Minutes of SAPC General Meeting of May 10, 2017 Ann Dalton, SAPC Prez presiding. Meeting start: 6:00 pm Welcome & introduction of new guests & members: Eric Schilling, Diana King, Sharon Walch, etc. New Business: ⦁ Royce Davenport Announced: "6th Annual Dry Dockers Ball" to be held at Royce's house on Sat. June 10, 2017. Start time 3:00 to ? BYOB & Pot-luck of choice. His invitation Graphix & Directions to follow on SAPC Website & Newsletter. ⦁ Royce presented: Lake Patagonia State Park recognized SAPC for their on-going service of lake shore clean-ups over the years with a special wall frameable certificate. Royce announced that the next SAPC Lake Patagonia clean-up will be around the 2nd weekend in Oct. 2017. As always, the State Park gives one-night free camping to participants of the semi-annual clean-up events there. ⦁ Royce reported: SAPC will be eligible for sponsorship for the next batch of club t-shirts that would be ordered. His brother-in-law's local HVAC business would like to pay for club shirt production if they are allowed to have their business logo applied to the back of shirt. Members present agreed this would be okay. ⦁ An updated SAPC member roster will be emailed to all paid members in the next E-Newsletter. Recent Trip Reports: ⦁ Apr. 3&4 2017: Lower Gila Box float (aka AZ Box). Overnight trip which started at near Clifton, AZ & ended at Bonita Creek near Solomon, AZ. CFS were 200+ and dropping. Good camping & minimal floating conditions, but all went well. Three people participated in hard-shells or inflatables. ⦁ Apr. 23-28, 2017: Costa Rica-Golfo Dulce kayaking trip (Pacific side). Ten SAPC members & friends navigated across one of only two tropical area fiords & mangrove filled rivers over several miles staying at two Ecolodges from each side. Tropical Flora-fauna-marine life & birds. ⦁ May 9&10, 2017: Lower Salt River float (below Stewart Mt. Dam). Three participants floating from below Dam (Water Users RAP)to takeout at above Granite Reef Dam, close to 11 miles. A more river accessible location to camp (at Bulldog Cyn ORV site) for river floats can be acquired by accessing the following Tonto NF site: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/null/recarea/?recid=35555&actid=93 Up Comming Trips/Announcements: ⦁ May 21, 2017: Oscar Berven announced The 9th Annual Guaymas Paddle Event taking place on Sunday, May 21 at 10:00 am from the Guaymas Malecon (Sonora, MX) and 6 kilometers around the bay. All kayakers and paddleboarders are invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of age classes. For more information, contact Gabriel Soto Monge at 221-5944, 622-118-6284 or email email@example.com . Also visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/Remando-con-el-Cet-del-Mar-149539768445953/ ⦁ Last Week of Sept. 2017: Norma & Ron Miller announced a 10-day kayaking trip at Lake Powell, probable start from Antalope or Wahweap Marinas. This is for touring or sea kayaks, a total self-contained wilderness paddle for experienced extended trip kayakers. Ron will row his sailing dory. ⦁ Dec. 2017: John Maier's Belize kayaking, starting at Glover's Atoll with rental kayaks & cabins & then unsupported to other nearby islands in the archipelago with fresh fish from local fishermen. Check www.glovers.com.bz for more details. Discussion: Rick Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org , talked about obtaining either a US Passport or a US Passport Card for travel to MX or Canada, etc. Rick works at the US Passport office in Tucson. Contact Rick for more info or questions or go to the US Passport Info Website. Slide Show Presentation: Given by John Maier from his kayaking trips with Helen Deluga and two others. Included slides and commentary from their kayak travels & camps at various beautiful locations on the islands & mainland of Thailand & the Philippines. Indonesia will be shown at a later date due to lack of time. End meeting.
President Anne Dalton presidingNew visitors introduction:
Bob Schoen’s Big Bend Rio Grande trip. Paddled Santa Elena and Boquillas canyon. Water level was low for canoes but perfect for kayaks. Saw big horn sheep and birds. Weather varied from very hot to cold nights
John Maier led a trip to Estero Tastiota, south of Kino Bay. The lagoon was full of bioluminescence especially for the night paddlers.
