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Re: [kayaking-242] Re: open water kayaking

From: Jeff
Sent on: Monday, January 25, 2010 5:37 PM
I'm glad people are interested in paddling in the Apostles.  It's a world class paddling destination in our (almost) back yard.  One of my favorite things is see people after I've had them paddling in a multi chamber sea cave.  The look on their face is priceless.

But make no mistake.  This is a place you need to be prepared for.  You need to have more than a desire to go.  You do need the skills and the correct equipment.  It's not that difficult to do.  The average person with a little bit of initiative and skill building can handle this.

That said, conditions up there are much more than what we see here on Mendota.  One day in four has two foot plus waves. on average.  And the time to understand that you don't like coming around a point 2 miles off shore and be exposed to three foot waves broadside... is here in Dane County.

I don���t' want to sound elitist.  I want you to be around to paddle with me another day!  I've taken almost 100 people up there in the last 12 years for their first taste of caving aqua style.  And I hope to take a hundred more.

Cost for a 4 day island hopping trip, gas, food and permits, is usually about $100  (if you have your own gear).  Permits state effectively that group size can only be 6 folks.  Unless you have a group of 8 or more, but that's hard to pull off safely and get good camp sights.

I'd be willing to talk and see who's ready for that exciting step!

---- Mary Knoll <[address removed]> wrote: 
> I like Jeff's idea of open water adventure since I do Lake Mendota all the time.�� It would need to be planned well in advance though and the costs kept low for lots of people��to consider going.
> ��
> As Always,
> Mary Knoll
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> ��Life is short! Break the rules!
> ��Forgive quickly! Kiss slowly!
> ��Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably.
> ��And never��regret anything that made you smile! :)��

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