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.
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.
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