Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year End Review

First successful run through
Stokers on the Scantic
2016 started off with a swim on the Lower Winni on New Year's Day, and ended today with an uneventful run at River Island Park.  In between, it was a great year for paddling.  

I did 62 trips this year, which is a little above my 7-year average of 57 trips. I got on a few new rivers including the Lower WinniNeponsetBungaySaco and SheepscotI did a few less RICKA trips, but I did lead or co-lead trips on the AssabetPawcatuck and Sudbury, and organized a SUP Demo at Lincoln Woods. Here are some of the year's more significant trips:
Paddling my new Wildfire on the
Pawcatuck River
In February, I finally got the composite Wildfire that I've always wanted, and I've been loving it. I did get one good camping trip in – the Moose River Bow in ME. I was going to do a fall camping trip with Jonathan, but we ended up doing day trips instead – the Saco and SheepscotI also got to paddle every day of my summer vacation in Narragansett.  

I did a little more hiking this year, even though we didn’t have as much snow. 
Here are some of my favorite trips from 2016 from RICKA Movie night.

RICKA Movie Night - My Favorite Trips of 2016 from Erik Eckilson on Vimeo.

In terms of my resolutions from last yearI didn’t do so well on rolling practice, but I did get a camping trip in, and did paddle in all six New England States. Resolutions for next year;
  • Practice rolling – I’ll keep including it until I do it.
  • Do at least one camping trip – hopefully two with one in the spring and one in the fall
Overall it was another great year, and there are still plenty of rivers I would like to paddle. 

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