Friday, March 16, 2007

Pipers Hole River Festival 2007


After a hiatus the Pipers Hole River Festival will be back in 2007. On Saturday, April 14, 2007 to be specific. So, mark this off on your calendar and come out to play on the waves with a group of paddling enthusiasts. Following the day of paddling an apres paddle party will be held Saturday evening. The details for the party are still coming together, but I'll be able to announce them as soon as it is finalized.

The general format of the rodeo will be a jam session on one of the waves and in the hole. Hopefully we'll also get a down river race of some kind organized. This year the rodeo itself will be free for all participants. Festival t-shirts will be for sale to all participants and any spectators that would like to join us. As in the past the kind folks at The Outfitters are supporting the festival and we'll have a few fun things for the top jammers. I'd like to thank The Outfitters for their continuing support of the Pipers Hole River Festival.

Unlike previous editions of the festival there will be a semi-official second day of river celebrations. There are several top notch creeks in the vicinity of Pipers Hole River. On Sunday I will be organizing a group to tackle one of these creeks. The particular creek chosen will be dependent on water levels. As forewarning, both creeks that I have in mind are full-on Class IV+\V; paddlers joining these trips will require advanced whitewater skills and creek boats. I will also try to arrange for an intermediate\beginner level trip on Pipers Hole River too. However, if anyone would like to watch the creeking you're welcome to venture out with us. March Brook and Granite Brook are both beautiful places to hike and have a picnic.

That is pretty much as far as I have gotten with the organization of the rodeo. There will be more to come in the near future. Check back later this week and I'll have the final the bits of organization ready to be announced. Also, I don't know much about the sea kayaking in the area, but our ocean bound brethren are welcome to join us for the weekend.