James River: Lynchburg, VA
The Club’s Canoes need some love!
So lets get them wet, and float some portion of The Mighty James River. I’ll pick the section based on flow conditions the day of, but would expect it to be within a 1.5 hour radius or so of Cville, and a 6-10 mile float or so. Indicate your time constraints in the Q&A.
You MUST KNOW HOW TO SWIM to come on this trip. Previous river canoeing experience would be helpful, but not essential. Nevertheless, everyone should plan for the worst and be open to the idea of their canoe capsizing and being ejected from the boat. Since there’s a shuttle involved, I’ll need one extra driver (roof rack not required) and I’ll have to put everyone on the waitlist until said driver signs up. The club has 2 canoes, and I’ve got 1 extra seat in mine. If the group is particularly adventurous, we could maybe head to a section that has some bigger rapids.
I am NOT “leading” any river trips, I am only coordinating some transportation and logistics. YOU are responsible for your own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on this trip. Additionally, all participants must have read and must agree to abide by the American Whitewater Safety Code http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/safety:start? for the duration of the trip.
All who participate on this trip agree to participate as “Common Adventurers”.
I’ll assess where everyone lives/who needs rides and send out final meetup details Saturday evening.
These canoes work best when paddled by pairs of people, so I’m going to also strive to have an even numbered trip roster.
This trip may get canceled for (but not limited to): Lack of 1+ student, lack of drivers, lack of interest, high or really low water, high probability of thunderstorms.
As previously mentioned, these canoes work a lot better when paddled by 2 people, and I really hate transporting excess gear – so avoid bailing on me the morning of!
Bathing suit, sun glasses, sunblock, Hat, Food, Beverages, Towel, footwear that can get wet and will stay on, Fishing Rod and License, Any personal watercraft you may have, and any other trinkets you may need for several hours on the river, $ for a possible food stops on the way there or back.
Canoes, PFD’s, Paddles, Ride in a vehicle, limited selection of river footwear if you want it.
I personally intend to also spin rod fish from the canoe on this trip for Smallmouth Bass or whatever else feels like biting, and the James will hopefully be at a constructive level for fishing… Join in the fun and bring a fishing pole and tackle if you have it (email me for bait suggestions or other fishin questions). If you’re highly proficient with a fly rod and promise not to hook the other person in your canoe, you could check out one of clubs and try your luck with that.
KAYAKS & OTHER CRAFTS:
This trip isn’t necessarily limited to just canoes.. If you have your own Canoe/Kayak/Duckie/Recboat/Alligator/Innertube or other craft that is worthy of floating up to 10 miles, You’re welcome to join (I’ve only got rack space for about 3 canoes and maybe a kayak or two thou – so you might be on your own for craft transport – inquire within). Those who have taken the Intro Whitewater Class from Dave C or someone else are welcome to acquire a kayak from Dave C and float with us (Flatish water is great for learning how to make those whitewater boats go straight!) – again you may be on your own to transport it, put in the Q/A if you intend to bring your own craft or want a kayak.