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Whitewater Weekend Trip to Clarence River

Friday, 06 April 2018
A great introductory and novice trip to the Clarence River as an overnight trip on the river! A great opportunity to develop your skills over two days of paddling!

Full Details
For beginners and more advanced paddlers.

Event ID: 180407W
Last Modified: 2018-03-12 00:26:32
Version: 1


General Photo of the Campground

We will depart Friday Night from the club shed and camp at the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge on Friday Night.

On Saturday & Sunday we will paddle from CRWL to Hootens crossing. Steve & Sharon from CRWL will then shuttle us back and we will get back to Brisbane late Sunday afternoon.

Paddle TypeWhitewater
Start Date06-04-2018
End Date08-04-2018
Trip days3
Depart Date07-04-2018
Return Date08-04-2018
Paddle days2
Trip LeaderHenry Friend
2ICPaul Bowtell
GradeIntro/Novice
Distance(s)2 Days on the river
Paddle OutlineSaturday and Sunday we will paddle numerous grade 1 & 2 rapids in both canoes and kayaks.

The emphasis will be on skill development and there will be downtime in the evening to discuss technique and build skills around the campsite.
Paddle Duration(s)2 days of paddling
Tide(s)Paddy's Flat Gauge: 1.1 - 1.9m
Put in PointClarence River Wilderness Lodge
Take out PointHooten's Crossing
Alternate Route VariationsIf water levels are too low, we might change the plan and do Nymbodia River (Ramornie to Jackadgery)
Alternate Take Out PointsPaddy's Flat (approx 9kms from Wilderness Lodge)
FacilitiesClarence River Wilderness Lodge - http://www.clarenceriver.com has all camping facilities

On Saturday night we will be camping on the river, so all gear needs to be carried with us
River Grade(s)1,2
Chart InformationPaddy's Flat 9340-1S
Pretty Gully 9340-2N
Tunglebung 9440-3N
Maps

Clarence River Full Map
Put in Point(s)

Put in Point
Take Out Point(s)

Clarence Takeout point

 

Risks and Management

Risks
Risk Assessment ✓ Animals and Plants (major injury); ✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury); ✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change; ✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping; ✓ Capsize; ✓ Carrying Boats; ✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains; ✓ Darkness falls / Stranded Overnight; ✓ Dehydration; ✓ Drowning; ✓ Enter / Exit Boat; ✓ Equipment Failure; ✓ Fitness / Fatigue; ✓ Group Getting Lost; ✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia; ✓ Hit by Paddle; ✓ Hypothermia; ✓ Medical Condition(s); ✓ Missing / Broken Paddle; ✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters; ✓ Panic / Fear; ✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects; ✓ Separation from Boat; ✓ Sinking Boat; ✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures); ✓ Sunburn; ✓ Surf; ✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment Towing Trailer; ✓ Becoming Lost; ✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area; ✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol; ✓ Drowsiness while Driving; ✓ Incident or Accident while Driving; ✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle; ✓ Loads Falling from Vehicle or Trailer, or hitting occupants in accident;
Risk 1Hidden obstacles under water
Risk 1 ContextGet pinched or stuck under water
Risk 1 Management / ControlsHave a guide who knows the river at different water levels. Paddle with a group so help is available to get out of the water (e.g. throw rope, knife to cut loose). Remind paddlers to be look out for submerged objects. Wear life jacket, helmet, and whistle.
Risk 1 Before ManagementMod
Risk 1 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk 2Injuries while carrying boats around obstacles.
Risk 2 ContextThe river might be blocked by an obstacle (fallen tree) or rapids might be to dangerous to paddle requiring paddlers to leave the river and carry the boats around the block. When exiting and entering the boats it is always possible to tip and fall into the water. Also rocks might be slippery and one might slip and get hit by the boat.
Risk 2 Management / ControlsHave a guide that has assessed the ability of the group members and chooses a safe part of the river and knows safe spots to carry boats around obstacles. Wear suitable shoes with a grip sole. Wear the helmet at all times. Remind paddlers to take care when walking and carrying boats. Carry boats with two or more people, if possible.
Risk 2 Before ManagementMod
Risk 2 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk Management
Paddler Requirements✓ Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with winds and tides contributing significantly to this.
✓ Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.
✓ Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit while a member of the club.
✓ Participants must self-assess their, and their equipment's ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website. This should be consulted prior to registration, and any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
Emergency Contact InformationClarence River Wilderness Lodge:
02 6665 1337

SES: 13 25 00
Emergency Services: 000
Tabulam Police: 02 6666 1244

Nearest Medical Help and ContactsBonalbo Hosptial
02 6665 1203
Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link)✓ Camping Gear (e.g. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag); ✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water); ✓ Cooking gear; ✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm); ✓ Food adequate for trip duration; ✓ Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and extra for on land; ✓ Paddle clothes to protect from cold/wind (e.g. thermal/spray jacked or cag); ✓ Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved paddle clothes, sunscreen, etc); ✓ Water - 3L per day (4L if camping); ✓ Water and snacks accessible while paddling;
Kayak Equipment✓ Dry bag; ✓ Helmet; ✓ PFD and paddle; ✓ Spray Deck (if you have never used one tell the leader before you register!); ✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking); ✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment✓ First Aid Kit; ✓ Repair Kit; ✓ Spare Paddle;
Communications✓ Mobile Phone; ✓ PLB/EPIRB; ✓ V-Sheet; ✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment
  • Suitable covered footwear with grip sole, that can get wet.
  • Take a head torch and a change of warm dry clothes with you at all times during the paddle.
  • Water and snacks accessible.
  • Lunch for paddling days, and meals for off water
  • Camping gear
  • The water will be cold, and you will get wet (i.e. swimming). Bring swimming clothing that will keep you warm (eg thermals, wetsuit, spray jacket, and/or cag).

Additional Equipment
  • Pin Kit
  • Stern Inflation Bags
  • Spot Gen3 emergency message/tracking unit.
Check of Paddlers' Equipment✓ Bailing Device; ✓ Footwear (covered); ✓ Medication; ✓ PFD; ✓ Spray Deck; ✓ Suitable Craft; ✓ Sunsmart Gear; ✓ Water;

 

Logistics

Boat Loading06-04-2018 5:00 PM
Boat Loading LocationUQCC Boat Shed
Boat Loading DetailsThis will be our meeting and we will leave for the Clarence once the trailer is packed and all the boats and gear is packed.

Please be on time to the boat load
Meet LocationUQCC Shed
Meeting Time (meet location)5 PM
Depart Time (meet location)5:30PM
Go Home TimeLate Sunday afternoon/Early Evening
CostsPetrol for Driver - $20
Wear 'n' Tear - $5
Camping Costs - $13 pp
Share in shuttle cost (dependant on number of participants)
Additional Comments/InstructionsThis will be an overnight trip so it is very important you bring wholesome food for Friday night-sunday lunch. You will also be required to bring lightweight camping gear.
  • Participants should have an appropriate level of fitness. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level.
  • Participants need to have basic paddling skills for the intro trip, details found here
  • Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with rain, wind and weather conditions contributing significantly to this.
  • Participants must self-assess their, and their equipment's ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website and should be consulted prior to registration. Any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
  • Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit while a member of the club.
  • Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.

 

Registration

Register with: Henry
Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 04-04-2018
Event ID: 180407W

This trip is now full.