Monday, April 21, 2014

Using the MSR Gravity Water Filter on my latest Grand Canyon backpack trip was a real sweet deal, no pumping!  April 2014
Posted by Rob Grandfield - Co-Owner of Sunrise Mountain Sports

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sign the online petition

URGENT: Save the Lake Del Valle Kayak Center

The Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Parks District is reviewing proposals to operate the watersports rental concession at Lake Del Valle Park. The Directors will decide a course of action as early as this week or next. For the last eight years Sunrise Mountain Sports, a family-owned business based in Livermore and serving the Tri-Valley for almost four decades, has operated the Kayak Center, serving over 15,000 park visitors in 2013 with rentals, classes, tours, and group events. Join this petition to encourage the Board to renew this concession: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-lake-del-valle-kayak-center.

Unfortunately, the Kayak Center is under threat, as the administrative staff has decided to recommend another concessionaire to the Board. The reasoning is unclear, especially since the proposed company promises to pay a significantly lesser percentage of revenues to the park. Therefore, not only does this decision threaten to disrupt the opportunities currently offered at the Park, but also it could result in reduced revenues received by the Parks District which could be used for other facilities or services.

Sunrise Mountain Sports is the right choice to operate the watersports concession at Lake Del Valle Regional Park. Sunrise is located closest to the lake, is the outfitter most connected to the local community, and is the most experienced with watersports recreation.

Please help save the Kayak Center! Sign this petition, email your respective Board Member, share this cause on social media channels. Thank you to all!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Suunto Ambit in use: Mitchell Canyon to Eagle Peak Hike at Mount Diablo State Park

Eagle Peak Summit

Charli and I got out for a Father's Day hike yesterday on Mount Diablo. We chose to climb Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon on the north side of the Mount Diablo. Perhaps we should have chosen a hike closer to the coast since the temperature reached 95 degrees while we were out. Fortunately we took along 3 liters of water or we may not have survived. The hike was a chance to further test out my new Suunto Ambit watch which I wrote about in the previous blog. For this hike I decided to track the trip with my iPhone in addition to the Ambit track. Both tracks are shown superimposed on the google earth screen shots below. I found the Ambit followed our path a little closer but I think the sample rate on the iPhone was set to a slower speed and that introduced a little more error. The nice thing about the iPhone was that we were able to view our position on a map as we progressed on the hike. This lead to a navigation error when we followed an abandoned trail shown on the iPhone rather than follow the guide book description. The lesson we learned was to make sure we have a good up-to-date paper map along on every hike. If you chose to do this hike make sure you follow the Mitchell Rock Trail near the end of the hike instead of the shortcut down the abandoned section of the Eagle Peak Trail. The whole hike was on the rugged side but the abandoned section was of the charts and dangerous. 

Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon GPS track

Suunto Ambit track yellow, iPhone track blue

The screen shot below shows the output to movescount.com from my Ambit after I downloaded it at the end of the day.  The web page shows the length of our hike, time hiking, altitude gained, and maximum speed during the hike. The altitude is plotted against time in the graph at the bottom. Not shown but available are time plots of speed, temperature, distance, vertical speed and barometric pressure. During the hike I was not wearing the chest strap heart monitor but if I had I would be able to view my heart rate verses time for the entire hike.

Ambit output on Movescount.com

Bottomline: This was a great hike but probably better done on a cooler day. The 2201 ft. altitude gain was great for training and the view were spectacular. The Ambit continues to perform excellent and my enthusiasm is still growing for it. Stop by the store or give me a call if you would like to discuss the hike or the Ambit.

Kim Grandfield

Charli approaching Eagle Peak with Walnut Creek in the Background

A View of Rugged Mount Diablo to the South from the Trail.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Suunto Ambit GPS Watch


For some time I've wanted a very compact GPS for my adventures. I've tried several hand-held GPSs over the last few years but never been very satisfied with the results. Since I'm involved in mountaineering and kayaking, ruggedness and waterproofness are high on my want list.

Ten days ago I acquired a new GPS watch from Suunto: the Ambit. I think I've found my ultimate navigational device. Since my current Suunto altimeter watch (X6 HR) has been working for 10 years and showing no signs of problems, I expect the Ambit will last a long time. Even more importantly the watch seems to do everything I need in a navigational watch plus it has several useful bonus features.

