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October 2014   
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 From the Prez

By Dave Ortland 

The next meeting of the board is set for Thursday Sept 18, 6:30 PM at the Elliott Bay Brewery in Burien. This will also be the officer’s dinner, where we celebrate those who serve as club leaders. Once we get in a good mood we will install a new board for the next year (meeting September through May), elect new officers, and discuss how to navigate the club’s course over the next year.

 Featured Trip

Diablo Lake Paddle and Optional Overnight: October 18 -19


Photo credit to Colin Reedy

Launch from Colonial Creek Campground on Highway 20 on Saturday morning. Return home Saturday evening, or drive to the leader's home in Mazama for an optional potluck dinner and overnight. Return home on Sunday via Highway 20 and stop for a hike among the larches above Washington Pass (weather permitting). Please contact leader for more details.

When:  October 18 - 19
Where:  Diablo Lake
Contact:  LaVerne Woods

 Upcoming Training

WKC 2014 Roll Clinic: October 4, 11, 18, 25

WKC’S annual Roll Clinic is now on the calendar and we will be at the EVERGREEN POOL again this year.....
There will be four morning classes at the Evergreen Pool, you can take just one or two classes if you like but will be limited due to signups for all four classes. There will be enough skilled instructors to accommodate both beginning students and those trying to improve their current rolling skills.
When: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Where:  Evergreen Pool, 606 SW 116th St, Seattle, WA
Instructor: Rhonda Schwab

 News and Events

 San Juan Preservation Trust is Requesting Volunteers

Bella French from the San Juan Preservation Trust is requesting volunteers for the fall season. Please join her stewardship team and sign-up for volunteer work days scheduled this fall.

October 25: Wild Edibles
November 14: Wild and Scenic Film Festival

 West Coast BCU Week 2014: Sept 27 - Oct 9

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe is hosting BCUNA Week on the West Coast! If you are interested in the finest training available in paddle sports, join our top notch coaches from the UK and US for the week! The event this year will be bigger and better than ever!!! We have some AMAZING coaches on the way from all over the world including: Rob Yates, Gordon Brown, Nick Cunliffe, Steve Macdonald, Matt Nelson, Jeff Laxier, Shawna and Leon, Rob Avery, Karl Andersson, and others!!

 Seattle's 1st Annual Wild Rivers Night: October 1

Wild Rivers Night will be a fun evening of socializing with your river friends while enjoying films, photography and presentations celebrating the wild rivers of Washington State.  Admission is free.  

Dr. David Montgomery will be the emcee for the evening. Montgomery is a renowned river systems expert and author of King of Fish; Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations; Mountainman Crafts and Skills: A Fully illustrated Guide to Wilderness Living and Survival, and more.

There will also be a silent auction of outdoor equipment, books, and art, with proceeds supporting conservation efforts throughout Washington State.

When: Wednesday, October 1st; Social Hour begins at 6:30 pm.  Programs begin at 7:30 pm.
Where: Filson - 1741 First Ave S - Seattle

Hobuck Hoedown: October 4 - 5

Located at beautiful Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay, Washington, the Hobuck Hoedown features phenomenal surfers from across the world. Join us October 4th-5th, 2014 for a chance to participate in the awesome surfing in this gorgeous location! Spectators welcome and encouraged.
Note: This event is not formally sanctioned or sponsored this year, but those interested are invited to come out and surf.  Why come if the event isn't sanctioned and sponsored? Come out to share waves with old friends, make new friends, observe amazing surf paddling by local surfers, enjoy a bonfire and surf tales, and to make your smile grow playing in the lineup with the NW surf crew! Bonus - the price of admission is free!!!

Please help spread the word that the Hoedown is alive and that your local paddle surfing friends will be looking for you in the line-up on this season-capstone weekend!

Lumpy Waters Symposium: October 10 - 12 

Oregon's Premier Sea Kayaking Symposium is taking place October 10 - 12.  Lumpy is a three day celebration of sea kayaking with coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers, looking to improve their skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere opportunity for dynamic ocean paddling instruction in the U.S.  Reserve space now.  Classes are filling fast.

 Autumn Gales Rough Water Training: October 10 - 12 

Join Kayak Waveology and Internationally known BCU Coaches, including Nigel Dennis, for the 6th Year of the Autumn Gales event in Stonington, Connecticut. Autumn Gales is a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The event is timed with the higher current flows of Fishers Island Sound to take advantage of the tide races in the area.

