As BC and Alberta emerge from an incredibly mild winter it is hard not to think about paddling right now. The local crew around Calgary have been hitting up the Kananaskis with regularity, and I know many people out on the coast have been enjoying great water levels s far east as the Chilliwack.
I just wanted to touch base, say gday, and encourage people to stay involved with the site. Add river descriptions, or simply make note when you see hazards that might be of use to people in your local paddling runs.
Here is to a safe, and amazing 2016, stay tuned for lots of updates, upgrades and good stuff at Paddling ABC.
Simon here from Aquabatics Calgary. I just wanted to touch base and let you know that in partnership with Paddle Alberta Paddling ABC is now officially 'off hiatus'. Off the bat you will notice the new colour scheme, along with an improved river level reporting system, mainly in the sense that is is now super fast and most sections are updated every 5 - 10 minutes.
We have also added a flatwater section to the River Wiki, to help generate a resource for recreational paddler and those wanting to explore the mellower side that paddlesports can offer. This project is going to take some time to become all PA and AQ want it to be, but we are both committing resources, money and time to continue building this amazing resource that Eric Howey started and ran so well for so many years.
It is an exciting partnership for us all and we look forward to continuing to improve the site and build it into a world class paddlesports resource.
If you have any thoughts, comments or feedback as the season progresses we would love to hear from you. A huge thanks to Eric for the time and energy he put into this project, we look forward to carrying on the this site into the future.
Enough chatter, rivers are coming up, time to go paddling!
Simon and the Aquabatics/Paddle Alberta Teams
I am officially pausing this side project. I wish I had more time for it but I have to admit that my priorities have shifted and the motivation to maintain and develop this site has waned. As I write this on a quiet Sunday morning there is a baby sleeping on my chest that is now the focus of the energy I had previously dedicated to PaddlingABC.
I will continue to pay for web hosting and ensure that the content on the website is safeguarded. There are over 100 entries in the guide and it is valuable information for new and old paddlers alike. The wiki functionality will ensure that entries can be maintained and updated without direct involvement from me. I hope I can find some time to do basic maintenance and upkeep on the site for the 2015 season.
If anyone is interested in taking on PaddlingABC and continuing to work on it please get in touch with me. This site is a community endeavour and it is my intention that it should remain that way.
Thank you to everyone that has helped get PaddlingABC to the place it is today. I hope to see you on the river (likely more gentle family paddles for me and fewer waterfalls this summer…)