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Bow and Stern - June 6, 1983

Bow and Stern - - June 1983

Bow and Stern

June 1983

A Letter from the Editor

Dear Fellow Paddlers,

I want to begin by thanking Mary Lavigne, my co-editor and the typist for the Bow & Stern, and George Agnew, our printer, for all the work they so willingly contribute. It is literally true that they make my job easy.

I also want to thank the Trip Leaders who sent in reports on their expeditions and experiences, and the other club members who have contributed their thoughts on training, safety, the summer season, and other topics for this issue.

I must sadly report that we do not have the Limerick Contest, as scheduled, because of a dearth of entries. I do want to thank George McIntosh, that stalwart of rhymes, for his offerings, however. You will find them sprinkled among the trip reports.

We may want to try a different type of writing contest for next year. Perhaps a "Paddling Tall Tales" contest would be fun. Also, if any club member has an idea (or more than one?) for changes, additions, or (Perish the thought!) deletions to or from the Bow & Stern, I would really like to hear from you.

See you on the water,
Larry Thomson

A Letter from Homer Dodge

Cremona Farm
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

February 24, 1983

Mr. Norman Lavoie
7480 Hinesburg Road
So. Burlington, Vt. O5401

Dear. Mr. Lavoie,

I want to thank the Canoe Cruisers for remembering to send to me a notice of the Spring meeting and dinner to be held on March 6, 1983. I certainly wish I could be there to enjoy the meeting and all the festivities; I will of course be there in spirit.

Please give my regards to the members and convey my appreciation to them for remembering me in their activities.

My best to you and your family.

Homer L. Dodge

Memorial Donation "Thank You"

Central Vermont Audubon Society
PO Box 1122
Montpelier, VT 05602

March 26, 1983

Dear Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers,

The Central Vermont Audubon Society wishes to thank you for your thoughtful donation to our Chapter in memory of Bob Kemp. Bob was an important member of our Board of Directors and a close friend to many of us. We miss him very much.

Since I can't improve on her words, I have enclosed a copy of an article that our President wrote for the Chapter newsletter. It may take some time, but we are determined to use the gifts we have received to build a living memorial to Bob.

Thank you again for your kind gift. We will notify you when we have chosen a fitting tribute.

Ginny Garrison

~ Central Vermont Audubon Society President's Message ~

You read of the tragic death of Bob Kemp in our December newsletter. We are keenly aware of the void brought about by Bob's untimely passing. To these of us who were his friends, the void is especially poignant. For Central Vermont Audubon Society it means the absence of a highly dedicated and hardworking Board member.

In a forest the death of living organisms provides the sustenance needed for the growth of new plants, but it is difficult indeed to find such meaning and consolation in the death of a friend. However, thanks to a very generous gesture on the part of Bob's family and his close friend Leslie Dowling, Bob's death may allow us to undertake some step of significance to further the cause of conservation in Vermont.

Leslie and Bob's family have asked that gifts that would otherwise have been offered in his memory or for flowers be donated to the Central Vermont Audubon Society. We ore touched by their confidence in us and we have been impressed by the many generous contributions that we have already received from Bob's friends and family.

We feel very strongly that these funds be used in a way that Bob would have especially appreciated. We think, for example, of his love of bicycling and his support for better bicycle paths. We think, too, of his special love for Mt. Hunger, a peak he often climbed, at all times of the year, both alone and with friends. We can also imagine educational and conservation programs that might suitably reflect Bob's keen awareness of others as well as his concern for the world around us. And so we accept the confidence placed in us by Bob's loved ones, and we commit ourselves to finding the most appropriate use for the many gifts that we have received in his honor. We hope that they will build a fitting memorial to Bob, and perhaps in a larger sense, to all pedestrians who are killed senselessly by our gas-powered machines.

Jean Vissering
President, Central Vermont Audubon Society

~ Kemp Family Thank You ~

Your contribution to the Central Vermont Audubon Society in memory of Bob is greatly appreciated. Bob's canoeing and other outdoor activities made his life so full and rich. This is such a wonderful tribute to Bob.

