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Bow and Stern - - June 1986

Bow and Stern

June 1986

A Letter from the Editors

June 1986

Dear Fellow Paddlers,

This spring's whitewater season, with the early sudden thaw, then the prolonged, dry spring was a strange one. The graduates of the whitewater clinic didn't have much of a chance to polish their skills before the water disappeared. For the more experienced paddler, a late spring rain gave the New York rivers a new lease on life and unexpected opportunities for a prolonged season.

We would especially like to thank the trip leaders for without their efforts the club could not exist. Their trip reports allow all the members who were unable to attend the trip to experience the thrills, although secondhand.

The coming summer season promises to be a good one, if the past spring is any indication. The summer schedule has something for everyone, from the thrilling whitewater of the Dead and Androscoggin Rivers, to the quiet solitude of the backcountry trips.

This is your newsletter, without your contributions there wouldn't be any Bow & Stern. Thanks to Chuck Thompson for "Chuck's Chuckles", Rick Davis for the report on the whitewater clinic, Tim Marugg for his contributions, Ray Gonda for the Conservation Corner and the Summer Schedule, and Betsy Schneider for the minutes of the March meeting. A special thanks to John and Julie Schroeder (PIP Printing) for the printing of the Bow & Stern.

See you on the lakes and rivers,
George and Margaret McIntosh

Minutes from the March Dinner Meeting

The annual spring dinner meeting was held on Sunday, March 2, 1986 at 6:00 pm. The business meeting was called to order at 7:15 by President Rich Larsen.

Rich thanked Pat Ezekiel for arranging the dinner and the new meeting place, our Lady of Grace Parish Hall, in Colchester. Rich also thanked the Datillios for catering the dinner.

Minutes of the June 1985 meeting were read and accepted. It was moved and seconded to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the Biennial Election Meeting. Treasurer Cathy Chamberlain reported assets of $843.84.

Committee Reports:

White Water: Al Roberts thanked those who will be trip leaders. He said to contact leaders or himself for more information.

Bow & Stern: Co-Editor Margaret McIntosh gave special thanks to Chuck Thompson for his drawings in the March 1985 issue. The Schroeders printed the issue very reasonably. The deadline for the next issue is June 1.

Water Resources/Conservation: Ray Gonda brought attention to two reports in the present issue of the Bow & Stern: State Legislative Proposals and "Vermont White Water Rivers".

Publicity: Tim Marugg reported the possibility of a Photo Contest. Winning photos could be published in local newspapers bringing attention to the club. Mike Fullerton is soliciting slides to use in a publicity presentation in the Montpelier area. Peter Alden suggested gaining publicity through the "Public Access" program on Vermont Public Radio. The committee reported that they are working on a brochure and on "contact cards" to hand to canoers along the rivers. Notices of scheduled trips will continue to be in the newspapers. The Executive Committee has authorized $75.00 for publicity.

White Water Training: Co-Chairperson Mike Fullerton reported that the training program starts with registration March 14 and ends with the last river trip April 6. Volunteers were called for. Tim Marugg announced an Advanced Paddling Clinic.

Rich Larsen called for volunteers for three activities:

  • to organize the June potluck dinner
  • to lead both white water and flat water trips
  • to help clean up at Minooski Park on 6reenup Day, May 3
Rich thanked the Committee Chairpersons and encouraged individuals to become active on the committees.

Old Business:

  • Peter Alden had put out numerous publications giving race schedules and conservation news.
  • Rich Larsen has advertisements for canoe trips, world wide.
New Business:
  • Ray Gonda suggested that the club obtain a Post Office box.
  • President Larsen introduced the new officers; Vice-President Charlie Thompson, Treasurer Cathy Chamberlain, and Secretary Betsy Schneider.
  • The Education Committee/and or Safety Committee will consider the issue of river safety.
  • Anne Chetham-Strode has volunteered to give a workshop on boat rescue.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm. Charlie Thompson introduced Jim Henry of Mad River Canoes who showed a documentary film of the Bonnet Plume Canoe Trip in the Yukon.

