Are you joining in for a Get Out There adventure? Thinking about it? Well there are some things I’d like to share with you about how everything works before we get to the actual awesomeness!
Securing Your Spot!
Get Out There 2017.1 will be limited to 20 paddlers. Spots will be reserved individually by making a $50 deposit, and the money raised will be given to a local charity. Registration will open on Monday, January 2, 2017 in the evening and can be found on the S&S Gear page (Existing S&S Patreon members get early registration access and can sign up at this time, now 😉 )
Lets do this Right
First thing’s first, there needs to be some ground rules set that are expected to be upheld by all who attend. These are in place to make things enjoyable by all and so that we can continue to host these events for you.
Each attendee will be required to sign a liability waiver. Nothing fancy, just something that is necessary this day and age…
If you decide to bring adult beverages, be considerate of others and use moderation.
Be mindful of the language you decide to use.
All participants must be 18 or older.
Absolutely no trash to be left at a campsite or discarded along the river. If you paddle it in, paddle it out.
Look for opportunities to help each other.
If you start a campfire, be sure it is in a safe location and keep a close watch on it at all times.
Don’t feed the crocodiles, piranhas, sharks, bears or bigfoot.
What do I need to bring?
First thing that is required is a good attitude, this is the cheapest and easiest thing to pack and everyone benefits from it.
You should have some sort of paddling experience; the trips are not “guided” and are not specifically intended to teach you how to kayak or to camp. Along the way I’m sure tips and tricks will be shared by all, still, you must be able to handle yourself. It is also not meant to be a cake walk although they are designed to be easily doable by most paddlers with modest experience.
No gear or food will be provided unless otherwise specified. You need your own kayak/paddle/pfd/shelter/sleep system/food/water. A general idea of what to bring can be found in my Gear List Video here - and also you can use my Gear Checklist as a guide -
Be sure everything will fit into your kayak safely before arriving on launch day and that you can safely paddle your kayak with it loaded. I only say this because it has been an issue before and I bet it will happen again even with me mentioning it here. Try not to be “that guy”.
“Get Out There” Gathering 17.1
The dates for the trip with be March 10-11 2017. The plan is to paddle a total of 14.75 miles. The trip isn’t about going a long distance, it’s more about having time to enjoy our surroundings and the experience.
Day 1 consists of 5.5 miles of fabulous paddling down the Choctawhatchee River. We will experience some moderate moving water and one small “water fall” that is easily portaged around if you feel the need. It will be a short day of paddling so that we can have ample time around camp to setup and hangout together.
Day 2 we will paddle 9.25 miles at an easy pace to round out the trip.
Where do we meet?
It all begins at John Hutto Park. Highway 134 West, Newton, Alabama
What time are we meeting?
Everyone should plan to arrive at 7:30 AM local time. Please try to be respectful to everyone by being on time. This is the actual end point where we will finish the next day. Transportation of everyone and their kayaks will be arranged. There is plenty of room for vehicles to be left safely overnight.