Eleven people went on Norma’s Topock Gorge trip. They camped Lake Havasu and Bill Williams wildlife refuge, and paddled under the London bridge.
Rick let a trip to the lower Colorado river near Yuma. There was beautiful weather paddling among the tall reeds.
Paddlers attended the Kayak Symposium on the Trinity River in Northern California. They had fun paddling in sleet, sun, snow, rain, and hail.
Patagonia Lake cleanup April 23. Saturday, April 22 there will be free camping for cleanup participants (please reserve sites by phone to get free camping). Sunday’s cleanup will be followed by a potluck. Please bring a dish to share.
June 10th is the date of Royce Davenport’s Drydockers Ball. Save the date.
Peg Davis will lead a Gila Box trip on April 3 and 4. It is about an 18 mile paddle.
Peg will also lead a lower Salt River trip (the tubing run) from Water Users to Granite Reef Dam. Tuesday, May 9 will be a full moon run and Wednesday, an early morning run.
Tommy James will be campground host at Ruby Mountain near Salida, CO. There’s 150 miles of river to run with class I and II. There is also the FIBARK festival on Father’s Day weekend.
John Maier is leading a trip to Glover’s Atoll in Belize the first whole week in December. It is necessary to take a boat to the Atoll where camping or cabins are available. One can rent sit-on-top kayaks on the island and snorkeling is good.
Oscar announced that there is the upcoming Baja Kayak Fest in Ensenada April 8, 9, and 10. It is an instructional event put on by Aqua Adventures in San Diego.
Canyonlands of Utah and Colorado by Tom Martin of Flagstaff. Tom Martin and Duwain Whitis have produced a new rivermap book on the Green and Colorado Rivers of that area. The presentation introduced many of the sites and secrets of that area. The rivermap captures that info and will be a boon to anyone paddling those waters.
Adventures in Baja California covered several decades of explorations in Baja including hiking the entire coastline, traveling with a donkey, and kayaking along the coastal waters. The presentation was informative, funny, and enjoyed by all. Thank-you Graham.
Summit Hut swap meet takes place Sunday Feb 26, 2017 from 9-2pm.
Nov. 9, 2016 - SAPC Meeting - Summit Hut (5251 E Speedway Blvd.) 5:30 – 8:00 pm President, Anne Dalton presiding. 5:30 pm - Meet and Greet. 6:00 pm - Meeting commenced. New attendees introduction: Hank Kanner, Mike Rothery, Wendy Graham.
New Business. Two new SAPC Board officers nominated & elected (for 2 years) by members present: Mindy Cox as Treasurer & backup Secretary (seconded by Matts Myhrmann) and Peg Davis as Vice President (seconded by Jack Kriendler).
Next: Kathy Green from the AZ Wildlife Federation spoke to membership about the “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman”, a non-profit, educational program offering hands-on workshops to adult women every year since 1991. This year they are in need of volunteers from SAPC to teach basic paddling techniques. I.e., getting in & out of a kayak (sit-on-tops) & the basic strokes for mobility in flat water. The organization is offering volunteers all lodging in cabins, food & all kayaks, paddles & PFDs as well as transportation cost. We may bring our own kayak if we choose. Volunteers can be both men or women. The Workshops will take place at Friendly Pines Camp near Prescott, AZ On April 7-9, 2017. A volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around at the meeting, but those not in attendance may sign up by contacting Kathy by Email: email@example.com or 480-644-0077 for all info & directions.
Trip Reports: Apache Lake by Peg Davis, Baja’s Las Encantadas Island tour (Sea of Cortez) by John Maier & Kayaking in Maine by Jack Kriendler.
New Announcements: Beginning kayak camping orientation by Rick Johnson. Meet at Rick’s home on Thurs. Nov. 17, eve. 3031 N Park Ave. Tucson. Contact Rick at 520-622-2653 (home) or 520-979-2023 (cell) or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org A follow-up kayak campout will be held on Nov. 18 & 19 at Saguaro Lake east of Mesa, AZ. Note: Rick has a limited number of kayaks to lend out though he can only haul 5 including his own. Contact him evenings or weekends.
