So, to paddle- kayak or canoe – you gotta have some pretty essential equipment. The following items are must -haves but will also give you an idea of what else you might want to take with you. Keep in mind, of course, that equipment for a day trip might be very different from an overnight trip, but the following list should be on both. Enjoy!
When I decide to take a canoe trip – either day, overnight, or for multiple nights – I have to prepare at least a few days in advance. All of the following steps are essential for safety and a great time on the river.
Okay, really, I have only ever done (maybe) a class III rapid while canoeing the Buffalo River in Arkansas or the Lower Mountain Fork in Oklahoma. And that still might be stretching it. But I do want to raft some big rapids soon and have been looking at rivers around Texas. Anybody know some great class IV’s in Texas? I guess most would say the Rio Grande, but I am open to suggestions. Well, onward to learning about the “Scale of River Difficulty” according to the American Canoe Association
Maybe I am being a little hopeful here, but I am really enjoying this somewhat cooler weather. I hope it sticks around for a bit, especially since we have some River School canoe trips planned this Fall with Sunset Valley Elementary and Sanchez Elementary. As I will be explaining to these classes, canoeing or paddling in colder weather requires different gear and preparation.