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  2. Hi! Is it better to use tiedown straps for kayak? I saw Bakflip CS carrier at 4WheelOnline. Is ita good Kayak rack to use for the truck bed? Would like to know if anyone here puts their kayak on their truck bed too. I am open to brands that you will suggest.
  3. Good to know Alan is okay. I agree that a simple mishap could happen to any of us in a boat.
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  5. Im wondering also...Nancy, do you still have drysuit?
  6. If Rose Eden is already booked that underscores the point that this may be a busy year in Bar Harbor, people vacationing with a vengeance after being shutdown this past year, so securing accommodations soon would be a good idea! Hadley Point Campground is right next door to LLangolan, so if camping works for you, you'd be about as close as you could get to Llangolan. The Eden Village cottages are nearby , and you could look into cottages just off the island , in Trenton, towards Ellsworth.
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  8. I'm also willing to share accommodations, sleep on an air mattress...Llangolan Inn and Rose Eden cottages are fully booked. Guess there is always camping but would be nice to be closer. Terese
  9. Though this trip was never posted to this forum (apologies-oversight), it has filled to capacity. Please send me a PM if you would like to be added to the waitlist.
  10. I'm going! I'm one male willing to share accommodations — even transportation — with one other person. I drive a Toyota Sienna with lots of room for gear.
  11. For Sale: Kokotat Whirlpool Bib $400 w/ Relief Zipper & Socks (Gore-Tex) XXL. Local pick up. (Scarborough, ME). Will ship for additional fees. -Complete with tags. Never been used. I lost 40lbs and now it is too big for me so had to buy the next size down. · Integrates with a dry top to make a dry system. · Seat and knee patches, self draining · Adjustable suspenders · Zippered, top loading cargo pocket Kokotat Bibs.pdf
  12. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  13. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  14. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  15. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  16. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
  17. Building on last year's success, Skills Practice sessions will be held July through September 2021. These events offer NSPN members a regular opportunity to improve their fundamental paddling skills. The sessions are held exclusively in coastal saltwater locations, allowing us to practice in a range of real-world conditions from protected water to open ocean and offering a complementary environment to the flatwater Chebacco Lake sessions. Joe Berkovitz ( @Joseph Berkovitz) and Bob Levine ( @rylevine) are the organizers. All Skills Practice dates are booked on the NSPN calendar. Check the calendar as the dates may shift due to conditions. Each session is dedicated to specific kayaking skills, and includes one or more volunteers (“facilitators”) from the club who can help with practicing and developing them. There will be a variety of facilitators. The learning program and venue will be decided a few days before each event, so that we can make the most of predicted weather and conditions. Skill areas are likely to include: Edging and Turning Forward & Reverse Strokes Draw and Pry Strokes Bracing Rolling Open Water Wind and Waves Tidal Currents Surf Zone Landing/Launching Surfing Rock Gardening Boat Outfitting Pod Dynamics Rescues Towing Sessions typically split into pods, each with its own facilitator. The aim is to place paddlers with compatible goals together, and for groups to be small enough for everyone to get attention. The activities of each pod are steered by its members, so not all pods will do the same things in the same way. All attendees are encouraged to contribute their own practice ideas. Skills Practice is a dogma-free zone! Who can benefit from Skills Practice? Any NSPN member, from newbie to expert, can get something out of a Skills Practice session. Practice at the level that works best for you. If you know a topic well and want to help paddlers gain that knowledge, consider being a facilitator. Is this some kind of official NSPN course on “How To Paddle”? Nope, it’s not official, and it’s not even a set course. The focus is on picking up skills from each other, without prescribing any single way to paddle. What you get at a given session depends on who is there. Facilitators do work from an existing workbook of ideas, but they are free to adapt and use these as they see fit. Where and when does this happen? Sessions begin at 8:30 am sharp on Saturday or Sunday mornings at various locations in the North Shore area, and will usually end by 12-1 pm. Want to attend a session? We will post the registration link for each event on the Trips Forum on the preceding Thursday. (Last year we used the NSPN calendar but this led to many no-shows as people's plans changed, causing some events to appear full when they were not.) There are no level requirements: all members are welcome. The number of slots will be limited depending on the number of facilitators available for a given session. What do I need? You will need a closed-deck sea kayak suitable for coastal paddling, with sealed bulkheads or float bags, and grab lines along the perimeter. Dress for immersion and a spray skirt are required (and for a few sessions, a helmet). Bring lunch, snacks and fluids for yourself. Optionally, bring a tow line, radio, and spare paddles. (Don’t have something? Contact the organizers and we’ll try to scare something up for you.) Want to facilitate a session pod? We want you on board to share your knowledge! Please PM the organizers with your availability, contact information, sessions of interest, experience helping other paddlers improve, and gear you may be able to lend. How does facilitation work? Although demonstration and explanation are part of the picture, the main aim of Skills Practice is to give paddlers the experience of performing a skill. This often involves breaking it down into clear, approachable steps. Before each session, we’ll have some online exchange among facilitators to share our thoughts. Got another question? There's a conversation thread right here!