The Ambit is programed through a web site called www.movescount.com. Adding waypoints to the watch is as simple as clicking the google earth map on the web site and naming the waypoint. One can enter and name up to 100 waypoints on the web site, then attach the watch with a USB connector to the computer and automatically load the waypoints on the watch. Once the waypoints are on the watch it is easy to select a waypoint and navigate to it. I found that the Ambit can lock on to GPS signals in a few seconds which makes it quick to use. The other important navigational feature that the Ambit can do is give you your Lat/Long position in a few seconds. Very nice so far.

The Ambit can record GPS tracks, altitude, speed, heart rate, distance traveled, temperature, pressure, time of a give exercise, and many more parameters while you are using it. The data provided by the watch are based on selecting different exercise modes on the watch and then starting the recorder at the beginning of you outing. When you arrive back home you simply plug your Ambit into your computer which recharges the batteries and downloads the information stored in the internal memory. As soon as the information has been downloaded it is available to view on the Suunto web site movescount.com.

Below you will see a screen shot of the movescount.com web site for a short run that I did this morning in Livermore. The page shows a map of the path I followed, my heart rate at any point along my run, the speed I was running at any point on the run, the temperature over the run, how long I ran, how far I ran, and many more parameters than I care to list.



Bottom line, I love this watch. I am wearing it every day so if you would like to discuss it with me give me stop by the store and I will be happy to show you how it works. If you would like to buy an Ambit you can find it at the following link Ambit on sunrisemountainsports.com

Kim Grandfield

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Telemark Skiing at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort

Last week I had a chance to spend a week with my family at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. This year has been a fairly low snow year but recent storms combined with Heavenly's excellent snow-making made the skiing really nice. My whole family tends toward telemark skiing because of our strong background in cross-country skiing. On Tuesday my son, Darin and I made a telemark ski video of skiing inbounds in Heavenly's many open woods runs, actually as you will see some of the trees are a little tight. Check out the video below:




Later in the week a foot or more of new powder fell giving me a chance to get a second ski video, this time of my daughter Allison carving some nice tele-turns. Check out the tight tree skiing in the second half of the video.





The last three seasons I have purchase a season pass at Heavenly because it is the only way to ski economically these days. A day pass for Heavenly now costs $96 which adds up very quickly if you ski very many days. Next year's season pass is $419.00 if you buy it before 4/15/12. That's less than the cost of 5 lift tickets. Next year the pass includes Heavenly Valley, Northstar, and Kirkwood so it's very hard to go wrong.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Palo Alto to Alviso Kayak Crossing

The south end of San Francisco Bay has two kayak specific launch sites, one in Palo Alto and the other in Alviso. The advantage of these facilities is that you can launch or land your kayak without even getting your feet wet, let alone muddy. Last Saturday I decided to take advantage of both locations in a one-way kayak trip between the two. The shortest kayak distance between the two points is about 8.25 miles, although a more likely distance is closer to 10 miles. Checking out the tide tables for these locations is important since some parts of the South Bay are very shallow at low tide. Other important considerations are currents and navigation skills. The first half of the trip requires compass headings to end up in the right slough at the end.

Launching From Palo Alto Baylands Boat Launch
We chose to launch at the Palo Alto Baylands Boat Launch about 2 hours before high tide to catch the push of the flood tide current as the south end of the Bay filled with water. The floating dock allowed the group to gently slide into the water directly from the dock, which floated only a few inches above the water.

Scott Trummer gliding on a mirror with Coyote Hills in the distance.
As you can see from the photos, the conditions were amazing. The wind was either non-existant or a slight breeze. We identified a channel buoy on the nautical chart for the area and determined a heading to follow towards it. The heading was used to give everyone a landmark to paddle toward in the distance as the channel buoy was not visible at first.

Cruising the South Bay, piles of salt in the background.
By using ranges we were able to correct for drift caused by the flood tide. Our navigation took us across the two-mile crossing right on target to the channel buoy where we turned south to another channel buoy.
Moffett Field in the distance.
We had some incredible views of the features of the South Bay in every direction. To the west we could see the huge hangers of Moffett Field and even hear their wind tunnel working. To the east were piles of salt along the near shore and Mission Peak looming in the background.

