Dave Clark's House
James River - Richmond
This trip is for beginner AND advanced paddlers. For beginners, or those who have little, but some paddling experience, we’ll put in on the upper section at the Pony Pasture parking lot and run this 5 mile section through class I and II rapids. After this section, novice paddlers can return to C’ville and more advanced paddlers can run the 3.5 mile lower section through mostly class 3 rapids with 1 class 4. Do not sign up unless you have prior paddling experience. And do not plan on running the lower section unless you are at least a solid intermediate who has been in at least class 3 white water. Due to the logistics I will need drivers for this trip. The trip may get canceled depending on the weather/water levels.
The water is very cold which adds extra risks. Consider this danger when deciding if this trip is suitable for you. Wear lots of layers of warm clothes, NO COTTON. Polypropylene, capilene, wool, fleece, silk, neoprene are all good to wear. The club has wetsuits and splash jackets to wear as your outermost layer, as well as skull caps (to keep your head warm) and gloves.
The Club provides:
Boats, paddles, skirts, pfds, helmets, wetsuits, skull caps, gloves, splash jackets, transportation, gas $$
You should bring:
layers and layers of warm clothes, warm clothes to change into after, towel, water, snacks, $$ for food if you want, footwear that can get wet, courage