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Club Expedition to Alaska “Getting there and Day 1”

Club Expedition to Alaska “Getting there and Day 1”
(Whittier to Perry Island, Meares Glacier and Unakwik Inlet and return via Esther Island) “A Temperate Rainforest?”

This clubs` expedition to Prince William Sound is now well established with trips in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 and again in 2018. This time we headed out to Perry Island in search of whales and then to Unakwik Inlet to find Meares Glacier. This involved some fairly-long, open crossings; including several in the thick fog. We were stormbound for several days with strong gusty winds and heavy rain.

Every day we encountered something interesting including; humpback whales, black bears, Orca, Steller Sea lions and common harbour seals, deer, sea otters, bald headed eagles and many other sea birds; they seemed to be everywhere. We also paddled up to enormous tide-water glaciers.

Our friend Levi Hogan (below) shuttled us to and from Whittier along with supplying his fleet of high quality UK Sea kayaks.

Keith Peek. Mark Pawley Ruth Edwards Ian Bell
Mike Alter Andy Garland, Martin Aldridge
Roger Morgan, Chris Preston Frankie Annan, Nikki Aldridge

The flight out and getting to Whittier

Levi Hogan from Turnagain Kayaks This year, not only did we find a new outfitter, Levi Hogan and Turnagain kayaks but we also found cheaper and more direct flights via Iceland. Consequently, we had a much larger group than normal with 13 of us making the journey out to Anchorage. The flights cost around £800 with short stop over (2hrs) in the new North Atlantic hub of Reykjavik. On the way-out we were all kicking ourselves as we should have booked a couple of days in Iceland instead of flying straight through. We had to endure numerous advertising videos and TV programmes teasing us with the best that Iceland had to offer.

After our midmorning departure from Manchester we arrived in Alaska 12 hours later at 5pm local time and still in daylight. A quick free shuttle to our hotel and we were unpacking in 3 large and spacious rooms. That evening we discovered Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant, just opposite our hotel. Great home cooking. More Photos……….

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After rising early and helping ourselves to the buffet breakfast of Waffles, toast, tea or coffee, cereal, muffins, fruit and yogurt we returned to our rooms to pack and get ready.

Levi Hogan from Turnagain Kayaks turned-up exactly on time at 9:00am. We put our bags into the enormous sea kayak trailer (and old car transporter trailer) and headed to Fred Mayers to buy our food. 60 mins later and we had all purchased what we thought would be enough food to keep us nourished for two weeks. We were cooking in groups of two with a petrol stove between us.

Image result for white Beluga whales Driving along Turnagain Arm on Highway One we saw a group of white beluga whales. We turned up towards Portage Glacier and the old converted railway tunnel which is the only way into Whittier. We only just made it with 2 minutes to spare. We unloaded the boats, gear and food at Lazy Otters slipway and beach which is right next to the ferry terminal. Within 30 minutes Levi was ready to leave taking our airport bags with him in the trailer. We topped up with water and were ready to paddle out into Passage Canal some 45 mins later.

Our first stop was Kittiwake Falls, two tall cascades over steep rock which fall directly into the sound. Nikki tried to go behind the falls, but it was low tide and there were too many rocks in the way. Group photo over we headed out along the north shore marvelling at the scenery and wildlife. Bald Headed eagles peered down at us from nearly every lone pine. Two red sails were spotted in the distance. As we came nearer the turned out to be pedalos / kayaks / sailing Trimaran combinations that are hired out for the day from Whittier. Near Billings Creek we spotted our first bear, it was fishing for Salmon near one of the fresh water streams where they come to breed.

We crossed over to Squirrel Point and checked out the campsite there. Nobody was using it, so it was a possibility if Decision Point was too crowded. We rounded the headland and could see in three directions. The Marine Park campsite at Decision Point was ideal. 4 camp platforms, a shingle beach with access on both sides and excellent views, a steel bear-proof food cache and an outhouse (composting toilet). We cooked on the beach and set up camp on the point and settled down to our first night out in the sound.

Keith S    
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Short video of Leven by John Cooke

Short video of Leven. (just trying new go- pro really

Short video of Leven. (just trying new go- pro really)

Posted by John Cooke on Monday, 17 September 2018


River Rothay by John Allerton

Great day yesterday on the River Rothay I will do it again for sure. Level was 0.7m this was a bit low perhaps 1.0 would of been better the trip was suited for a small number as there were many low hanging trees. Some amazing scenery.

