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Hello. My name is Michael.
I bought my first kayak in Novermer,
and since I live in North Dakota, it has yet
to see the water.
I'll spend a lot of time in it this spring before
attempting my first long trip in June:
Williston, ND to Bismarck, ND on the Missouri River.
(about 230 miles)
Any advice or gear suggestions will be appreciated.
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Wall Mount Boat Racks
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Posted by: Canuka on Jan-21-14 10:17 AM (EST)
Do you mean you have zero experience paddling and you want to do a 230-mile trip on the Missouri after some practice this spring? I'd say that is kind of ambitious.
Tell us what kind of boat you have|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jan-21-14 11:18 AM (EST)
Posted by: Celia on Jan-21-14 11:18 AM (EST)
Posted by: boogityx3 on Jan-21-14 9:35 PM (EST)
I would strongly advise.|
Posted by: magooch on Jan-22-14 9:45 AM (EST)
If your plan includes taking the rifle along--probably not a good idea; a pistol would be more practical. Your paddle is probably better than you really need, but you should consider a spare.
Posted by: willowleaf on Jan-22-14 5:41 PM (EST)
You've got a competent touring boat and an excellent paddle -- very good start. But I would try some 40 mile day trips before getting too invested in your plan. 10 to 12 hours of continuous paddling per day for a week is quite a commitment and probably something you should build up to a little, as you shake down your gear acquisitions. Not saying you can't or won't do it, but do enough weekend trips before hand that you really get a feeling for what you can handle. It isn't just brute endurance, but comfort as well. You don't have a lot of position change options in a kayak and even people in great shape can have difficulty with extended periods of paddling one without a break.
some really good advice here boogity|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Jan-22-14 6:22 PM (EST)
The only thing I'd add is to hook up with a pool session, paddling club or some fellow paddlers who can help you learn and share their experience.
Posted by: boogityx3 on Jan-23-14 7:38 AM (EST)
Thanks for the replies.
Posted by: boogityx3 on Jan-23-14 9:56 AM (EST)