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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:35 pm 
I'm considering a trip in SE Alaska using Feathercraft Khatsalanos, possibly Sitka to Hoonah. It is crazy to think of doing this in the spring, e.g, March or April, rather than the "normal" season of May-August? Any other recommendations for a spring paddle of perhaps a week in Alaska? We're comfortable with cold temperatures.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:24 pm 
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Yes, March-April is not a good idea. Scan the article in the latest Sea Kayaker magazine for beta on launch sites, etc. That is a challenging route in any season; in early spring, you might expect to be pinned down for quite a while.

There is a guy who has paddled that area some 10 years or so, the Rev. Bob Carter, who can be dialed up wtih a query on Paddlewise: http://www.paddlewise.net/ The Rev.: Bob Carter (Petersburg, Alaska) revkayakBOASaptalaskaDOTnet (email is confabulated at the breaks -- you'll figure it out) The Rev. is very knowledgeable, and a gracious man, to boot. I expect he can answer any question you might have.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:12 am 
Thanks so much, Dave. I did see the article in the latest SeaKayaker, and also have the guidebook by the same author. Any thoughts on alternatives in Alaska for the spring?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:39 am 
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Brain, I've never paddled up there, so all my knowledge is book larnin' and hearsay.

You must have Jim Howard's Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southeast Alaska. I think it is the definitive guide.

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