Makes perfect, right? Well, for those of you wanting to practice your navigation and packrafting skills in preparation for the spring race, we've got just what you're looking for.
Saturday, April 30th we'll be hosting an informal navigation clinic and pack-rafting primer out at Turtle River State Park. you can come out for one or both and stay as long as you like. We'll plan on starting things at 10 am near the chalet (subject to change - keep checking the website) with navigation, and then blow up the boats around 12:30 or 1 pm and paddle a section of Turtle River. Depending on the river level, this might be pretty exciting. It will certainly be cold, so dress appropriately, and expect to get at least a little wet if you're doing this portion.
You see five gallon bucket, I see 3 pair of hand paddles!
Bring your own lunch/snacks/pack-rafts/pfd's and paddles. If you want to dig up a five gallon bucket and bring some elastic/rope/webbing/surgical tubing we can do a little demonstration on making hand-paddles as well. And I'll bring my alpacka boats so you can check these out and see what you might want to save your pennies for.
Also, i'm hoping to post a sample map of the turtle river area in the next few weeks with 4 or 5 checkpoints labelled on it, and then go hang these checkpoints. This will let folks get out there and practice navigation on their own. The checkpoints of course will not be the ones used for the actual race.
Both the navigation clinic and the group pack-raft are free once you get into the park, although now that we're a non-profit and have lots of other (less revenue generating projects) afoot, we'll certainly be accepting donations if you feel the workshops were of good value and are so inclined. Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have an idea of how many to expect.