Respectfully submitted,
Betsy Schneider

Conservation Corner

WATER QUALITY BILL

Vermont now has what has been termed the toughest water quality bill in the nation. After defeat of the original house bill a senate bill (S42) was eventually passed by both houses. This bill was more satisfactory in that it included a state policy statement which emphasizes protection of all the state's surface waters rather than just upland streams alone.

"VERMONT WHITEWATER RIVERS" REPORT

The South Branch of the Waits and Brandon Brook will be added to this ongoing state study. They were run and descriptions written this spring. See trip reports for a brief rundown on each.

SHELDON SPRINGS PROJECT - BOISE CASCADE

Work has not yet begun on the project. It is anticipated that it will begin this summer.

FUTURE RIVERS PROTECTION

Research and organizing is now being undertaken with the intent to modify state laws concerning unnecessary stream alterations and gravelling. Gravelling occurs on many of our streams and rivers and is a practice destructive of the riverbed. This effort is of particular interest to canoeists and fishermen as well as conservationists.

NEW HAVEN RIVER - LATHROP'S SAWMILL

As a result of a letter to the state's Water Resources Commissioner (with over 250 individuals, organizations and state officials being copied) action is being taken to see that mitigation is done to restore a section of the river damaged by dredge and fill operations. The New Haven River is one of the finest whitewater runs in Vermont and the litigation requested will apparently give careful consideration to that fact. An article in the free press and mention made on both TV and radio news broadcasts have made it a public issue. A task force composed of state agency personnel; corps of engineers' personnel and others will seek advice from canoeists on this mitigation.

Ray Gonda

1986 Whitewater Training Clinic

This year's Whitewater Training Clinic was smaller than last year's, but graduated an outstanding group of canoe and kayak paddlers.

The clinic consisted of classroom, pool, and river sessions, stressing safety, techniques, and preparation. At the river trips on the Mad, participants practiced and tested the skills and concepts taught in class and pool. All seemed to enjoy and benefit from their experiences. If we gave honors to Clinic participants, two kayakers surely would be Summa Cum Laude graduates. Chris and Teo Campbell have set a high standard for all of us, running sections of rivers many long-time Cruisers still avoid, and even teaching the Club President new moves!

This year's Clinic also produced a healthy profit for the Club's Safety and Education fund. This money will be used to improve our knowledge, ability, and teaching skills in safety and education. The money is the direct result of the time invested by volunteers who taught and organized the Clinic. Our thanks go out to all who helped, especially those who worked behind the scenes.

Next year's Clinic will be organized by a new committee, as we are retiring. Please give them the support and cooperation we have been fortunate to receive.

Anne Chetham-Strode
Mike Fullerton
Rick Davis

SPECIAL NOTE: For information in instructional programs run by other organizations such as the ACA, AMC, contact Anne Chetham-Strode at 658-9361. Club members may be attending some of these; carpools could be arranged.

Have You Ever Wondered?

Have you ever wondered who to contact when you have a question or any other club business? Well wonder no more! Here is a list of all the contacts you ever wanted to know.

President
Rich Larsen
878-6828
Vice President
Charlie Thompson
878-2536
Treasurer (Membership)
Cathy Chamberlain
863-3067
Secretary
Betsy Schneider
453-4631
Summer Schedule and Conservation
Ray Gonda
862-6164
Bow and Stern
Margaret & George Mcintosh
879-6076
Whitewater Schedule
Alan Roberts
899-4129
Education & Safety
Anne Chetham-Strode
Mike Fullerton
658-9361
456-8701
Publicity
Tim Marugg
899-4387

If you have questions, want to help, or even have some club business, please call the appropriate person(s).

Publicity

This spring brought a windfall of publicity for the club. Two papers, the Lookout, and the Hardwick Sports Express have published articles on whitewater, with interviews and photographs of club members. A women's magazine is working on another article at this time.

