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  1. Yes I've read that a zipped- up 4 season tent may add 3-5 degrees to your sleeping environment so that's worth something on a cold night but probably only your 3rd priority, after your sleeping bag and air mattress. It partly comes down to how much you're willing to spend. If money is no object, and you go with (from cheapest to most expensive) a Thermarest Neoair X Therm pad , a Western Mountaineering 20 degree sleeping bag , you cant go wrong. The X therm has a R rating of 5.7 probably higher with new rating system, in an R-value class by itself and the benefits of a sleeping pad like that (just a few are built to actually radiate body heat back upward) cannot be overemphasized. With sleeping bags : most brands ratings are inaccurate: your 32 degree bag will keep you comfy maybe to 40 degrees, probably not even that. A few smaller high end brands like Western Mountaineering have accurate ratings. In their 20 degree bag you'll be comfortable right down to 20 degrees. I'd recommend a Western Mountaineering 20 degree bag if you didnt freak out over the price. Also, Janice , you have to pack everything in a small boat (Avocet LV) so packability is also a bigger factor with you : a 20 degree 850-fill down degree mummy bag will pack down smaller than your current 32 degree synthetic bag. (keep it in a dry bag) So , for fall where you might get 30 degree nights, a 20 degree bag would be the minimum for most brands (like REI, Mountain Hardware etc) 15 degree probably better. If you're a sound sleeper who doesn't toss and turn (Im not): a mummy bag is more compact and more efficient than rectangular or a semi or rectangular bag.
  2. I should think that sea kayaking would pose roughly the same risks or lack thereof as other adventure sports or outdoor recreational activities so it would be worth keeping abreast of whats being practiced in other adventure sports. In other words, if group hiking and mountaineering and bicycling activities are largely suspended that would be good information on which to base decisions. Very good point about the of possibility of contact in up-close-and personal activities such as rescues or incident management on the ocean: otherwise with the normal suspension of kayak activities such as potluck meals, group hugs , post paddling group foodfests , I would think that the risks attached to handling boats together would be less than virtually any indoor activity., but would be worth getting more information about. In general, outdoor activities pose a relatively lower risk than virtually anything indoors, especially on outings with the kind of group communication and pre -trip planning thats encouraged to begin with. That said, I have read that much of the Appalachian Trial through- hike "community" has disbanded (right around now is the starting time for many northbound through hikers) though that may be more due to the inevitable congregation of hikers in shelters, group campsites and resupply towns.
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    7th Annual NSPN Downeast Retreat ; Bar Harbor ME September 11-14, 2020 Initiator: Peter Brady This will be our seventh annual Downeast Retreat for NSPN. 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 11 and will wind down on Monday afternoon, September14. Most participants arrive on Thursday afternoon or evening. 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 organize group paddles in the area around Mt.Desert Island. Friday will be an all day paddle , so participants usually arrive on Thursday evening, although members are welcome to come for any or all of the four days they are able to attend . Monday is a travel day for many participants, so there can be a paddle the first half of the day, with travel home on Monday afternoon. 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. 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. Please PM Peter Brady( PeterB) if you have any questions.
