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Anyone ever paddle in the rain?

There is someone here who will cancel a trip at the hint of rain. Me, I find it soothing. Last weekend I got caught out in a real deluge--can't imagine anything more beautiful. All five senses in overdrive.
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  • At first I thought this was a joke.
    -- Last Updated: Feb-24-10 12:28 PM EST --

    I thought it might be a parody of the "anyone paddle in a snowstorm" thread, but I'm glad you are serious. I have been caught in rainstorms, and have deliberately gone out when heavy rain was certain to occur, and always enjoyed it. When a storm arrives on big water, the ever-loudening "hiss" of rain on the water as the storm approaches is amazing. I love how rain makes it possible to see evidence of even the tinyest currents at the watrer's surface. It's also amazing how everything beomes "distant" except what's in your immediate surroundings during a real downpour. If I didn't NEED to be on the water and it was going to rain all day, I might make other plans, but in any other situation, rain generally turns out to be no big deal at worst, and amazing at best.

  • Rain...........
    My wife says that I shouldn't paddle in the rain; I might melt.

    The two best things about rain in my opinion:
    1. It assists in recharging the springs & puts more water into the river.
    2. I like to hear a soft rain on the tent's rainfly; especially when I wake up in the middle of the night,
    and am warm & dry & "not" out in the rain.

    It part of being outdoors, and out on the river, but I prefer sunshine to rain, snow, sleet, hail, and freezing rain.

    BOB
  • Some of my favorite paddles have
    been in light rain on warm days. Very quiet,calm, power boaters are all gone.
  • My criteria
    If I get caught in rain or a storm, so be it, and I still enjoy the trip, and I have been caught in many.

    If they are predicting 20 percent chance prior to the paddle I will still go.

    If they are predicting thirty percent it is a toss up

    If they are predicting anything higher than 30 percent than I will not go

    But that is easy for me to wait out the days since I am retired and can pick and choose.

    Cheers,
    JackL
  • Absolutely
    Power boaters, touristy paddlers, and most everyone else is gone. Very quiet and serene unless the wind is howling, at which time I may reassess.
  • always...
    it's rained here for the last 2 summers. isn't that why they have dry tops , sprayskirts etc.... so you can still get out there. i just figure that these individuals are really not into it that's all. oh well, more wide open space for those of us who are.
















  • We Float In Water
    Water carries us in vessel,
    from conception into each day,
    and flow of sun in all gives color
    midst the lillies of Monet

    http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1178754270054054916NyLUgE

    oft we'll come to our landings
    of rock and mud, our earth,
    but it is with water from which we came
    we fall to bring rebirth

    http://sports.webshots.com/photo/1178785368054054916PiVXtz

    TW
  • What's a little rain...
    ...when you're geared up for getting wet anyway?

    Rain, snow, fog...it's all good. Wind-driven hail with lightning gets me off the water.
  • Arizona Monsoons
    come from ice! The raindrops hit with a force that can break an umbrellas easily.

    Yet, I've done it.
    Put my poncho on and try tocontrol the boat's rocking until it's over and i can warm up and continue on.

  • Oh, please..... take it to Discussion.
  • g2d, you just bump it back up to the top
    when you reply




    please, try not to keep it up high
  • So is g2d
    the post Nazi or something?
  • Options
    Nazi's were pretty laid back
    compared to g3d, so let's not make that comparison here...

    jim
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    once in gear
    It's no issue, even kinda neat the way it changes sound and textures. Plus I am going to be getting wet soon enough anyway. But I do not enjoy dealing with the boat/gear before hand. One day I'll have a big enough garage..
  • We love the rain,
    and will paddle in the cold.
    But the rain AND cold, and I will wimp out. Unless I'm already committed, of course.
    Lightning in Florida is a fact of life. We try to get off the water before the afternoon storms hit. Great adrenalin rush when we don't make it.
    BTW, g2d isn't a Nazi, just someone who follows the lines in the parking lot even when the store is closed, and the lot is empty ;)
    T
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    I live in WA. Need I say more? :)
    I will add this: I paddle almost every day. You do the math. :)

    Melissa
  • It was raining the day that
    Uglyokie proposed to me on the Current River last spring.

    I said "yes" and we got married the very next day (Missouri doesn't have a waiting period).

    So yes, "I DO" go paddling in the rain!

    Jill
  • It's nice . . .
    unless there's lightning.