A letter describing the club activities was written by Rich Larsen, and has been strategically placed at Canoe Imports. This letter is an important bridge while the "club brochure" builds character, like fine wine.

The photo contest announced last issue is still alive...barely. We have pushed the deadline for submissions back to June 30, 1986. If we have received entries from at least five people by that time, we will judge the entries and award ribbons, probably at the following meeting. Each person may submit no more than three entries of original photographs. The entries may be in any form, but prints are preferred. We will try to have the winners published in one of the local papers, as part of our publicity activities.

Entries should be sent to: Rich Larsen, 11 Discovery Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.

Questions should be directed to Tim Marugg at 899-4387.

Tim Marugg

US Customs User Fees

A rumor making its way around the West River several weeks ago had the US Customs Service charging a "user fee" for boats going across the border. I called Al Davis at the local Customs office in Burlington and found out that there will be a fee for "private yachts, boats and aircraft" and that the fee for boats would be $25 per boat per year. I tried to find out just what they meant by boats, but the local opinion was that it would apply to canoes and kayaks.

After contacting the regional Customs office in Boston, I was told by a Mr. Ed Callahan to wait and see how the final guidelines were worded once they became available. Following this I contacted William F. Riley, Director of International Programs for the US Customs in Washington. I have since received a letter stating that pleasure craft under 30 feet in length, are exempt from the "user fee".

Based on this, we should continue to have no problems transporting our canoes and kayaks into Canada and back again.

Tim Marugg

Trip Reports

Brandon Brook, VT: March 27, 1986

Participants: (C1): Ray Gonda; (K1): Jim Northup, Chad Chamberlain.

Jim, who is a planner for the Green Mountain National Forest and a C1 paddler, and I decided to try a new river at the conclusion of a meeting (state water resources personnel, EPA personnel from Boston, Green Mountain National Forest officials and river activists from Vermont). The meeting concerned the future management of the GMNF.

Chad, a friend of Jim's met us that warm, misty afternoon on the east side of Brandon Gap at the headwaters of Brandon Brook. After brief scouting we put in as upstream as possible. The brook begins as class 3-4 and gets worse before it gets better. I paddled/swam for about 1/3 mile before quitting. Negotiating the waist deep snowbanks after the second dump exhausted me like a fish on the end of a line. Jim and Chad completed the 2.6 mile run while I ran shuttle.

This brook is about 3 times as difficult as it appears to be from the road as one is driving and scouting. It is steep and very bouldery and lies in a steeply sloped rugged valley. It is boulder clogged with limited sight distance from the boat and would probably be very dangerous with a lot of water in it. It would be easy to broach or vertically pin. At any level you'd take your lumps in a roll-up. At the right (low) level it's a super challenge.

Ray Gonda

Mad River: March 27, 1986

Participants: (K1): Alan Rexford; (OC1): Michael Fullerton

The Mad was higher than either of us had ever seen it without actually being flooded. Spots where students usually practice in lazy eddies were washed over. The dam (gauging station) was nothing more than two standing waves and there were actually features we took care to avoid!

Hopefully the Mad will be down for the training trip as this level would be frightening for newcomers unused to controlling boats in a swift current and big waves.

There were some combat rolls, and one or two timely braces, but otherwise a clean first trip. Hoopie provided shuttle services making the takeout a simple matter of changing and opening a Coors! An impressive start to our season.

Mike Fullerton

Waits River: March 30, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Ray Gonda, Mike Fullerton, Eric Bishop, Chuck Thompson, Charlie Thompson; (OC2): Jim Higgins & Laurie Hanson; (K1): Dave Behany, Bob Schumacher, John Falconi, Mark Wood.

