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Reply #20 - 02/18/11 at 21:06:09

goldfishgoddess   Offline
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Q:  It's so hot and humid, how am I going to stand wearing a PFD the entire time?

A:  Consider buying a waist/ belt pack PFD.  To inflate, pull the cord and a CO2 charger inside the pack will immediately blow it up in front of you, and then you just need to put your head through the hole.  Remember that if you need to deploy your waist pack PFD during the MR340, you'll have to rearm the PFD with a new CO2 charger.  So it might be a good idea to bring an extra charger or two with you.    Also, if it's possible to look at the PFD inside your pack (uninflated) check and make sure the thing will fit over your head.  Mine had a very small headhole and so what a surprise for me while being swept rapidly downriver to find I had to hold my inflated PFD against me like a surfboard.

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RookinIraq-- bless your heart and be sure to introduce yourself to everyone.  As far as the wing paddle, you're going to hear over and over to use a small wing for marathons.  A week before my first MR340 I got a mid-wing and taught myself to use it and it was just fine.  And I bet you are ten times stronger than I am!   If you want tips on how to paddle with a wing, do a search in You Tube and you will find a treasure trove of videos on techniques.  This will give you a really general idea of the different stroke needed with a wing.  Then, with that basic technique, let the paddle teach you the rest.  Be sure to test it on both flat water and rougher water so you can get both a good smooth speed stroke going as well as a solid brace with your wing.  Paddle your wing in wind to get a feel for how a wing feels in headwinds.  Don't forget you need a spare paddle for the race.  If you can't get a second wing, train with both just to be sure. 

The QCC600 is an awesome boat.  It is rated as an intermediate to advanced user boat by QCC Kayaks, most likely cause it's only 21 inches wide.   The Dagger Axis 12 is 27 inches wide so it's going to be more stable, but because it's only 12 feet long it will likely be a lot slower on the water than the 16 1/2 foot long QCC 600.  Hopefully you'll have a chance to paddle before you borrow a boat and see what feels best to you.  Wish you the best and hope you have an awesome experience and make a lot of new friends.
 

Lots of love from Wales, United Kingdom.
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Reply #21 - 02/20/11 at 08:41:39

Joewildlife   Offline
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The Onyx belt PFDs are on sale right now at Bass Pro Shops.  Hellbender and I got them for last year's 340....highly recommended.  Without going into the inflatable vs. std pfd debate...  I now wear the Onyx all the time when I'm fishing, regardless of boat.

Here is a pic of the green LED light for the bow...I got a red one too and wired them to an 8 pack of AA batteries.  Very bright and it just velcroes to bow.
 

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Cause I ain't too old to die
But I sure am hard to beat
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Reply #22 - 02/20/11 at 08:42:31

Joewildlife   Offline
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The Dot It 2 puck lights...red/green electrical tape available at Wally World Automotive...
 

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And I ain't too old to hurry
Cause I ain't too old to die
But I sure am hard to beat
Ride on
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Reply #23 - 02/20/11 at 08:43:09

Joewildlife   Offline
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The Ozark Trail mini lantern makes a cheap stern light and is very bright
 

And I ain't too old to hurry
Cause I ain't too old to die
But I sure am hard to beat
Ride on
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Reply #24 - 02/20/11 at 10:47:30

rookinIraq   Offline
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Goldfishgoddes: Thank you I will be sure to introduce myself to everyone. But I am sure I will be the only one with a very bad Famers tan and white legs. Thanks to all of the encouragement I think I will go ahead an buy a mid wing. Have no idea how much time I will have on the water to practice. But I think after about 30 some odd hours of straight paddling I should start to get the hang of it. 

Thanks Everyone else for the lighting Ideas and the clear sunglasses for the bugs.
 
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Reply #25 - 02/28/11 at 10:27:21

chuck and di   Offline
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Scott:

Is there a book for the 340 that includes the check points that have to be made?

Then is a map included to get to these check points?

My husband has no trouble with but he thinks there is a book about this.  We would appreciate  any info on this.


