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October 19-20 White Rock Canyon Paddle Trip

So, you think the paddling season is over?

Join us for another fun community paddle trip on the closest over-night option, 19-mile White Rock Canyon on the Rio Grande, between Buckman’s  Crossing and Cochiti Lake. Scott Carpenter is the trip organizer - please let him know if you want to go. His contact information is at the end of this message.

Autumn flows are usually adequate (nearly 900cfs now), the temps are cool/cold, and the scenery is stunning.  Nearly any craft will get you down the river (class II/III), but the flatwater paddle out is not fun for anything larger than an inflatable kayak. 

Planned agenda includes stops at Pajarito Springs (cold), Ancho Rapid, Frijoles Canyon, then camp at Capulin Canyon.

Sunday morning we can hike the 3-mile round trip to see Painted Cave, then pack up and paddle out before any afternoon winds.

The drive to the Buckman’s Crossing put-in includes 12 miles of dirt road and has an almost forgotten history as a party spot, prone to vehicle vandalism and theft, so we really need drivers to return our big shuttle rigs (my truck and trailer and ,…) back to the west side boat ramp area at Cochiti after dropping us off at the put-in on Saturday.  Please recruit friends and family for this overlooked duty and let me know who may be available.  One likely option is for the shuttle drivers to return the rigs to Cochiti then either return home, or paddle the two-hours up the lake to join us at camp.  If the two class II/III rapids are a concern, others could also paddle up the lake and join us for the camp at Capulin Canyon and/or hike on Sunday morning, but the 2-hour upstream paddle is best for long, fast, hard kayaks.  Another alternative for those not wanting to spend the night out is to run the entire section in a day, requiring an earlier start, but may be able to coordinate shuttle.

Aside from the group shuttle effort, this is a self-support style trip, so bring your own boat, food and gear (paddle, cook, sleep, poo) or bring a really good friend to take care of you.  Of course, I plan to paddle mostly together for many reasons, to scout or even portage at Ancho Rapid, which at this level is a fairly straight forward run to avoid a big hole and a few rocks.  And camping together will be a fun socializing event, where I hope to meet many new paddlers from our community.

Quick facts:

Saturday Oct 19, 8:00am meet at Cochiti west boat ramp parking area (about 1 hr drive from ABQ) to consolidate everything.

Depart by 8:30 and make the 1.25 hour shuttle drive up to Buckman’s to launch by 10:30am.

Camp at Capulin Canyon, before dark.

Sunday Oct 20, 9:00-ish hike to painted cave, then repack and launch around noon to paddle to west boat ramp for take-out by 3:00.

Right click on link below to open map.

Google Map link

Trip leader: Scott Carpenter

505-400-6124 cell

Scottx.a.Carpenter@Intel.com


October 8, 2019 4:15 - 7:30 PM

Rio Grande Paddle - US-550 to Corrales Ditch !!!

Our regular monthly meeting venue of Papa Felipe's Restaurant will be busy with the Balloon Fiesta crowd, so we will be taking our monthly meeting outside, to the river. Come be our guest for this fun evening paddle and meet a great group of river folks.

Meet by 4:15pm at the Corrales Ditch Access Point (directions below). Consolidate cars and paddle craft and leave at 4:30 to head on up to US-550. Some of those vehicles left at take-out will need to take drivers to retrieve vehicles from put-in, after the paddle. I will have a trailer to help haul boats.
If you can't make it to the Corrales take-out location by 4:15 just meet us at the put-in at 4:45 (park between ditch and the river SW end of the bridge in Bernalillo) to launch by 5:00 pm. This short 4-mile stretch is usually a 1.5 - 2 hour paddle so we should be off the river by 7:00 PM, before it gets dark.

Bring your own boats, paddles, PFDs, and snacks to enjoy/share on the river.

Directions to Corrales Access Point:

From the north ---- take US-550 (exit 242) west. Go through the town of Bernalillo. Pass the Santa Ana Star Casino on the north side of the road. At the next stop light, turn left (south) onto NM-528. Take NM-528 south and turn left at the 6th stop light - Corrales Rd. Go about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first ditch you see. Follow dirt road to the river.

From I-25 and Alameda --- take Alameda west to Coors Blvd/Corrales Rd (NM-448). Turn right on Corrales Rd and go through the town of Corrales. At the City of Rio Rancho sign, turn right onto the dirt road by the ditch. Take the dirt road to the parking lot. If you get to NM-528, you've gone too far.

From Paseo Del Norte and Coors Blvd --- take Coors Blvd north and stay on Coors By-Pass (stay left) up the hill to Rio Rancho (becomes NM-528). Go past Southern Blvd and Northern Blvd. Turn right at the next stop light - Corrales Road. Go about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first ditch you see. Follow dirt road to the river.

Know the Law!
PFDs & Life Jackets - You are required (by New Mexico State Law (http://www.boat-ed.com/nm/handbook/pfds.htm)) to wear a properly fitted life jacket any time you are in a canoe, kayak, or raft; regardless of your age or waterway.

A Note About Safety:
You should always be over-prepared for what you expect to encounter on the water. This means making correct and informed decisions on your clothing and gear, among other things, and an accurate assessment of your skills. Since situations always change, it is your personal responsibility to ensure that your paddling is safe, no matter what may have been suggested from the information provided here. You, and you alone, are responsible for your safety and preparedness. You are participating at your own risk.

Any questions, you can call Scott Carpenter direct at 505-400-6124 cell.


Also, watch for a separate event announcing plans for an overnight paddle trip Oct 19-20 through White Rock Canyon.

And our November meeting of the Adobe Whitewater Club will be huge, with special guest author/speaker Tom Martin, presenting Reflections of John Wesley Powell, 150 years after his exploration of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He will also be selling/signing his new Arkansas River (CO) guidebook. Venue to be determined - it will not be at Papa Felipe’s.


September 10, 2019 6:30pm

AWC Presentation Topic:

Conejos River Paddling Trip Report

AWC Member Leon Maurer will be telling his tale of their recent Pack-Raft paddle trip on the seldom run Conejos River, just across the Colorado border. This river rarely has boatable flows, and access is limited due to private lands, but the scenery is spectacular. There will also be time to share your own stories of paddling the Conejos, and other similar hidden destinations.


This meeting is hosted at Papa Felipe's Restaurant located at 9800 Menaul Blvd NE, just east of Eubank behind Walgreens. Remember to arrive before 6:00 pm for happy hour prices and to order dinner. Adobe Whitewater Club Announcements will start at 6:30.

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June 11, 2019

AWC Presentation Topics: 
Recap of the WOW Clinic in Pagosa CO, and “Paddling in China”.

Carmen Winn will be presenting information on Paddling in China.

She has an inside relation to the paddling industry in China and you will certainly learn something new.

So come prepared to share your stories of the recent Women Of Whitewater Clinic, and catch up on the club announcements. Also, bring your calendars and help draft up a new club trips program for this promising paddling season. Come join our friendly group and enjoy more paddling opportunities.

So much to be excited about!

 

This meeting is hosted at Papa Felipe's Restaurant located at 9800 Menaul Blvd NE, just east of Eubank behind Walgreens.

Announcements start at 6:30, so please arrive early to order dinners in the south meeting room.

May 14th, 2019

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Journey Paddling

Rob Levin will be presenting “Journey Paddling”, featuring a local, seldom done day trip. Additionally, he will mention ACA instructor logging and updates.

Come share stories of the Mother's Day Races and catch up on the announcements for this promising paddling season.


April 9th, 2019

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Do’s and Don’ts of Paddling the Gila Wilderness

Scott Carpenter, Michael Carney, and a cast of stars will share their back-to-back experiences paddling the Gila Wilderness in very different styles…


March 12th, 2019

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Solo Boating the Grand Canyon with Bruce Cline

Bruce Cline is a private boater, having started rafting in the late 1970s while a student at UNM. He was an AWC member in its very early years. While a student, he and a partner formed and operated a small rafting company for 10 years, running the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, and Arkansas Rivers. He was adjunct faculty for 20 years (combined) teaching whitewater rafting at both UNM and San Juan College in Farmington. Much of his recent boating has been as a soloist, having run solo raft trips of various lengths (1 to 30 days) on the Colorado, Rio Grande, Rio Chama, Shenandoah, Potomac, New, and Arkansas Rivers. He has also dabbled in solo canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. He is now retired, living in the Denver area with his wife, adult child, and elderly father. In 2013 he authored “Never Boat Alone, A Guide to Solo Boating the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.”


February 12th, 2019

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Otter Bar Kayak Lodge in California by Paul and Sherry Barrett


January 8th, 2019

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Permit Party! Learn about permitted runs around the US and how to improve your odds of winning a permit. Presented by Scott Carpenter


December 11th, 2018

6:30pm (6:00pm if ordering dinner)

Hosted at Papa Felipe’s Restaurant (9800 Menaul Blvd NE)

AWC Monthly Topic: Verde River (AZ) presented by Adam Hill