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PostPosted: March 25th, 2008, 8:46 am 
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Hello,

Can anyone recommend any books (or other resources) that may be useful in researching a paddling trip from Vancouver BC to Skagway AK?

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PostPosted: March 25th, 2008, 9:01 am 
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You aren't by any chance Kyle on the Vancouver hiking forum CT are you?

If you are not, what level of paddling experience do you have? I ask because this would be as risky a trip as can be done by paddle, but it has been done :wink:

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Nope. No Kyles here.

Experience levels are all relative, so I won't make much attempt to evaluate mine here...I've got a reasonable amount of experience...more than some, less than others. Common sense and enthusiasm fill in the blanks.

Maps and tide tables will get one some way, but nothing beats local knowledge, especially on complex coastline like this. Any good books out there for bits of the trip, or the whole thing?

Nathaniel


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lol, alrighty then... I'll assume you have some ocean paddling experience and are not simply feeling suicidal.

I too would like to find some good books about paddling the coast, I've done most of BC's coast from Vancouver up to the Central Coast but have yet to make it up as far as the Queen Charlottes, mostly because I had to also fit in the West Coast of Vancouver Island too, but each year I spend a few weeks paddling ever farther North.

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Routes has a trip report by Freda Mellenthin on the stretch from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy.
I gotta say though that her husband Ted is one highly experienced paddler. I wouldn't go anywhere near the trip myself.
Yours in paddling, Allan

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Your too funny WCP.... :lol:

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Ya, I'm a suspicious creature by nature and the fact that you write like Dan and signed up to CCR directly after he was banned, have at least twice in your seven post career on CCR directed people to his site and, had a clue what I was even talking about in my vary vague last post... is too much coincidence for me.

Personally I think you are Dan (WCP) although maybe I am wrong and you are just a WCP enthusiast. Either way welcome to CCR, or welcome back to CCR. I dont have a problem with you coming back under a different nick if you are Dan, and I dont have a problem with the West Coast Paddler website either so...

enjoy and post away :wink:

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Yep, you definitely write just like Dan... and with the same attitude too.

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Just John wrote:
I don't know what your problem is, but it's rather ridiculous that you call me Dan.
Try to relax a little, I never called you Dan, I said I thought you were Dan.

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If you have a problem with Dan (I presume at WCP), I suggest that you take it up with him.
I dont have a problem with him, I sometimes giggle at his antics but personally I have no issues with him.

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My name is John and I have no idea why you're giving me a hard time.
What ever you say John, all I said was...

"Your too funny WCP.... :lol: "

and you took exception and asked me explain so I did... hardly worth getting upset about, but now you sound even more like him... possibly a long lost twin you never knew about :wink:

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Please be nice to each other.
The others here prefer that you argue in PMs rather than in public.
Yours in paddling, Allan

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Back to the original post, there are sail guides and kayak guides to the whole coast (can't remember names) that would be good reads. I have 3 friends who never paddled in their life who did that trip over 2 years in 2 stages in home made kayaks. I have not paddled it, but did once buy a small sailboat and sailed Prince Rupert to Vancouver never having sailed before. Experience is relative as you say, and sound decision making, caution, planning, patience (and lots of time), and quick learning can take you a long way. Having other skills that transfer also help.

Most of the inside passage is fairly straight forward. Some of it is downright advanced (eg. crossing from Port Hardy to Fitz Hugh sound). You can also cheat on some sections (take the ferry from Hardy and get dropped off near Calvert).

Did I mention patience and time? Don't let anyone discourage you as long as you take the endevour very seriously.

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