Sara, his sister and I both appreciate and thank you for your gifts. May you each have many blessings.

Susie E. Kemp
(Bob Kemp's mother)

Treasurer's Report

Beginning Balance as of 1/1/83 $339.26
Membership 280.00
February Dinner 368.25
Canoe School 359.00
Donation-Safety & Training 250.00
Patches 20.00
Printing 82.53
Canoe School 315.31
February Dinner 370.00
ACA Dues 30.00
Church Rental 25.00
Postage 107.00
Bank Service Charge 5.76
Balance on Hand June 1, 1983 $680.91

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Lavigne

1983 Spring Meeting Minutes

The annual spring meeting was held on Sunday, March 6. President Al Roberts called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. Al welcomed everyone in attendance and thank the Dattilios for catering the dinner.

Committee reports are as follows:

White Water Chairperson Rich Larsen announced the completed schedule is in the Bow & Stern. The schedule is subject to change because of the weather this winter, so please be sure to call before the trip. There will be no release on the West River for May 7 & 8 as printed in the schedule due to a lack of snow. Rich asked anyone interested in the Dead River trip on July 4 should contact him as soon as possible.

White Water Training Coordinator Ray Gonda announced the format this year would be the same as last year. The blackboard and pool session are on the Saturday before Easter. Anyone interested in helping out, please contact Ray. Hopefully the class size this year will be limited to 36 and there is pre-registration this year.

Al Roberts spoke for Bow & Stern editor Larry Thomson and thanked George Agnew for getting the Bow & Stern printed. The Limerick contest will be held again this year and there must be a minimum of 6 entries.

Brian Kooiker & Brenda Clarkson are working on the summer schedule. Brian announced they hope to have overnight trips to the Androscoggin and the St. Regis area. The final schedule will be in the June Bow & Stern. Brian also expressed the need for more flatwater trip leaders and participants. Any ideas concerning the schedule, please contact them.

Hydro Dams:

Al Stirt gave reports on the following dams. There is a possibility of a dam on the Browns River that would cover 2 acres. The Moose River in St. Johnsbury has 3 dams planned. Work is proceeding on Pontook dam; the court battles have been lost. The lower Lamoille dam is shelved for now.

Barb Kehaya reported the fight is continuing on the Chase Mill in Winooski on the basis of esthetics and pollution control. Barb also spoke of a bill in the Legislature that would require all water vehicles to be registered and that includes canoes and kayaks.

Ray Gonda spoke on the status of the proposed diversion tunnel on the West River in Jamaica. There followed a lengthy discussion on economic feasibility of the tunnel, possible alternatives, and what the club could do. The following resolution was passed by members: The Northern VT Canoe Cruisers are formally opposed to any hydro development on the West River that would unnecessarily be a detriment to recreational use of the river by paddlers. It was also decided members could contribute to the Conservation Society of Southern Vermont if they wish to financially help in the fight.

Peter Alden announced he is leading a joint trip of the Green Mountain Club and Northern VT Canoe Cruisers on September 24 and 25 to Lake George.

Peter also looked into club T-shirts. The cost would be $4.25 per shirt plus an additional charge for the pattern to be made up and a minimum of 100 must be ordered. Motion made the shirts be made up was defeated. Tim Marugg will look into getting 100 members interested. He will report at the next meeting.

No further new business and the meeting was adjourned followed by Roger Belson's slides of kayaking in Idaho.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Lavigne

First Annual "Dinner Roll"

Sunday, August 7

Kayak, Cl & C2 roll session to be followed by a potluck Dinner: grills and charcoal will be provided. BYOB. 34 Crescent Beach Drive, Burlington. Your host: Jon Kahn - 863-3057

Also: periodic week-evenings roll session throughout the summer.

