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Cold Waters Do Not Mean Giving Up Winter Kayaking

Updated on May 5, 2016

Have you ever thought about Winter Kayaking?

Winter can bring it's own set of challenges.

But it doesn't mean it's time to put your kayak up and retire until spring because skiing and snowboarding are the only sports in winter.

With the right gear, proper body conditioning and a focused mind set, you can enjoy, winter kayaking as well.

Get motivated, get your wintertime outdoor gear out of storage and get into shape. The change of seasons is just another another opportunity to enjoy the best (and agreeably, sometimes the worst) that Mother Nature can throw at us.

If you notice below, I've even shown you a couple of really great Kayaks.......

Winter Kayaking -- It Can Be Cold

You just need to prepare

But the way, to really enjoy the outdoors, regardless of the seasons? I have a motto:

Plan your trip and plan your gear, plan your exit. In my blogs and several other articles, I have talked about all manner of harsh weather gear, such as tents, sleeping bags and ground cover's, etc. How about talking about the clothing required to enjoy winter kayaking or even wind surfing?

Take another look at the picture in the opening paragraph. See the drysuit? THAT....is what this article is all about today. See the ice buildup in the background? How long do you think I would survive in waters like that in winter if I were not wearing a drysuit? About 5 minutes or less.

Now, we all know that when the water is cold, the weather is cold. Right? OK... but.....the river is fast. Or how about windsurfing when that wind across the water is calling? We'll try to cover all sides of that today.

But first, before going any further.....A Reminder.....any winter water sport can be dangerous and you must plan the gear that is right for you and for the conditions you head into. Not only that, but you must be in tip top condition to even consider being out there in the first place.

I'm going to cover some ideas to aid in your search for the right gear for your sport in winter weather. Cold water can cause hypothermia in minutes, so it makes sense to have the right gear to prevent that, right?.

Grab these books before you go winter kayaking to form a plan for what YOU need to do to stay safe out there.

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winter-kayaking

Winter Kayaking--Is it safe?

I love kayaking and running the rivers the year round, (when there is no ice of course)

One of the ways I stay warm and dry despite the weather, is with a good dry suit (see below)

A couple of things to remember.......YOU...the user...must determine what is safe. That determination is based upon the weather, your physical conditioning, your equipment and YOUR SKILL LEVEL...

BEFORE.....

Ever attempting winter kayaking or any other sport for that matter, regardless of the time of year. You need to be healthy, and well conditioned..

Winter kayaking is not for everyone and requires much more than even summer kayaking. I find winter to be a challenging and fun time of year to get out there, but....there are some simple steps I take to protect myself in this wintertime sport. Choosing to use these ideas today, in no way guarantees your safety, as these suggestions are just my observations from my own use.

YOU, the user, are the one to ultimately decide what equipment and/or sport is best for you. Then YOU must endeavor to learn all you can, before getting involved in any sport. Regardless of whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall. Like I always say: "There are lots of manufacturers out there who claim to make the best "this or that", I only recommend products I use and trust.

Take this information today, and decide for yourself.

Winter Kayaking

Try a Dagger Green Boat

In addition to their inherent speed qualities, long boats are also more forgiving when it comes to down angles. I love and use a Dagger Green Boat Kayak for many reasons, but perhaps the biggest reason, is it's speed. The bow will actually deflect and resurface before the stern has landed, thus giving me more forward speed as I drop and pull away from the curtain. Now, what more could anyone ask for?

This kayak is great for white water tripping as well as pool drops, or just about anything you can throw at it, including Ocean kayaking. If where I'm going has Class III's, IV's or even class V's? No problem. A Dagger Green Boat punches holes through them like a missile. It's 'built in' knife like design leading the way. The Dagger Green Boat cover's a broad spectrum of the kayak world, including all categories of kayaking with ease. Whether going upstream or down, beginner or an expert, there is no other kayak that performs as well as the Dagger Green Boat.

Check it out and by the way, here's what they look like.....

Gregory Mountain Products Tempo 3 Hydration Pack, Lightning Gray, Medium/Large
Gregory Mountain Products Tempo 3 Hydration Pack, Lightning Gray, Medium/Large

Here's something I found and use, that many people overlook, a hydration pack while Kayaking? The Gregory Tempo 3 is just such a pack. So lightweight and comfortable.

