Beginner whitewater experience: Leadership and reflection on the Bois Brule
Friday, Jun 29, 2018 - 5:00 pm through Monday, Jul 2, 2018 - 11:00 pm
I am organizing a leadership-oriented, beginner whitewater (R1 or R1-oc rating required) trip to the class-II Bois Brule River ( http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2280/ ), with riverfront camping in the scenic Brule River State Forest ( http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/stateforests/bruleriver/ ), over the 3-day weekend between June 29 and July 2. After 13 active years with Hoofers, I am moving to Maine at the end of the summer, and this is likely the last major beginner trip that I will be leading (although I hope to use my leader-at-large privilege to organize a future expedition for experienced paddlers/campers). To support continuation of beginner whitewater activities within Hoofers, I am organizing this trip with three specific goals: (a) provide beginners with an opportunity for promotion from an R1 to an R2 rating, (b) train and inspire future leaders of beginner whitewater trips, and (c) reflect on and share whatever additional outdoor skills and experiences are brought by the collective. To sign up, e-mail me at email@example.com prior to Monday (6/11), using the subject line "Hoofers beginner whitewater experience" and the body of your message clearly and succinctly articulating how your current experience and future interests will translate into a whitewater leadership role within the Club. Beginners are welcome, and those who are eligible, or nearly eligible, for promotion of WW1 or WW2 river leader positions are strongly encouraged to apply. I am also looking for exactly 1 leader / advanced boater to help with safety on the water. I will reply to all applicants on Tuesday (6/12). Some more detailed trip logistics follow, for those who are applying. Loading of camping and boating gear in/on cars will take place at 5:00PM at Park St. Circle on June 29, 2018. We will drive ~6 hours north and camp in the same location on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and paddle a different section of the Bois Brule River each day, ending in Lake Superior on July 2. You will need to supply your own warm-when-wet clothing for the river and in camp, boating shoes, sleeping bag/pad, and lightweight jacket, as well as recommended items such as sunscreen, bug dope, and a hat. The cost per person will be approximately $50 (to be collected at the time of trip departure), which covers the cost of food in camp/on the river, and fuel reimbursement for drivers.