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Not So Urban Athletics: Canoeing the Delaware River

  • Jun 23, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Question: Canoe + paddle + river =????

Answer: A day of fun on the water!

And that is exactly what we will have spending a day canoeing down the Delaware River. We paddled the Delaware a couple of times last year and had fantastic days on the water. Let's head back and do it again, except we're upping the challenge a little bit this time by tossing a little white water into the mix. Note, this trip is meant for experienced paddlers. If you're newbie to the activity I'm going to ask you to sit this one out.

Cost ...

  • Cost will be $52.92 per person and includes all gear and bus transportation up/down the river.
  • Please send that amount to me via PayPal at [masked]. Click the "Send Money" tab and check "Send money to family and friends" when sending payment to avoid having PayPal charge a transaction fee.
  • Write Canoeing Payment in the subject line of the email to recipient section. Please also write your meetup screen name in the email body section so I know who the payment is from.
  • Until I receive your payment your RSVP is not confirmed and your attendance is not guaranteed. Once I have confirmation of receipt of your payment I will move you to confirmed RSVP status.
  • Refunds will be given only if the meetup is cancelled, rescheduled, or requested 5 or more days in advance of the meetup date.

The Important Stuff ...

  • Distance paddled will be 13 miles and we'll be on the river about 5 to 6 hours. This is NOT a trip for novices, we'll be hitting some class I/II rapids that can be challenging to navigate in a canoe.
  • Bad weather cancels the meetup -- check your email before you leave for updates.
  • I will send my mobile number to those that RSVP a day before the meetup. If you have any problems or questions text or call me. Please be on time as we won't wait for latecomers.

** Important: please print and fill out the liability waiver to quicken registration CLICK HERE.

Some Other Important Stuff ...

  • Wear river shoes or old sneakers at all times.
  • Bring shorts, bathing suit, a tee shirt and wind-breaker plus sun screen. Also bring a rain poncho in case of showers.
  • Bring a post-trip change of clothing and shoes for a comfortable ride home in case you get wet.
  • Bring food and drinks! Plan to bring enough for a day on the river, especially drinks, you'll be thirstier than you realize. NO GLASS CONTAINERS ALLOWED!
  • Pack all food and beverages into waterproof coolers with attached lids, and be sure to tie coolers and all gear (except life preservers) into your canoe.
  • Use waterproof cases for all valuables, and be certain to keep cameras and cell phones in waterproof cases or containers, such as ziplock bags. Personally, I recommend not bringing anything onto the river that you'd mind getting wet.
  • Whatever litter we carry in, we carry out.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed.

Transportation ...

We will need to carpool for this event. When you RSVP please indicate if you will be able to drive -- where from and how many passengers you can carry. If you need a ride, please indicate so and where you are located -- be proactive an contact drivers directly to arrange your ride. As a courtesy, gas and tolls should be shared among all riders.

This meetup is cross-posted over in Evenings and Weekends in NYC, be sure to check there for drivers/passengers when trying to coordinate carpooling

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  • Anas

    OMG! after 5 hours of paddling, now whenever I wanna make a right in the car I turn the steering left. lol .. jk. This was truly a MAGICAL day. Another awesomeness with Kevin's signature on it. Thanks everyone for the great times.

    1 · June 24, 2013

  • Kevin

    Good times people, thank you all! Nurse those sunburns and get some rest because we are doing this all over again soon.

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Jitesh

    Awesome day and great people!! Thanks Kevin

    2 · June 24, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, just want to stress that everyone reads my trip outline carefully and stress a few points of importance gleaned from years of paddling:

    1) Bring plenty of water, 3 liters tomorrow at least because it is going to be warm and humid. Getting stuck mid trip with no water left gets ugly quick. You'll he bartering with passing paddlers for sips of their water. I'm not going to tell you how I know this.
    2) Bring rope or a bungee to tie your stuff in the boat in case of capsizing. And with that, make sure everything you bring in that boat is waterproof or you don't mind losing it. I'd recommend bringing a dry bag but if you don't have one, putting your stuff in a plastic bag will do.
    3) DO NOT rely on Nathan to guide you down the river or else you will end up in the Gulf of Mexico.
    4) And Brian, make sure you bring a gallon of SPF 100 sunscreen, I don't want to have to send home a piece of bacon at days end.

    June 22, 2013

  • Kevin

    If anyone else plans on attending this event, I will need your payment by end of day. Thanks.

    June 20, 2013

  • Kevin

    Frank, got your payment, thanks. Where are you driving from BTW?

    June 18, 2013

  • Kevin

    To the 16 people chilling on the wait list, I will need your payment by Thursday if you intend to come to this Meetup. Let's get on that!

    June 15, 2013

  • Kevin

    Alyssa, I received your payment.

    June 8, 2013

  • Kevin

    People, so far I've received zero payments for canoe reservations for this event. The RSVP cutoff date is coming up soon for this so let's get with it if you are still planning on coming. If you are no longer attending, please change your RSVP to not attending. Thanks.

    June 7, 2013

  • winston

    Kevin, I failed to read the description. This will be my second time paddling, can I make it.

    May 9, 2013

    • Kevin

      You'll likely be okay. How comfortable were you with the boat when you paddled before?

      May 9, 2013

  • winston

    Sound good. I will make my payment now.

    May 9, 2013

  • winston

    Kevin, I was the first person to sign up for this event, why do you choose to move me to the waiting list.

    May 8, 2013

    • Kevin

      Winston, please read the meetup description. Everyone has been moved to the waiting list. I am collecting payment for this event beforehand and once you send me that, you'll be moved to confirmed RSVP status.

      May 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    Folks, I have changed the payment plan for this event to make things go infinitely smoother the morning of the meetup based on past experience. I am going to make a group reservation for us prior to the event and as such will be collecting payment beforehand. Please see the "Cost" section for how this will be administered. Thanks and let me know if you have any questions.

    May 8, 2013

  • Sarala B


    April 14, 2013

    • Kevin

      Sarala, no guests allowed. Your friend is welcome to join the meetup and RSVP for themselves. Thanks.

      April 15, 2013

  • Jon

    It.s been years since canoed. As i recall this stretch of the delaware is pretty, fairly easy, but some small white water places...enough for some excitement too

    April 14, 2013

    • Kevin

      Yes, I have seen more than a few folks have their boat broadside a rock in the rapids in this section and end up going for an unintentional swim.

      April 14, 2013

  • peter

    Im in, looking forward to it.

    April 3, 2013

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