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Ignite Outdoors Wilderness Canoeing

Dates:

July 26-29, 2019

August 2-5, 2019

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FAQ About Canoe Tripping

It is like backpacking, but you use a canoe to carry everything (including yourself). You and your partner work together to paddle the canoe downstream, using paddle strokes your instructors taught and the power of the gentle current. Many people who would rather not hike love canoe tripping since the current does most of the work!

Yes, somewhat. You should be able to “swim” 25 yards (1 time across a pool) with any stroke and not touch the pool bottom. When on the river, you wear a life jacket so swimming in the river will be easier if the pool is hard but doable.

Yes, somewhat. You should be able to “swim” 25 yards (1 time across a pool) with any stroke and not touch the pool bottom. When on the river, you wear a life jacket so swimming in the river will be easier if the pool is hard but doable.

Camping on this trip is next to the river in tents and is “primitive.” No running water, no flush toilets, and no shower. The views are amazing as are the summer smells in the early morning.

Learning to canoe without proper instruction is hard and awkward. Some of our staff also hated canoeing until they started working with us. We’ll spend the first day teaching you how to canoe before we set off and then will teach and provide you individual feedback as well go along. By the time you finish the trip, you’ll be comfortable in a canoe. While we won’t promise you will love canoeing, we bet you’ll come close.

On a canoe trip of 25 miles a day, yes, you want strong arms, back and legs. But on this trip, we are doing at most 10 miles (with a gentle current) a day. If you can pick up and walk around with a 5-6 year old human, you are strong enough for this trip.

The area of North Carolina that we will be canoeing is warm during the summer and afternoon showers are common. We will paddle in the rain and often it will provide respite from the summer heat. Don’t worry though – we won’t paddle during a storm or high winds