Thanksgiving 6-day campout & paddle at Himalaya Bay, Sonora MX – Nov. 23 to 28, 2016. (Wed. to Mon.) Contact trip organizer John Maier to sign-up – email@example.com 7-hr. drive, high clearance vehicles required as well as US Passport & Mex. Insurance. We will try to carpool. please sign-up for all info. This is a remote beach camp 20-mi. north of San Carlos. Go MTBiking, snorkling, fishing, boating, etc. Be all self contained & bring all water. We’ll do a Tksgiving pot-luck on Thurs. if possible.
Lake Pleasant/Agua Fria river 2-night Paddle/Campout – Dec. 12-14, 2016 (Mon. to Wed.) Drive up to the Lake (PHX) from Tucson at 1 PM. Camp at the Lake Pleasant campground Mon. eve. Tues. AM paddle 8-mi. up the Agua Fria looking for Bald Eagles before river closure (breeding season). Then set-up camp at river’s end. In PM hike up 1.5 mi. to Indian ruins on adjacent Mesa & back to camp. On Wed. AM pack & paddle back to cars & back home by 3 PM. Contact: Norma Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-235-8927 to sign-up & all info.
Big Bend Nat. Park Paddle & Camp trip on the Rio Grande, TX – Feb. 15, 2017. About 9 days. Contact Bob Schoen for all info & interest. email@example.com or 520-561-6081.
Presentation: Floating the Upper Missouri River Breaks Nat. Monument in Montana. A 10-day, 108 mi. kayaking adventure by eleven club members. Slide show given by Ron Miller.
End Meeting – 7:55 pm.
May 11, 2016 – SAPC Meeting – Summit Hut (5251 E Speedway Blvd.) 5:30 – 8:00 pm
President Anne Dalton presiding.
5:30 Meet and Greet
6:00 Meeting commenced
New attendees introduction: Anne Dalton, brought up possibility of buying a marine radio for the club. This would enable paddlers to get weather reports, talk to other boats, and send emergency calls. The radio would probably cost about $85. Discussion ensued about whether these radios could be used to communicate within our paddling group and the possibility that these would only work with line of sight range. Bill offered to donate a used radio and this was accepted. Peg Davis will follow up on this.
Anne asked if there was interest in some easy paddle trips for new or beginner paddlers. There was interest and Rick Johnson volunteered to lead some trips. Peg Davis commented that the upcoming morning trip on the lower Salt would be a good beginner trip.
Who went where: Peg Davis, Helen Deluga, and Tim Ralph enjoyed a trip through the Gila Box. Water was low and there were several flips in the fast moving turns. Rudi Lambrechtse was on a Sierra Club trip on the river at the same time and had similar experiences on the turns.
Several members attended the Paddle Battle in San Carlos Mexico. The club did well in the events and everyone had a good time. Bob Kerry went to Kino Bay a few days early to have more paddling time and reported seeing plenty of sea lions but no walruses this time.
The Patagonia Lake Cleanup was successful. The club must be doing a good job as the amount of garbage collected was much lower than the earlier cleanups. A standing ovation was given to Royce Davenport who does such a great job setting it up!
Lower Salt River: Peg Davis will be leading back-to-back trips on the lower Salt tubing run on May 20th and 21st. The first will be a moonlight run, the second, a sunrise run. The sunrise run will be better for beginners as the other is by moonlight and is more difficult to navigate. Possible free camping will be at Bulldog Canyon OHV at Bluepoint bridge, else paid camping will be at Usery Park. Plan on using inflatables or short hard shells. No tubes. A Tonto pass is also needed. Contact Peg for info. firstname.lastname@example.org
Salida, CO: Tommy James announced multiday, multi-river trips in southern Colorado at Ruby Mountain/Brown Canyon on the Arkansas river near Salida where he will be a campground host. Also Fibark White Water Festival is happening the 3rd week in June. Contact Tommy for info. 616-0133.
