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I went to REI for the free classes tonight. The Kayak Rolling was done in a classroom setting, but I will try real rolling (in the water) at the Austin Paddling Club class in October. I think I should be able to handle being upside down in water as long as it doesn't get in my ears.

Light backpacking: as the instructor said... the weight of a backpacking equipment is inversely proportional to its weight on your wallet. Hrmpf. I really don't feel like buying another backpacking tent. The one I have is 6 lbs.. okay for 2 people (could be lighter) but heavy for one person. But I do have a light sleeping bag now (rei clearence). Hrmpf. I guess it's all tradeoffs. What's a couple extra pounds?


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Sep. 19th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Six pounds is heavy?
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
yep. the weight adds up pretty quickly.
Sep. 19th, 2007 07:06 am (UTC)
Being upside down in a kayak is one of the scariest experiences I've ever had. It took a lot of mental preparation to get over the panic instinct -- but I'm not very good at these kinds of things. Your training should have prepared you better than I was.
Sep. 19th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
were you in a class setting??
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
No, just a friend teaching me in the lake. I never really got the hang of it very well. Maybe a class would have been better...
Sep. 20th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Doesn't that depend hugely on your familiarity and safety in water generally ?

I didn't manage to roll either, on any of the 3 occasions where I've been trying it (had no instruction though, only what I could guess from observing others, guess that's not enough)

But I don't see what should be scary about it. You can easily keep your breath for a minute, and if you decide to give up, leave the kayak and come up, that's a 5-10 second operation. Am I missing something ?
Sep. 20th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Depends
The problem I had was that my natural instinct was lean back when I was under the kayak, but to pop out you actually need to lean forward. I found it hard to overcome this even though I knew what I was supposed to do...
Sep. 21st, 2007 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: Depends
That makes sense. If you're not feeling as if you're free to leave anytime, I could see why the situation would be stressful.

Being under water is one thing. Being under water and having the *feeling* (even if you're rationally aware it's not true) that you're being restrained there is something quite different.
Sep. 19th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)
A couple extra pounds can mean a few miles less. That can then mean an extra day of packing, which means more food, which can be a pound, which means a few *more* miles less, etc.

A lot of places all you need is a tarp. 6 pounds of tarp overhead is enough for 5 people, probably. :-)

BTW, can I get my garb back?
Sep. 19th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, can you give me your phone number and address again?

or conversely, would be happy to have you over for dinner next week or the week after.
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