Seal encounter.
As we rounded Calaveras Point we spotted numerous Harbor Seals both foraging in the water and lounging near the shore. The high tide seemed to have flooded their haul-out spot. 

Lunch at the mouth of Alviso Slough
We stopped for lunch near some power lines at the entrance to Alviso Slough. As we entered the slough the tide turned to an ebb, so we had to stay near the bank to avoid the current coming out of the slough.

Great Egrets are plentiful in Alviso Slough
Alviso Slough is the home to numerous species of bird life. The slough is bordered by the Don Edwards S. F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is connected to the slough by a couple of cuts through the levees, which create some interesting tide rips during both flood and ebb tides. 

The hardy kayakers at the Alviso take-out.
As with the put-in in Palo Alto, the take-out at Alviso Marina Boat Ramp is excellent. It has it all, including a kayak-friendly low launch dock, restrooms, plenty of parking and a good Mexican restaurant nearby.

Approximate path of South Bay kayak crossing
More photos from the crossing can be found at:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimgrandfield/sets/72157627858642070/

Kim Grandfield




Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kayak Adventure on Tomales Bay

Tomales Bay Kayak Adventure
One of the premier kayak destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area is the 15-mile long Tomales Bay bordering on Point Reyes National Seashore. Last Saturday, Phil Pierpont and I guided a group of eleven kayakers to Tomales Bay on a day tour sponsored by Livermore Area Parks and Recreation District. Our launch site was Miller County Park on the mainland side of the bay. This launch provides quick access to the wilder northern end of the bay. We chose August 20th because the slack tide was predicted to occur around noon thereby giving our group a free ride towards the mouth of the bay on the ebb tide in the morning and a second free ride on the flood tide on our return in the afternoon. It is always important to consider the tides when paddling Tomales Bay.

Tomales Bay
On the first leg of our tour we paddled two miles northwest towards Toms Point skirting just to the west of the numerous oyster beds along the way. This area is shallow so it is important to have at least a two-foot tide. A couple of platform docks shown on the Tomales Bay Nautical Chart along this route are good targets to guide you just left of the oyster beds. Along this route we sighted Bat Rays and Leopard Sharks foraging along the shallow bottom. The rays are easy to spot if you look for the tips of their wings just above the surface. A lot of cormorants, egrets and herons are also easy to spot here.

Rest Stop at Toms Point
The southeast side of Toms Point offers a nice spot to land and stretch your legs. Be careful to land far enough northeast of the point to avoid disturbing any harbor seals (MMPA) that might be hauled out there. Using binoculars we also spotted Tule Elk on the ridges of Point Reyes across the bay from this location.

GPS Path
From Toms Point we headed straight west to a red channel buoy where we grouped up to cross the boat channel in a tight group rather than meandering north in the middle of the channel where we might be in the way of any boat traffic. On the crossing an Osprey flew directly over our heads carrying a large newly-caught fish.

Charli
We then proceeded northeast along the western shore of the bay. This area of the bay comes more in direct contact with the ocean a couple of miles to the north as evidenced by the abundant kelp growing on the edge of the channel. An unusual sighting on the tour was a family of six river otters living in a den just above the water line. At first we thought they were sea otters as we approached them swimming playfully ahead of us. We quickly realized our error when they scampered out of the water and went into a hole in the bank. They had relatively long thin tails more like giant rats than sea otters. The presence of the family of river otters was confirmed by another kayak guide on our return to Miller County Park.

A Kayaker's Lunch
Across from Sand Point we found a sand beach with a giant log to lunch on. After a quick lunch most of our group went for a hike up and over the narrow Point Reyes Peninsula for a view of the Pacific Ocean to the west. This part of Point Reyes is the home to a spectacular herd of 400 Tule Elk. They are usually easy to view in this area, and Saturday was no exception.

Tule Elk grazing on Point Reyes
On our return trip to Miller County Park we followed the west side of the bay to the vicinity of Hog Island before crossing the boat channel. We passed near to Hog Island to view the abundant bird life and swung wide of the resting seals on the closed area. The day turned into another excellent kayak adventure.