This was a follow-up to the Huntington River trip of the previous with no "official leader". Nonetheless we wisely tended to naturally split into workable size groups while on the water. The Waits was at a good level with plenty of water and got somewhat better as we proceeded downstream. It was a short run to the Tabor branch bridge. Some boats continued on down river to do the entire run. Others took out with the hopes of running the South Branch of the Waits.

Ray Gonda

South Branch Waits River: March 30, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Ray Gonda, Eric Bishop

Since the kayakers had glass boats with pointy noses on them they decided not to run the rocky shallow appearing South Branch. Eric and I proceeded alone and made the run. It was a very exciting run with high water in a stream slightly larger than the New Haven River. The whitewater was only about a mile or so in length but was intense. It was similar to the New Haven but not quite as technical except for two or three spots. Less water and it probably wouldn't be worth doing.

Ray Gonda

Lower Lamoille: April 12, 1986

Participants: (OC2): Bill & Jason Gerlack, Bob & Tim Durkin, Steve Dingle & Jeff Burns, Marc & Bryan Reynolds, Tom & Fred Schroeder, Mark Selig & Brad Herman, Jack McKnight & Leigh Rowell, Al Stirt & Wendy Scott, Craig Tougas & John Koier, Mike Fullerton & Hoopie Lanpher, Jim Higgins & Laurie Hanson, John & Laurie Sharp, Wilbur Bull & Peter Alden, Tom & Nancy Martenis (OC1): Ray Gonda, Al Roberts, Frank Tsao, Cathy Chamberlain, Rich Larsen, Chuck Thompson (K1): George McIntosh, Will Peery (C1): Dave Boedy

It was a cold day with sleet accumulated on the ground by the end of the trip. Even so, my group stayed on the river for over 5 hours. We worked the rapids very intensely and everyone learned a lot on this trip. At the put-in the crowd was split into 3 separate groups of 8 or fewer boats for safety, and control.

Ray Gonda

White River : April 15, 1986

A large group of Cruisers, too numerous to name, of various genders and boating persuasions, paddled on the White River. The water was low, but the weather was agreeable. There were no disasters.

Our kayak course seems to have produced two particularly good students, Chris and Teo Campbell. They have become quite impressive in the few weeks since the course. They may soon make some of us feel old!

Mike Fullerton

The Paddlers Delight :

We paddled the White that fine day,
No one knew of the price we would pay.
Poison Ivy's not fun,
But we had a good run.
And we'll go back again, next May?

Poison ivy sure blisters and itches,
It's on Sheri's skin and on Rich's.
Charlie scratches his feet,
And Margaret, her seat.
And I have it inside of my britches!

We smear on the goo and the dope,
And wash off the poison with soap.
Poison ivy, go 'way,
Never come back this way.
We never will give up hope.

Now the itching's lost most of its bite,
We are starting to feel quite all right.
Next year when we're bare,
We'll use a little more care.
And remember that trip on the white.

George McIntosh

White River : April 20, 1986

Participants: (OC1)-Al Roberts, Bill Agnew, Bob Reynolds, Chuck Thompson, Sheri Larsen; (OC2)-Tom and Fred Schroder, Marc and Brian Reynolds, Linda and George McIntosh, Charlie and Marion Thompson, Bob and Marvie Campbell, Bill and Jason Gerlack, Mary and Mark Selig, Jean and Joanne Hunt; (K1)-Pat Ezekiel, Margaret McIntosh, Chris Campbell, Teo Campbell, Rich Larsen.

Although the water was low, the weather cooperated and made this a very successful trip.

After scouting the river, and deciding to run, we met at the put-in on the Tweed River. Some of the people had spoken to a Boston AMC group, meeting at the tennis courts, and found that they had run the river the previous day with no problems. This confirmed the decision to go. Thanks to Al Roberts, and to Charlie and Marion Thompson for each heading one of the three groups.

Several graduates of this year's whitewater clinic were present on this trip and they had plenty of opportunities to practice their eddy turns and peelouts in conditions which were not the least intimidating and with the weather so pleasant that any unplanned swims would have been enjoyable. As far as I know, only one person took advantage of this opportunity.

