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  • #4102
    cmnypny
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    Basically it comes down to the probability of having to swim the big stuff or not.

    Is the everything walkable by doing the walk of shame … i.e. easy portage trails or at least a trail

    I know I would add to the entertainment factor of getting my ass severley kicked by the river and having Boydo, Bobbie, and Kevin M laughing their ass off!

    Hey JessB will you be my rescue buddy or will you just laugh with the rest of them.

    Gonzo … I value you input on this one!

    #27219
    2fortheMoney
    Participant

    If you like playing = Ottawa.
    River running Kipawa.

    I heard some people from the Barrie/Toronto group walked one of the rapids and it took them forever bush whacking … so either they got lost or they walked a rapid no one else has ever walked.

    Besides we love watching what you open boaters do best swimming
    😈

    #27220
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant
    "cmnypny":1ur8qkg9 wrote:
    Basically it comes down to the probability of having to swim the big stuff or not.[/quote:1ur8qkg9]

    Personally, I think it comes down to whether you want to paddle the Ottawa (which will always be there) or if you want to spend quality time with your friends while contributing to keeping the Kipawa for future use when you feel more comfortable to run it top to bottom!

    Think not of whether or not it’s a river that you won’t have to portage, but of an event that even if you do portage, you’ll have a great time with great friends.

    #27221
    Randell Dehaas
    Participant

    See Colin, if you don’t come who is going to post the trip report with all those awesome pics? If you show me how to use your camera I will take pics of you swimming all the gnar. :roll: So leave the Ottawa for a weekend and come on out and join all the first timers at the Kip. I am sure there will be a ton of carnage for your lens. Jessica will back deck roll us all to safty and there will only be a few chuckles, no laughing. If you do swim don’t be afraid to shed a couple tears, it takes a big man to cry, but it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man. I think the only big man going to be there is Bobbie :lol:

    Peace

    R.

    #27222
    cmnypny
    Participant

    Hmmm …. friends … thats a new concept … I did not think I had any <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    I am glad to know that people just don’t think of me as the Trip Report and Photo guy and consider me a friend.

    I think I need to get a tissue :cry:

    I apologize for the emotions … :lol:

    I can probably coax the person who I would be paddling the Ottawa to do the Kip … but … only if we can make sure we have a "UGLY SHIRT CONTEST" :!:

    There would have to be the ugliest shirt worn contest while paddling the river and another ugliest shirt contest for the apres paddling festivities … but you cannot use the same shirt for both.

    #27223
    JessB
    Participant

    Colin,
    I will try not to laugh too hard, but if you think I can rescue your girlfriend you must have had too many coolers and bugbites at PalmerFest!

    p.s. I will probably be walking some rapids myself…. especially if I’ve had too many coolers the night before.

    #27224
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant

    Colin,

    depends on whether you want to go to paddle or for the festival.
    The rapids on the Kip are in general longer and harder than on the Ottawa, with sharper and pointier rocks in them. Some of them do not have decent portage, like Elbow, bushwhacking is not pretty there (been there, done that).
    I don’t know how well you paddled this spring, but as a rough guideline (although the rivers are not comparable, the difficulty of the rapids somewhat is) I would say that if you walked most of the bigger rapids on lets say Beaver creek (Double Drop, Falls , Bridge Rapid, Ugly), you will probably also walk the majority of the rapids on the Kipawa
    If you paddle, I recommend taking out above Grand Chute.

    TGG!

    #27225
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "The Great Gonzo!":2r622e22 wrote:
    Colin,

    I don’t know how well you paddled this spring, but as a rough guideline (although the rivers are not comparable, the difficulty of the rapids somewhat is) I would say that if you walked most of the bigger rapids on lets say Beaver creek (Double Drop, Falls , Bridge Rapid, Ugly), you will probably also walk the majority of the rapids on the Kipawa
    If you paddle, I recommend taking out above Grand Chute.