Kim and Charli

Kim Grandfield

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Moonlight on the Bay

Launching from Dunphy Park in Sausalito, CA

A great adventure can often be found right in your own backyard. For the last couple of weeks I was aware that last Saturday night would have a full moon and it had been several years since I had done a good moonlight kayak trip. As the weekend approached I could see that the weather was going to be mild and possibly fog free on the Bay. I had little difficulty recruiting my wife, a couple of employees, and a store friend to join me for a moonlight trip to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. We had hoped to get off by 8 PM to catch the slack tide in Raccoon Straights, but managed to launch from Dunphy Park in Sausalito by a little after 9 PM. With adequate parking, a nice launch, and a large grassy area for staging the kayaks,  Dunphy Park is my favorite launch site onto Richardson Bay.

You didn't tell me it would be this dark!

As we paddled out toward the channel we realized how dark it was. In addition to everyone in our group wearing a headlamp, we were carrying several strong spotlights for signaling any approaching boats of our presence. Our main strategy for avoiding power boats was to minimize our time spent in the boat channels. Some of our lighting problems were solved when the huge full moon rose over the Bay Bridge.

Moonrise over the Bay Bridge

Our navigation plan was to go from buoy to buoy until we reached Angel Island and then follow the shore around the Island. At night each of the buoys has a light that flashes at a distinct interval and color that identifies that buoy. We simply paddled from one buoy to another until we reached Point Stuart on Angel Island. All went well until we were almost across Raccoon Straights. Since we were a little late launching, the tide had turned into a flood tide and we were heading into a two-knot choppy current. With a little extra effort we managed to make it past Point Stuart into a tidal eddy and eventually, as we turned onto the south shore of Angel Island, we got a nice push from the flood tide from behind.

Champagne anyone?

During all this paddling the views around the Bay were becoming spectacular. The Golden Gate Bridge was slowly appearing golden from behind the Marin Headlands. To the south, the whole San Francisco skyline was just glowing. Alcatraz appeared as a mostly dark spot in front of the lights of the city, looking a little like a dark battleship. The Bay Bridge could be seen outlined in lights and leading over to Oakland and Berkeley in the East.

Picnic by the Bay

We decided to land on a beach just short of Point Blunt, on the south-east corner of the island. The surf was small and our landing was smooth and dry. Time for a 11 PM picnic on the beach with a fantastic view if San Francisco and the bridges and no other folks around. Out came the fresh French bread, cheese, chocolate and a special champagne from the Big White House Winery in the Livermore Valley.

What a place

A 11:30 PM we pushed off for our return trip to Sausalito as the moon was now higher in the sky and more illuminating. We swung wide to the West to avoid being sucked into the tide rip in Raccoon Straights and caught a little push from the tide slowly filling Richardson Bay. We arrived back at Dunphy Park before 1 AM. What an adventure!!

San Francisco from Angel Island
Kim Grandfield

P.S. Careful observers of the last photo might notice a rarely seen beautiful carbon/kevlar Valley Aleut II double sea kayak that my wife and I paddled on the outing.




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Instructor Certification Workshop 2011

Every year Sunrise Mountain Sports hosts an ACA (American Canoe Association) Instructor Certification Workshop to increase our expertise in kayak instruction. We hire ACA Instructor Trainer Educator Roger Schumann from Eskape Kayaking to oversee the training. We now have six ACA-certified sea kayak instructors on our staff. This year's training took place at our Kayak Center at Lake Del Valle and along the coast north of Santa Cruz at Franklin Point. I took some video of this year's training and thought I would share it with you. Some of the scenes are just for fun (speed launches, etc.) but if you are interested in your kayak technique you may be able to extract some improvements to you skills by watching the video. In particular, watch Roger in the blue spray jacket for examples of the correct form for many of the strokes.

Thanks,
Kim Grandfield

Monday, May 16, 2011

Lake Del Valle Kayak Festival

Saturday was our annual Lake Del Valle Kayak Festival. Even with the weather being a little cool, over 100 folks came out to enjoy the kayaking. New this year we provided almost 80 kayak lessons on everything from beginning kayaking to Eskimo rolls. Roger Schumann and Gregg Berman were our lead kayak instructors, giving everyone involved a taste of their expert instruction. Sales reps from Hobie, Eddyline, Wilderness Systems, Perception, Valley and Dagger kayaks were on hand to provide the inside info on all of their kayaks. Check out the photos of the event by clicking on the photo below or by visiting the following link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimgrandfield/sets/72157626612905179/




Kim Grandfield

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Kayak Outing on Alviso Slough

Last Sunday morning Tim Andrews and I did a little exploring on Alviso Slough at the South end of San Francisco Bay. We were experimenting with a GoPro camera mount and doing a little bird watching. We ran across a Black-crowned Night-Heron and a mellow unexpected tide race between the slough and a salt pond. Of course we noticed the "sign" after playing in the current. Fantastic weather!

