Hi! Jason here. First off, this is a pretty awesome site!! I got it from a good buddy of mine, Dave. I as well have a Discovery 169, purchased from Old Town in 1996. I've been able to paddle a few miles on the ol' girl, but nothing too serious. I've run Little River several times as well and the lower end of the Cain's, starting at the Doaktown rd. I also had the opportunity to run the Miramichi back in 1996 a couple of times with a few buddies. I'm having difficulty remembering the entire run, being 10 yrs ago and all. I know that we put in at Half moon, and pulled out somewhere near Boiestown, seems to me we took out at a bridge. If my memory serves me right, i think the entire run was around 40 miles? Has anyone had the opportunity to run the chi this year? If so how are the water levels? Is Burnt Hill Rapids still quite the rush? Jason
I sure am! Don is my father and Jeff is my brother. What year did you graduate? That's pretty cool!
Have you been doing much canoeing this year? Have you heard any horror stories about the Chi thus far? I was talking to a guy today that's been running the Chi on the long weekend of May for the past 15 yrs, and he was saying that so far she's looking pretty good for this weekend. The only crappy thing so far is the long-range forecast. Mind you that could change 15 times between now and then. Are you running the Chi this weekend? If so where do you guys normally put in and take out? Jason
That's something else. I think I went through in 93 or 94. I was on the 4 year 2 year program
If I have a mentor, I'd say your father is it. I've got a lot of admiration for him. I wasn't the best student there but I acquired a healthy appetite for learning from Don. I hope he's doing well, wicked nice guy. Don and my father worked summers together for DNR while they attended university. They were surveying the secondary survey control network around the province. I've heard a couple of good stories from both of them about those days.
As far as the Chi goes I think even with the rain it'll be running quite low. It is normally at 3m in Blackville when we run it, I should say 3m is a good year. It was a bit above 1m yesterday on the chart:
We were talking with Keith Pond last night and he said it came up a foot by that point in time.
We put in at Half Moon and usually take out at Norrad Bridge. This year we're driving up the north side of the river a half hour or so and dropping the vehicles off there as we anticipate a tough trudge below burnt hill.
First night we stay at Pond's camp across from McKeil Brook. We'll be staying there 2 nights this year to keep an eye on the place for them as Bradley is in Yellowknife. Then on to Big Fire Pit, or thereabouts. Then out.
So I hope it's looking good but either way I am ready. Gave the packing system a dry run in the basement last night. Sat in the boat and gave the new tandem beer holders a dry run as well. See you around, Pete