Kayak along the Lahn (or elsewhere)

I had a great time kayaking on a trip last summer in Bayern - with such hot weather it would be perfect to get out on the water again. We could do a day tour of the Lahn (near Wetzler) or some where closer. Nothing too serious just easy paddling. (Location would probably be dependent on where we can rent kayaks at short notice...)

If there is enough interest and we can narrow down to a couple of dates I will look around for where we can still rent kayaks...

 

 

UPDATE....

"Die Strecke von Gießen nach Wetzlar ist eine Tagestour und ideal für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene.  Auf der Strecke Gießen bis Wetzlar befinden sich 4 Rastplätze. Die Rastplätze Atzbach und Dorlar liegen ungefähr auf der Mitte der Strecke. Für diese 16 Flusskilometer können Sie mit ca. 4 Stunden gemächlicher Paddelzeit zuzüglich Pause rechnen."

(The route from Giessen to Wetzler is a great day tour for beginners and intermediate paddlers.  There are 4 villages/stops on route where breaks can be taken.  The routes takes about 4 hours.)

 

Cost is 35Euro including transport back to the start (at the start or end of the day which ever is easier for us).  We can have can 1 or 2 person kayaks or 4 person canoes -- our choice. The rive is apparently very nice to paddle and comes recomended...

 

We can organise to get there with public transport but I assume we have enogh cars in the group to drive aswell...If the date works, we can get into the details

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  • Alba

    Hi guys, I really enjoyed the day with you, it was very nice!!! Hope we meet soon again!! hugs for everyone!! :)
    ps: thanks for the pics :D

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a top day and the interesting conversations!

    September 8, 2013

  • Varun

    Hi Guys...was gr8 fun :)
    Please upload the pics and lets organize something again !

    September 8, 2013

  • Roberto

    Was great fun. We should do something again soon !

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Duncan...Thanks again for organizing...had a great time yesterday!
    Nice meeting everyone, and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

    September 8, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Tons of fun...once the rain stopped. :)

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Varun

    Hi Guys

    So from Bonn we are already 10 people. 1. Varun
    2. Roberto
    3. Mareen
    4. Dev
    5. Georgi
    6. Alba
    7. Jessica
    8. Hanna
    9. luke
    10. Annette

    Myself and Roberto have bought 2 tickets which will accommodate all 10 of us.

    Now in case anyone else need a ticket from Bonn, please manage yourself as it can get complicated

    Meeting time 6:40 a.m at Bonn Hbf, line 66, track 3

    Call Roberto-[masked] or Varun -[masked]

    Hope to see you all tomorrow.... no surprises please :)


    Cheers
    Varun

    2 · September 6, 2013

    • Annette T.

      Thank you Varun. See you tomorrow:-).!

      1 · September 6, 2013

    • Roberto

      Hi , am wearing gray fleece and black and gray backpack

      September 7, 2013

  • Duncan

    Regarding train tickets, we are meeting in Siegburg and I assume a lot of you will be able to travel there for free on you travel cards/bicycle etc.

    If there is a significant group wanting to travel from Bonn Hbf then you could arrange on your own to meet there and buy a Schönescwochenende ticket to get to Siegburg - but please tell me if you if you plan to do this so I do not buy too many for the whole group.

    September 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you need a printer to do this?

      September 6, 2013

    • Roberto

      hi Hannah, don't worry, Varun is buying another ticket for other . :) see his separate message.

      September 6, 2013

  • Duncan

    Great, so unless you are on Varuns list you are making your own way to Siegburg. I will buy the remaining SW ticket (plus a ticket for one person so we get 16 in total - the last comes by bicycle).

    We all them meet in Siegburg at 7:30 ready for a sunny day paddling on the river! Please remember to bring cash (35 for the kayaks plus around 10 for the train tickets shared out)

    My number[masked]

    See you all in the morning.

    September 6, 2013

  • Duncan

    Latest list: me, Mareen, Varun, Roberto, Natalie, Amanda+1, Annette, Dev, Martin, Sarah, Georgi, Alba, Agniji, Jessica, Hannah+1

    17 Single boats - 16 traveling from Siegburg by train, and one by bike from Frankfurt.

    We will meet in the main central area of the station on the town centre side (above the Bonn lines but but below the main lines - where the travel centre is, the bakery etc.). I will be wearing a big straw sun hat so should be easy to spot.

    We will be getting the RE10941 from Platform 2.

    Getting to Siegburg....

    Roberto is organizing a group to get a SW ticket from Bonn - if anyone wants to join please message him. (Looks like he has a full 5 people now...)