BCU Training: October 8 - 12
Main Event: October 10 - 12

 Volunteers Needed on the Skykomish River: October 18 - 19

The whitewater downriver race to select the 2015 National Wildwater Kayak team members will be held on the Skykomish River October 18-19th this year. Safety boaters are needed for the sprint and classic events. The race will start BELOW Boulder Drop and end below Fisherman's. For the classic race (about a 20 minute course), the first racer will start at 10:30 am on Saturday. Since we're not expecting a huge crowd, you could be done by 11:00! You could then play your way down the river. Sprint's (each will take about 2 minutes) will be at Fisherman's Rapid and start at 2:30 pm Saturday. Each racer's second run will start at 3:30 pm. On Sunday there will be sprint runs at Railroad Bridge rapid starting at 10 and then at 11. That's it!

 Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium: Jan 30 - Feb 1

Join us for the 7th annual GGSKS and an exciting weekend of sea kayaking in one of the most spectacular and dynamic locations in the world -- the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Develop your skills among the exquisite rock gardens, tidal currents & surf, or just come for the scenery & thrill of paddling around the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco waterfront. Whatever your intentions, you're sure to learn new skills, meet new paddlers and have a good time in California.

 Canoe & Kayak Calendar of Events for 2014


Check out cool kayaking events going on around the rest of the country.  

Link to Events

 Safe Passage: Solo Kayaking Trip from Maine to Guatemala

Deb Walters is paddling 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala over the course of the next year to raise awareness and funds for the Safe Passage charity; a non-profit organization devoted to helping poor children in Guatemala attend school. Follow her progress, volunteer time, or provide a donation below:  

Lifetime WKC Member, Donald L. Olson, Has Passed Away

Donald L. Olson, a lifetime member, passed away on Sept. 20th, 2014 at age 86. He was quite active in the Washington Kayak Club when he was younger and enjoyed all aspects of the club. He was primarily active in sea kayaking.

There will be a memorial service October 7, Tuesday, at 2:00pm at Fauntleroy Church, UCC. The address is 9140 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98136. Phone number is 206-932-5600.

 Recent Trip Reports

 San Juan River Trip

By Mike Grijalva

A group of river folks that ran the Main Salmon last year together, had so much fun, that we did another river this year. 9 teens and 8 adults headed to the San Juan River in S. Utah about the middle of August.

 La Push 7 Day Coastal Paddle

By Bill Porter

Paddled with a group of WKC (Washington Kayak Club) friends launching at the Quileute River Marina in La Push, WA. We paddled to Mosquito Cove some 11 miles to the south, which was our intended campsite. Fog... lots of sea fog in the mornings and fairly brisk winds in the 15-25k range in the afternoons for most of this trip. Highlight was loads of warm sunshine each and every day.

 Paddling Panama’s Pacific Coast - The Gulf of Chiriqui

By Colin Reedy
Mandatory non-disclosure agreement.
This article reveals little known exotic locations for epic kayaking yet to be developed or even much populated. By reading this information you promise to do your utmost to maintain their confidentiality... and get there someday soon. That being said, check this out.

 Lake Chelan Shakedown

By Brenna McVety 
Lake Chelan has long been on my list of kayaking adventures. This summer, I finally had the time and weather window to to make that trip happen. I checked in with Dave Ortland, WKC President, shortly before departing. I let him know I was heading to Lake Chelan. I would load my kayak onto the ferry and ride to Stekehin, then paddle 50 miles back to Chelan. Simple lake with lots of campsites. No big deal, right? He indicated there was a very good chance I would not make it...

 Nisqually River Delta Paddle

By Tomas Tabisola
We launched on an ebbing tide and were able to paddle only about a half mile upstream on McAllister Creek before it became too shallow to paddle anymore. We saw our first bald eagle as it flew across the creek into the trees. It looked like it was carrying nesting material.

 San Juan Island Exploration and Whale Hunt

By Dave Ortland 

I’ll cut right to the chase: On Saturday we were surrounded by orcas. In addition, this trip was about islands, currents, wildlife, tide pools, flowers, beaches, peaceful solitude, and spam.

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 The Rush of Whitewater


By Mike Grijalva
What is it about the rush of whitewater that seems to grab people and make them want more?  Mike shares images and experiences from several recent whitewater trips.  And recommends some good areas to paddle.


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 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Class: Deception Pass

Led by Rhonda Schwab, the Basic Sea Kayaking Class practiced effective paddling skills, capsize recovery techniques, and hazard awareness while having fun paddling in Deception Pass.


Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Dave Ortland,
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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