Matt: The Skipper, Mary Anne: Casi, Ginger: Lisa, The Professor: Jim.
I frequently climb with Casi and Lisa. They’re into surfing, SUPing and climbing. Casi is a SUP instructor and leads adventures for her fitness clients. Lisa works in the hospital, and is a free spirit surfer. They wanted a paddle to climb adventure. We have a mutual friend, Jim, who is a former AMGA TRSM and now is an ACA paddle sports instructor who wanted to tag along. What we got was an adventure.
Leg One: Casi planned a 5 mile paddle down the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park, across from the Goodspeed Opera House. Our objective was Selden Island. Selden has a long history of climbing dating back to the 1960’s. While it is not a destination area, many of the routes have been done, and some new route development has occurred there by Chris Beauchamp, Dave Fasulo and Rick Craft in the past year.
Leg Two: After some lengthy bushwhacks, we found the crags and some quality climbing. The trail systems on the island are not well marked or documented. We seemed to be going in circles, but with some mountain sense, we figured it out.
The rock here is some kind of granitic gneiss, and although Dave called it granite, it is similar to Chatfield or Farley.
Leg 3: The most adventourus part for me was the paddle across the river to the car at the marina. Heavy and fast power boat traffic made it pretty exciting to paddle a loaded SUP board with huge waves! I almost fell in and I certainly got soaked. This was my first real time on a SUP board. It was fun and I’d encourage you to give it a try, minus the 40lbs of climbing gear.
Notes: The island’s best climbing is at the Quarry Knob. Sea Cliff Cliff climbing is available a short hike from Springledge Camp. The island is heavily wooded, and considerable ferns and Japanese Barberry bushes exist. Barberry is known for harboring ticks. Beware. We jumped a fawn deer, about 20 feet way. There are no docks to moor a power boat. Canoe, kayak, or SUP over. Pull your boat inland- heavy waves are possible
Thanks to Sully, Brian, and Dave for the beta. We couldn’t have done it with out your help.
Many thanks to Jim, Casi, and Lisa for the adventure.
DEEP info on the Island here: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=435364&deepNav_GID=1650
More on Casi Rynkowski here: http://www.casiperformancetraining.com
Selden Island Trail Map: http://www.seldenisland.org/uploads/2/0/4/2/20427041/trail_map_pr_2010.pdf