    TGG![/quote:2r622e22]

    hmmm … i did not run the first rapid on Beaver Creek due to not having a drysuit and the big ass icicles hanging over the last drop that also had the undercut on river right. I would have ran it if wasn’t for the water temp and time of year but hey you paddle it when you have to.

    I ran ugly but it turned out to be too low and I ended up stuck in vertical pin on the ledge.

    I could not do the bridge drop as I would have been decapitated by road … I am sure my boat was higher than the bridge even if I ducked in the boat.

    Other than that I really haven’t swam that much this year much as compared to previous live as a frickin kayaker where I might as well have just thrown the boat in the river and walked down.

    #27226
    Plumbpass
    Participant

    Oh no, there’s no contest, it’s an ugly shirt party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> ! Come on Coiln, just go for the ugly shirt party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> ! It’s not about swimming, it’s about friends and saving the river, and of course, the first annual, Kipawa River Rally, Ugly Shirt Party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> !

    Does anyone know who the band is this year.. Mr. Karwacki???

    Colin, I guess if you want to make it a contest we could do that. You must have something from your closet in mind. Maybe you think you have the contest winner? Oh, so that’s why you want to make this a contest, I see :lol: .

    #27227
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "Plumbpass":2r5ndurr wrote:
    Oh no, there’s no contest, it’s an ugly shirt party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> ! Come on Coiln, just go for the ugly shirt party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> ! It’s not about swimming, it’s about friends and saving the river, and of course, the first annual, Kipawa River Rally, Ugly Shirt Party <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> !

    Does anyone know who the band is this year.. Mr. Karwacki???

    Colin, I guess if you want to make it a contest we could do that. You must have something from your closet in mind. Maybe you think you have the contest winner? Oh, so that’s why you want to make this a contest, I see :lol: .[/quote:2r5ndurr]

    OK … so forgo the Ugly Shirt Contest and just make it save the Kipawa River Ugly Shirt Day :!: What do the other paddlers think of that then.

    This means all you cheapskate kayakers out there will have to fork out some money and visit your local Good Will or Salvation Army store <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Ryan … so does that mean WE are doing the Kip or are YOU going to bail and want me to run the Ottawa with you … the pressure is on … (insert Jeopardy Theme song here ) :lol:

    #27228
    Kevin M
    Participant

    However it is a reasonably tough river with some rought portages.

    It is Definitely worth seeing the river and looking at the dam. I am guessing that the dam will be off limits again this year which really sucks. It stands as one of the coolest ways to start a river. Then it ends with Hollywood which is one of the coolest ways to end a river trip. All the stuff in between is great as well.

    If you have run the Magnetewan then you’ll have an idea of the rivers character. I consider the Mag to be Kipawa light.

    Warning do not wear ugly shirts if they attract blackflies and misquitoes.

    #27229
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "The Great Gonzo!":gy59ahc8 wrote:
    I recommend taking out above Grand Chute.[/quote:gy59ahc8]

    Martin,

    I am reading the river write up at [url:gy59ahc8]http://www.kipawariver.ca/eng/the_river3.html[/url:gy59ahc8]

    Are you saying if I run the river than finish my trip at Grand Chute and do not run Elbow and Hollywood?!

    I guess there is a alternate takeout here.

    Others,

    Will there be some kind of directions, etc, for the newbies for primary putin and alternate takeouts?

    #27230
    Plumbpass
    Participant

    What’s the matter Mr. Moneypenny, do you think you may lose the contest!! You must have some crazy 70’s shirt in your closet, or how bout an 80’s Culture Club T. Come on now where’s the spirit?

    #27231
    chris mack
    Participant

    How about going rafting the first day, then you will know the river and think about your lines in your canoe for the next day.

    AND you get to run hollywood, in a raft which will give you some concerns about running it in your boat.

    You do like blackflies too right?

    #27232
    cmnypny
    Participant
    "chris mack":1upphxnw wrote:
    You do like blackflies too right?[/quote:1upphxnw]

    Ahhh crap …. those things still out …

    Sounds like a plan raft 1st day … swim I mean paddle 2nd day.

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