There was some wind in our faces and the current was slower than usual so Charlie decided to stop for lunch about a mile upstream of the usual spot, on a sunny midstream rock. The entertainment was watching people finding their way to shore to find a friendly tree. Thanks to Sheri Larsen who brought a bunch of cherry and blueberry cheesecake cupcakes to improve our lunch; they were scrumptious!

After lunch, the sun went behind some clouds but it stayed warm, about 70 degrees. We finished the trip about 3:00 pm, a very enjoyable day with no problems.

George McIntosh

Lower Lamoille : April 19, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Al Roberts, (OC2): Chuck and Charlie Thompson, Bill and Adam Gerlack, Bob and Tim Durkin, Sharon and Brad Herrman, Cathy Chamberlain and Jean Hunt, Andy Nuquist and Brian Liss, (K1): Margaret McIntosh, George McIntosh, Dave Garbose, (C1): Rich Germaine
Weather: A lovely spring day 70 degrees and sunny
Water: 7 ½ feet at the Fairfax Bridge

The put-in was at the bridge at 10:00 am and take out at the fishing access on Arrowhead Mountain Lake at 3:00 PM. The warm temperature induced playing in every wave and some sun tanning at the lunch stop at the usual place on the first of Two Islands. Al showed us how to side surf a hole at the Five Chutes and how to self-rescue when the hole gets the best of you. A lovely float was had by all.

Charlie Thompson

Lower Lamoille : April 26, 1986

Participants: (OC2): Peter and Moira Fuhr, Tibor and Ostara Bedo, Marc and Brian Reynolds, Al Stirt and Martha Whitney, Ray Gonda and Mark Selig, George and Linda McIntosh, (OC1): Chuck Thompson, (K1): Richard Hoisington, Margaret McIntosh.

This alternate local trip met at the Fairfax Bridge on a warm, overcast day with the gauge at 6 ½ feet. As we shuttled cars the sky started to clear and the day became a nice warm, somewhat sunny one. We split into two groups, thanks to Ray for leading the second group. At this level there was lots of opportunity for playing without being intimidated.

It was good to see the mixture of old and new faces on a lazy paddle down the river on this fine day.

George McIntosh

New York Rivers : April 26-27, 1986

Participants: Peter Alden, Leonard Carpenter, Marvie and Bob Campbell, Rich Larsen, Sheri Larsen, Cathy Chamberlain, Mike Fullerton and Hoopie Lanpher, Thomas Martenis, Sally Spear, Geoff Burns, George Terwilliger, Eric Bishop, Al Roberts, Al Plumb, Cindy Sprague, Alan Rexford, Jay Appleton, Mike Norwich, Teo Campbell, Chris Campbell, Rick Davis.

After gathering at Big Boy at 7:00 AM, 4 boats left for a run on the Schroon at a lively level. The others ran from North Creek to the Glen. The water was moderate for this run, 4.4 in the AM, 5.0 with the dam release. We met at Smith's for supper. Thirteenth Lake campsite was full and we need a good alternate campsite. The dinner at Smith's was a real feast, we all needed doggie bags.

On Sunday we again divided into two groups. The first left for Riparius and shuttled to the Glen and were augmented by a contingent from home. Some included an afternoon run on the Schroon.

The second group of intrepids went for the Indian and the Gorge. After battling crowds of rafts at the put in, and a maximum release on the Indian, a few swims and rescues, we finally made it to the mouth of the Indian. The rest of the trip was a treat with the Hudson at the same level as Saturday. The bubble passed as we ate lunch at the bottom of the staircase. It would have been nice to stay with it a while.

This was a beautiful weekend, with the Hudson running lower than usual for this date. The trip was scheduled for the Ammonoosuc, which was too low for fun. Changing for a choice of runs, for different skills, proved tricky, and requires careful planning and communication. An assistant trip leader would be useful.