Stolen Canoe

From Norton & Holly Cabell:

STOLEN CANOE 17' Avocado colored Old Town Oltonar Canoe, in Concord, NH. Owned by NH AMC (and labeled with white lettering on the outside.) Serial #2ll972. Because of the lettering, it has probably been repainted.

NH AMC Canoe Committee - Jim Lewis Chairperson
31 Gingas Drive, Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: 603-880-1402

White Water Clinic: Three Year Report

From the day Norm Lavoie first responded to the call for an instructional program for novice paddlers through this year's clinic, the program has steadily grown. The 1983 clinic was the best ever. Without the unselfish and unqualified support of so many fine instructors, this would not be so.

According to feedback from students and instructors the clinic has gained a reputation for thoroughness and effectiveness of presentation, a high degree of organization, safety and a genuine interest by the instructors in passing on their skills to newcomers. These things all count. The clinic has proven to be an effective teaching vehicle and a practical public relations/publicity tool. Over the past three years the paid membership has grown at an approximate rate of about 20% per year. The present membership is 175 and still rising. Most of these new members joined as a result of an initial attraction to the clinic. It is noteworthy that most were directed to the clinic by existing members.

Being intimately familiar with other programs in canoeing instruction, I'll risk the statement that for an introductory clinic of two days duration we have the most intensive, most yell organized and effective program in the Northeast. This includes the well known AMC schools run out of Boston as well as a variety of commercial clinics. We are undisputedly the best in Vermont. Yet, we still have room to grow.

All of this did not just happen. A considerable amount of internal dissention about how the clinic should be handled was inherent in the process. Everyone involved seems to have their own ideas and frequently insist on exercising those ideas. This often becomes inimical to the smooth operation of the program if those ideas are exercised unexpectedly and at awkward times. Nonetheless, much has been learned about what it takes to run a successful clinic. Looking to the future I offer up the following recommendations for the white water instructional program:

  1. The clinic should continue to be structured largely as it presently exists.
    • classroom/pool session on Saturday for open boats.
    • river session on a separate weekend.
  2. The individual segments of the present curriculum format be refined for greater effectiveness of presentation such as enhanced audio/visual materials and more clearly defined objectives.
  3. Enlisting the comments and support early in the program of pool and river instructors rather than "throwing the students over the wall to them" would greatly smooth the clinic operation. A better understanding is needed of the philosophy of t~ present clinic curriculum structure and content by this group.
  4. Once the decision is made by the executive committee to run a clinic, the clinic director be acknowledged as having final decision on all aspects of the program including when and where it will be held.
  5. That a closed boat program be established with a separate autonomous director with the same decision making capability as the open boat clinic director.
  6. That the blackboard session be merged for the two groups but pool sessions for the closed boats be established on separate days.
  7. The clinic's finances be separated from the general club finances and a separate checking account be established.
  8. Accommodations be made with other paddling groups such as AMC, present and future UVM outing groups and other local outing groups for cooperative instructional programs.
  9. The perception of the club as for "open boaters only" should change to accommodate a parallel closed boat white water schedule.

Respectfully submitted,
Ray Gonda Clinic Director
'81, '82, '83

Trip Reports

Androscoggin River: July 17 & 18, 1982

Leader: Al Stirt
Participants: Brian Kooiker, Brenda Clarkson, Jim Higgins, Al Roberts, Elizabeth Dews, Bob Kemp, Joss Coggeshall, Rosie Stirt

This weekend trip was used for practicing rescue techniques, particularly the use of the throw bag. Due to the hot weather we had, no trouble getting "rescuees" to jump into the water. Throw bag techniques and practices were discussed and everyone took turns throwing the lines and being rescued. We also had practice doing some "real" rescues.

It became clear during the real rescues that some practice and experience are necessary to make things go smoothly and safely. It also became clear that everyone paddling (not just trip leaders) should practice rescue techniques.

The weekend was very enjoyable and we agreed to try to have at least one rescue practice trip each year.

