James River - Richmond
Let’s ring in the New Year the right way – by floating down the James, then either floating down the James again or going mountain biking, then heading over to Legends for a brew and some food!
A solid roll will be a good thing to have since you aren’t going to want to be swimming when the water’s this cold. A drysuit will be preferred, but a drytop can work if sufficiently layered and you don’t swim. Anyone who isn’t in a drysuit needs to be sufficiently within their skill level to be nearly guaranteed they won’t swim – Hypothermia s-s-sucks!
However, we’ll be doing some combination of the Upper and Lower James. the Upper James is a really easy class II stretch with a convenient takeout before the Lower section, so if anyone needs to they can just run the upper section. While this shouldn’t be anyone’s first time down a river in a kayak, relative beginners with decent rolls should be fine.
– Boat and appropriate cold-weather gear, if you have it.
– Non-cotton layers for layering if you’ll be using club gear. Fleece, neoprene, and wool can all work well.
– Bike, helmet and suitable clothing for mountain biking if you want to come biking.
– Towel and a dry change of clothes.
– Money for Legends afterwards
– a ride to/from the river
– Boat, paddle, skirt, PFD, helmet, drytop, river booties, gloves, and/or beanies, if you need them.
– Gas money.
– If anyone’s around to let me in the gear room in time, bikes and gear.