Evaluation: You will hardly know it is there, and your body warmth will keep the water from freezing. You need to stay hydraterd especially in the cold. This bag is NOT made to carry much, so it is the perfect Kayaking hydration pack,

 
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winter kayaking

Winter Kayaking Gear for those extreme days

The NRS Extreme Drysuit

First up, an "extreme weather" kayaking dry suit....NRS's Extreme Drysuit. I start with this suit, because for Wintertime Outdoor Kayaking Gear, I like it the best. The company says it is built tough. Tough? What's that mean exactly? Is the suit stiff but protective? Can I slide down a gravel embankment and not tear it or what? No, the suit is not stiff, in fact you will find it has an excellent range of motion. Can you slide down a gravel bank? Probably not, nor would I recommend that you do so. Suffice it to say, this suit resists tears and scrapes from coming into contact with a lot of the things we encounter in the water such as rocks and logs, etc

For those of you who like to get out there in the most challenging weather and water, this suit will keep you dry. We stay dry, because the suit is built well. We wear a suit like this, on those days when winter kayaking the water is freezing, the wind is up slightly, but that river? Man, that river is calling. That's the kind of a day for this suit.

It's a 100% waterproof winter kayaking suit. It has a reinforced seat and knees, using Cordura® for those spots. You want to know how good it is? Try the Deschutes River in central Oregon in December and even January. The Extreme can handle everything thrown at it. The wrist, neck and sock gaskets, keep water out and the warm.....in. As a safety measure and for increased visibility in low light conditions, they have included a reflective strip along the arm and shoulder seams. Trust me when I say, the Extreme Drysuit will keep you dry and warm for many years. How's that for talking about these suits and why to wear them?

Winter Kayaking "extras." - Stuff you know you need

A CampingmanNW Tip: When ordering from Amazon, consolidate your orders to receive FREE Shipping. It's NOT about being cheap, it's about shopping smart.

Outdoor Research Ear Band, Black, Medium
Outdoor Research Ear Band, Black, Medium

Talk about something that is important to have? An ear band is for sure, THE necessary element to add to your wardrobe choices for those Winter kayaking adventures.

Evaluation: While this is a really great product, it's also hard to pass up the FREE Shipping on this item while they last.

 
Harmony Paddle Leash
Harmony Paddle Leash

Since I already surf, I am a believer in and am a fan of 'tethers.' This rig is no different. It's a no brainer.

Evaluation: Never lose your paddle again. Buy one.

 
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dry suit liner

Last but not least Winter Kayaking Gear suit for today

Polartec® Power Dry® Drysuit Liner

The men's Polartec® Power Dry® Drysuit Liner will as we said, provide added warmth to your Winter Kayaking waterproof protection. This liner does that in three ways. First, the fabric used, breathes. Second, sweat is wicked away from the skin. Third, that sweat is then moved to the outside of this fabric to evaporate.

This process is designed to remove 1/3 more moisture from the skin than single-component fabrics. One Third! That simple trick allows the liner to dry quicker. Those same materials also help provide "any direction stretch." (sorry, that's my description) for ease of movement in any direction. Not to forget, it's comfortable to wear. Most all manufacturers today, use flatlock stitching and Polartec is no different. The reason is simple. Doing so, not only ensures a smooth and comfortable fit, but is less likely to snag.

This liner is designed, for unrestricted movement under your drysuit and it helps inhibit the growth of odor-causing bacteria. When you want to stay warm and cozy on your next paddling adventure, then be sure to pack this Liner to wear under your drysuit. So....beyond all of the above, this is a liner that will not bind or bunch up under your dry suit. Not all liner's are the same, and that's where the Polartec rises above many of the others.

There you have it. A couple or three dry suits and liner's to look at for Outdoor Winter Kayaking. These are by no means, the only dry suits out there, but these suits are the one's I use and recommend. YOU, the ultimate user have the final say, as to choice, use and/or enjoyment of any sport. Be safe out there, get into, and stay in, good condition for any sport. Finally......learn all you can about your sport before making any choices.

Here's a couple more dry suit liner's for comparison.

Drysuit Liners and conditioner/seal saver. - Campingman recommendations

I learned years ago the value of an inner liner for warmth. Trapping my body heat while wicking away moisture. Today's suit liner's for cold water kayaking are far better and do the job with half the weight of suits made just few years back. Buy one, wear it..

Kokatat Men's Polartec Power Dry Liner Black XL
Kokatat Men's Polartec Power Dry Liner Black XL

Add that "extra Layer" of warmth, like I do. Even though I love being outside, I don't want to be cold. I wear one of these under my dry suit, and I am almost never cold.

