Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year End Review

The year started off cold, and then we had two months of snow, but it was still a great year for paddling.  I did a few less trips this year (53) than I have done in the past (average for last 6 years is 57), but I did paddle a few new rivers including the Souhegan, Pemi Bristol, Mongaup, and the Pemi from Woodstock to Campton.  I also did a few less RICKA trips, but I did lead trips on the Assabet and Lower Deerfield, and helped out with the Flatwater Training and the Picnic. I seemed to paddle a lot more with the AMC this year – CT, NH and even Boston.  Here are some of the more significant trips:
I didn’t do much camping this year.  Mike’s trip to the Allegheny River fell through, and Tommy didn’t do any NFCT trips.  Even my RICKA overnight trip on the Pawcatuck got cancelled due to cold rainy weather.  I only slept in my tent one night – at Webbs on the Dead

With all the snow, I did a couple of snowshoeing trips:
 Here are some of my favorite trips of 2015.

New Year’s resolutions for 2016 – I have a few:
  • Practice rolling – I’ve been lax about that lately
  • Do at least one camping trip – hopefully the crew will be interested in a trip in the fall
  • Paddle in all six New England states - this year I missed VT.
Overall it was another great year, and there are still plenty of rivers I would like to paddle. 

Happy New Year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

River Island Park - December 27, 2015

The Blackstone was at a decent level (2.5 feet, 500 cfs.), so I took my whitewater boat down to River Island Park.  I put in at the Bernon Street Bridge and took out at the power lines.  I mounted two cameras on my boat - one facing forward, and one facing me - to catch the action.  Unfortunately, the camera facing forward shut off after 10 minutes and I didn't notice it.  It's just not the same without the forward perspective, so here is the run through Bernon down to the Court Street Bridge.

Bernon from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Manville Dam - December 19, 2015

I had too much to do today to travel, so I took my whitewater boat down to the Manville Dam.  At 2.5 feet, 500 cfs, I thought it would be a nice level, but it was actually a little higher than I was comfortable with.  I did spend a little time at the surf wave near the put-in.

Manville Dam from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

At 1.25 feet, 200 cfs. the playspot below the dam is perfect.  Funny, it looks like small motion in comparison, but this is the actual speed.

Manville Dam again from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Tville - December 6, 2015

Cathy's Wave
After paddling tandem for the last few trips, it was nice to get out in my solo boat again.  I joined the crew from Where’s the Whitewater at? to run the Tville section of the Farmington. We had two OC1’s (me and Charlie), a C1 (Rob) and a bunch of kayaks. The level was low (1.5 feet, 500 cfs) but it was still fun.

The upper section was a little bony, but Cathy’s Wave and the Horseshoe Ledge were at an easy surfing level. I ran the Bridge Abutment Rapid on the right, and almost blew the ferry below the abutments. I bounced off the rocks on river right in a nick of time. I ran the approach to the Play Hole on the left.  Even at this level, the Play Hole didn’t look inviting. Below the play hole are a couple of small ledges that terminate in some rocks on river left. I caught the eddies on the left before ferrying to the middle to run the drop.  I ran the new "Inquisition" ledges further downstream by doing the opposite - eddying out on the right, and then ferrying to the left to run the second drop.  Good day.

Running the Inquisition Ledges