Missouri River, MT: Ron and Norma Miller are planning a trip on the Missouri River in Montana meeting July 7th and launching on the 8th from Coal Banks. The take out is yet to be determined – possible Judith or James Kipp park. This trip will include layover days and hiking. Everyone will carry their own food and water (no filtering) and will need a sea kayak or canoe for this trip. Contact Ron or Norma for details. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith River, MT: Mike Huckabee has a permit for the Smith River in Montana for July 19-23. Contact Mike for details. email@example.com
Sonoran Coast, MX: John Maier will lead a Mexico coastal paddle from El Colorado to San Carlos via Himalaya Beach and San Pedro Bay. It covers about 40 miles in 5 days or longer dependent on weather conditions. There may also be a side trip for experienced paddlers to San Pedro Nolasco Island which is a seven mile crossing. This is planned for around May 26 and requires about 8 days commitment. Contact John: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Upcoming Events
Steve Anderson will host a Spring Potluck at his house on May 21st at 3:00. See you there. Steve: 591-6318
Royce Davenport is hosting his 5th annual Dry Dockers Ball (party) on July 23rd. Everyone welcome. Royce: 762-9263
Program: Green River, UT from Ruby Ranch to Spanish Bottom through Labyrinth and Stillwater Canyons by Ron and Norma Miller. Let’s plan on doing the lower section (Mineral Bottom to Spanish Bottom) in late Sept. 2017.
Mar 9, 2016 – SAPC Meeting Fish and Game Building 6:00 – 9:00 pm
President Anne Dalton presiding.
6:00 Meet and Greet
7:00 Meeting commenced
Game and Fish will no longer let outside groups use their facility. We will use some of the local libraries but are looking for a permanent home for our meetings. Contact Bob Schoen if you have some possibilities.
Who went where:
>John Maier led a trip to Estero Tastiota along the Sea of Cortez. Starting at Playa Colorado, they paddled 6 miles to the estuary where they enjoyed the birdlife.
>Steve Kanner led a day run on the Salt. It is best to get permits beforehand as it is a long drive to get one from the put-in.
>Steve Kanner led an overnight trip on the Verde. It was a difficult run with lots of trees down in the streambed.
Upcoming trips and Events:
>Peg Davis announced that there is a 4 day swim event that is looking for boaters to escort the swimmers. Sit-on-tops are provided. They need people for the Apache Lake section on April 29. Contact Peg at email@example.com for contact information.
>Royce Davenport announced the Patagonia Lake cleanup on April 17. The cleanup will be on Sunday morning followed by a potluck lunch and prizes. Royce is asking for someone to help with the race/poker run. People may come on the 16th to camp. Group site 110 across the lake is again reserved. For people wanting their own campsite, check the SAPC website announcement page for the campground list, then call the main gate to register for your free site for Saturday night. Note that volunteers get in free to the park on Sunday or Saturday with free camping.
>John Maier mentioned a book called “A Floater’s guide to the Rivers of the Yaqui Watershed” written by Neal Nikrik. John has boated with the author in some of the areas the book covers – Sonara and Chihuahua Mexico. These rivers usually flow in August/September. Go to www.golightoutdoors.com for more information.
>March 19th is the Verde River Runoff, a race from Camp Verde to Beasley Flats. This is not the wilderness section for there should not be trees in the river.
Ron and Norma Miller are leading a trip on the Missouri River in Montana. They will launch on July 8th at Coal Banks, spend about 8 days on the river, and take out at Kip.
>Norma Miller announced that Clint Russel is putting on the San Carlos Paddle Battle III takes place in San Carlos Mexico on May 7 and 8. SAPC has often had a presence there and done well in the races so consider joining them again this year.
>Royce Davenport will be holding his summertime 5th Annual Dry Dockers Ball on or around July 23rd.
>Bob Schoen announced that there will be a Lake Powell trip the last full week in September, around the 17th to 25th.
