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11/13/16 - Bachelor Island Circumnavigation

  • November 14, 2016 8:49 PM
    Reply # 4390888 on 4365682
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks Monte!   Sounds like a lovely trip - wish I had been with you.


  • November 14, 2016 7:20 AM
    Reply # 4385630 on 4365682

    On sunday 11-13-16 we paddled around Bachelor Island, out of Ridgefield, Wa. There were only 3 of us, all with about equal paddling skills so it was easy to stay together and we did the 10 mile trip in about 3 1/2 hrs including a rest stop and a lunch break. 

     The weather was beautiful, no wind, and no rain. The river was glass smooth most of the way and we never encountered any power boats. 

     We did see 4 eagles, an otter, an egret and several herons. There were no wet exits or safety issues.  

    This was a great relaxed paddle.

    Moved reply from Trip Organizer Trip Report Template: November 14, 2016 8:46 PM
  • November 05, 2016 8:03 AM
    Message # 4365682
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This trip is limited to members with a wet exit certification.  To successfully register you will need to sign into your OOPS member account, and your account will need to be a member of the "Wet Exit Certified" group.

    Register Here

    Narrative: We will circumnavigate Bachelor Island. We will be on a flood tide around noon. Depending on wind and river flows we can decide later if we go clockwise or counter clockwise. There are several natural locations for taking breaks and having lunch, hope you bring your lunch. We can expect the weather to be typical for November so full emersion gear is needed.

    Start Point: Ridgefield marina boat launch, there is an $8 launch fee. I will check out the "kayak" launch area to see if they charge for it.

    End Point: same

    Route Alternative for bad weather: we could paddle Bachelor slough and lake river.

    Required Equipment:

    Minimum Immersion Protection: Dry suit

    Primary Organizer: Monte Johnston

    Secondary Organizer: Rich Becker (mentor)

    Has organizer been on this paddle before?: Yes

    Has organizer led an OOPS activity here before?: No

    Organizer's first aid & CPR certification current?: Yes

    First Aid / CPR person: Rich Beckr

    Max # of participants: 6

    OOPS members only?: Yes

    I certify that I have read, understand, and will conduct this Activity in accordance with the OOPS Activity Policy.: Yes

    Estimated air temperature: low 50's

    Estimated water temperature: low 60's

    Estimated water time: about 4 hrs

    Tide times & heights: Low at 10:16 am. High at 3:15 pm.

    Current information: speed of the Columbia should be less than 3

    Hazards: Shipping traffic

    Wind strength: 1. 0-7 knot (8mph)

    Swell/Surf size: 1. < 1', no breaking waves

    Sea state: 1. small wavelets, no whitecaps

    Landing types: 1. gently sloping sand gravel or grass

    Currents: 2. up to 2 knot

    Total distance: 2. 6 to 11 miles

    Open crossing: 1. no open crossings

    Overall rating: 2. level two

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