NH AMC PADDLERS
Welcome to New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club Paddling.
Paddling on rivers, lakes, ponds, estuaries, and coasts throughout New England, we offer organized trips, courses, instruction, and great fun for canoeists and kayakers of all experience levels. Come paddle with us!
Bring your boat or rent ours. Most trips are Free and Open to all!


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Paddling Committee Report for 2008

The Paddling Committee of the New Hampshire Appalachian Mountain Club posted over 100 trips and events in 2008, including touring trips on flat and moving water; whitewater river trips; sea kayaking trips; and recreational evening paddles. Most of our trips were single day trips, and we also ran a number of overnight and multi-day trips (wilderness excursions as well as base camp paddles).

In 2007, we had begun to move towards using the On-Line Trip Listing system (OLTL) on the AMC website as the central entry point for all paddling committee trips. It was our goal that the trip schedule would flow from that single point of entry to the AMC Outdoors magazine, to our paddling website, and to the weekly email which keeps us in touch with our members. As this paddling season comes to a close, we have realized that goal. At first, every 2008 trip was initially entered via OLTL and also on our paddling website. Ultimately, we revised our website to capture and display OLTL trip data directly from the listings on trips.outdoors.org, eliminating inconsistencies and redundant data entry. The same listings are captured and sent out in our emailed weekly notices.

We now enter each new trip directly into the OLTL system as soon as it is scheduled. Our trip leaders are becoming more familiar with the system, and with increasing frequency they are entering their own trip details. When entered, new trips are automatically routed to trip approvers for final processing this is a tremendous time saver, and allows trip leaders to post additional trips throughout the season to take advantage of favorable water and weather conditions as they arise.

Twice a year, we host meetings (fall and spring) for our General Membership to conduct committee business, hear sub-committee reports, schedule upcoming trips, and socialize over potluck dinner. This year we also held a third General Meeting in the summertime, at which we incorporated paddling and picnicking as well as conducting business and committee reports.

In addition to our 2008 paddling trips and General Meetings, we offered educational courses in safety and rescue, leadership, and whitewater skills.

Thirty-one students and more than 50 dedicated volunteers came together for our annual Spring Class II Whitewater School. Most of those students have returned to paddle with the club on many subsequent trips, and have become regular whitewater paddlers with the AMC.

Several new leaders completed our training program and began leading and co-leading trips this season, joining the amazing group of active trip leaders who give so freely of themselves to bring their valuable experience and wonderful enthusiasm to the benefit of our members and participants.

We also continued our very successful Wednesday Evening Recreational Paddle series. These trips provided terrific opportunities for new members to join up with more experienced paddlers to try out paddling and demo a variety of boats. Many of our regular paddlers started out as newcomers on Wednesday nights.

Paddling on rivers, lakes, and ponds throughout New England, we offer organized trips, courses, instruction, and great fun for canoeists and kayakers of all experience levels.
Come paddle with us!

Respectfully submitted,
Karen Klawiter
Paddling Co-Chair