    Annette is coming from Köln - if anyone wants to join, please message her.

    September 4, 2013

    • Jo

      Now you know why I stick to walks. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

      September 4, 2013

  • Duncan

    Great, looks like we have a big group now! More Kayaks booked! People with reserved spots:

    Me, Roberto, Natalie, Amanda +1, Annette, Dev, Martin, Sarah and now also Georgi +1, Anija and Jessica. 13 single boats.

    I will buy multiple Schöneswochende Tickets so we can all travel there and back for about 12euros each.

    They do have a more Kajaks available this weekend so if more people want to join just let me know so I can reserve a space and organize train tickets.

    September 2, 2013

    • Roberto

      Hi agnija, georgi, if you are based in bonn we could leave from bonn central station to siegburg with 66 tram and get a we ticket from there covering all the travel expense

      September 4, 2013

    • Georgi

      yeah, i think this sounds good - we can arrange to meet at Bonn HBF

      September 4, 2013

  • Annette T.

    Who would like to start in Köln? One can travel to Siegburg for free and/or we can enjoy the time together.

    September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Duncan - I realise that this is super short notice but would it be possible for another two people to come along? We would be happy for a single or double kayak. We have only just arrived in Bonn (yesterday!) and are currently staying in Alfter, but have no car. Many thanks, Han

    September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brilliant, thanks!

      September 4, 2013

    • Duncan

      Reserved, they only have 1 more single Kajak there (although some more doubles) - you a in!

      September 4, 2013

  • Duncan

    List: me, Ma, Varun, Roberto, Natalie, Amanda+1, Annette, Dev, Martin, Sarah, Georgi+1, Agniji, Jessica

    Plus: Hannah+1 if they have boats...

    17 single boats

    September 4, 2013

  • Natalie

    I'd also like to get that wochenende ticket, or whatever the cheapest option is. Thank you!

    September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Duncan...I would love to be apart of the group ticket! Thanks!!

    September 3, 2013

  • Duncan

    Ok a few more...please note I can't cancel bookings as easily ad adding them - an last minute drop outs will need to pay any fees that we can't get them to ignore (there is a get out clause in the contract relating to the weather forecast 24hours before, but it is very restrictive)....

    Current list:

    Two new: Ma, Varun
    The rest: me, Roberto, Natalie, Amanda+1, Annette, Dev, Martin, Sarah, Georgi+1, Agniji, Jessica

    15 single boats (we can probably swap some to doubles on the day if we want to)

    3 · September 3, 2013

    • Varun

      Thnx mate :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Agnija P.

    Same question as Georgi already asked - is it too late to confirm participation?

    FYI
    *I am ok with single canoe.
    *As I am super bad at swimming, will go for life vest. If I am not mistaken, life vest stuff will be arranged on spot, right?
    *Live in Bonn (Plittersdorf), have no car or driving license.

    September 1, 2013

    • Duncan

      Are you one of the two Georgi is asking about or seperate? If you are seperate let me know and I will try to reserve you a boat as well.

      September 1, 2013

    • Agnija P.

      I am by my own/separate, Duncan ;)

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Duncan,
    Is it possible to still go with you guys kayaking this Saturday? If so, I would love to rent a 1 person kayak...
    Thanks!

    September 2, 2013

    • Duncan

      Hey, I will see if they have spare boats...

      September 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great...thanks!!

      September 2, 2013

  • Varun

    Hi Duncan,

    Is it still possible to book a Kayak for 2 more people?
    Myself and Mareen would like to join you guys as well

    Cheers
    Varun

    September 2, 2013

    • Varun

      Double should be Ok and may be its better for beginners :)

      September 2, 2013

    • Varun

      If not, single can work as well

      September 2, 2013

  • Georgi

    Is it too late for two of us to join?

    September 1, 2013

    • Duncan

      As two people have dropped out you can take their places - you are on the list (please note you will have to pay the cancellation fee if you can't make it)

      September 1, 2013

    • Georgi

      Thank you, Duncan! We are two persons (me and Alba), so Agnija is then seperate from us.

      September 2, 2013

  • Michael

    Duncan, I'm afraid something has come up and I will be unable to join you guys for the kayaking. Have a great time!

    August 28, 2013

    • Duncan

      Ok - I have reserved already though - I will try to cancel your canoe and let you know.

      August 28, 2013

    • Duncan

      Saved - your boat is re allocated. Hope to see you at another event soon.

      September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very sorry but it turns out I have to work so I won't be able to join, so sorry for my late update! Hope you all will have a wonderful day!