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Evaluation: Until you try one, you won't believe it, so go ahead, try one.

 
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cold waters winter kayaking

Winter Kayaking -- My Final Thoughts

Now that you've read about it some, time for a decision, yes or no?

The water run off in the spring is fast and really tough to miss. But again, conditioning and clothing protection are tantamount as well as skill. You must be in good shape to enjoy Winter Kayaking and you, must choose clothing that is for you. What I like and use may not be for you, so check out clothing choices out there on the market. In the winter, we all tend to get a bit lazy since it is cold outside, but you need to stay in shape if you wish to go Kayaking, so conditioning is even MORE important in the winter..

Kayaking as a sport has grown so much that it includes winter kayaking also. Today, with the introduction of the Dagger Green Boat in 2008 (commercially) Dagger has changed kayaker's thinking and views about the sport. The boat allows you to manage most any water condition like a pro, (even if you aren't). Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. That aside though, You must choose your time of year, based not so much on your tolerance for cold, but on your skill set. Navigating in fast winter or spring river's, creeks and streams, is a whole lot different than drifting your local creek in the summer or even handling class III's, IV's and V's. It's an entirely new game. But if you approach it properly, I am sure you will have a blast.

Winter sports such as kayaking are not for everyone, and I realize that. But what I wanted to do today, was provide some things for you to think about. Even if you have never considered it. Mostly, this post here is simply expressing my fun and my uses of equipment to continue to enjoy the sport. What you decide to do with the information is up to you. But if you decide to learn more? Then you will find out how much fun it really is.

So in closing, research the subject. Take a look at the books I've suggested and if you find Kayaking your local creeks and rivers is for you? Start small, do your homework, get in condition, pick the gear for you and work your way up.

Now go forth with your knowledge and enjoy. Thanks for reading and I'll see you on the water--CampingmanNW

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @JessicaLVine LM: You make me smile. Well, kayaking is good any time of the year. I just knew there were knucklheads like me out there who kayak year round and I wanted to share some of the ways to make it safe. Thanks for your visit and kind comments

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      I'm not a winter lover but man these sights are beautiful!

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      @Stephanie36: Try the rivers and creeks then. Kayaking isn't for everyone, but it is truly an enjoyable pastime and you may feel differently on some of your inland waterways. Thank you for your visit today.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      I get seasick if I kayak, but this does look like fun! I wish I could give it a try.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @gadifi lm: Thank you for stopping by today

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      I haven't kayaked but I would like to try it someday but it is awful cold in the wintertime great lens great info

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: Kayaking winter or summer is great, glad to hear you love the outdoors and the peace of being on the water. Thank you for your visit today and your kind comments. Cheers.

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      Judy Filarecki 4 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I have a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak which I really enjoy throughout the summer. I doubt if I or the kayak would tolerate the cold. I like calm, peaceful waters for just gliding along on a beautiful day or evening.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @sharingmyinsight: And a sport for real women. It's great fun if you prepare. Thanks for stopping by today.

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      sharingmyinsight 4 years ago

      A sport for real men! Takes a brave heart to do this:)

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Blonde Blythe: Well I am glad you found it an interesting lens. Kayaking is fun any time of the year, you just need to prepare better for winter Kayaking is all. Thanks your comments

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Fascinating article. Love to kayak in warm waters, but I don't think I would make it in the cold--regardless of the great cold weather gear. You're a hardy bunch up there! Thanks again, I enjoyed the read.

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      Blonde Blythe 4 years ago

      Interesting lens! Now there's a real sportsman (or woman)!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @PNWtravels: If you already love the outdoors, you will find Kayaking is similar to canoeing. Start small, rent a kayak a few times and I guarantee you will be hooked. Thanks for your visit.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @TheLittleCardShop: If you've never kayaked before, I recommend learning in the summer months. Become a master and then tackle some winter kayaking. The cold waters of winter can be quite challenging even when you think you know what you're doing, lol. Thanks for your comments and I wish you well on your adventure.

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I have a canoe but I've never tried kayaking either winter or summer. Looks like a fun sport!