Al Stirt

The white water seasons begun
We've had many an exciting run.
The waters been high
But we think with a sigh
If only we could see the sun.
George McIntosh

Gihon River: April 1, 1983 Good Friday

Leader: Al Roberts
Participants: Bob Durkin, Fred Jordan, Ray Gonda, Mary Lavigne, Al Stirt, Tim Marugg, George McIntosh - 3 kayaks, 3 canoes

The Gihon River, which starts in Lake Eden, runs along Route 100 and then 100C to Johnson before entering the Lamoille. The portion paddled begins in North Hyde Park at the Route 100 bridge and ends three bridges down. A starting point further up is feasible given adequate water. This day was a cool, clear, bright sunny day. This section of the Gihon contains many easy rapids, which were scratchy at this low level. There are three sections of note in this section. A bad strainer section, which must be carried on the right. Just below the carry around the right hand bend is a short gorge with a tricky rapids above the second bridge. Further down at the end of the flat water is a ledge, which can be run right after scouting. The take out is shortly after the third bridge.

Al Roberts

For years when the time came to train
The weather would fast change to rain.
This year on the Mad
We really were glad
That the sun came Out once again.
George McIntosh

Bouquet River: April 16, 1983

Participants: Ed Amidon, Louise Amidon, Peter Alden - 3 canoes

At this time of year the ferry leaves from Charlotte on the 1/2 hour, and from Port Kent on the hour. Take Rt. 22 to Wadhams. Just before crossing the Bouquet River bridge, turn right on the road to Lewis. When you reach the Interstate overpass, backup 1 mile (Pete, is it ok to turn around? Ed.) to a dead end, drive to the North which is your take out spot. Continue about 1/2 mile past the Interstate and take a left on an inconspicuous unmarked dirt road - Steel Woods Road. In 1/2 mile, left on another dirt road takes you over an iron bridge where there is another access and parking area. Continue to the Elizabethtown-Wadhams road (paved) and then right. In 3-4 miles you reach the river again at the Fish & Game Club, and just beyond is a fishing access and parking area.

The first two miles are flat s curves, then comes 3-4 miles of fairly steady class 2 rapids and beautiful scenery. Just beyond the Interstate is a short and sweet chute, which must be scouted. A mile of s curves with good current brings you back to the take out. River time - approx. 2 1/2 hours.

Ref. Adirondack Life Sept./Oct. 1978, p. 29 by Betsy McCarrie. Map 1:2500 metric -Elizabethtown, NY 4473-214-T25

Peter Alden

There was a canoist of note
Who went far and wide with his boat.
He knew every trick,
He'd try every creek.
As long as his boat would float.

Our canoist one day went out West,
He wanted the ultimate test.
He tried some class five
And stayed barely alive
Now he stays pretty close to his nest.

George McIntosh

Upper Lamoille: April 17, 1983

Leader: Peter Alden
Participants: Al Roberts, Al Stirt, Steve Gold, Jack McKnight, Laurie Wattles - 5 canoes

After 17 inches of wet snow and communications blackout the day before, we started out with some trepidation. However, the driving was good and the weather held out. The water came up to a moderate level and we had a good trip. There are two new strainers just above East Hardwick, one completely blocking the river and requiring a short carry. The steel cable and tire contraption found below the railroad trestle last week was gone. Trees on both shores cut down so this drop was enjoyable again. A couple of swims and a bit of hypothermia lead to a shortened trip for two and a mad dash for a warm car by the others. I would like to see higher water and warmer weather for our next trip.

Peter Alden

The flatwater season is nigh.
We've checked out our maps with a sigh
We've packed all our gear
Head for parts not so near.
And hope that the winds aren't too high.

At the put in the weather is fine.
We launch in the shade of a pine.
The water is clear
Our next campsite is near,
We push off with nary a whine.

The wind never moves from our back
At night we are snug in the sack
The weather's ideal
We can't help but feel
That we'll wake up all out of whack.

