This trip will visit one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world, Maine's Bold Coast. It will take place over a long weekend from Friday August 28 to Monday August 31. Bob Levine (rylevine) and Joe Berkovitz are the trip organizers.
Ranging from Machias Bay to Lubec and beyond to Canada's Campobello Island, the Bold Coast is a largely undeveloped and wild region with lots of dramatic cliffs and rocks, 25+ foot tidal ranges, strong currents and amazing wildlife (we paddled next to whales last year). Take a look at 2019's Bold Coast trip report for a sense of what it can be like.
This can be considered an L3+ trip. Paddlers joining this trip will encounter:
- Daily trips of 12-15 miles, with limited bailout options. Much of the Bold Coast is roadless wilderness with high oceanfront cliffs.
- Strong currents (> 4 kt) and turbulent eddy lines.
- Cold water, often in the low 50s even in high summer, with air temps in the 60s. A drysuit is essential some days.
- Rough water conditions from wave reflection off rocks, weather, and current/wind interaction.
- A need for strong situational awareness and the ability to stay in a tight, cohesive pod.
- An international border crossing, requiring strong passport-wielding skills.
Please see the accompanying Trips Forum Posting for more complete information on the trip and accompanying discussion.
This trip is currently full. But don't let that stop you from getting on the waitlist, if you are available for those dates. Please PM Joe Berkovitz with your interest and I will get back to you about the waitlist situation.