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      Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      Winter kayaking sounds so fun, I live kayaking but doing it during winter must be a completely new experience, I should try it :)

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @JuneNash: Haha.....thank you so much for your comments. Winter kayaking is not for everyone for sure, but any and all outdoor adventures are fun and good. I hope all outdoor pursuits are as fun and adventurous as your spirit allows. Take care and thanks for the read

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      Sounds exciting! I am doing an outdoor camping experience this year, but do not plan on doing any winter kayaking. I love getting out for winter sports because it teaches me how to enjoy the outdoors in any weather. Winter kayaking may be too much, even for my adventurous spirit!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @kathysart: It's great fun when done right. You are correct though, it is an adventure. Thanks so much for your visit and for your kind comments

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Brrrr. I so admire anyone who does this. What an adventure!! It sure looks cold but you have shown how to keep warm. Nice lens, well thought out. Blessed!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @crstnblue: (laughing) Guilty as charged. An Active life subliminal message, I love it. Thanks so much for your visit and most of all for your blessings and comments.

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Excellent lens about winter kayaking!

      Learned something new today while reading it and got a large smile! : )

      Blessed the idea, your work and determination, and the fun subtle message to all of us for an active life! : ))

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @ShariBerry: I'm glad you enjoyed the lens. Yes, the Dagger Green Boat is by far the best Kayak out there, bar none. Thanks for the read.

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Very interesting and informative, thanks for sharing this. Congratulations on getting Purple Star and Lens of the Day for this fantastic lens. And...

      Congratulations on making the latest 'MonsterBoard: Super Quiz Taker!! Last updated Monday February 11, 2013 06:58:09 PM EST. Nice work!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @redtailvision: Way to go, glad to hear it. Thank you for the read and your comments

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      redtailvision 4 years ago

      Nothing like the sounds on the river with a few inches of snow on the banks. I do quiet river trips in the winter but still have a dry bag with anything needed just in case.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I really enjoyed reading this lens. I love the Dagger Green Boat!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @dellgirl: Thank you for reading and for your congratulations. They are most appreciated. As to 'Monster-Board Super Quiz Taker? I was not aware. Thank you again.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @AstroGremlin: Winter canoeing is a blast also. Always glad to meet another adventurer. Dry suits though are the word of the day for either endeavor. Thankis for the read and your kind comments.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well, I am glad you enjoyed the lens. Just remember, Kayaking is not limited to rivers, the winter or whatever. It can be enjoyed in small creeks and even oceans qualify as Kayak playgrounds. Good luck and thank you for your visit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would love to go kayaking. But guess I live pretty close to the equator and that make it a lot remote! :)

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      I've done cold water canoeing and it's pretty much deadly if you go into the drink in regular clothes. Good advice to be in shape, but ice cold water will suck the life out of anyone in only a few minutes (without a dry suit).

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @CoolFool83: Start in good weather and fair water and work your way up. Even though Winter Kayaking is such a blast, your skill set will be sorely tested. Thanks for the read and leaving a comment

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      I've always wanted to kayak. Great lense.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @AdamzPg: Ahhh....but ocean kayaking is still possible. great waters for that down under. Thank you for reading my lens and for your comments. Most appreciated. Cheers.

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      AdamzPg 4 years ago

      Living in Queenstown, New Zealand. The water is very cold to be kayaking, but it is great fun!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Suunnyy: It really is, especially now...this time of the year when the runoff is just beginning and some of the snows melt (not back east though, whew) But I enjoy it more each year. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Suunnyy 4 years ago

      Sounds fun. I've never tought about winter kayaking before, I'll might try it once :)

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @annharrison85: Well, winter is just another season and the dry suits help keep us warm. thanks for reading and for your comments.

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      annharrison85 4 years ago

      Sounds cold but fun! Great story!!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I am glad you enjoyed the lens. I try to get outside for all seasons of the year and enjoy a sport. Best of luck to you and thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazing lens..I like it.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @RawBill1: Hey, glad you enjoyed the lens and thanks for dropping by and reading.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on your LOTD award. Looks like a great adventure to me, but I do prefer to be in the water in the summer time. Even if winters here ARE like your summers!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @SquidMarks: Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed the lens. The cold is defeated by the dry suits. But, same as skiing and snow boarding....there is an element of cold involved. Thanks again.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @john9229: Thanks for the positive remarks. A writer can't do any better than that.

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      SquidMarks 4 years ago

      In my younger days I used to camp in the dead of winter and would have tried this. Now, in my 50's, I'm allergic to cold. Great lens!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @weakbond: Thank you for reading

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      john9229 4 years ago

      Great lens, but I afraid of cold.... I'm admire your energy anyway...