George McIntosh

White River: April 24, 1983

Leader: Al Roberts
Participants: Peter Alden, Jack McKnight, C. Rogers, M. Rogers, George McIntosh, Margaret McIntosh, Rich Larsen, Frank Tsao, Cathy Chamberlain, Howard Hansen, Paul Hansen, Tim Marugg, Nick Krull - 2 kayaks, 8 canoes

In short the weather was lousy!! Temperature in the 40's and a consistent rain. A new put in was tried on the Tweed river and is quite suitable, it's about a third of a mile further south on Route 100 from the Stockbridge put in and has better parking facilities. I recommend we use this in the future. The plan was to run to Gaysville and then try the West branch, which parallels Route 73. Due to the poor weather this second trip was cancelled. No incidents occurred on the White, which was at medium water level.

Al Roberts

Ammonoosuc & Saco Rivers - NH: April 30 & May 1

Leader: Peter Alden & Rich Larsen (co-leaders)
Participants: Sheri Larsen, Frank Tsao, Cathy Chamberlain, Len Carpenter, Mary Hewitt - 4 canoes

This was probably the first NVCC trip to NH for the spring runoff. We met at the crossroads at Twin Mt. at 10 a.m. The put in for the longer run is by a store 1/2 mile east.

The take out can be by the Pierce Bridge on Rt. 302, 5 miles west. This bridge is being rebuilt. There is parking at the southeast corner. From this spot a dirt road leads up the river 1/2 mile to a gauging station and just beyond "Boatbreaker rapid". Stop and look at these gauges before your trip. The gauge should be below 5 feet for a safe trip. For our trip we had 5.8 feet and there were a few hazards. A better take out might be 2 miles further downstream by a dam on the right side. There is a steep bank but the parking is good and there is even shelter in a rain.

This trip will take about 3 - 3 1/2 hours. At the start there are two tricky drops, which should be scouted. Then there is pretty much flatwater with good current and riffles for two miles. Two miles east of Twin Mt., the river leaves the road heading left (south) and the road goes up a hill. This is "river bend". This makes a good starting place with good parking and a very nice put in and avoids much of the flat water. This trip can be done in less than an hour and is continuous class three except for Boatbreak, which is class four.

Below the dam the river continues on for 1/2 mile of more of class five water. We did not carry this stretch because of the high water. Beyond this the rapids become more manageable for another two miles or so to Wing Road Bridge. The river leaves the road for this stretch until a bit above the bridge but the take out choices seem adequate. We ran the short stretch from river bend to Pierce bridge again in 3/4 hour. Frank & Kathy camped at a state camping area 2-3 miles east to Twin Mt. The rest of us found drier lodging in the rain in a hotel and we all met for supper. A shower felt good after the swim.

On Sunday we met at the Village Diner in Bethlehem for breakfast and headed over Crawford Notch to Bartlett and the Saco River. Above Bartlett the river is said to be class five. There were some spots which looked interesting but much of the river was not to be seen from the road. We would like to go back in high water and slowly explore this area. Put in above Bartlett where the river last comes close to the road, or a little higher if you dare. Shuttle to the Rt. 301 bridge, 5-6 miles down towards No. Conway. The old bridge (covered) stands next to the present one. Cross the bridge and park on a sandy drive to the right just downstream from the bridge. This trip will take about 2 1/2 hours. It starts off with a bit of steady class three leading into some good drops over ledges with lots of choices for easy chutes. Then the river flattens out for a gentle cruise through a scenic valley with occasional short rapids. Stay in the old channel to the right or you will be battling the low road through the forest.

On the way back we had lunch in Crawford Notch, and then another run and a swim in the Ammonoosuc at Boatbreaker before heading home. We all are looking forward to doing this trip again and to extending it to below the dam and powerhouse.

