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July 11-12 (Sat - Sun) Solo Open Canoe Training. Your chance to learn to paddle a canoe solo. We'll cover basic strokes and boat control on flatwater. Then we'll learn basic maneuvers (such as ferrys, eddy turns, and peel outs) on moving water. Sunday will be a river trip to review, practice and experience how all this happens on moving water. Some prior experience is helpful, but is not required. Tandem canoe course is particularly helpful. Equipment is available. Leader: Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 (call before 9 PM) underwalt@aol.com

July 18 (Sat) Swiftwater Safety Session. This year's session geared to basic skills, but advanced paddlers are welcome.$15/$25 (member/nonmember), instructor/volunteers are free. Course tailored to the needs of the group. We'll cover swimming rapids, self-rescue, group rescue, equip. recovery, group actions, scene mgmt., gear & more. On Delaware River at Lambertville wing dam. Register by 7/16. Eric Pavlak, 610-650-8926, eric@outings.org

July 18 (Sat) Merrill Creek Reservoir Paddle Join the fun as we explore this beautiful 650 acre reservoir in North Central New Jersey. The number of bird species found here has been described as "staggering". There are orioles, tanagers, kingfishers, pileated woodpeckers, bluebirds, and herons. Resident ospreys, hawks, and eagles abound as do waterfowl including ducks and geese. As we paddle along the shoreline and coves, perhaps we will see turtles, black bear, white-tailed deer, fox, great horned owls and maybe even muskrat! Open to kayaks of at least 9' and canoes 11' 6" or longer. Personal Floatation Device is a must. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat and lunch. Registration required, contact co-leader. Optional post-paddle refreshment. Meeting time and place will be provided upon registration. Tammy Brandon and Jeff Lippincott, contact.

June 19 (Sun) Lake Nockamixon Flat Water Paddle. Meet at the Haycock boat launch of Nockamixon State Park for a for a family friendly paddle. Our route will take us under Route 563 into a more secluded part of the lake. Paddle among the water lilies and see how many herons we can find. Have you ever wanted to try kayaking but didn't have the equipment, or anyone to go with? This is for you. Boat rentals are available from Nature's Way Canoe and Kayak, located right next to the park on Route 563. Rates are $40 for a single kayak, or $60 for a tandem for the day. Bring your lunch to picnic along the lake and don't forget sunscreen and water. It is preferable to wear nylon or other quick drying clothing (bathing suit) and water shoes. Everyone will be required to wear a life vest while on the water. Contact registrar Cindy Friel for registration and more information. Leader: Tammy Brandon.

Top: Delaware River, June 20     Click a picture for more photos

Below: Lehigh River, June 13

Bottom: Oswego River, June 7

For Class 2 and higher trips, paddlers must provide their own equipment: Canoe or kayak suitable for whitewater with flotation and grab loops or handles, a helmet, lifejacket, sprayskirt for closed boats, paddle and clothing suitable for water & air temperatures. Paddlers must have the necessary skills, be able to wet exit their boat, swim and self-rescue in a rapid: swim boat and self to shore, get back in boat, or eskimo roll.

PFDs (life jackets) must be worn on all trips when on the water. Helmets must be worn by all paddling decked boats on Class 2 or higher trips, and for all open boats on Class 3 or higher trips.

Lehigh River Release Schedule

New: AMC interactive stream map of the Pennsylvania Highlands Region. Click here

Electronic trip reporting now available for leaders

Trip leaders can skip mailing in trip reports and sign up sheets by reporting their trips electronically on this web site.

Leaders will be able to scan their sign sheets, upload them and fill out their trip report on line. They have the option of receiving a copy of their report by e-mail. Instructions and help are provided. For more information, click here.

Click here to download the Summer issue of Footnotes, our chapter's newsletter.

Download our 2014 Annual Report

Tohickon Creek Internet to Stover Park gage conversion.

Join AMC! First time members get a 20 percent discount! Click this link for our secure server.

TRIP RELEASE FORM. Download and read the waiver you must sign to participate on trips! Click here.

Knots for paddlers: go to our Links Page.

Guide book information & reviews, click here.

Wing Dam, Kelly's Lock and other practice areas. Info and directions.

The Mohican Getaway Program has a full schedule of reasonably priced two- and three-day activity-oriented outings planned at the Mohican Outdoor Center. Click here for more information.

Rent Club Boats: We have two fully outfitted whitewater solo open canoes which you can rent for $25 a day for use on club trips. Includes paddle & spare, PDF, helmet. To rent, contact Walt Underhill, 610-827-7776 or contact leader .

For Sale: Klepper tandem folding kayak

In very good condition; used mostly occasionally in warm weather on local lakes. Includes 17' Klepper Classic Aerius Double Kayak, Paddles, full Sailing Package, Folding Carriage, Foot Pedal Controlled Rudder Package, & custom made Hoist Lift Garage Storage Rack. Hypalon hull, Ash and Birch Wood frame, and Aircraft Quality "Snap-Lock" fittings, for quick assembly and disassembly. Packs into 4 or 5 bags for easy transportation. Serial No. 04475. 215-355-3374, adam.sawoski@gmail.com

More photos at http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/boa/5041991968.html

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