Thanks,

Jan Bruns  (Charles Bruns' wife)


 

If you find yourself suddenly smack dab in the middle of hell, stopping is not an option.
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Reply #26 - 02/28/11 at 12:23:24
Scott   Ex Member

 
http://rivermiles.com/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1278767666

There is an attachment to click in the first post of the thread.  It's good stuff.
 
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Reply #27 - 02/28/11 at 12:59:25

bigfoot   Offline
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This is great info... One Question - Is Checkpoint #5 in the PDF correct?
 
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Reply #28 - 02/28/11 at 13:22:57
Scott   Ex Member

 
Should be Katfish Katy's instead... seems like Derek came out with a Katfish version later... but I can't find the link.  Once someone finds it, I'll repost it and clean this all up on the FAQ thread.
 
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Reply #29 - 03/14/11 at 19:44:55

napradoc   Offline
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Does the Corps of Engineers or the DNR sell any maps of the river???

Thanks

Steve
 
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Reply #30 - 03/14/11 at 20:12:28

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army corps of eng. has a great map- you can buy one at moriver.org for $5
 
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Reply #31 - 03/14/11 at 20:19:35

Walt Birmingham   Offline
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Check out this one   http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/RiverCharts/Rec-n-Safety/  
Also check out DNR's    Lewis and Clark Water Trail  site.
 

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Reply #32 - 03/18/11 at 12:14:50

napradoc   Offline
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Thanks for the leads on the map. Look forward to meeting everybody in July.

Steve
 
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Reply #33 - 03/19/11 at 15:04:52

riverteeth   Offline
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First time paddler looking for someone who might be willing to drive my truck from kc to st Charles after race starts. Other option would be to meet me at st charles on Sunday a take me and my kayak to kc leaving my truck in st charles. I will be coming from north alabama and will be happy to pay someone for  help. My email is riverteeth@yahoo.com thanks Steven Gregg


Answer:
Oftentimes, racers without ground crews can use the forum to find a volunteer or victim willing to spend a few days traveling with the ground support circus as it makes its way to St. Charles.  It's a rewarding job.  The ground crews have a blast.  It's a big, mobile 3 day party.
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Reply #34 - 03/21/11 at 19:44:35

napradoc   Offline
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Another rookie type question.
I presume that every checkpoint must be reached by the cutoff time???

Steve
 
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Reply #35 - 03/22/11 at 08:48:20
Scott   Ex Member

 
Yes, paddlers must make the checkpoints before the cut off times.  This ensures the efficacy of our safety plan which keeps our safety boat halo manageable.  The times are quite generous and in 5 years we've probably had to eliminate less than 10 boats due to failure to make the cutoff. 

Those DQs were the result of either too much time out of the boat or a less than desirable hull choice.  (whitewater boat, etc.)
 
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Reply #36 - 03/22/11 at 15:27:01

napradoc   Offline
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Thanks Scott
 
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Reply #37 - 03/26/11 at 21:52:57

Joewildlife   Offline
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Regarding maps...

I am  a map freak.  Give me a map and I know where I am at.  Give me a map and I am never lost.  I love maps.  I can relate to maps.  I have a terrible sense of direction, but with a map I won't get lost.

But I do know, this is a downstream race and you will not need or want to have a detailed map to tell you where you are and where you want to go.  You won't want to waste your time on navigation.  You are heading downsteam...that is what you need to know.  You need to know how to read the river, you need to know where the checkpoints are.  But beyond that, you do not need to navigate with maps....

Joe

 

And I ain't too old to hurry
Cause I ain't too old to die
But I sure am hard to beat
Ride on
AC/DC, Ride On
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Reply #38 - 04/19/11 at 22:11:22

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Quote:
Everyone is welcome to post FAQs to this thread... questions AND answers welcomed.  They will be edited and amended over time.   Folks searching for answers should browse the old forum threads extensively for all the best wisdom from 5 previous runnings of the 340.  But over time, we'll try to accumulate a bunch of it here.

Scott

1. When does registration start?

Registration will open at the stroke of midnight, New Year's Eve.  The limit for 2011 is 340 boats so sign up early and often.


I just found this site after searching the Internet for a month!  Is it too late for me to sign up for the race?  And just how do I sign up for the race?
 
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Reply #39 - 04/20/11 at 08:16:47
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