Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Paddling Adventures Have Begun

I'm not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of our Wet-Coast (aka West Coast) rainy weather; even though its probably been one of the sunniest winters in years. Most folks would escape to  a warmer/drier climate but not me, I headed to the winter wonderland of Northern BC.

After landing in Smithers it was a 2+ hour drive to the small village of Fort Babine and our put-in on the Babine River. As you can see from the photos the weather was stunning but warm it was not.

Paddling in the winter obviously means having the right gear and well Kokatat Watersports Wear delivers, as usual.  My favourite piece, the Goretex Whirlpool Bibs and Mark's the Tempest Pant kept us warm and dry on the bottom.  The Goretex Full Zip and Anorak Jackets kept us dry up top.

Check out this ice-breaker

Winter wonderland!

Temperature was approximately -11 deg. Celsius and the snow depth at the put-in was about 4'.  Water was low this year and snow was deeper than the last time we were up.  This made for more challenges at the put-in and take-out and a few spots where we bottomed out en route.

Photo credit: Melaney C.

Home Sweet Home Photo credit: Melaney C.

So excited for another season of paddling adventures ahead. Looking forward to hearing all about your time on the water too.  #gobecauseyoucan

Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin