Monthly Archives: January 2008

27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight

The 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight will be on February 23-24, 2008. We rendezvous in Grayling, MI at the Big Boy Restaurant at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 23. After breakfast we run shuttle down to Parmalee takeout and launch from Ray’s at M-72 and the Au Sable River by 11:00 a.m. Camping is overnight at White Pine State Forest Campground and there is no access from the roads for this campsite. Everything you need for the weekend must be taken downriver such as sleeping bag, tent, food, and firewood.

I mention firewood because it is incredibly difficult to forage for standing dead timber in a State Forest Campground in the wintertime, and the ground is covered with snow. I usually bring a bundle of leftover building 2×4’s or other clean, dried wood not normally considered vulnerable to Emerald Ash Borer. Most of us have scrap construction wood laying around or can acquire it cheaply.

Anyone participating in this weekend paddling trip must acknowledge the risk of cold weather paddling and the risks of hypothermia and/or injury or even death in the event of a capsize and/or swim. Everyone is expected to provide their own equipment, and is therefore considered by everyone else to be self-sufficient for the weekend. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP!!!!!!!!! Only those prepared to accept the risks inherent in cold-weather paddling should participate.

Jay Hanks – LOAPC President

“Winter Paddling Skills”

There will be a presentation on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Summit Sports on “Winter Paddling Skills”. Jay Hanks will be presenting this program, with a brief slide show on winter paddling, and the bulk of the presentation about how to reduce the risks of hypothermia while cold-water paddling.

Summit Sports is located on the corner of Grand River Blvd. and Park Lake Rd. This would be a good show to attend if you were planning on making the 27th Annual Au Sable River Overnight on February 23-24, 2008.

Jay Hank – LOAPC President

“Kayaking in the Galapagos Islands”

“Kayaking in the Galapagos Islands” will be presented by Tom Conner and Connie Page at SUMMIT SPORTS on January 15, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Summit Sports is located in East Lansing at the corner of Grand River Blvd. and Park Lake Rd. Seating capacity is about 30 people so be on time to be sure to get a good seat for this glimpse into the Galapagos Islands as seen from a kayak.

Jay Hanks, President LOAPC