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October 3rd - 4th, 2009

General Information

Main article: Indian Arm

This trip is beginner friendly, with the usual connotations. There will be quite a bit of paddling involved: good strength and/or fitness is recommended; paddling experience is a real asset. Indian arm usually has very calm waters, but we will be paddling close to shore for the most part in case it gets rough. The views are spectacular, Deep Cove has a place where they sell amazing honey-dipped donuts, and kayak is one of those things where light rain makes it actually even more enjoyable.

Some camping experience is also good. We will be paddling double kayaks (more space - more stable - cheaper to rent).

  • FRIDAY October 2: meet in Deep Cove at 3PM (no later because it gets dark early); paperwork faff and load kayaks - paddle circa 1.13 hours to Twin Island campground and camp for the night.
  • SATURDAY (update) October 3: meet at 8am at Deep Cove, eat donuts, drink coffee, and be ready by the door of Deep Cove kayaks at 8:30, preferably with filled up forms to minimize faff. Load kayaks and paddle north on Indian Arm to the twin islands where we could make a brief stop, and then continue straight either to the Granite Falls campground, or Burgs landing (circa 3.1416 hours from Twin); set up camp; dinner, wine & songbook. If weather is foul, we can always try to find the abandoned cabin where we camped in the '08 version of this trip.
  • SUNDAY October 4: early breakfast; load kayaks; paddle south (lunch at Jug Island); return to Deep Cove circa 3PM.

We should still have time on Saturday to explore the North end of Indian Arm by kayak: if we make good time Sunday we can also explore some islands and bays in the South part of the arm. There are also a few waterfalls along the way, a spooky abandoned power station, and some sort of bunker where we could also hide from the weather (unconfirmed).

How much does it cost?

We will be renting kayaks from Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak, which should come to about $80(**) per person for 48 hours of kayak rental (includes kayak, paddle, PFD, sprayskirt, mandatory safety equipment).

(**) last year we got a very good discount, mostly because the trip organizer had worked there before. I'm going to try and see if we can get a similar deal. If you have your own kayak this obviously doesn't apply to you (update: we'll get 10% off).

Food groups will split the cost of food: transportation is FREE if you have a U-Pass! (it's a whopping $6.50 in bus fare if you don't)

What to bring


(no cotton!)

Footwear that you’re okay getting a little wet (sandals or crocs are good)

Warm jacket (fleece or down)

Long underwear (top and bottom)

Toque, mitts

Weatherproof jacket (goretex)

Weatherproof pants (goretex) (you should be fine without these but your bum will get wet)

Warm socks

*you’ll need the clothes that you’re wearing and at least one other set of warm, dry clothes


Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad


Water bottles (there is no potable water after we leave Deep Cove, so you’ll need enough water for the two days – or bring a water filter)

Headlamp and batteries



Pocket knife


Lighter and/or waterproof matches

First aid kit



Dry bag(s)

Chart & compass


Lunch and snacks x2

Breakfast x2

Dinner x2

Cooking ‘n Eating

Bowl and spoon

Stove with fuel (if using white gas, for each person bring 75 mL)

Pot(s) and pot gripper



Tarp (to put up as shelter if it rains)

Dessert potluck contribution (Saturday night)

Alcoholic potluck contribution


Small instruments (optional)


A pre-trip meeting to cover some safety issues; also, planning food and tent groups.

Probably Wednesday, September 30 2009 at 6PM - in the VOC clubroom.


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This is the sign up and organization page for an old trip. It already happened on 2-10-2009. Please do not sign up for it.

Please add a number representing your skill on a kayak:

  • 1 if you've never been on one.
  • 2 if you have, you're happy in one, but you've never taken formal instruction.
  • 3 if you have some sort of certified kayak skills.
  • 4 if you've kayaked a major river (full length) or circumnavigated a continent.

  1. Ignacio R (2)*
  2. Louis Alper (2)*
  3. Matt Hansell 3*
  4. Pascale *
  5. Lisa (2, could only leave on Saturday)*
  6. Sarah Stepec (2)*
  7. Hannes Fugmann (2)
  8. Svenja Herrmann (2)
  9. Molly Brewis (2, able to leave anytime Fri)
  10. Ryan Stelzer (2, can proabably leave Friday any time)*
  11. Caitlin Schneider (2)*
  12. Anette Heggoy ?(2, ready to go after about 2pm)
  13. Ankur Gupta(2)*
  14. Rasmus Thisner (2) *
  15. Yanna (2)
  16. Leah W (2) *
  17. Noriko Okamoto (3; PC flatwater)*
  18. Isis (2)*

For safety reasons, numbers are tentatively limited to 18 people, although depending on the number of people with capsize recovery training (experience with solo and assisted rescues in sea kayaks), this number may vary (minimum two).

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