Grand Marc Parking Deck
James River - Richmond
The Lower James through Richmond is a short, Class III run with some fun play spots. Let’s plan to leave Charlottesville (meeting at Grand Marc Parking Deck on 15th Street, where we can leave cars hopefully) around 1, which will put us on the water by 3 hopefully. When I went a couple of weeks ago, I found a way to park in the middle of the run, walk to the top, paddle down, and then walk back to the car. This saves a ton of time on the shuttle, and adds a little workout factor for fun too! Depending on how many people/cars sign up, we can decide whether we want to shuttle or walk. Depending on how long we play at Pipeline (last rapid on the run and the best surf spot) and if / how many laps people want to do, we’ll probably be back in cville between 7 and 9.
You need to have a solid roll and good boat control to come on this trip, as it is a class III run.
It’s supposed to rain on and off this week, including a chance of thunderstorms on Friday, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on both the weather and river levels; the trip is dependent on both being good.
I’m waitlisting everyone at the moment; if I don’t know you and your ability, I’ll send you an email to check in on what your kayaking experience is, just for safety’s sake.
If you can drive, please indicate so in the questions section; more drivers/cars with racks will allow more people to come play!
You provide: gear if you have it (5 essentials), lunch/snacks, towel, warm dry clothes for after, bathing suit/clothes that can get wet, non-cotton shirt to paddle in case its chilly, river shoes (closed toe preferable), $ for food on the way back to cville if you want
Club provides: gear if you need it, gas $$