane Anderson – Pacific Rivers

Schedule:

  • 6:30 PM – Doors open and Gear Swap – Bring boating and outdoor gear that needs a new home, or find great deals on gear that is new to you. Club T-shirts and sweatshirts with either Canoe or Kayak logos should also be available for sale in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes. Club stickers with both logos are also available.
  • 7:00 PM – Potluck Dinner – Bring a favorite dish and beverages to share. Cam Leonard will once again provide a roast turkey.. Share a meal with friends and swap tales of your summer paddling adventures
  • 7:30 PM – Brief Business Meeting – Summary of 2018 activities – Nomination and election of new board members.
  • 7:50 PM – Crowd-sourced mini slideshows celebrating wild rivers, followed by the video “Run Wild Run Free: 50 Years of Wild and Scenic Rivers”

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April 6, 2020
  • Boating Night at Hamme Pool

    April 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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