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Old 03-09-2013   #1
 
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noob shuttle question

Can someone explain to me, or point me to a resource, that explains the basics of car shuttles and related etiquette?

I'm doing my first river paddle on the multi-club 3/23 S.Platte trip. I expect I'll be driving to the put-in, maybe with another paddler or two.

Do I simply drive to the take-out, leave my car and take some shared transportation back to the put-in?

How do these things usually work?

tia

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Old 03-09-2013   #2
 
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Cool Tia, which club did you join?
I did this float with the Poudre Paddlers last year, and am looking forward to it again. Last year, everyone met at the put-in, unloaded/prepped their gear and then had a short pre-float meeting. Folks were then organized by which take-out they were headed too, and went off in separate caravans. Once at the take-out, people pile into the big vehicles to head back, so if you have a big vehicle (I.e. van or truck) you might offer to drive back. Otherwise climb in with someone else.
At the end, everyone just makes sure the shuttle drivers have a ride back to their vehicles and you're good to go.
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Old 03-09-2013   #3
 
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Thanks, co_bjread.

I'm been in RMSKC for a few years. Missed last years trip due to a bad cold.

I have an 04 forester (I'm the guy driving around Westminster with my cradles on all the time - too lazy to take them off after pool practices this time of year). Not sure that qualifies as a big vehicle. I'm floating the 14 mi to Kuner.

With what you've told me, I'll just go with the flow when I get there.

Thanks.
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Old 03-09-2013   #4
 
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In river sports, going with the flow always seems to work out well.
I guess sea kayakers don't run shuttles too often do they. I'll have a red ducky with 2 of my kids in it, maybe I'll see you there, it gets a pretty big group. Either way, have a good trip,
Brent
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Maybe I'm stating the obvious here, but if:

The local geography is such that you arrive at the put-in before the take-out, you run your shuttle first and leave one of the bigger vehicles at the take-out (big=room for bodies+boats) and run back to the put-in in your vehicle.

If everyone reaches the take-out first, you all pile in a bigger rig and go run the river. Take a smaller vehicle to go pick it up after the run.

Bigger is subjective. If everyone else has smaller cars, then yours is "the big shuttle rig". If everyone else has pickups or SUV's then you use yours to pick up the shuttle rig.

Always offer. If your rig isn't used, make sure your cooled ends up at the take-out. Offer beer to those who end up driving.

Kayakers are notoriously cheap. Bring PBR. That is the beer of the take-out. ( unless you bring micros---then you'll be shuttled anywhere and everywhere!)
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Thanks, MT4Runner. I'll offer and I guess I can spring for some beer, too.

I expect I'll get it after the first couple of times. SLBP - Slow Learner/Behaioral Problem, as my mom often said to me in my teen years.

Cheers..
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Bruce...

That's awesome, great way to start my Monday morning.

Lenny.
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Take time to chill and hang out at the take-out.
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