I was out in Clementine a few weeks back when I met a fellow SUP’er that was talking about hitting 4 lakes in one day and how much fun/challenging that was. I spent a few days thinking about it, talking with friends & pulled out the California Map looking at how I could do the same. However after much investigation I figured out a way to make 7 lakes happen in one day. It would require me to be at the first lake @ sunrise to ensure I could achieve my schedule, so I started to put together a schedule with travel time between each lake, including my assumptions to make a lake “completed” on the list. Here are my raw notes I took @ Moonraker on my way up to Kings beach the day prior. Also I just finished my SUP gear blog – http://hillyreport.com/sup-gear-list/ Check it out.
- 10 mins to pack up/down – get in water / out
- lunch need 1 hour to R&R
- new water bottle at each lake (stay hydrated period)
- 30 min minimum per lake
- 3-5 pics per each place (Proof of Paddle – POP)
- Minimum gear on the board
- quick release straps to keep the in/out time fast
Now here’s the schedule I put together.
|#||Location||Time||Distance to next stop|
|1||King Beach||@6:00AM||27 mins|
|2||Donner Cove/Lake||@7:00AM||12 mins|
|3||Lake Van Norden||@8:00AM||35 mins|
|4||Lake Valley Reservoir||@9:10AM||25 mins|
|5||Lake Spaulding||@10:10AM||59 mins|
|6||Scotts Flat||@11:30AM||27 mins|
|7||Rollins Lake – Green Horn Campground||@1:00PM||60 mins|
|8||Clementine – Lowers||@3:00PM||43 mins|
|9||Folsom Lake – Rattle Snake Bar||@4:30PM||20 mins|
I took a goal to crush 7 lakes in one day and that obviously didn’t happen, I did 10!!! I did have one lake that was only “7 mins”, but that was because I was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, so on my next challenge i’m packing off spray as well in my kit.
Here’s my POP of the lakes & some great scenery. I met a few folks throughout the day and that made it even better than the crushing goal. At each lake I took some video with me talking about the experience, how it went, etc.. NOTE: there are a few bad words in this video.
So.. what’s next.. 2 things..
- 50 corridor SUP challenge – # TBD
- 11 Lake challenge in Tahoe area w/ the fellow SUP’er that I met.
Make big goals, achieve them and then make the next goal.