Peter Alden

Hudson River : May 3-4, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Al Roberts, Mike Fullerton, Adrienne Brown, Tony Ryan; (K1): George McIntosh; Saturday only (K1): Dianna and Wendel; Sunday only (OC1): Rich Larsen

This trip was originally scheduled for the Sacandaga, but was moved to the Hudson due to the lack of water.

On Saturday morning the gauge at North Creek was at 4.0 feet, before the bubble, so we went to the put-in for the Gorge, half way down the Indian River. The Indian was releasing water for rafters but the experienced people said it didn't look as high as usual. After some second thoughts about the trip, and completing the shuttle, we put-in near the end of the bubble.

The trip was cold with a strong gusty north wind at our backs. It snowed much of the time but the trip was still enjoyable, especially since this was my first Hudson Gorge experience. No one had any serious problems although only Al managed to stay in his boat for a "clean" run.

On Sunday, with a half inch of fresh snow on the ground, we decided to run the lower Hudson from North Creek to the Glen. The level was about 4.3 and the weather a little warmer than the previous day. The Hudson Derby was in full swing with the down river race in progress. Once again, no problems as we watched the huge field of racers going by. By the end of the trip it had warmed up to the point of bringing out the black flies. I guess you can't have everything. A good weekend in spite of the cold windy weather.

George McIntosh

West River: May 10-11, 1986

Participants: Rich Larsen, Al Roberts, George and Margaret McIntosh, Will Peery, Chuck and Charlie Thompson, Ray Gonda, Melanie Israel, Tim Marugq, Alan Plumb, Bob Schumacher, Rick Davis, Alan Rexford, Mike Fullerton, Hoopie Lanpher, Cathy Chamberlain, Jean Hunt, Dave Behany, Bill Gerlack, T. Pyle, Bob, Marvie, Teo and Chris Campbell, Cindy Sprague, Sharron Breed, George Terwilliger, Jay Appleton, Kathy McGrath.

The West River trip was held May 10 and 11. Due to the constant formation of small groups for upper and lower runs, the whole group was never really together. The above list of 30 members, or semi-members, was known by the leader to have been present. There may have been others.

Both days were sunny and warm (for May), and plenty of water (1900-2000 cfs) was released each day. The warm weather engenders a certain spirit of adventure, which in turn leads to a number of swimmers. Most of the boats paddled the upper section at least once, and a few did it 7 or more times. Some camped at Jamaica, some at Winhall Brook. Winhall has been "found" by the AMC, but it is still pleasant. The only real problem encountered was the closure of both the Route 100 takeout and the "new takeout" by the landowner. The only legal takeouts for the lower section are now at Townshend Dam, about 45 minutes below the Route 100 bridge. It qualifies as a pain!

Rich Larsen

Hudson River: May 17, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Al Roberts, Al Skirt, Mike Fullerton, Adrienne Brown, Rich Larsen; (K1): George McIntosh; (OC2): Bob & Marvie Campbell, John King & Dave Boedy, Jim Higgins & Laurie Hansen; (K1): Chris Campbell, Teo Campbell, Will Peery, George McIntosh, Ted Armstrong, Eric Schult

A cloudy day, but a warm one, in contrast to the one two weeks before, (34 and snow). We played, enjoyed our several swims, and attempted moves never before dared.

At 5¼ the river was playful, and different than the usual. We lost the release below the staircase, but had fun anyway.

One point can be made. In a long rapid below Harris Rift, one of our paddlers swam. He swam a lot longer than was needed, mainly because no one in front of him ever turned around to see what was going on. By the time rescue was accomplished, the peddlers ahead of him were out of sight.

As more of us get better on the river, we seem to pay less attention to what is going on around us. Let's remember when paddling in a group to keep track of those behind as well as those in front. Your sweep could go over and you'd never know it!