    My uncle was struck by lightning while in a boat. Don't want to find out the hard way it runs in the family.
  • rain gear always on board ....
    ..... let it rain .

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    Most beautiful moment
    My most beautiful moment paddling occured on a nearby lake in the summer. On the way back to the boat launch we go caught in a rain. All the boats were gone and we were all alone floating on this body of water which was so still and straight and dotted by raindrops that it almost looked like an asphalt parking lot in the rain. Very surreal.
  • Awful in the winter!
    I'd rather paddle in the snow, you stand a better chance of staying warm in a snowstorm.

    In the rain you get soaked and at 33 degrees and wet the evaporative cooling from the wind makes you clothing very cold.

    Paddling in the rain in the summer is just plain fun. We often get a shower in the hottest part of the day just when we need it.
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    I love paddling in our FL thunderstorms.
    ...IF I'm surrounded by tall trees in a creek or narrow river. It lets you know you're alive by knowing how close you can be to death. Of course I refuse to do it in an aluminum canoe (mine is fiberglass) or use an aluminum pole (mine is wood) when a T-sorm may be a possibility for the day or evening paddle. I'll take chances but I have no death wish.
    I've been in rain so heavy I couldn't bail out the canoe fast enough. Then again at the time I had to use two discarded beer cans due to a child losing my bailer. I was glad the storms were coming in bands. If it were constant we wouldn't have made it back.
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    Made our day!
    One August day, 4 of us started out on our 19 mile circumnavigation of Fishers Island. It would have been very hot had it not been for the morning fog. About halfway around, you could feel the heat coming on as the fog was burning off. Out of nowhere, the rains came. It rained pretty hard and it felt great! Lasted about an hour. It warmed up quite a bit when the skies finally cleared. Which goes to show that you don't need the sun to have a beautiful day.
  • heck yes!
    In the summer it's the best way to avoid the crowds. The only other people out are the diehard fishermen.

    In a kayak with a neoprene skirt, drytop, and brimmed rain hat, I can be warm and dry in the rain.
  • Being on a lake
    Watching the rain line coming towards you, then being surrounded by nothing but raindrops, lovely !!

    Then again I can remember preparing to paddle after a Thunder Storm had passed & being assured by the local TV channel that the storm centre was now 50 miles away and no more were predicted when suddenly "BANG" a lightning strike onto the lake about 1/2 mile away.
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    Paddling in the rain
    I love the rain when I'm in my kayak and I can "batten down the hatches". I much prefer better conditions if canoeing and setting up camp in rainy conditions is not ideal.
  • There is no bad weather
    only inappropriate clothing!
  • please
    If people would post to this less, it would sink faster.




    That said, I went for the nicest paddle in the rain Saturday. Didn't seem to matter as I was swimming more than I was in the boat. ;-)
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    On occasion
    I haven't started a trip in anything more than a light drizzle, but I've been caught in a heavy downpour on more than one occasion. As long as the wind isn't crazy or lightning isn't crashing nearby, I view rain as a refreshing change. It's just nature.

    That being said, since my choice craft is a canoe, one has to be mindful how much water that big ol' hole in the top can collect. Getting stuck in a hard downpour the day you forgot your bailer can really suck.

    Phreon

  • Heck no
    That would be wet. I only paddle when its 74.6 degrees, less than 80% humidity, steady barometer, under a partly cloudy sky, downstream, with a tail wind of 4-8 mph.
    But that's boring, of course. So then I go home and watch the shopping channel for a bit of stimulation.
    I've been looking for a new canoe that will make my paddling experience more exciting.
    Believe that and I have a bridge you might be interested in purchasing.
  • I had a question I have been back to the winners web many times only tgo get a message that says to be patient wile you are updating info for the contest ? how long is it going to take

  • Funny how these resurface after years in the archive. I love Redmond's comment:
    "There is no bad weather
    only inappropriate clothing!"

  • edited December 2018

    @ drifter1 said:
    I had a question I have been back to the winners web many times only tgo get a message that says to be patient wile you are updating info for the contest ? how long is it going to take

    ?? Resurrect an 8 year old topic with a question that has nothing to do with it..
    TAKE YOUR MEDS!

  • not a fan of paddling in the rain, it makes it hard to see the eddies. Snow otoh, had some of my best paddles in the snow. There, back to the top muhahahaha...see ya'll next year...maybe.

  • edited December 2018

    That person had better not go paddling in SE AK.

