What To Bring
Weather in Northern Michigan at the end of August is generally in the 70s during the day and 50s at night, so bring appropriate clothing. Rain gear is also handy.
Lower Herring Lake is a small inland lake, and its temperatures in August are usually in the 70s. While it seems warm, a day spent in the water can get chilly, so bring appropriate gear (see below). Lake Michigan is another matter though. If you plan to paddle on Lake Michigan, plan for water temperatures in the low 60s. Dress for immersion, not air temperature.
Please note that Qajaq USA provides some gear for use during the event (including qajaqs, tuiliqs, and paddles) but sharing is caring. Takes turns with borrowed gear as we would like everyone to have a chance.
We will have a short (1/4 mile) paddle into camp, but you will NOT have to paddle all of the things for camp. We have a big pontoon boat for that! Bring the pillow you like and extra layers and anything else that might make camp feel like home.
What you need to bring:
- USCG-Approved Life Jacket. An inflatable belt or vest is acceptable for roll practice
- Paddle clothing (Drysuit, wet suit, insulation layers, rash guards, etc.)
- Greenland paddle (Paatit)
- Sprayskirt, aquilisaq, or tuilik
Qajaq TC has equipment for use by participants, so don’t worry if you don’t have any of these. Just let us know so that we can make sure to reserve some gear for your paddle over to camp.
What you might consider bringing:
- Bilge pump and bailing sponge
- Helmet for surfing or rough water play
- Floatation/sea sock or a qajaq with bulkheads (required for Lake Michigan paddling)
- Nose plugs, earplugs, or dive mask, if you wear them
- Any other Greenland-specific gear you would like to bring: norsaq, avataq, harpoon, bird dart
Some things to bring for camp:
- Water shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Bathing suit
- Flashlight / Headlamp / Lantern
- Camp shoes (dry)
- Money for auction/raffle (cash/check/card)
- Clothesline to hang wet gear
- Refillable water bottle
- Camp chair for beach bonfires
- Non-alcoholic beverages of choice (juice, soda, pop, tea)
- Alcoholic beverages are allowed after the completion of the days paddling activities.
- There is reasonable cell phone coverage, but limited outlets for chargers. Bring your charger, but a battery backup is a good idea as well.