Peter Alden

Hudson River - Unofftcial club trip: May 8, 1983

Leader: Peter Alden
Participants: Al Stirt, Frank Tsao, Len Carpenter, Mary Hewitt, Tim Marugg, Neal Schneider, Nick Krull - 3 kayaks, 2 canoes

We left Wesson's at 7 a.m. and arrive at North Creek at 9:20. There were preparations for starting down river races, so we put in just up stream from the starting line. A shuttle to the Glen was done, and we started about 10:30. The river was at 5.3 feet, a medium level making the trip quite easy but interesting. We enjoyed watching the races from close up and saw many variations of skills. We passed the finish line about 1:00 and had lunch a little further down. The big ledge down further can be easily taken on the right if you choose your path carefully. We all had fun playing the waves under the bridge at the Glen.

We then looked at the Schroon River, but it was about two feet over flood level and was not safe. The rains came as we drove back to Burlington - a long drive but an enjoyable day.

Peter Alden

New York Rivers Overnight: May 14-15, 1983

Leader: Al Roberts
Participants: Al Stirt*, Bob Durkin, Mike Fullerton*, John Blackmore*, Lisa Freundlich*, Frank Tsao*, Cathy Chamberlain*, Bet Dews (*paddled both days)

This was to be the Sacandaga River weekend but after driving over and looking at the West branch, we decided it was too low and went back to the Hudson and ran the lower Hudson from Riparius to the Glen. (The Hudson gauge at North Creek read 4.9 feet later that day.) The run was delightful. After the run we went and looked at the Schroon, which was deemed high. A pleasant campsite was found on Millbrook about a mile up from where it enters the Hudson. The only problem with this campsite is that it may draw the partying crowd. But the site is beautiful and worth the distraction. On Sunday the Riparius-Glen section was run twice. A short run on the Schroon was made taking out above the ledge. The weather this weekend was excellent with the rain holding off till the drive home.

Al Roberts

Hudson/Schroon Rivers: May 21, 1983

Leader: Al Roberts
Participants: Artie Allen, Dick Allen, Frank Tsao, Cathy Chamberlain, Bet Dews, Laurie Wattles, George & Margaret McIntosh, Doug McIntosh, R. Davis, Ann Chethan-Spode - 3 kayaks, 5 canoes

Another trip to the lower Hudson and the Schroon River. Runs were made on the Riparius-Glen section and the usual Schroon River section. Water levels were good and considerable playing the rapids was conducted.

Al Roberts

New Haven: May 14, 1983

Leader: Ray Gonda
Participants: Eric Bishop, Tibor Bedo, Jack McKnight, Chuck Halley, Rachel Walker, NH AMC- Jim Lewis, Roioli Schweiker, Rick & Elizabeth, one couple from Boston AMC.

Only 45 minutes away and being the third time on the river, I'd become very familiar with this new discovery. Len Carpenter and I had thoroughly explored it the previous weekend for an AMC guide description. Len, Tom Fyles, and I first soloed it on a mid-April evening. At higher water then it was similar to the Indian River, entrance to the Hudson Gorge. At my comment about its classification Tom's sole reply was "what does it take for you to rate a river class four"? You see, he'd been swallowed by a hole earlier, which also nearly got Len. According to Tim Marugg who kayaked and swam some of it, "I felt it prepared me for what to expect on the Indian". At lower levels it's just plain fun at easy class two-three.

If one were to put in upriver from West Lincoln, four miles of class one-three water would be followed by 1.1 miles of class four-seven, complete with a 25 ft. falls. Then comes 3 miles of water eminently suited to open boats (although residents of Bristol seem incredulous at the thought). Finally the river slowly tapers out to 5 miles of class one-two with good current, deep channels and continual panoramas of Bristol Cliffs while twisting and turning through pasture land alternating with stands of conifers. The next 4 miles from New Haven Mills to the Dog Team Tavern is class one with many deadfalls. The white water sections are early season or after heavy rains. The lower river can be run much later. This river has more personality than any river I've ever been on. It also needs gauges.

