|Date: April 28, 2012 / 10:00am||Sponsor: DDRC|
|River: 380 Greenbelt State Park (below Ray Roberts)||Trip Leader: Dale Harris|
|Reach: Local - US Highway 380 (East of Denton)||Phone: 972-814-2633 (cell) / 972-680-2727 (home)|
|Difficulty: Flatwater * (See scale below)||E-mail: Dale Harris|
|Rendezvous: Greenbelt State Park, 10:00 AM Saturday||Required Skills: Basic flatwater paddling|
|Campground: N/A||Confirmation Deadline: N/A|
Urban Paddle and potluck adventure
This particular outing is paddling on the Elm Fork of the Trinity above Rt 380 East of Denton. We plan on meeting at the RT 380 Ray Roberts Greenbelt park around 10am and be prepared to be on the water by 10:15. There is a $5 Park entry fee. April can be a rainy month so if the water level is high on Friday April 27th we will move the outing to Rowlett Creek at Miller Rd in Garland.
We will paddle up the Elm Fork to Clear Creek and back. This is a leisure paddle just to have fun and get out on the water. Please bring a picnic lunch, folding chairs. Also you will need water, sunscreen, maybe rain gear after all spring is the rainy time of year.
Anybody interested in coming should contact email@example.com via e-mail, or phone 972-814-2633 for information.
Bring boats that are suitable for flatwater, PFD's (lifejackets), paddles (a spare is recommended), a whistle or other signalling device, throwbag, clothing for cool, wet conditions, camp chair, plate(s), flatware, drinking cup and some food item to share for the potluck lunch. A small cooler for drinks may be carried in your boat, if desired. Remember your ABC's about winter paddling - ANYTHING BUT COTTON! Wear synthetics because they keep you warmer and wick moisture away from your body reducing the chances of hypothermia. Above all else DO NOT paddle in cotton clothing in the winter!
Bring something for the potluck lunch. Bring plenty of beverages, but remember - NO GLASS OR FOAM POLYSTYRENE STYROFOAM CONTAINERS!
From Dallas, Plano Richardson, Garland:
· Dallas North Tollway to Rt 380. Go west ~ 11miles
· Ray Roberts Greenbelt Park at Rt 380 is on your right before you get to Denton.
· Once you pass under Rt 377 it is only a couple of miles.
From Carrolton, Irving, Fort Worth, Denton
· Go to the I35E go north to Denton
· Get off on Loop 288 south of Denton
· Take 288 Loop to RT 380 - Go East
· Take Rt 380 East for ~ 2 miles – Ray Roberts Greenbelt Park in on your left.
|* International Scale of River Difficulty
Class I: Easy. Fast moving water with riffles and small waves. Few obstructions, all obvious and easily missed with little training. Risk to swimmers is slight, self-rescue is easy.
Class II: Novice. Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. Swimmers are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom needed.
Class III: Intermediate. Rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Complex maneuvers in fast current and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily avoided. Strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found, particularly on large-volume rivers. Scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties. Injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long swims.
Class IV: Advanced. Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water. Depending on the character of the river, it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. A fast, reliable eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest. Rapids may require "must" moves above dangerous hazards. Scouting is necessary the first time down. Risk of injury to swimmers is moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult. Group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced skills. A strong eskimo roll is highly recommended.
Class V: Expert. Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to above average endangerment. Drops may contain large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes. Rapids may continue for long distances between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. What eddies exist may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. At the high end of the scale, several of these factors may be combined. Scouting is mandatory but often difficult. Swims are dangerous, and rescue is difficult even for experts. A very reliable eskimo roll, proper equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are essential for survival.
Class VI: Extreme. One grade more difficult than Class V. These runs often exemplify the extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. The consequences of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal inspection and taking all precautions. This class does not represent drops thought to be unrunnable, but may include rapids which are only occasionally run.
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