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Old 09-06-2016, 10:22 PM   #781
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Anne, we love your cloud formations. Great picture!

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Old 09-06-2016, 10:34 PM   #782
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Stunning photo, Anne. Looks surreal.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:37 PM   #783
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A dry suit keeps you warm and dry. It is waterproof. A wet suit keeps you warm, but not necessarily dry.

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See what I know. I have a wetsuit and really like it. It is pretty buoyant.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:48 PM   #784
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Seeing all these beautiful pictures that have been posted over the last few years makes we wish we had our camper so we could head out tomorrow. Really appreciate everyone who took the time to post and share their pics. Boy it going to be a long wait....
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Seeing all these beautiful pictures that have been posted over the last few years makes we wish we had our camper so we could head out tomorrow. Really appreciate everyone who took the time to post and share their pics. Boy it going to be a long wait....
It is a long wait, but I'd say get out there and camp anyway when you get the chance - even if it's just some overnight or weekend camping with a tent. It'll make you appreciate the the Escape even more once you get it.
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Definitely not dry. It's the layer of water between the skin and the neoprene that warms up ( eventually ).
I bought a cheap shorty wet suit for canoeing and found myself kneeling in two inches of hail and melt water that was in the bottom of my canoe.
Didn't have $800 for a dry suit though.
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Old 09-06-2016, 11:18 PM   #787
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A dry suit keeps you warm and dry. It is waterproof. A wet suit keeps you warm, but not necessarily dry.
A wet suit is exactly that... wet. You get warm when the layer of water between your body and the neoprene warms up. And you know HOW that water warms... right?
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:20 AM   #788
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I have yet to do that stretch. Isn't it just a short day trip? I know folks that start there and go to Rocky.
The section of river from the Bighorn Dam to the Forestry Trunk Road near Nordegg was pretty close to 25km in length, quite braided in places, mostly flat water, and very scenic. It would make a nice day trip. We did paddle all of the way through to Rocky in 2 days (about 65km/day). The highly rockered 13ft long whitewater canoe (Caption) that I was paddling solo was not well suited for paddling the longer flat water sections, but it did do very well through the bumps. My wings were really tired by the time we reached Rocky.
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Definitely not dry. It's the layer of water between the skin and the neoprene that warms up ( eventually ).
I bought a cheap shorty wet suit for canoeing and found myself kneeling in two inches of hail and melt water that was in the bottom of my canoe.
Didn't have $800 for a dry suit though.
IMHO, when the weather is cold, a wet suit is only useful if you either stay in the water or stay out of the water. If you get wet while wearing a wet suit and then spend time out of the water in the cold, you will quickly chill. A dry suit is much better in cold weather as you can go in and out of the water and be much less affected by cold wind cooling you off. Of course, in hot weather a dry suit can be quite miserable as you can easily overheat and fill the inside of your suit with sweat, thus negating the benefit of having a "dry" suit.
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The section of river from the Bighorn Dam to the Forestry Trunk Road near Nordegg was pretty close to 25km in length, quite braided in places, mostly flat water, and very scenic. It would make a nice day trip. We did paddle all of the way through to Rocky in 2 days (about 65km/day). The highly rockered 13ft long whitewater canoe (Caption) that I was paddling solo was not well suited for paddling the longer flat water sections, but it did do very well through the bumps. My wings were really tired by the time we reached Rocky.
I will have to try that upper stretch one day. Lately we have paddled for 30-60 minutes on the Friday night to avoid camping at the road with the rowdies, then a longish paddle the next day to Boxcar Flats where there is an excellent camping spot, then a short paddle on Sunday to Devil's Elbow where we unload and camp and do lots of runs through the rapids. Then Monday is an easy paddle to Rocky.
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IMHO, when the weather is cold, a wet suit is only useful if you either stay in the water or stay out of the water. If you get wet while wearing a wet suit and then spend time out of the water in the cold, you will quickly chill. A dry suit is much better in cold weather as you can go in and out of the water and be much less affected by cold wind cooling you off. Of course, in hot weather a dry suit can be quite miserable as you can easily overheat and fill the inside of your suit with sweat, thus negating the benefit of having a "dry" suit.
I actually hate wearing either dry or wet suits, but if I had a choice it would be a dry suit for sure. Fortunately I have a good heat engine, and can handle a dunk in cold water. Plus, I have just been too cheap to buy a dry suit.
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