    August 31, 2013

  • Duncan­ changed the time from 8:30 AM to 7:30 AM

    August 27, 2013

  • Duncan­ changed the location to Siegburg HBF

    August 27, 2013

  • Duncan

    We need to be in Wetzlar at 10am and will then get the canue bus to our start point in Gießen and paddle back (check the Wetzlar you google is on the Lahn as if you spell it wrong you find other towns with ER at the end not AR!)

    2 are not coming from the Bonn/Köln direction (Ida and Martin) - please make your own arrangements. If you send me your email I can forward the email with all the maps and descriptions etc.

    For the rest of us (8)
    TRAIN OPTION
    Two Schöneswochende Tickets would get us there and back for about 10€ per person. This would involve us getting the 7:33 RE10941 from Siegburg to Siegen, then the HLB24953 to Wetzlar. From Bonn or Köln the normal connections. Then a 15 min walk to the canoes station. Easy and relaxed but an early start as it is quite slow...

    CAR OPTION
    We could leave Bonn/Köln just after 8am. We need two cars however...I have one - but unless someone else offers one we will take the train.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Duncan

    Ok we have 10 people confirmed:

    Dev, Roberto, Annette, Ida, Natalie, Amanda + husband, Michael, Sarah, Martin and me. For simplicity I have reserved all single canoes so there is not fighting! Life vests are also available if desired. Cost (excluding transport) 35€ - please bring cash.

    Their suggested kit list:
    Softdrinks
    Snacks - we go through fields, no shops...
    Sun cream - we can be optimistic!
    Hat
    Sandals etc. - the will get wet...
    Clothing that is warm enough but that can get wet and muddy...
    Change of clothes - encase you go swimming :P (we can leave at the end ready for when we get back)

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Dev S.

    Hey I am interested to go but I don't have any conveyance to reach the place and I am new in Bonn so can you please tell me where should I meet up?

    August 26, 2013

    • Duncan

      Great - I will look into transport soon.

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Mahmoud A.

    Sorry guys, I will not be here that weekend, Enjoy :)

    August 20, 2013

  • Annette T.

    Hi Duncan, thanks for your offer. I would welcome a ride from Köln if possible and pay some petrol costs.

    August 20, 2013

  • Michael

    I'm in Bonn and would welcome a ride Duncan. We'll split the petrol costs.

    August 19, 2013

  • Duncan

    Great - 2 two person kajaks and a handful of singles booked.

    Guido, Mohammed, Andrealee and Agniji please confirm you are still with us as I don't want to get a bill for reserved and not used Kajaks...

    I can offer a car for max 5 of us, anyone else? If not we can take the train...

    August 19, 2013

  • Annette T.

    Hi, I would like to join with a single kajak. It would be great to travel together by car. I would like to start in Cologne and can take a train to Bonn or another place. Looking forward to meet nice people and having a good time! :-)

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to join as long as it's not to far away from Frankfurt :)

    August 14, 2013

    • Duncan

      It is in the middle - actually a bit closer to Fankfurt than Bonn.

      August 19, 2013

  • Roberto

    Would like to join with 1 person kayak. Thanks for organizing!

    August 19, 2013

  • Natalie

    Yep I'm still in. I don't really mind what kind of canoe I have, but a single would probably be easier. Thanks!

    August 18, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Two single kayaks, please. My husband and I have a rule about never being in a two person kayak together. Ever. Again.

    August 18, 2013

  • Michael

    Leisurely paddle down the river should be in pairs or groups. I would prefer to be in 2 person or 4 person canoe please. M

    August 18, 2013

  • Stephen B.

    Sadly not: in the UK

    August 18, 2013

  • Duncan

    I will confirm the kajaks reservation on Monday. I assume everyone signed up is now ok with the date?

    Please just let me know if you prefer 1 person/2 person kajaks or maybe 4 person cannoes. I will assume 1 person kajaks unless you say otherwise...

    August 18, 2013

  • Michael

    Sounds like a nice day out! Lets confirm it and plan the details.! Looking forward to it! = )

    August 18, 2013

  • Amanda B.

    Yay! My husband is in town for that weekend!

    August 13, 2013

  • Duncan­ changed the date and time to Saturday, September 07, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    August 13, 2013

  • Duncan

    Sorry it has taken me a while to get back to this. I have have a quote, some details etc. ...if the date doesn't work for too many people we can try another...

    August 13, 2013

  • Louise

    It depends on the date, but why not :)

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Jo

    Sounds great, alas I currently have an injury to my arm so don't think I'll be able to attend.

    July 26, 2013

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