Kim Grandfield


A Kayak Outing on Alviso Slough from Kim Grandfield on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lake Del Valle Ospreys and White Tailed Kites

Yesterday morning Tim Andrews and I took out our new Valley Aleut II double sea kayak for a paddle on Lake Del Valle. Wow, what a kayak. We managed 8.2 mph on the GPS easily although we couldn't hold that speed very long without a bit more training. The Valley Aleut II is one of the crown jewels of our complete Valley Sea Kayak demo fleet housed at our Kayak Center at Lake Del Valle. Carbon/kevlar construction, 22.5 ft long with a 26 inch beam and begging for our customers to come out and take it for a spin. Back to the topic of my post. Down by the dam we encountered a pair of ospreys and an ornery white tailed kite. It was a beautiful day and we captured some of the action on video so check it out!

Kim Grandfield


Lake Del Valle Osprey and White Tailed Kite from Kim Grandfield on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Yucatan Kayak Adventure March 19-26, 2011

My wife Kathy and I along with Paul and Margerite Hara of Walnut Creek joined a group of nine adventurers on the beautiful Yucatan coast about a 3 hour drive south of Cancun, Mexico. We had signed up for a week long stay at Rancho Caphi Ha run by a kayak outfitter, Living Adventure, based at the western end of Lake Superior in Bayfield, WI.  The week had a very laid back feeling and plenty of kayaking opportunities.  The rancho was located on a very long thin island separated by another thin peninsula by a bridge over a tidal river.  With the Gulf of Mexico on the east a few steps from our room and the mangrove swamps/bays on west, it certainly felt like paradise.

A additional attraction for me was having world class kayaks available for our daily outings.  Our week was hosted by Leslie Appling, a premier wilderness guide with NOLS.  She has been working with the Living Adventure Outfitter run by Gail Green of WI., a very capable outdoor leader and co-ower of Living Adventure.  Gail had established the Rancho Caphi Ha destination many years ago as a winter getaway for kayaking and a few other pursuits such as week long focus on art. The week included some very cool snorkeling off the nearby gulf coast, just inside the second longest barrier reef on the planet, second in length only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia's coast.  We also visited a Cenote, a sinkhole with exposed edges containing very clear refreshing groundwater and did snorkeling there as well.  The Mayans relied heavily on the Cenotes located all over the Yucatan Peninsula.  I hope you enjoy my photos. Rob Grandfield

Monday, January 24, 2011

A River Cruise, Caswell State Park to Mossdale

Tim Andrews and I just finished a two day, 26 mile sea kayak river trip on the Stanislaus and San Joaquin Rivers. The upper 12 mile section was done yesterday and the lower 14 mile section was done about a week ago. We were accompanied by Patty Andrews, Charlene Grandfield, Rob Grandfield on the upper section and David Lunn on the lower section. I had driven near these rivers for years and decided that the time had come to explore them.

The key to this trip is river access points. Caswell State Park near Ripon offers a nice launch beach onto the Stanislaus River. There is an $8 fee for day use (parking). A nice campground is also available for $30 per night. At the other end of our trip, Mossdale Landing Community Park offers day parking for a small fee. Since it is over 25 river miles between the two, we needed an access point somewhere in the middle. Our solution was to park on the West side of the Airport Blvd. bridge near the mid-point of the trip. This is not a designated parking spot but it has worked out fine the two times we have used it.

Both sections of the trip had a small amount of current, with the San Joaquin River a little faster and wider. We saw a reasonable amount of wildlife on the trip with more birds on the lower section (probably because it was foggy when we did the upper section). The upper section had a lot of evidence of recent beaver activity but we never actually had any sightings, probably because they are mostly nocturnal.

If you would like to get a feel for the trip, I have posted a three minute video at 
http://vimeo.com/19116057


  

A River Cruise, Caswell State Park to Mossdale from Kim Grandfield on Vimeo.

This trip was a nice adventure and fairly close to home. If anyone would like to do the trip and needs any more info feel free to contact me at the store.