    I don’t mind paddling in drizzle. After all, a wetsuit or drysuit is immersion wear. However, in or near the Rockies, rain from late spring to early fall often means an electrical storm. Frequently accompanied by high-speed gusts, violent downbursts, hail, and LIGHTNING. Nooooo thanks!

    In winter, precip is usually snow, but it is sort of a moot point then. The water either freezes or administrative closures (thanks, zebra mussels) mean no paddling.

  • edited December 2018

    "Anyone ever paddle in the rain?"
    Sure, last Saturday.

  • Yup! Bestest paddlin' time fer me.... rain an' snow.

  • No snow here but living in the Thunderstorm Capital of North America, I love the rain but not the lightning that usually comes with it.

  • I love that ominous photo.
    My voyageur or C4 race team has never cancelled a scheduled training day due to rain. Here in the Adirondacks you had better plan on it on any given day. Canoe races are never cancelled due to rain, whether forecast or real. It often rains, particularly on multi-day races.

  • Why resurrect this dead horse? Either you do or you don't and whatever you do does not impact anyone not in the group.

    There are great paddling places that require paddling in the rain if you want to paddle at all.

  • Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

  • @Sparky961 said:
    Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

    Yep I have. That's around level 2.3 fun.

  • @tjalmy said:
    We love the rain,
    and will paddle in the cold.
    But the rain AND cold, and I will wimp out. Unless I'm already committed, of course.
    Lightning in Florida is a fact of life. We try to get off the water before the afternoon storms hit. Great adrenalin rush when we don't make it.
    BTW, g2d isn't a Nazi, just someone who follows the lines in the parking lot even when the store is closed, and the lot is empty ;)
    T

    Its NOT cold unless the rain is SNOW. Thats when I wimp out. If its still water it still warm out.

  • @Sparky961 said:
    Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

    they got more of that last week than we did! Freezing rain is probably not a good idea if you have to drive there.

  • edited December 2018

    @kayamedic said:

    @Sparky961 said:
    Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

    they got more of that last week than we did! Freezing rain is probably not a good idea if you have to drive there.

    Because of poor traction on the road or because the kayak won’t stay put when placed in iced-up cradles?

    I rank black ice and freezing rain right at the top for most hazardous traction conditions. Oh, slick mud is awful, too, but not normally encountered on pavement.

  • @rival51 said:

    @Sparky961 said:
    Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

    Yep I have. That's around level 2.3 fun.

    We know what those conditions are and usually see them once a year in NW SC. Usually here today, gone tomorrow.
    We've had two instances in the 30+ years we've been here that the roads iced. BAD thing.

  • @pikabike said:

    @kayamedic said:

    @Sparky961 said:
    Better question: Do you ever paddle in the FREEZING rain? How about sleet? Y'all down south even know what those are?

    they got more of that last week than we did! Freezing rain is probably not a good idea if you have to drive there.

    Because of poor traction on the road or because the kayak won’t stay put when placed in iced-up cradles?

    I rank black ice and freezing rain right at the top for most hazardous traction conditions. Oh, slick mud is awful, too, but not normally encountered on pavement.

    You would love April. here.. Many of our roads are private roads and dirt.. Some town roads are dirt. Paved roads here are never a given. I don't ever want to be in a Southern ice storm cause the other drivers have no experience and go too fast. I am not fond of ice storms in Maine either. Its not here today and gone tomorrow. in 1998 it was here today and here for three weeks. A month and a half ago we drove through two feet of snow and then freezing rain.. Not fun when you need new windshield wipers.. And logging trucks swerving out of control made us wish for not having to travel

    Loading iced over kayaks is not really fun but we do do it as the lakes start to freeze over as the patterns of ice crystals are really nice and pretty and make a unique outing.. Its the tying on... not the sliding of boats. at 8 degrees.

    Gotta go.. our camp road has been a sheet of ice for half a mile since Nov 10 but its OK.. Its got some dirt worked into it.

  • Kayamedic, I live on a county road that the county does not maintain. It is the poor-draining-mud kind of primitive dirt road. Many, maybe most, roads are dirt roads. This road has not been plowed at all, and the foot of snow we got a couple of weeks ago turned into a glacier. Now the glacier has an “interesting” mix of sunglazed ice, crunchy snow chunks, some softer snow, and MUD. Deep, sucky mud ruts on about half a mile of it. Fortunately, we do not have to deal with that section, just the slick icy section which is not muddy yet because it is mostly shaded. High-clearance 4WD is a given, and people can still get stuck.

    I do love it here anyway.

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