Caltech Da Vinci Club
Kayak, Kitesurf, Mountaineering, Sailing, Scuba, Ski, Waterski & more
There also is a catamaran for sailing available through the Sailing Club
The Da Vinci
Club's mission is to enable members of the Caltech
community to pursue a variety of skill-intensive outdoor sports, by providing
instruction , equipment and organized trips.
This is the list of equipment available at the Da Vinci Club shack east of
a kitesurf Peter Lynn ARC kite, board, retractable leash, harness &
helmet, as well as a kiteboard training DVD (Boost II).
a Method Air whitewater kayak (experts only)
2 single expedition kayaks (a larger Sirocco and a smaller Tempest)
1 double expedition kayak (Northstar)
Above: The Northstar double (red) and Sirocco (yellow) and Tempest (blue)
single expedition kayaks.
2 Kaos sit-on-top surf kayaks (Kaos)
Above: A Kaos sit-on-top surf kayak
One wetsuit (large, male).
Freshwater 2-piece rod, Shimano reel, fishing box, net, pliers, fishfinder
for kayak, rodholder for kayak.
Wilderness Engineering Cross-country Kindershuttle ski sled (partly
We also have the following winter equipment available for check-out at the Y
(reserve and check-out this equipment by contacting the Caltech Y at x6163):
2 pairs of MSR Denali Ascent snowshoes with optional extensions.
2 pairs of Fischer BC Country Crown
waxless cross-country skis (185 cm and
200 cm), Salomon SNS Profil Auto Bindings (SNS type),
and adjustable-length Leki poles
Snowshoes and skis are available for $5/day/pair.
All kayaks come with gear, including flotation vests and drybags. We also
have one helmet, advisable for kitesurf and kayaking in the surf. We also have several books on kayaking and on coastal and river outings in So.
Cal. and Baja California. Equipment courtesy of the
WAIVER & RELEASE OF LIABILITY
Outdoor sports can be dangerous. In order to use any of our equipment, participate in any of our activities or courses, or
enter our storage facilities, you MUST sign a waiver and release of liability and return it to Alex Backer, Da Vinci Club, MC
139-74, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Equipment rental fees:
Rental fees are charged to pay for maintenance,
repairs, upgrades and expansion. This said, repairs are the responsibility of
the renter up to a maximum of $150/incident. The Sirocco, Tempest and
Northstar expedition kayaks each go for $10/weekend day or Caltech
holiday, $15/weekend, $5/weekday.
Fishing equipment, the Kaos (sit-on-top) and whitewater kayaks, sled and
kiteboard go for $5/day apiece. Wetsuits will be free in conjunction with a
paid rental. Fees should be paid by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org .
In order for a reservation to be valid, rental
fees must be paid at the time of reservation (or if no advance reservation, at
the time of check-out).
To check equipment out, contact outdoorscaltech.edu.
Advance warning will help ensure that you find us in time for your
desired check-out time. We have roof racks, straps, chains and locks. You will
need instructions on how to attach kayaks and boards before check-out:
*do not attempt to tie down a board or kayak to your vehicle if you do not
know how to do it*. Several accidents have happened this way in the
past. We can provide detailed instructions upon
request. You also need to know how to use the equipment. You are entirely
responsible for proper use, storage and transportation of all equipment.
Note: We have ROLEEZ Wheels, Inc. straps available to tie down kayaks. We must make you aware of the fact that one of the straps of the same
model was torn and cut in two during its first use, letting a kayak fall on the freeway. When contacted about this incident, ROLEEZ Wheels refused to
take responsibility, offering only to replace the strap. We thus cannot recommend use of the ROLEEZ straps we currently have available.
Sea kayaking, eskimo roll, first-aid, avalanche and
ice-climbing courses have been planned for this year, courtesy of the Moore-Hufstedler Fund and the Caltech Alumni
to our mailing list to get course sign-up notices.
Sign-up for our mailing list by visiting the following web page.
There is also an email-based interface for users to do things like subscribe and unsubscribe themselves. For more information, send a message
with "help" as the subject or body to "davinci-requestcaltech.edu".
You may contact club officers by emailing outdoorscaltech.edu .
Surf & Windsurf Club
Why Da Vinci?
By inventing diving equipment and helicopters, Leonardo
Da Vinci gave us
means to explore the waters and the skies. More importantly, Leonardo was the
quintessential Rennaissance Man,
interested in a broad variety of endeavors, combining inventiveness with
curiosity. Our club seeks to provide members of the Caltech community with the
opportunity to acquire a diverse set of skills while enjoying the incredible
climate and landscape of Southern California.
The Da Vinci Club was co-founded by
and Dan Lieberman.
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