Gear Recommendations for 2014 Convention?
Posted 07 January 2014 - 10:34 AM
What clothing gear (waders? boots? wetsuit?) do you recommend for a person looking to take part in the 2014 convention activities with everybody else? Please include prices with your recommendations, thank you.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:35 AM
Similarly, if it is warm enough we have all snorkeled in shorts and t-shirts. But a wet suit will allow you to maximize your time in the water and minimize your shivering.
I know you want more details. But I a want to make sure that everyone knows that you can fully participate with minimal expense and difficulty. I will leave to others to make more specific gear recommendations, but would remind folks of the conversation we all had about Simms wading boots (I got a new pair for Christmas).
Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:21 AM
Sandals will just give you a headache. Splurge on the $6.99 surfing shoes at Wal-Mart.
Posted 08 January 2014 - 03:05 AM
Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:33 AM
Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:51 PM
When i discovered felt years ago i was surprised, i could just about run in a cobbled slippery stream, the felt amazingly provided excellent grip. How can wet felt grip slick rocks? But as noted above, not so good on a slippery bank and wet leaves. I busted my hiney a few times hiking to the stream.
I use sandals if i'm just messing around for the day but little rocks getting in is mighty painful and frustrating. I generally use sandals when i'm snorkeling, but it's better to use sturdy boots. A problem i have had with the boots though is an athletes foot outbreak. A good spray of bleach seems to help. I wear boots if i plan on walking a lot or seining.
Where we are going, that cold NC mountain water in early June... if you plan on snorkeling you really need a hood and a wetsuit. Otherwise shiver on those overcast days.
Should be an awesome event. A favorite place to explore.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 05:23 PM
Posted 09 January 2014 - 07:04 PM
Shamefully true, just like a walrus.
Thinking back when i first "discovered" snorkeling, late 1990's, my eagerness, excitement and adrinaline keep me going the first year or 2. Then i bought a shorty which keep me ok for another year. But for really extended comfort, and comfort is the key word here, one needs a wetsuit and hoody.
Sunshine and water temps above 70 i can be ok for a good bit of time, in fact that is how i lead most of my Conasauga snorkel guide trips. Overcast and below 70 i yearn for a wetsuit. I will jump in about anything though for a quick look.
NC is gonna be great... lots of good snorkel water. I am planning on staying the 5 night max at the facility... perhaps even a couple days more once i study the map, route and nearby possibilities. I hope many of you will consider the same and keep the event fun for five days.
Posted 09 January 2014 - 08:48 PM
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