A run down the Little
from where it crosses #10 Highway between Minnedosa and Erickson,
the campground at Minnedosa.
Wayne leading, Geoff & I
following, taken from Highway 10 north of Minnedosa.
September, 16, 2013
first trip on the Assiniboine River.
The Assiniboine is an
easy-going river and by the end of an 8
hour day I was hooked.
If we were lucky to get such a nice day for paddling on Sept. 16, we
were even more fortunate to be paddling the Souris
River on Sept. 29.
It was a year of high water, or the route from Riverside
McKellar's Bridge would have been almost impassible. It gave me my
first taste of negotiating gentle rapids.
it for 2013. But I had a taste for it and was already looking
forward to the next paddling season.
6 - 9
During a stay along Lake Winnipeg I got to try attacking waves of
various strengths. It took many tries to be able to stand for any
time, but once you learn to roll with them it becomes more natural. I
didn't get to try it in a real high surf, but they were rolling in at
up to two feet on a few days.
on Lake Winnipeg.
The still above is taken from the following video and
shows my second
attempt at negotiating waves.
I hadn't mastered it but was able to
remain standing for periods of time.
Wayne, Brent and I embarked
at Rivers and took two hours paddling
through almost non-stop rapids, ending up at a point about a third of
the way to Kirkham's Bridge. Rocks knocked me down a few times, and
carelessness did me in a few more times, but it was a very satisfying
trip. I'm going to buy alternate stabilization fins that will give me
about 6 inches more clearance. That should make standing up through
rapids much easier.
on the Little Saskatchewan Canoe Routes...
Brent and I, near the start of the run
I'd dropped to my knees for a narrow rough channel
background. Then when I looked ahead it appeared that there were
waves but no rocks so I stood up ... and
I'm in there.. somewhere.
This about sums it up.
- 22: Willow Island
Six day of practice on flat water and waves. Some of the waves were a
bit hard to handle, but again the flexiblity of the paddlebnoeard made
it all fun. If you can't take them standing, try on your knees, but
whatever you do don't let them broadside you!
August and early September: Two more paddles on William Lake...
Clear Lake, June 14
Wayne and I did a short paddle on Clear Lake. Challenging for me in
that there was quite a wind by the time we were coming back in.
Aug.2: Wayne, the Sobrey's and I paddled the Little Saskatchewan from
June 1: Little Saskatchewan - Kirkham's Bridge. Lower water but good
current - lots of rocks to dodge.
Photo by Wayne Kelly
July 8 - 15 Sunset Beach - Lake Winnipeg - Paddled in some waves and
wind - also took a nice trip to nearby Stephen's
July 30, - Aug. 2: BC Trip - paddled in two beautiful lakes.
Aug. 12 - 19 - Winnipeg Beach
Aug. 26 - Sept. 2, Gimli.
Paddled the waves at Loni Beach & Gimli Beach. Great family paddles
at South Beach.
And, when travelling, rentals are popular... Geoff & I, Waikiki -