The rivers winds narrowly through grasmere then through grasmere like on to Rothay again then across Rydal water.
Then on to Windermere, one river however wasn’t enough we did a quick run of Leven perhaps not best idea as it was late and we were tired. Neil came a cropper on the racecourse section and incurred a paddle snap. Bit of a downer but a great day in total
Thanks all

Lovely little article about Paul and his C1 conversion kits. Well done Paul.

Lovely little article about Paul and his C1 conversion kits. Well done Paul.

C1 Kayak Conversions

Penny kayaking by John Fay

Penny kayaking.

Posted by John Fay on Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Coniston open water swim by James Duffy

Image may contain: sky, mountain, outdoor, nature and waterConiston open water swim by James Duffy

Over 600 hundred swimmers took to Coniston Water on Saturday 1st September to take part in the gruelling Chillswim Coniston open water swim supervised by 40 kayakers including a team from Liverpool Canoe Club. After a somewhat tropical summer, the water temperature in the lakes was back in the normal temperature range of 16.8 degrees for the early morning swim.
The event was a 5.25 mile linear swim of Coniston, and full support was provided for the swimmers by the kayakers. However, each swimmer also had a mandatory float in tow which made the task of the safety kayakers much easier.
The Chillswim Coniston is open to both wetsuit and non-wetsuit swimmers, and approximately 120 of the swimmers chose to swim without a wetsuit.
The fastest swimmer of the day was 21-year-old Sean Wylie from Hexham, who blasted the course in 1 hour 45 minutes and 53 seconds; the fastest time in the event’s history. Wylie was followed by Tom Robinson of Ulverston, in 1:51:04, who turns 18 next week. The fastest woman was 17-year-old Abbie Holyoake of Yorkshire Pentathlon, who finished in 1 hour 59 minutes.
In the non-wetsuit category, first man was 46-year-old Phillip Hewitt of Hartlepool in 2:07:36 and first woman was 27-year-old Rachel Wilkinson from Yorkshire in 2:16:54.
Swimmers range from first time long distance open water swimmers to Channel swimmers and everything in between. John McGivern from Merseyside participated with his three children as his 70th birthday present to himself. “Having swum this event with Chillswim before I knew it was special, and I wanted to have a great family memory for my 70th birthday. What better way than bringing my kids to swim 5 miles with me?”

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The Windermere One Way Swim by James Duffy

Image may contain: people standing, outdoor, water and natureThe Windermere One Way Swim by James Duffy

The Windermere One Way Swim took place on Sunday 2nd September at the beautiful and sheltered Fell Foot Park at the southern end of Windermere and some 167 swimmers took part. Swimmers were each accompanied by a personal kayaker including eight from Liverpool Canoe Club. The epic 11.2 mile swim the length of Windermere ended near Ambleside at Brathay Hall. Every Windermere One Way swimmer also had a timing chip to accurately record their time. Wetsuits were recommended but a significant number of experienced swimmers competed the challenge without a wetsuit.

Significant crowds cheered the swimmers at the major viewing points and at the feed station just north of the ferry landing on the west side. Congratulations to all the swimmers.

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Canoe Polo Success at the British Open

Canoe Polo Success at the British Open

On Friday  31st we travelled  to Nottingham for the British Open canoe polo tournament , staying just  2 miles down the road at Holme Pierrepont Country Park campsite .

We had  entered Division 3 with 9 other teams , ten-minute halves and a shot clock {which was a first for several of our  players} .

On the Saturday  The Division was split into two mini leagues with our team winning 3 out of the 4. The only loss being against St Albans youth  to finish ranked 2nd in the group.

On the Sunday we went into the knockout stages winning the first game on a golden goal against Kayak Northumbria in the 2nd period of extra time. Next up was Southampton University in  the semi-finals  which was won 3-2 with  probably our best all round game of the weekend. We were able to comfortably pass the ball around well to run down the clock.

Then it was into the final against St Albans youth who beat us for the second time of the weekend,   4-0  with some good skills  for such a  young team.

A big well done to the Sam , Aaron , Callum , John and Luke. Eventual runners up Division 3 .

Norman Cook (Team Coach).


The Paddler issue 43 Late Summer 2018 edition

The Paddler issue 43
Late Summer 2018 edition
The International magazine for recreational paddlers

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