Mike Fullerton

Hudson Gorge : May 18, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Al Roberts, Adrienne Brown; (OC2): Bob and Marvie Campbell; (K1): Ted Armstrong, Chris Campbell, Teo Campbell, Mill Peery, George McIntosh.

This was the second day of the Hudson Gorge trip led by Mike Fullerton, who had to return to Vermont. Too bad Mike, you missed a fine trip.

The participants on this trip were all leftovers from the previous day's outing. We had camped at the ski bowl in North Creek, so it was easy for us to get to the put-in well before the scheduled release time. During the night the water level had increased from the 3.2 of the previous day to 3.6 feet. The sky was bright blue with bright sunshine most of the day. The temperature was hot! We ran the Indian before the release, since the open boats were tired of bailing, or swimming, and waited at the Hudson for the release to catch up. For some reason the release started late and we didn't start downriver until close to l1:00 am. We stayed with the bubble through staircase and then after lunch lost some of it as we paddled the remainder of the trip on the upstream edge of the release. At the foot of staircase, (aka narrows), most of the kayakers were playing in the pop-up hole with Ted showing the others how. Teo (age 12) and Chris (not much more), both graduates of this year's clinic, learned very fast and were doing great enders. Teo did an unplanned 180, landing on his head in the hole but it didn't faze him as he came back for more. No problems were encountered, other than a split seam on Will's kayak which was patched with duct tape, and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Following the trip, the gauge read 4.2 feet on our way home.

George McIntosh

New Haven River : May 24, 1986

Participants: (OC1): Ray Gonda, Al Roberts, Frank Tsao, Bill Gerlack; (K1): Alan Rexford.

After some heavy rains the New Haven was up and this trip fell together in lieu of a weekender in New York, the schedule listing. This was the first time on the river for Al Roberts and Frank. All came away with the usual conclusion: "Wow, what a river!" Al quipped on the following day when we were running the Sacandaga, "the New Haven has got to be the top technical river I've run in Vermont."

Len Carpenter, Bill Gerlack, Jay Kita and myself had run it earlier in the season having left work an hour early to do so. I typically run it 2 to 3 times a season. But one has to know when it's got water. I expect to run it during the week through the summer when heavy rains make it possible.

Ray Gonda

Trip reports, or any other contributions to the Bow & Stern, should be sent to: George & Margaret McIntosh, 4 Silverbow Terr., Essex Junction, Vt. 05452. The deadline for the next issue is February 13, 1987.

Summer Roll Sessions

Once again this summer informal Eskimo roll practice sessions will take place at Indian Brook Reservoir in Essex. This will give people a chance to practice their rolls under the watchful eye of more experienced paddlers and with a friendly bow within reach for an eskimo rescue if needed. If you don't want to try rolling (maybe your canoe is too open) come anyway and socialize, and enjoy an evening out on this lovely lake. We plan to schedule these sessions on Tuesday evenings after work, meeting around 4:00 pm. For further information call either Margaret McIntosh at 879-6076, or Rich Larsen at 878-6828.