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great lens full of information but an scared of cold

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @w3bmast3r lm: Hahaha...well, as I said, it's not for everyone. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment

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      w3bmast3r lm 4 years ago

      brrrr too cold for me

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @DebMartin: Thank you so much for the kind remarks. Not so brave as adventurous. Winter is just another season to enjoy. While winter kayaking is not for everyone, I thank you for reading. Take care.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love getting outdoors in the winter but I prefer my water hard this time of year. I'll keep the soft-water sports for warmer temps and stick to ice fishing in the winter. You're a brave one. d

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @londonlawfirm: I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your congrat's and thanks for reading.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @olmpal: Even though the sport is not for you? I thank you for your comments.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hahaha....thank you for the vote of confidence. It is indeed exhilarating.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Mary Crowther: Thank you two times!

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      @Tina4xy LM: Thank you. Winter kayaking as I said, is not for everyone but is indeed fun. Thank you for yeading and taking the time to comment.

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      @cleanyoucar: Thank you

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Congrats on getting LOTD! Not quite for me but I'm sure it is very challenging and interesting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Way more than I am ready for but I admire all of you who can take on the elements. NO FEAR!

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      @talkingmonkey: Thank you

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      @WriterJanis2: It's great, and thank you

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @philstephens: Exactly right about keeping your hands warm. I find that wearing a hand warmer (sewn into the back side of your glove) works wonders. They are available most everywhere, are waterproof and disposable at the end of the day. Take car and thank you, I always enjoy hearing from a fellow kayaker, fair weather or foul.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Tess, of course I don't mind. I always love to hear a critique from an expert. THAT is how we learn. Take care now and thank you for reading.

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      @Tim Bader: Thank you

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      @digit1: Enjoy and thanks for reading

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      @sjewula: hahaha....always glad to help a winter enthusiast

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      @Stallymanny: Thank you

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      @seosmm: Thank you and blessings to you

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      @Jogalog: Start small and work your way up, you will live it. Thank you for your congratulations

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      @aka-rms: Thank you for reading and thank you for the congrats.

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      @MartieG: I am glad you found the lens interesting and Thank you for leaving a comment

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      @OhMe: Kayaking is great. like you, I had only kayaked in smaller kayaks before being introduced to the dagger Green Boat by some friends on a weekend trip. I was hooked from then on. Thanks for reading and thank you....for taking the time to leave a comment

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      @poldepc lm: Thank you

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      @anonymous: Thank you for reading.

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      @maulypopher: Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed reading it. Kayaking is great. if you try it once, you will be hooked.

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      @myspace9: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.

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      @SusanDeppner: Thank you for your positive comments. Kayaking is great and if you found something in my lens to get your interest going, I have done my job. You are right about starting in the summer though. Thanks again for not only reading but leaving a comment.

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      @kcsantos: Thank you for the congrats. Kayaking is great, start with summer lessons and you'll be hooked. Always glad to share information with others

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      @JoshK47: Glad you enjoyed it Josh, thanks for the congrats and blessings back to you for your visit.

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      @Adventuretravels: Well, from your description, I can guarantee you......"Floating" in a kayak in a warm drysuit in the winter, is far better than "being through a hole in the ice." Glad you learned something new and thanks for reading.

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      @clkbm: Thank you, glad you found it informative

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      @mizanurrahman1 lm: Thank you for reading

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      @charmingvices lm: But I do thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @writerkath: Nothing wrong with ocean kayaking in the Caribbean. Thank you for the congrats and thank you for reading.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: It is, and thank you so much for your comments

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: It truly is and simply rounds out the seasons for me. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @LisaDH: It is, but I recommend you work on your skill set before trying it. It is completely different but a blast. Thank you for commenting

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Sarah_Michael: It is and I an glad you liked the lens. Thank you for your comments

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @PaigSr: There is always time for a winter "road trip" to where the waters are fast and not frozen. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. Always glad to hear from a winter enthusiast, although I may or may not rule out the "polar bear club" part for me though. Thank you for your comments

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @choosehappy: It is. Thank you...and blessings back.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @MEDerby: Sounds like a winter "road trip" might be in order. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @kelownaholiday: Although I have not been kayaking that far east in Canada, I know something of the area. The Okanagan (sp?) doesn't freeze over does it? You have access to great kayaking/boating all around you. A polar dip? That one I would have to think about. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @rebeccahiatt: Thank you. While kayaking is not for everyone, I'm glad you at least found it informative. That's half the battle. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      @Mary Stephenson: Thank you