New to Site, Looking for Adventure
Posted by: 4WDlifeform on Oct-19-13 12:52 PM (EST)
Hello all, thought I'd introduce myself. Just moved to Bridgeville area, south of Pittsburgh. Coming from a small town, fishing and kayaking has become a big hobby of mine, as well as geocaching, photography, and off-roading. I enjoy the out doors, and hope to get acquainted with my new area.
That said, hoping this site can help me out! Looking for some good points along Chartiers Creek, but there does not seem to be much posted on this site for the area. Chartiers creek is not a very big waterway, so I have some concerns. But, from what I can see from Google Earth, it looks fair.
I hope to adventure the creek, and bring some valuable information to the site to help others. Any recommendations/advice for exploring new streams? I have only gone with friends on streams that they have known. This will be a first for me, and any advice or precautions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
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Is there a USGS gauge on the creek?|
Posted by: g2d on Oct-19-13 7:36 PM (EST)
If not, is there such a gauge on a creek of similar size nearby?
Posted by: magooch on Oct-19-13 9:26 PM (EST)
The closest I've ever been to Pittsburgh was Cleveland, Ohio, so I'm curious; is there something wrong with the rivers around Pittsburgh? On the map they look fairly substantial and should provide decent paddling. Just asking.
There's nothing wrong with the |
Posted by: g2d on Oct-21-13 1:23 PM (EST)
rivers in north Georgia, but some of us just like to expand, or compress, our horizons to running creeks of various degrees of steepness.
some local info|
Posted by: willowleaf on Oct-21-13 1:39 PM (EST)
4wdlifeform you've been given great|
Posted by: tdaniel on Oct-21-13 6:19 PM (EST)
advice. Local beta is always a plus. I agree with the advice about watching water levels, keeping distances short, and knowing how to deal with strainers. Some other tidbits: creeks run more often when the trees aren't leafed out so invest in some cold weather gear. Creeks run cleanest when they're dropping out- catching them on the way down after they've been running a few days improves water quality. Don't get in a hurry or frustrated by a lack of progress, that's when mistakes and injuries happen. Buy a pair of felt soled boots for traction for wading in the creek. A short and durable boat is easier to move with on and off the water. Have fun; its awesome "exploring" seldom visited places- pocket wilderness close to home.
There is a paddling club|
Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-21-13 8:06 PM (EST)
in Pittsburgh. Looks mostly ww but I don't know if they do anything else or not.
Posted by: RussSeese on Oct-30-13 10:34 PM (EST)
Felt soled boots are getting outlawed in most places 'cause of cross-contamination issues.