  4. I'll see you there. I don't see any problem with leaving Boston (Charlestown ) @ 3:45 today. Peter
  5. I can't attend this week: back in action next week, Tuesday or Wednesday. Peter
  6. Patricia, Thanks for sharing your info: The Mount Desert Island area is a great for paddling at a wide variety of levels . There are four sides to the island, almost always an area protected from the weather and conditions, and we can select the paddling areas each day best suited to participants. In addition , there are some very protected bays, sounds, and also lovely inland ponds to paddle on. With20 + people, there will almost certainly be several trips per day so that people of all comfort levels may be accommodated, even on days with not-so=good weather and conditions. Monday, the last day we'll have a Long Pond practice , skills and fun session, designed for people to hit the road in the afternoon, wash off, or just chill after 3 days of paddling. Peter
  7. This is an update on the Downeast Retreat, which is now 4 weeks away (!) : at this time 22 people are RSVP'd and listed as attending, and all are part of a group PM where we are sharing pre-trip information. If you are planning to attend, it's important that you RSVP (" I'm going') in the calendar posting (Sept. 6th) asap. You will then be part of our group PM thread and be able to update your information (when arriving, when departing etc) on a google spreadsheet that we are all sharing. With over 20 people we may have 2-4 trips each day, each day's paddles will be planned at fairly short notice so that we may have the best marine weather information on which to plan our paddles, so the more information we all share, especially our contact information, the better. Thanks! Peter
  8. A small handful of us were at Walden last night and had a good time. The small boaters/ handicapped parking was mostly occupied with an adaptive paddlesports program , which made the whole arrive/park/depart operation worse than it already is. That program will continue on Tuesday evenings for the next 4 weeks, so we talked about Wednesday as a possible day for Walden sessions. Wednesdays would work for everyone present last night. Any feedback?
  9. okay: seems that if they close the lot it oght to reopen around 5 with day users starting to depart. Very unpredictable: 2 of us were there on Wednesday , the place was hotter than the antechamber of Hell but the kayak parking lot was almost empty and the pond was pretty quiet.
  10. I'll be going to Walden Pond after work today for a splash and some beat- the- heat- upside down time, if anyone would like to join me. I'm going to try to be there 4:30 to 5 PM , driving from Boston (Charlestown) so arrival will depend on how bad traffic is. Peter
  11. Both are great boats. The Romany surf cockpit is for a bigger paddler , more akin to the Explorer HV cockpit (has knee bumps and a higher deck) than the Explorer cockpit. On paper the Romany surf is for paddlers 180 lbs and over, but I think 200 lbs and over might be a bit more accurate if paddled unloaded . It's a great kayak and if you're doing mostly workout paddles with no speed or mileage requirements it wouldn't matter between the two since you'd get your workout in the Romany surf to keep it at speed, , just that the Romany surf will move slower than the Explorer. . Maybe cockpit size and fit should be your biggest consideration : if you need a roomier cockpit, the Surf. If a less roomy cockpit, with the added feature of more speed , go with the Explorer. Both handle extremely well in wind and conditions and track superbly: they need minimal to no skeg.
  12. I'm feeling in need of some afternoon splash, so I'll be heading to Walden this afternoon, if anyone else is interested. I'll probably arrive around 5PM. Peter
  13. There is much to be said for cartopping a kayak upside down. Right side up definitely presents a higher profile to the wind , ; I know because I often turn my boat upside down because only then does it fit under the narrow roof of the parking garage I must use now and then . It would stand to reason that that lower profile means less wind resistance, and can't be a bad thing. Otherwise, I suspect that there may be some difference in aerodynamics and air flow between backward and forward but it is probably nitpicky, not hugely significant. Its a kayak strapped to a car, and we'll all get there if it's well strapped r secured to the car. I'm inclined to think that, all told, superstition and custom (like passing to the right at the dinner table , it's just done that way ) are the biggest reasons kayaks are carried bow forward.
  14. Jeff, A good approach would be to come with your boat to a lake practice session. The easiest would be Chebacco Lake on Thursdays. There's also Walden Pond on Tuesdays There you can mess around in your boat with other paddlers who have the kind of experience that you are seeking , talk through things , try out other peoples boats, etc. And have some fun while you're at it. I paddled a Perception Carolina a few years ago; on a trip I switched boats with someone who had a Carolina and paddled for about an hour; it seemed seaworthy; you'd be fine on the ocean in it, probably at first on a trip that would be in the L2 range. If you find ocean paddling to your liking, in time (could be sooner, could be later) you might naturally begin to want more out of your boat (speed, performance, lighter weight, whatever ) than the Carolina provides. A natural progression among the paddlers I know is to change to another kayak after some experience on the ocean gives them a better sense of what a kayak is all about and what they would then be looking for in the kayak they would take to sea ..
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