>Oscar Bevin announced the April 15th weekend La Boca Ensenada Baja Kayak festival. See bajakayakfestival for info or Jim Click with Aqua Adventures in San Diego. This would be a good place to learn about sea kayaking.
>Tommy James brought up the FIBARK festival in Salida CO on about June 15-19.
>Presentation by Tom Martin and Hazel Clark on Otis Reed “Dock” Marston and “From Powell to Power”, Tom Martins effort to publish Dock’s research into a book. It was a great presentation that helped clear up the muddy waters of Grand Canyon river running history. Visit Tom and Hazel and check out their selection of Grand Canyon books and guides at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 12 and 13 on the UA mall at booth 483.
Norma & Ron Miller will present their trip to Labyrinth & Stillwater Cyns. of the Green River. The May 11 meeting will be in a new venue. It will be held at the Dusenberry-River Branch Library starting at 6 pm and vacating before 8 pm.
Jan 13, 2016 – SAPC Meeting Fish and Game Building 6:00 – 9:00 pm
President Ann Dalton presiding.
6:00 Meet and Greet
7:00 Meeting commenced
New attendees introduction
Recognize outgoing officers Steve Kanner and Mindy Cox and greet new officers Helen Deluga, Secretary, and Ann Dalton, President
Who went where:
Rick Johnson explored the lower Colorado River
Mark Thaler reported on Thanksgiving Mexico beach trip
Norma Miller and Casey Stakauskas paddled in Baja Mexico
Helen Deluga enjoyed a Grand Canyon river trip
Rick Johnson is going from Walters camp to Fishers Landing on the lower Colorado
Tommy James announced multiday, multi-river trips in southern Colorado possibly including the Piedra (class IV), San Juan thru Pagosa (class II-III), FibArk thru Browns Canyon. Also rivers in New Mexico including the Chama, Taos Box, the Racecourse. Also Fibark White Water Festival the 3rd week in June.
John Maier will revisit Estero Tastiota along the Sea of Cortez. Starting at Playa Colorado, he will paddle 6 miles to the estuary, spend 3 or 4 days birdwatching and paddling, then return. This is planned for around Feb 25 – 29
Bob Schoen is planning a trip on the Rio Grande in Big Bend, Texas including Santa Elena and Boquillos canyons on March 13-19. This trip will be dependent on sufficient water levels.
Peg Davis would like to paddle the Gila from Clifton around mid-April.
Permits were discussed. The Salt river deadline is Jan 31. Permits are around $10, $150 for the group. The Smith river, also a permitted river, flows best before the end of June. The SAPC contains more info on the permitting process.
John Maier presented: Kayaking in Belize.
November 11, 2015 General Meeting – Arizona Game & Fish Bldg.
6:00 Networking/Meeting Set-up
7:00 President Steve Kanner – welcoming remarks; meeting highlights; river humor and trivia
– Club officer introduction and reports:
o President – Elections for President and Secretary tonight
o Vice-President – Reminder to see Bob S. for presentations
o Treasurer – Reminder of dues due in January, 2016; $825 in kitty; 68 member units; still plenty of shirts and hats for sale
– Royce – Patagonia Lake spring cleanup the weekend following Easter
– No new members or guests present
– Trip reports: Trips to Vermilion River Illinois (Peg); Desolation/Gray; Grand Canyon(Mike); North Fork of the Feather River for Feather Fest with American Whitewater Association (Steve K.); Baja (John and Mark) were reported
– Upcoming trips: Thanksgiving at Himalaya (John); Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park March 5-9 (Bob S.); Lake Powell houseboat in April (Andersons); Missouri Breaks in July (Ron & Norma).
– President discussed SAPC becoming a Club Affiliate with the American Whitewater Association for 2016. Benefits are reduced membership dues ($10 discount for individuals in club), platform for action on river issues nationwide, club recognition, being part of a larger community with similar interests. Annual dues $75. Mike motioned, Peg seconded, motion passed by majority hand vote.
– Board meeting December 2 or 9; email ideas to a Board member.