Ray Gonda

New York Rivers: May 28 & 29, 1983

Leader: Roberts & Rich Larsen (co-leaders)
Participants: Sheri Larsen, Frank Tsao, Cathy Chamberlain, Bet Dews*, Brian Kooiker, Brenda Clarkson, Eric Bishop, Dick Allen (*Saturday only) - 5 canoes
Since the Hudson had risen to 5.1 feet, a parallel trip to the lower Hudson and Schroon was planned. The run on Saturday was from North Creek to the Glen bridge on the Hudson. We camped at the falls on Mill Brook again and had a community barbecue complete with strawberry rhubarb pie a la mode. On Sunday the Schroon was run twice with very high water, a delightful run through big waves.

Al Roberts

Lapses on Safety Protocol

It is with increasing concern that I have observed an increasing number of lapses in safety protocol by members of the Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers, whether on club trips or not. We as club members are attempting to promote the sport of white water canoeing in a safe, responsible and common sense manner. I list the infractions below without comment and urge members to review the safety code of the ACA and AWA.

  1. Showing up at the put in without life jacket.
  2. Running unsafe barricades at risk to self and party when others have taken safe route.
  3. Running difficult (class III-IV), remote rivers at high water levels with only two boats of which only one member had run this stretch before. Not a strong party.
  4. Not following river etiquette by staying with group, generally behind leader and ahead of the sweep.
No matter how good a paddler we think we may be, safety is a concern for the expert as well as the novice. We as paddlers must set an example for new paddlers as well the general public.

The following 1983 data was obtained from the regulating district for the gauges at North Creek on the Hudson and at Hope on the Sacandaga.

Date Hudson Sacandaga
Monday, 5/2 8.85' 6.45'
Tuesday, 5/3 8.36' 6.80'
Friday, 5/6 6.43' 5.07'
Tuesday, 5/10 5.71' 4.26'
Thursday, 5/12 5.15' 3.86'
Friday, 5/13 5.11' 3.57'
Tuesday, 5/17 4.76' 3.2'
Friday, 5/20 4.49' 3.00'
Wednesday, 5/25 5.04' -
Friday 5/27 4.86' 3.11'

Al Roberts

1983 Summer Schedule


Date Trip Leader/Phone Comments
June 18-19
Androscoggin River Al Roberts
June 22
River near Burl'tn Rich Larsen
June 26
Lower White River Brian Kooiker
July 2-4
Dead River ME Rich Larsen
July 9
Winooski River George McIntosh
July 10
Sandbar State Park Al Roberts
Annual Picnic
July 16-17
Androscoggin River NH Brian Kooiker
July 23-24
Sacandaga River NY Rich Larsen


* Aug 7
Lake Champlain Jon Kahn
Roll session/potluck supper
Sept 3-5
Dead River ME John King
Sept 10-11
Adirondack Lakes Ray Gonda
Sept 17-18
Androscoggin River NH Bob Durkin
Sept 24-25
Lake George NY Peter Alden
Joint trip/Green Mt. Club
Oct 1
West River Peter Alden
Dam release

Trip Report Form

TRIP: _______________________________

DATE: _______________________________

LEADER: _____________________________

Number of Boats: Kayaks:__________ Canoes:__________

Participants: _______________________________ ______________________________

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Report: _______________________________________________________________________








Trip Leader,

Have you:

  1. scouted or paddled this river before?
  2. checked for recent changes or obstacles?
  3. informed the participants of details of this river?
  4. filed a "float plan" with someone, if the trip is into wilderness areas?
  5. checked out the participants to see their skills are adequate for this trip, under these conditions?
  6. seen to it that personnel rescue gear is on hand (throw lines, sleeping bag to treat hypothermia, etc.) as well as boat rescue equipment?
  7. divided the boats into manageable groups of no more than seven with a leader and sweep for each?
  8. assi~ied experienced boaters to travel near less-experienced ones?
  9. reviewed procedures to follow for safety on the river?
  10. reviewed the procedures to follow in case someone capsizes?
  11. checked boats for: extra paddles, adequate life jackets, bailers, painters, flotation, and no clutter to trap people during a turnover?
  12. planned to include in your report a detailed account of any accidents, their causes, the procedures used, and their effectiveness?

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