Monday, October 19, 2009

Realities Of Colder Weather

Hey everyone! Well, following my recent kayaking adventure (10/17/09) on Lake Michie (Duke Women's Rowing Team - A Close Encounter on Lake Michie), the realities of cold weather kayaking are being brought to my attention! :-( Temperatures that day were in the upper 40's F to low 50's F and at times there was a stiff breeze coming out of the west. Also, I went through a few spotty rain showers. It made for some hard stroking to keep my kayak pointed in the right direction. It also made for colder conditions. Thankfully, my new Kokatat paddling pants kept me warmer then cotton material. Water beaded off the pants like rain off a just waxed car! In addition, my NRS Hydroskin socks (worn under water shoes) kept my feet both warm and dry - even when I went ankle deep into a muddy lake shore. Paddling vigorously keep the old blood pumping too! :-)

But, I also know when temperatures drop another 10 degrees to around to the 30's F range, I'm going to have to start thinking about putting my kayak in storage for the winter months. :-(

That will be too cold!

Guess I'll need to start posting more kayak surfing videos and start dreaming about the warmer weather that's just around the corner!

What's the coldest temperatures you have paddled in?


  1. I enjoy kayaking in temperatures down to freezing (32 degrees) and below. There is no need to end the kayaking season due to cold unless it is a surface ice issue. All that is necessary to make it a comfortable trip is dressing properly. The real concern in colder temps is the water. If you haven't seen the hypothermia boot camp video, watch it.

  2. Thanks for the words of encouragement Rob! I did watch the hypotherma boot camp video and learned that cold water immersion CAN be the real killer... if you don't know what to do. The Coast Guard spokesperson in the video stressed several times the need to wear your PFD. I always wear my life jacket when paddling! Thanks for the "heads up" on hypotherma!

  3. In fact, the hypothermia boot camp video is so important, I'm going to set-up an URL link to it from my blog! All paddlers need to view it and know what to do when faced with a cold water immersion.

  4. You might want to add the 1-10-1 principle video to your site too.

  5. Done! Added the 1-10-1 principle video too! Thanks Rob for the good advice on cold water survival.


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