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Class: Ropes, Knots & Tarpology

  • June 23, 2019
  • NE Portland


  • Active club members, including kayaking professional and lifetime. Provisional acceptance, pending approval by the class organizer.

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 A day-long, off-water class teaching basic rope and line knowledge and care, hands-on tying knots useful in kayaking and camping situations, and setting up tarps at least two different ways. At the end of the class, you should feel confident to shelter your camp for winds up to at least 25 mph.

The AM session is a slightly different version of my usual ropes and knots class, offered to OOPSters at intervals since 2007. I have jigs to help you learn your knots. This section takes place in my living room.(location will be sent to registrants).

After the Ropes and Knots section, we break for lunch. Resuming, we'll spend a few minutes with the book, then adjourn to nearby Mt. Tabor or Laurelhurst Park. In teams of 2 or 3 people, we'll set up tarps to meet various scenarios. We'll have a group critique of each set-up, make improvements, then create another tarp rig for a different situation and critique again. If we like, we can do a third scenario.

Meet at my home at 8:45 for a 9:00 start. The AM session lasts 2:30 - 2:45 hours, so we'll break for an hour lunch. Pizzicato and Rip City Grill are nearby or bring your own lunch.
The afternoon indoor class session usually lasts about half an hour.
Outdoor tarp setup usually takes two hours, getting us done sometime around 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Your tent, whether for car or kayak camping or two different tents.
Any tarps, poles and stakes you may already have. Best to learn with your own gear.
Rope and line you intend to use.

You receive, in addition to instruction:
* Two 6 foot practice lines
* The Ropes, Knots and Tarpology book, 75 pages of text and graphics.

Class, lines and book: $15 stapled, $20 for spiral binding (Recommended to lay the book flat.)
Couples buying one book can attend for $20 and receive 1 stapled book or $25 for the spiral binding.

You will pay Mike at the class.  You will not use the OOPS website for payment.

Meeting Time: 8:45:00 AM
Start Time: 9:00:00 AM
Type of activity: Classroom
Put in: My house
Take out: Mt. Tabor Park or equivalent
Route Alternative for bad weather: Bring it on! Make it real!
Primary Organizer: Mike Cenedella
Organizer's first aid and CPR current? No
Maximum number of participants: 12

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