Lake Keechelus June 16-17 Kayak Camping Trip

I will be leading an overnight kayak camping trip paddling along the lake shore. This is one of the more suitable-for-beginners paddles that I put together. I will hold the number of signups down to make sure that I get an appropriate skill mix to keep things safe, so if it's full and you want to go, RSVP on the waiting list that you want to go and say if you need a boat. It is a pretty sheltered paddle and you can stay within 100 feet of shore if you'd like.

The trip is rated SK1+/SK2, see these descriptions.

We'll carpool and do group meals with details listed below. Sit-on-tops are fine for this trip; just put your gear in dry bags--a soaked sleeping bag is no fun.

The Lake will have more water than last time and we will need to bring firewood.

The route and the camping: we will launch at the boat launch. Anyone parking at the Lake rather than carpooling will need to buy a parking pass from the forest service. We will paddle about 1-1.5 miles to the mouth of Cold Creek and then hike about 200 meters to the campsite that is next to the Iron Horse trail. This means your gear and food need to fit in the kayak.

As far as gear, you want to bring typical backpacking stuff, sleeping bag, tent (your own or share with a friend), pad, a dry bag for your sleeping bag and clothes, toiletries, a change of clothes, a bowl, a plate, a cup (I'm bringing the cook kit for the group, but not an eating kit for the group),etc. Keep the volume of stuff small enough that it will fit in your kayak.

Meal teams: Each team plans their menu and purchases the ingredients and prepares them. Keep in mind that while we don't have any vegans on this trip that I am aware of, we do have some vegetarians so while fish, cheese and eggs are OK, we need each meal to have adequate meatless choices. if you get stuck thinking of things call or email me.

See meal info below


Loaner gear:

Tandem kayaks
- White Necky Nootka Tandem -  Kim L
- White Necky Nootka Tandem -  Katrina O
- Green Necky Amuruk Tandem -  Peter P
- Green Necky Amuruk Tandem -  Sandeep Kumar
- Yellow Necky Amuruk Tandem -  Kate
- Yellow Necky Amuruk Tandem -  Arnie Z
- Purple Necky Tofino Tandem - 
- Purple Necky Tofino Tandem - 
- Yellow Necky Tofino Tandem -  
- Yellow Necky Tofino Tandem -  
- NWK Seascape Tandem -  
- NWK Seascape Tandem - 
- Easy Rider Beluga Tandem - 
- Easy Rider Beluga Tandem -  
- PWS Yellow Tandem -  
- PWS Yellow Tandem -

- Orange Necky Tesla - Saul
- NWK Discover - Melody
- Necky Arluk III -  Gabriele
- Concrete -

  • Red Sea Otter -
  • Blue Rec -
  • White Rec -
  • Yellow Poly Hydra - Beth D

Own kayaks

Andy Bound

Wendy Stidmon

Larry Minor

Peter P

Ma Wenlin

T

April

Approximate schedule:

  • 1:15 pm - leave Eastgate
  • 2:15 pm - arrive at the Lake
  • 2:30 pm - actually launch
  • 3:00 pm - arrive at camp
  • 5:30 pm - dinner

Sunday: leave to return around 5pm

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Meals

Meal planning for this trip is proving interesting between the beef only, no veggies, gluten free and the vegetetarian crowds, but I've more or less figured it out.
each meal will have something for each person, but some of you may need to pick what you want.


Saturday Dinner

Team: Saul; Beth; Gabriele; Melody; Sandeep; Karin S -

Beth bring Tofu; Gabriele, Melody and Karin S bring wine; Sandeep - rum; ST

Burritos with sides of tofu, beef, fish,  wine


Sunday Breakfast

Team:  Kate; Larry; Arnie Z  ; Saul

T bring eggs and salsa; Kate Quinoa,  Larry Fruit, Arnie Z Coffee (ground if you're bringing a press, instant if not)

Saul - Eggs, ham, cheese, tofu, freezer bags for eggs

Omelletes in a bag, Quinoa, Fruit, Coffee

Sunday Lunch

Team: Andy; Wendy; Peter; Mudqader and guest; Saul -

Andy bring potatoes and foil; Wendy S tofu; Peter spinach; Mudqader and guest - cheese, Saul all else

- campfire - Baked potatoes stuffed with1) beef, cheese, sauteed onions, shrooms.2) tofu, cheese, sauteed onions, shrooms.3) cheese, sauteed onions, shrooms, spinach.

 

 

 

 


Additional gear

I'm bringing dry bags for

I'm bringing sleeping pads for

I'm bringing sleeping bags for ??

I'm bringing tents (2 or 3 person backpacking tents) for

 

How much gear to bring? While it is possible to do multiple trips to shuttle a whole house full of gear, couches and big screen TV's are kind of hard to keep dry ;-)

On the serious side, bringing one large backpack worth of stuff is a pretty safe bet to fit, while two backpacks worth is usually a challenge, and roll aboard suitcases don't fit (in the hatches or in the overhead bins ;-)

What gear to bring?