  18. Details will be posted here and on the trip forum the preceding week. For more information see https://www.nspn.org/forum/topic/13633-skills-practice-sessions-2021/
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    7th Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat ; Bar Harbor ME September Sept. 10-13 2021 Initiator: Peter Brady This will be our seventh Downeast Retreat on Mount Desert Island . For more detailed Information, check the trip posting in the Trips Forum of the Message Board As in the last six years, this four day event will span the weekend after Labor Day, beginning on Friday morning Sept 10 and will wind down on Monday afternoon, September13. If you would like to come to this event: Please RSVP (“I’m going”) here in the calendar posting. Your name will then be included in a PM thread for all participants, and we will share information in the months and weeks leading up to the event. This will include a google docs spreadsheet where participants can add their information for us to share. Our base of operations will be at LLangolan Inn & Cottage Resort Accommodations and food are on your own. Every day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) we will have group paddles in the area around Mt.Desert Island. There will be a Meet & Greet gathering at LLangolan Inn on Thursday 6PM and a Pot Luck in the barn at LLangolan on Saturday night. Please PM Peter Brady (PeterB) if you have any questions.
  20. I did not see anything posted on the calendar as yet but will check later today as I'm interested in going. Also if anyone is looking for roommate given rooms likely booked I'm interested in sharing room - this would be my first time going (prior years I've been working so this is first opportunity). Thanks in advance! Terese
  21. Seventh Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat, Bar Harbor, ME September 10-13, 2021 Initiator: Peter Brady NSPN’s traditional paddling Retreat in Bar Harbor is happening again this year! This 4 day event will be from Friday Sept. 10th to Monday Sept.13th with group paddles each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday is a travel day, with options for a shorter trip winding down midday or early afternoon. Since this retreat has been a success for for six years years running - it's a perfect location to paddle at a perfect time of year (and with a perfect group of paddlers!) - it will be run on a roughly similar schedule as in past years. Most people travel & arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening and depart on Monday afternoon. Some arrive sooner and leave later, so there will be paddlers around and about though you are of course free to arrive and leave earlier or later. There will likely be some options for biking the Acadia National Park carriage trails and day hikes in the area. Our base of operations will be at Llangolan Inn and Cottages Rte 3, Bar Harbor We have established a relationship with LLangolan over the years , The 8 bungalows and rooms are already reserved by NSPNers, who have been yearly attendees. LLangolan will be our meeting area . We can gather there for car caravans to launch sites, and in the evening to plan next days trips, and there will be a traditional potluck here on Saturday evening. Accommodations are on your own. Make your own arrangements (including reservations, cancellation deposits whatever) for your entire stay during this event. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP (" I’m going") in the calendar posting on Sept.10th A Group PM with all of participants will get going in the coming months , for information sharing, planning and communication in advance of the event. Each day there will be organized paddles (likely two or three) around Mount Desert Island, based on weather and conditions that day. We have a menu of trips suited to this area, and experienced participants familiar with the area to lead trips . We can meet at Llangolan every morning and around dinner time to create and confirm paddling plans for each day. Some favorite destinations are: the Porcupine Islands off of Bar Harbor in Frenchmans Bay, the Cranberry Islands on the south side of MDI, Bartlett Island and Sound on the West Side, and the dramatic eastern shore of the island between Bar Harbor and Seal Harbor In the last couple of years our variety of trips expanded further into Blue Hill Bay and Somes Sound, and new trip ideas are always welcome. Note: There is a possibility that 20121 will see a surge of travel to places like this; it is past Labor Day but still tourist season in the area, so it would be advised to make reservations well in advance! Some recommended lodging: Llangolan Inn & Cottages : Our base of operations and gathering spot. Hadley Point Campground: this campground is adjacent to Llangolan on Hadley Point Road. With a laundry room and hot showers. Robbins Motel: not far from Llangolan on Rte 3 for those looking for the most economical no-frills lodging on the island. Eden Village: A cottage resort similar to Llangolan, a short ways away on Rte 3. Rose Eden Cottages: a resort with small cottages right across the street from LLangolan. Trenton & (off the Island): Just across the bridge to Mount Desert Island, between Ellsworth and Bar Harbor there are cottages and motels that are probably less pricey than on Mt. Desert Island.  There are many other options for lodging in the area, including fine (but less conveniently located) campgrounds and cheaper motels off of MDI between General Schedule Thursday evening: many folks arrive in Bar Harbor,and we will have a meet & greet gathering at LLangolan with some potluck food snacks or pizza, discuss and plan the first day's padding options. Friday: Paddles all day , evening on your own: there will likely be a an outing to Thurstons lobster pound in Bernards. And some BYO hanging out at LLangolan, and Saturday: our traditional potluck dinner in the barn (made available by our gracious hosts) behind LLangolan. Sunday: meals on your own: Monday is a travel day with a possible a shorter session at Long Pond, where we can paddle, practice skills or rolling, wash off gear, and people can come and go as they please. There are also options for ocean paddles as well for those staying longer. This is a rain or shine event! This event has been a success because there is fine paddling to be had somewhere around the island in all but very harsh conditions, and if the weather is too crummy to paddle anywhere on the ocean we can paddle the inland ponds and lakes like Long Pond or Eagle Lake, or explore & hike Acadia National Park, or play tourist around Bar Harbor. Some people have taken a day off from paddling to explore Mount Desert Island and there might well be an organized hike , bike safari or two mixed into the festivities. If you have any questions: contact Peter Brady (PeterB on the message board ) or by PM
  22. No problem. It hadn't yet been posted bc unclear until now that Llangolan - our meeting place - would be open. It will be. Peter brady will be posting the MDI retreat later today.
  23. I would be interested in the Stohlquist suit, if you would be willing to ship to 46012 at my cost. Gil gil (underscore) morris (at) att (dot) net Thanks!
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