– Election for new club President and Secretary: Helen Deluga volunteered for Secretary, passed by majority hand vote. Discussion of duties of President. Betty nominated Anne Dalton for President, passed by majority hand vote.
– SAPC has box at Summit Hut for save-a-bag tokens/donations
Presentations – Jack Kriendler’s daughter Dana presented her doctoral project working with Environmental Traveling Companions designing kayak modifications for disabled persons. Jack presented slideshow of trips to Laos and the Pacific Northwest.
Concluding Remarks – President, next club meeting January 13, 2016 at Game & Fish
May 13, 2015 – General Meeting – Woods Library
6:00 Networking/Meeting Set-up
6:30 President , Steve Kanner – welcoming remarks; meeting highlights; river humor and trivia. Kudos for Mindy with correct answer: Rio Conchos in northern Mexico.
– Club officer introduction and reports:
o Treasurer – 57 household “units” as members; approximately $1400 in kitty; prizes for fall Patagonia Lake cleanup already purchased; reminder of shirts/hats for sale
o Web Administrators – Email any advertisements or info to Norma and Casey to place on website; club presence remains on Facebook, e-newsletter, and website
– Patagonia Lake spring cleanup was cancelled due to weather; October cleanup will be scheduled
– New member/guest introductions – 4 guests present, 2 decided to join; welcome!
– President Steve K introduced idea to donate $100 to the Friends of the Verde organization in memory of founding club member Jim Slingluff and past president Geno Rosburg. Motion by Norma, seconded by Jack K and passed unanimously with voice vote.
– Trip reports – Trips to a river in Poland/Slovakia, Gila River Lower Box, Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Cosumnes River, and the Sahuarita Triathlon were reported
– Upcoming trips: Peg – Salt River end of May; Jack – Sea of Cortez end of October through beginning of November; John – Belize in December; Bob – Washington state/San Juan Islands this summer; John – Vancouver Island this summer; Norma and others – San Carlos Paddle Battle Memorial Day weekend
– Upcoming events: Royce – Dry Dockers Ball June 6; Jack – Wilderness first responder class next week
– President – reminder of club equipment available to borrow, email him with request
– Tim needs somewhere to store canoe/kayaks
Break – Trip signup forms available
Presentations – Bob Schoen and Helen Deluga’s sea kayak adventure on Milford Sound and the Wanganui River in New Zealand; Peg and others Gila River trip on Lower Box.
Motion made by Helen D to permanently move club general meetings to Woods Library. Motion was seconded by Jack K. Discussion followed and motion failed on “hands up” vote 15-9.
Concluding Remarks – President Steve Kanner; next club meeting September 9, 2015 at Game & Fish
March 11, 2015 – General Meeting
6:00 Networking Hour/Meeting Set-up
7:00 President , Steve Kanner – welcoming remarks, meeting highlights
– River Trivia (John– winner)
– Club officer Introduction – President and Secretary up for election this fall
– Dues must be paid up or will be dropped from membership, new shirts/hats available for purchase
– New member/guest introductions: Hazel, Andrew from T.G. Watersports (handed out flyers), Edward
– Spring Patagonia Lake cleanup April 11-12: Boat-in site #110 reserved, Royce may not get there until later on Sunday morning so request for somebody to claim our usual picnic spot, John volunteered to lead rolling skills practice after cleanup
– Trip reports – Trips to Lower Colorado, Northern California coast, Verde River, Mexico/Kino Bay were reported
– Upcoming trips – Reminder about trip interest sign-up forms available
– Upcoming events: “Powell to Power” presentation at UA Health Sciences Drachman Hall Room A112, March 13, 2015 at 7 pm; Kayak skills practice session at Ott YMCA 401 S Prudence, April 21, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 pm, bring boat and helmet; Sahuarita Triathlon safety boaters needed, May 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 10:00 am
Presentation – Workshops:
– Knots (Steve K.)
– Trip Organization and Responsibilities (Jack K.)
– Sea Kayaking instructional video (Norma M.)
Concluding Remarks – President Steve Kanner
– Next meeting Wednesday May 13, 2015 at AZ Game & Fish