Consider this a guideline and adjust accordingly, but try and not crank the volume of stuff up too high.

Sleeping bag; pad; tent, tarp or bivy sack; a change of clothes (outdoor gear works best, save the Tux and the evening gown for the Duck Dodge ;-); something to swim in (or lots of sunscreen ;-); toiletries; headlamp or flashlight; knife; sunglasses (yes I am being hopeful ;-) First Aid kit; earplugs to hand out if you're a big snorer; water bottle; plate or bowl; utensils (I'll bring a big water filter and a group cook kit); dry bag or garbage bag (this trip is OK for garbage bags); humor; fun; snacks;beverages

I've never camped with you guys before; what will we do?

With your participation, we will provide endless entertainment ;-) , generally on these trips, you can expect most of the following:

Tasty meals, people breaking into groups and going for hikes or paddles or swims or even fishing. Other entertainment (last year we had one guy bring his Poi set and we took turns standing in the lake (easier to put your hair out, if you mess up) and twirling the flaming balls, we also had a game of Twister, various card games, people sitting around the campfire telling stories (lots and lots of interesting stories), We built camp furniture by stacking rocks and logs, We've had group Yoga sessions, We've had people that could play musical instruments and/or sing do that, a few people knew the constellations and tried to teach the rest of us, we even mixed in some dancing under the stars to an Ipod.

Approximate Schedule:

6pm leave Eastgate

7pm arrive at the Lake

7:30pm actually launch

8:00pm arrive at camp

8:30pm dinner and bonfire

 

Saturday

leave to return around 3pm

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  • peter p

    Thanks Saul !!

    June 28, 2012

  • ST

    First of all, I like to thank Saul for letting me join this kayak camping trip. A lot of fun, wetness/rain, wine and wine and wine... I had a great time with all of you. Thanks much!

    June 18, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Had a great time - what a crazy group of kayak-campers. Thanks Saul, for putting this event together and and the superb food!

    June 17, 2012

  • Melody

    June 17, 2012

  • Gabriele

    Though we had liquid sunshine most of the time... it did not dampend our spirits... Lots of fun and awesome food. Thanks to our sous chef for fantastic meals.

    June 17, 2012

  • Karin S

    Wow! What a wet and wild trip! you guys are all crazy! hahaha!
    Thankyou Saul, chef extraordinaire, expert guide/kayaker, for giving us this experience! We couldn't have had so much fun without you!

    June 17, 2012

  • Mo

    I have misplaced my warm jacket(which also has my glasses in it) in a water-proof bag, probably a blue one. If you happen to find it in your stuff, please let me know and I'll arrange a pick up. Thanks!

    June 17, 2012

  • Gabriele

    Hi gang. did anyone loose a PEAK set of plate and cup?
    I am missing my green wind/rain jacket which I wrapped in a yellow plastic bag. Please let me know about either one. thanks

    June 17, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    Great location/camping spot! Uber-prepared old-timers and newbies--we lacked for nothing except sunshine. The chow was pretty rockin' as well, although please don't assign me tofu again...but if you do someone <cough, cough> better be eating some. Oh, and a few pics that prolly shouldn't see the light of FaceBook.

    June 17, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    @Saul: you must have a heck of a big kayak based on your list of things you're bringing :-)

    June 16, 2012

  • Karin S

    Thanks Saul for bringing all that food! I'm bringing wine and pie for dessert. Also some firewood. See ya at Eastgate!

    June 16, 2012

  • Larry M

    ok, i'm the fruit guy then :)

    June 15, 2012

  • Mo

    Thank you Mel, thats a good start :)....We'll see you guys sometime after noonish?

    June 15, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Larry, I already picked up eggs, salsa, ham, onions, avocado, salmon, ahi, shrimp, we've got everything ;-)

    June 15, 2012

  • Larry M

    i'll bring some eggs and salsa since T is not coming

    June 15, 2012

  • Melody

    Mo = Muqadder. Forget not everyone know's him by that :-)

    June 15, 2012

  • Melody

    Just an fyi, Wendy, Mo, Mo's guest and I are all carpooling from Issaquah so we will meet you there :-)

    June 15, 2012

  • Saul_K

    based on texts on my phone , sounds like Donna and Kate are both not coming, we still have plenty of food ;-)
    .

    June 15, 2012

  • Saul_K

    bringing all gear for ST as well

    June 15, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    @Donna: unfortunately, I'm bringing my own kayak so I only have room for a rider and camping gear.

    June 15, 2012

  • Andy B.

    Let me know what you end up doing Donna. I'm new and unfamiliar with the process. It's never as daunting as it seems.

