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  • #2923
    Joe P
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    How many of you have hung up your paddles for the season?

    I’m just curious cause I’ve just recently thought about that maybe some people look at this sport as a summer recreation, and not necessarily as a passion.

    It’s crazy cause I paddle till the ice is just to much to get around, or my buddy decides that he’s had enough. They both happen around the same time. I get all kinds of crazy looks and responses from my family and friends. I’ve got two guys at work that think I’m right off my block. I figure that they just don’t understand what it’s like to have a passion that drives you, no matter what.

    Now this year we’ve found a few new places to paddle that will most likely stay open all winter. And I though I wonder if there are other people out there that might consider paddling the year right through.

    Anybody out there done it? I’m just curious if there are trick to keeping warm and stopping your boat from freezing to you. those kinda things.

    #22521
    Val
    Participant

    Hey Joe, your new spots sound fun. I’d like to see some pics or vids. Are either of those spots likely to be running during the summer. Too far to travel right now.

    I had my first experience with ice ledges on the river banks last weekend. Anyone know if there is an easy way to plow up onto them without breaking through the ice or sliding back out into the current?

    #22522
    Joe P
    Participant

    there is some vid, but not in my hands. maybe next spring I’ll let you in on them

    #22523
    Boydo
    Participant

    Coldest I paddled was -15 C one February when parkhill went off to 200. Key to staying warm was wearing every piece of gear I own, plus some ski fleeces etc. You will get cold, the key is to not paddle too much past that point where you get cold. Luckily Parkhill is a Park and Play with your car not 200 M from the wave, and a pub just down the street for beer/ hot chocolate/ soup. I don’t think I would paddle in this cold if I wasn’t close to immediate warmth.

    They key to not freezing to your gear is to keep moving it every chance you get. Unzip your PFD zipper every 5 min, pop your skirt and put it back on every so often as well. This will start the ice build up from scratch every time.

    Another trick which I have heard Phitty mention if you are close to your playspot is: change at home, go to spot, paddle, drive home with windows down heat off (to keep everything frozen) and then change in the shower with hot water running.

    Boydo

    #22524
    Kebin
    Participant
    "Val":100c23cr wrote:
    Hey Joe, your new spots sound fun. I’d like to see some pics or vids. Are either of those spots likely to be running during the summer. Too far to travel right now.

    I had my first experience with ice ledges on the river banks last weekend. Anyone know if there is an easy way to plow up onto them without breaking through the ice or sliding back out into the current?[/quote:100c23cr]

    Tie a thick rope off onto a tree or something that will hold your weight and through it down onto the ice near the edge and then pull your self up!

    Kebin

    #22525
    GERIECO
    Participant

    AT THE MOON 1 TIME …KEVIN UNZIP’D B 4 WE LEFT WHILE HE WAS STILL WET…( HE GOT CAUGHT B 4 !!!) I DIDN’T … WHEN WE GOT BACK 2 THE TRUCK I HAD 2 BOIL SNOW ON A COLEMAN STOVE & POUR OVER THE LIFE JACKET ZIPPER !! HELMET SNAP FROZE !! WE HAD A 1/4 INCH COATING OF ICE ON OUR HELMETS ..IT WAS ABOUT -8 & WINDY ..AS 4 STAY”N WARM …IF U LINE UR BOAT WITH BLUE FOAM WHERE UR FEET SIT & TOUCH U’L B FINE !! I DON’T BULK UP WITH ALOT OF LAYERS CAUSE U CAN’T MOVE !! I USE THIS OASIS SHORT WITH SHOULDER STRAPS… KEEPS THE KIDNEYS WARM !!! I WORE OUT THE SHORTS & "WAS TOLD" 2 STOP WEAR’N THEM (HALF MY ASS WAS A HANG’N) SO I CUT THE SHORTS OFF & I STILL USE THE TOP AS A VEST & BUDDY THAT WORKS !! ALL I HAVE ON IS A LITE LONG SLEEVE FLEECE TOP (LITE UNDERWEAR TOP) & A SHORT SLEEVE FLEECE T SHIRT ..THATS IT OTHER THAN SHORTS & THE SAME LITE LONG JOHN !! BRING A THERMOS & IF UR OUT IN THE BOONIE’S BRING A STOVE !! U CAN SET UP A TENT & PUT A SMALL HEATER IN THERE OR THE BEST IS GET A DODGE CARAVAN (EXTENDED MODEL) & "PILE IN" EAR PLUGS… USE EM ..THEY KEEP THE HEAT IN & I HEARD COLD WATER IS BAD 4 THE INNER EAR ??…REMEMBER HALF OF THIS & U’L B FINE !!…LATER GATERS

    #22526
    Phitty
    Participant

    Short lines, short sessions in the winter.

    My cut off point is usually wind dependant. I can take the temperature most of the time but howling winds suck.

    I’d say -5 and sunny is comfy and below that has got to be something special.

    p.

    #22527
    Open Gate
    Participant

    Hi !

    We went out for 6 six years straight at least once a month every month.

    Winter paddling has always been at Champlain or recently at Deschênes since there is no ice visible downstream. Our cars are 100′ away and homes 10 minute drive, we can get warm in a hurry if required(was never the case).

    Streak ended recently due to injury.

    The coldest we’ve been out in our open boats is -15c in a snow storm a few years ago. The problem at that temp is not cold, dry suites and 1/4” neoprene will do(if your bear underneath the neoprene that is), it’s the ice build up on the surface of the gear.
    I recall stopping in the eddy to scrape my blade and boat and the rocks at champlain to break the ice. Gear was getting really heavy, we ended up dipping in the water for a couple of minutes to release the ice from the zippers and clips of our suite <img loading=” title=”Very Happy” /> .

    Funny, I remember XC skiers at Bates Island staring down at us at the wall wondering what planet we were from and they seemed to be freezing alot more then we were, not moving watching us play and we had to cool down spending time in the water cause we were too warm, not flipping enough :wink:

    We ski in the morning and boat in the aft. I love those ”same guy same day” approach our nation’s capital can provide <img loading=” title=”Cool” />

    No mater what, stay away from the ice !

    #22528
    cmnypny
    Participant

    the ice.

    They should have let me go into shore first as my big ass boat broke all the ice after they went thru.

    I will continue paddling until it is unsafe to do so.

    Colin

    #22529
    pg
    Participant

    I did 9 days in January last year…in THunder bay…got some winter pics on the site under the Crooked Rapids section. I agree with Phitty here…its really wind dependent…..i find -5 to -8 is around max but must be no wind…..i have gone down to -15 but then all the gear freezez on you and the skirt starts to freeze onto the boat. We have a special spot here with a bottom feed dam and it never freezes up….despite -30 temps.
    oh ya…i have a big colman 15000 btu heater on 20 lb tank to unthaw gear of stiff hands!
    pg

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