Margaret McIntosh

Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers Summer Events 1986

Date Trip Contact Class
June 21-22
Sat-Sun
Advanced Open Boat Clinic
(Keech & Anne LeClair)
Anne Chetham-Strode
658-9361
June 28-29
Sat-Sun
Androscoggin River NH
(with informal rescue workshop)
Ray Gonda
862-6164
Whitewater II
July 5-6
Sat-Sun
The Forks ME
(Dead & Kennebec Rivers)
Ray Gonda (862-6164)
Rick Davis (658-9361)
Whitewater III
July 19
Sat
Dead Creek WMA, Vergennes Betsy Schneider
453-4631
Flatwater
July 19-20
Sat-Sun
The Forks ME
(Dead & Kennebec Rivers)
Mike Fullerton
456-8701
Whitewater III
July 26-27
Sat-Sun
Aziscoos Weekend ME/NH Ray Gonda
862-6164
Your Choice
Aug 2
Sat
Sacandaga Tubing Trip NY Rich Larsen
878-6828
Whitewater
Aug 3
Sun
Green River Reservoir Charlie Thompson
878-2536
Flatwater
Aug 9-10
Sat-Sun
Androscoggin Weekend NH Rick Davis (658-9361)
Ray Gonda (862-6164)
Whitewater II
Aug 16-17
Sat-Sun
Adirondack St. Regis
Wilderness NY
Mike Fullerton
456-8701
Flatwater
Aug 30-Sep 1
Sat-Mon
The Forks ME
(Dead & Kennebec Rivers)
Al Roberts
899-4129
Whitewater III
Aug 30-Sep 1
Sat-Mon
Maine Coast Overnight
(camping, island hopping)
Tim Marugg
899-4387
Ocean
Sep 6-7
Sat-Sun
Lake Lila Wilderness NY Ray Gonda
862-6164
Flatwater
Sep 13-14
Sat-Sun
Esopus Creek NY
(WW Open Boat Slalm, ACA)
Rick Davis
658-9361
Race, Whitewater III
Sep 20-21
Sat-Sun
Adirondack St. Regis
Wilderness NY
Ray Gonda
862-6164
Flatwater
Sep 27-28
Sat-Sun
Adirondack Overnight NY Ray Gonda
862-6164
Flatwater
Oct 4-5
Sat-Sun
West River Tim Marugg (899-4387)
Mark Reynolds (524-3811)
Whitewater III
Oct 4-5
Sat-Sun
Lake George or Saranac Lake NY
(with GMC)
Peter Alden
863-6585
Flatwater
Oct 11-12
Sat-Sun
Androscoggin River NH
"Fall Foliage Season Wrapup"
George McIntosh
879-6076
Whitewater II

COMMENTS ON THE SUMMER SCHEDULE

  • For trips to The Forks and the West River, contact the trip leader a couple of weeks prior to the trip. For other trips, contact during the week before the trip. Whitewater trips for which there is insufficient interest may be cancelled.
  • All flatwater trips are "committed" and do not depend on obtaining a minimum number of participants.
  • Mike Fullerton & Bob Schumacher may organize a "Southern Rivers Trip" sometime this fail. Contact Mike (456-8702) or Bob (985-2992) if interested.
  • Contact Ray Gonda, summer schedule chairperson for the following reasons:
    • If difficulty experienced contacting trip leader.
    • If you would like to initiate a trip at any time.

When heavy rains indicate the New Haven River or Moose River, Vt. may be "up". The New Haven can be run on weekday evenings but the Moose may cost you a day of work.

COMMENTS ON SPECIFIC EVENTS

Advanced Open Boat Clinic - National Open Boat Slalom Champions, Keech & Anne LeClair will reveal the techniques of paddling and playing big water. This includes efficient jet-ferrying, surfing, hole-playing, & other advanced techniques. The cost will be divided among the participants. Contact Anne at 658-9361.

The Forks - These trips include the Dead and Lower Kennebec Rivers, both class II-III. The Kennebec Gorge, class IV-V is accessible to individuals during these weekends. Water releases on the Kennebec are not guaranteed on these weekends.

Aziscoos Weekend - From base camp at Aziscoos Family Campground on the Magalloway River, a variety of whitewater and flatwater trips are within short reach which should suit any breed of paddler's whim. The Rapid River can be run if water is being released from the dam at Lower Richardson Lake and if the access road gate is open.

Androscoggin Weekend - On Saturday, an informal rescue workshop similar to the June Androscoggin trip is being coordinated by Ray Gonda using "Cruisers expertise & club members" to demonstrate commonly used rescue techniques. This will not include rescue of "trapped" boats or paddlers, but rescue of swimmers and equipment including self-rescue. Rick is your host on Sunday. Rick encourages Cruisers to each bring a variety of boats so others can try out what catches their interest under non-threatening conditions.

Ray Gonda

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