    June 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to ride with you Andy, is Saul hauling all of the kayaks? I'm just not understanding how this all works. Plus, I need a team so I know what food to bringing. Can someone please call me,[masked]

    June 15, 2012

  • Andy B.

    I have room for a rider and gear. I have no room for another kayak but can take a rider and camping gear. I'm coming from Bothell so meet me here or anywhere on the way. Saul, is there anything besides potatoes and foil to bring or anything else I can do to help?

    June 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have got to check out this chair tomorrow at QFC for $6.99.

    June 14, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    Yep, wasn't planning on bringing the REI $49.95 option until I found the same chair on sale @ QFC for $6.99. So, yeah...bringing one. :-)

    June 14, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    I have one more carpool spot if someone wants to leave from the Issaquah Park and Ride (off Exit 18/Sunset) a bit early on Sat. Heading up with a few folks to have a picnic and do some more practice paddling before we actually launch later in the afternoon. LMK!

    June 14, 2012

  • Melody

    I have a sleeping bag - perhaps this was for someone else? Wouldn't mind trying a new pad if you have one; the one I have is pretty lousy.

    June 14, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Extra gear, I'm bringing, 2 pads (Kate, Karin) 2 sleeping bags ( Melody, Kate) tent (Kate). Lots of dry bags.

    June 14, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Camp chairs that have a frame can be a problem to fit, the kind that fit your them a rest are an easier fit.

    June 13, 2012

  • Karin S

    Just wondering if anyone is planning to bring folding camp chairs?

    June 13, 2012

  • peter p

    I'll meet you folk there at the boat launch. I will bring some dry bags of
    assorted sizes.
    Drive safe.

    June 13, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Hokay Karin, I'll see ya at Eastgate.

    June 13, 2012

  • Karin S

    Hey Arnie! I'm thinking that maybe we should just park all our cars together at Eastgate. The more cars, the less likely a breakin would happen. Feeling a little nervous about leaving it overnight in Bothel

    June 13, 2012

  • Melody

    Wow that's excellent - thank you!

    June 13, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Melody, I ask for a $10 donation to cover has and gear maintenance

    June 13, 2012

  • Melody

    Hey Saul, is there a cost for those of us without kayaks?

    June 13, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Karin - How about the P & R near Thrasher's corner - northeast of the junction of Bothell-Evt. Hwy. and I-405.

    June 13, 2012

  • Karin S

    Hey Arnie! I was thinking the Bothel park-n-ride because its more out in the open. Do you think it would be safe to leave my car overnight there?

    June 13, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Paul - Do you need a ride from Eastgate?
    Karin - OK, we could meet somewhere in Bothell. Where did we meet for the roller skating outing?
    Saul - 6am!!!! HaHaHaHa!!!

    June 12, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Karin, Arnie, if you want to meet at my house at 6am, help work swim safety for the triathlon, get cool prizes from the race director, I can drive you from the north end.

    June 12, 2012

  • Karin S

    Yes, I could meet you somewhere in Bothel. Also, Paul mentioned to me he'd like to carpool to the lake. If you do drive could you please take Paul and I? Thanks Arnie so much!

    June 12, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Karin,

    I could drive to the Lake but I thought I'd see what shakes out at Eastgate. If I do drive I have room for three passengers.

    I was looking for someone who lives north with whom I could carpool to Eastgate. Is that you Karin?

    June 12, 2012

  • Karin S

    Hey Arnie! Are you driving up to the lake? I'm looking to carpool to the lake if possible

    June 12, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Anyone else live up north and want to carpool? I'm near Mill Creek.

    June 12, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    Awesome, Melanie and I will meet you there. We're already on the Issy/Samm side and I'm bringing my kayack so there's not sense backtracking to Eastgate. Cell is #[masked] if anyone needs anything.

    June 12, 2012

  • Saul_K

    Wendy, It's the Hyak exit, number 54 I think. We launch from the boat ramp

    June 12, 2012

  • Wendy S.

    If we wanted to meet you at the lake, what exit is it and/or how do you get there? I'm showing two locations available?
    Lake Keechelus Boating Site

    Lake Keechelus Trailhead and Picnic Site

    June 12, 2012

  • Karin S

    Hi Saul, I decided to bring my little tent instead so will have one small bag and one large bag with me. Will be needing a pad and dry bags!
    Thanks so much! Also,is there someone to carpool with from eastgate to the lake?

    June 12, 2012

  • Arnie Z

    Kate, you and I are sharing paddling of the tandem. Because tandems are quite a bit longer and wider than singles they have loads of storage space. The storage space is considerably greater then the sum of the storage space in two singles. If we end up with too much stuff for the interior of the kayak we can always lash a dry bag to the deck. I also have extra backpack weight gear if you'd like to borrow.

    June 12, 2012

  • Saul_K

    I am figuring out the food tonight and will update gear (kayaks, dry bags, tents, sleeping bags, etc.) later.

    June 11, 2012

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