Monday, January 7, 2013

DFWA Brazos Kayak Trip

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Join us for two nights on the Brazos River (Hard Shell Kayaks Only). The group will meet in Denton and convoy to the Brazos River campsite near Possum Kingdom Lake Dam. Anyone is welcome to meet at the campsite if they choose to leave earlier. This trip is dependent on the water level of the river. Please watch event message board for updates and change in plans. Organizer not responsible for any fees, deposits, medical emergencies, damage to gear or loss of life. Attend at own risk, must know how to swim and kayak!

No minors or pets on this trip due to potential hazards.

Learn how to kayak properly prior to the event, for classes:
ACA Certified Kayak Instruction: Discover Kayak (Steve Walls)

Google Map Directions from Denton (Please Print and Bring)
Event Coordinates / Map: N 33 13.812' W 97 9.725'
Look for: Organizer holding up orange paper with compass logo.

Participants should bring:
- Your own kayak (Life Jacket & Whistle Required).
- Water tight rubberized dry bags for storing gear.
- Compression stuff sack for sleeping bag.
- Camping gear that will fit in your kayak.
- Water (3-5 gallons), Food, Flashlight, First Aid Kit.
- Bug Repellant, Sun Block, Sun Glasses, Hat.
- 2 way radio w/ NOAA Alerts (Set to channel 5, code 0).

Notice: Hard shell kayaks Only! Absolutely no canoes, two person kayaks or inflatable kayaks to be used on this event. They are too slow! If renting from Rochelle's they will try and talk you into a two person kayak for gear, do not rent a two person kayak!There is a lot of wind that will catch the front and you will have a miserable trip and slow the group down to a crawl. They are also difficult to portage. You should not have so much gear that you cannot get it into a one person kayak.

Costs: CASH ONLY (See Rochelle's Canoe Rental)
- Parking and Shuttle Fee (camping if you stay at Rochelle's)
- Kayak deposit and rental fee if renting from Rochelle's.

Difficulty (1:Easy - 5:Hard): Rated 5 (wind, heat, portage).
Length of Event: Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Environment: Primitive, Temp, Dark, Strong Winds, Fire Bans.
Parking: Fee, Supervised, No past issues known.

Event Plan (Friday thru Sunday):

Friday: Meet at Starbucks in Denton near Walmart, convoy to below Possum Kingdom Lake Dam (need 2 way radio for on road communications), Dinner next to fire, Camp over nite. Some sleep in car so they can get to kayak rental and/or shuttle faster.

Saturday AM: Wake at 5AM, break camp and leave to drop of kayaks at put-in, drive cars to Rochelle's, Catch shuttle back to kayak put-in (if picking up rental from Rochelle's go straight to Rochelle's - you must reserve in advance) Must be at Kayak Put-in by 8AM.

Saturday PM: After kayaking 16 miles make camp, dinner.

Sunday AM: Break camp, kayak five miles to Rochelle's Take-out.

Related Informational Links:
USGS Current Water Flow for Brazos near Graford
Note: Ideal Water Flow near Graford (500 - 3,000 CFS)
Weather & Information / Strike Star (South Central)

Only RSVP if you truly feel that you can attend.
Do not re-post to other event boards or sites.
No smoking near other members of group.
Do not attend if you are sick or have health issues.
No radio or recorded music, guitars are welcome!
No photos, videos or tagging of organizer(s).
Questions: Ask for "Mother". (DFWA Organizer)

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