Kim Grandfield 








Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Cruise 2010

I'm sure a lot of folks thought that this year's Christmas Cruise was going to be a cold and wet event based on the forecast last week. They could not have been more wrong! About 25 true believers braved the weather forecasts and were greeted with a fantastic winter day on the water. Most of the group paddled the full 7 miles to the dam and back. The first few kayakers on the water were treated to an osprey diving in to water and then laboriously flying away with a large fish he had snagged. I'm sure this happens ever day but we only rarely get to see it up close. Check out my short movie from the event. See you next year!

Kim Grandfield

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Avalanche Awareness Lecture


Avalanche Awareness



Last night Aaron Johnson from Mountain Adventure Seminars (MAS) put on a FREE Avalanche Awareness Lecture at the Sunrise Mountain Sports Store in Livermore. A full house of backcountry aficionados including skiers and snowshoers showed up for the enlightening lecture. The program was just the first step every winter backcountry enthusiast should take to ensure their own safety on their backcountry tours in the winter. 

Aaron covered who is getting caught, and what gets them in trouble early on in his talk with statistics and photos. He defined the key components of avalanches including what is avalanche terrain, what causes snow to be unstable, and exactly what triggers avalanches. He finished the program by emphasizing terrain selection, decision making and self rescue as the way to keep yourself safe. If you would like a first class education in avalanche safety you should consider taking a course with (MAS). They are family owned year-round mountaineering school and guide service based in Bear Valley, California, just a couple of hours away. They have eight three day level 1 seminars scheduled for this winter.

Kim Grandfield 






Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Turkey Day Paddle

2010 Turkey Day Paddle
Over 40 kayakers joined us for an early morning paddle from 8 AM to 10 AM on Thanksgiving Day. The event took place at our Kayak Center on Lake Del Valle where we store most of our 100 plus demo/rental kayaks. The air was a little cold when every one started arriving at 7:30 AM but became rather pleasant as the sun came up and we all launched our kayaks. Most folks paddled down the lake to Swallow Bay and back, a distance of 3 or 4 miles but a few ambitious souls made it the whole 7 miles to the dam and back. A few photos from the event can be found on my flickr site at the link found below. Look for our next event on the day after Christmas, The Christmas Cruise. A fine day on Lake Del Valle! 



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

DOUBLE REWARDS POINTS This Saturday Only!!!

This Saturday, November 27th, is "Small Business Saturday."  It's an effort by communities and businesses to encourage people to shop locally this holiday season.  To promote the event, Sunrise Mountain Sports will double your Rewards Program Points for all purchases this Saturday.  The offer applies only on Saturday, and certain exclusions exist.  Please contact the staff for more details.

In addition, American Express has jumped on board the shop locally movement, and they are offering a $25 credit to all registered cardholders who spend at least $25 at a small business this Saturday.  Check out the link below for more information about the AMEX promotion.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Kayak Chile by Kim Grandfield

A couple of months ago my friend Roger Schumann, owner of Eskape Sea Kayaking in Santa Cruz, mentioned that he was going sea kayaking in Chile. My reaction! Can I come too? The answer was yes, so now myself, my wife and several friends are busy packing for a kayak trip in Patagonia. As with my Alaska expedition this past summer once the trip starts you can follow our progress "live" from my "Spot Share Page" at Kayak Chile. Remember there will be no information on this link until we are actually in Chile on October 25th. Below you will find a partial description of the  trip on an excerpt from Roger's web site.

Kayak Chile               Dates for 2010: October 27 - Nov. 4
Exploratory Trip to the Fiords and Hot Springs of Northern Patagonia
When Roger was in Chile last year running ACA skills courses for his friends at Pueblito Expediciones, Eduardo, Roberto and Jorge showed him some stunning photos of kayaking in the fiords. "Maybe next year you come back," they said. "We take you there, ?si?
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cated in Northern Patagonia, Chile's most remote and least-visited region, Fiordos Comau, Quintupeu, and Cahuelmo are known for their beauty and majesty. Bordering Pumalin National Park, this rugged, roadless area is accessible only by boat and largely uninhabited. In addition to spectacular scenery for paddling, the area is famous for its numerous natural hot springs and for hiking/trekking trails through native forests to expansive vistas of the fiords below and snow-capped volcanic peaks in the distance.