Nolichucky Attainment League

May
25
6:30 pm
Jun
1
6:30 pm
Jun
8
6:30 pm
Jun
15
6:30 pm
Jun
22
6:30 pm

 

 

 

Curtis England started this weekly event in 2015 called the Nolichucky Beer League!  The event gets its roots from the Beer League started over on the French Broad Ledges in Asheville.

The NAL occurs on Thursdays at 6:30 P.M during April-October when river levels are between 750-2500 CFS.  Anyone is welcome to come out with their long boats to do attainments from U.S.A. Raft at 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, TN to Twin Eddies.

The goal is to get the kayaking community fired up about some upstream paddling on this great section of river.  Paddlers are also encouraged to bring their beverage of choice for afterwards for some fun fellowship.

Come on out and join the Nolichucky Attainment League on Thursday evenings for some attainment fun, racing and training!  If you don’t have a long boat give the Jackson Action Wagon a shout and it can hook you up for the evening.  The NAL hopes to see you on the Noli! :-)

 

NAL Events Contact:

Ryan Horn: text or call 423-646-3459 or jrhorn_40@yahoo.com

Kingsport Aquatic Center‏ Kayak Session

Apr
27
7:00 pm
May
4
7:00 pm
May
11
7:00 pm
May
18
7:00 pm
May
25
7:00 pm
Jun
1
7:00 pm
Jun
8
7:00 pm
Jun
15
7:00 pm

 

 

 

It is a paddling pool party on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.!

Where:

Kingsport Aquatic Center‏

1820 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, TN 37660
423-343-9758

 

Contact the Aquatic Center for session confirmation or questions regarding the facility.

 

Cost: $3.00 per person

Come join the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and other paddlers from around our region at the Kingsport Aquatic Center‏ for tips & tricks about basic kayaking skills and learning how to roll.

During the summer, we will be in the outdoor pool, but in cases of rain, the center will partition off part of the indoor pool for us.  During the winter, the center will have bulkheads installed in the indoor pool and we’ll have a section for our use.  That indoor pool is huge!

 

Logistics for bringing in your boat and equipment are pretty simple.  There is a gate to the outdoor pool and a door to the indoor pool.  The gate/door will be opened during the initial rush of people right around 7:00 P.M. for 10 minutes or so.  After the gate/door is closed, people can drop their boat & equipment off at the door, walk to the front desk to pay the $3.00 and someone will go open the gate/door for them.

We will also have occasional access to the lazy river to use for kayak practice in current!  Stay tuned for announcements for these special events…

 

Please note: The Jackson Action Wagon will occasionally provide FREE kayak demos of the current fleet of boats at these pool sessions, but neither the pool nor the J.A.W. provides paddling equipment (Paddle, Spray Skirt, etc…) for these sessions.  If you are just starting out in the sport and do not yet have your own equipment, please get in touch with the Event Sessions Contact to see if you can get some loaner gear for a session.

Event Sessions Contact:

Ryan Shealy

Email ~ orion9909@yahoo.com

Mobile ~ 423-963-6066

 

West Fork Tuckasegee Release

Apr
8
Apr
9
Jun
10
Jul
1
Jul
22
Aug
12
Aug
26

 

 

 

Class III-IV+ (V)

Near Pine Creek Road, Cullowhee, NC

Thanks to AW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW river beta website for West Fork Tuck:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2290/

Cascades/Upper Nantahala Release

Apr
28
Apr
29
Jun
16
Jul
7
Jul
14
Aug
11
Sep
23
Sep
24

 

 

 

Near Bryson City, NC

Thanks to AW!

 

AW river beta website for Upper Nanty:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3663/

AW river beta website for Nanty Cascades:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/1100/

APE’s & TEHCC Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

Jun
16
7:00 pm
Jun
17
8:00 am
Jun
18
8:00 am

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(Registration Deadline: 6/9/2017)

 

Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN

ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher

Assistant Instructors: Jeremy Gass & Wesley R. Bradley

 

Whitewater enthusiasts participate in hazardous activities in wilderness environments. Are you prepared to rescue yourself or your best paddling friend?  Are they prepared to rescue you?  Help in many cases may not be immediately available, and might be hours, not minutes away. Sign up and bring your favorite paddling crew to this clinic. It’s like buying yourself, and them, the safety line that may save your lives.

SWR V-Lower

The Basic SWR Course, sponsored by Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club (TEHCC), is one in a series of swiftwater rescue courses offered through the American Canoe Association. The course is led by ACA certified swiftwater rescue and kayak instructor Scott Fisher and is designed to teach the recreational paddler basic swiftwater rescue techniques where limited personnel and/or safety gear is available. Scott has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, paddling clubs, firefighters, rescue personnel, staff of church youth camps, and local outfitter guides. The clinic will include classroom instruction, river skills and realistic scenarios.  Successful completion of this course will prepare you to self-rescue and aid in the rescue of others in whitewater environments. 

SWR Rope

Course Overview: The Swiftwater Rescue Course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

SWR Attainment

Course Objectives:

                Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.

                Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.

                Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.

                Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents

                Develop and practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment

                Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

                Gain experience using the rescue PFD, and understand its strengths and weaknesses

                Utilize rescue scene management principles needed within a paddling group

 

Course Prerequisites:  All paddle craft are welcome.  Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver their craft in at least class II whitewater.  However, all boaters, and non-boaters with an interest in swiftwater rescue (e.g., professional rescuers), will benefit from the class. Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.  Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

 

Minimum personal equipment for class: Type III PFD designed for whitewater use (Rescue PFD is recommended but not required), whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water, protective footwear, boat, paddle, whistle, throw rope, 15+ feet of one inch tubular nylon webbing, 2 locking carabiners, and 2 prusick loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord) 

 

Who:      Adults and Minors 15 years and older (Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany minor and arranged ahead).  Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they feel safety will be compromised.

When:    Friday, June 16th 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, June 17th 8:00am – 7:00pm (Saturday Evening Session TBD); Sunday, June 18th 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where:   Friday evening: Riverpark Campground (3937 Highway 81 South, Jonesborough, TN 37659); Saturday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River; Sunday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River

Cost:      $95; $85 if already an APEs member; ACA members can further deduct $5

               Registration and payment deadline is 6/9/2017 (See Cancellation Policy in PDF Application)

Lodging Note:      Camping is available on site and should be reserved directly with Riverpark Campground

 

REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at scottfisher00@gmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Scott at 276-698-4644 or scottfisher00@gmail.com

Paddle in Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

Jun
24
10:30 am

When: June 24, 2017 @ 10:30 A.M.

Where: NOC Outpost on the Pigeon River

Who: Presented by Paddle in Pink for the ladies!

 

Ladies get out your playboats and your slicey boats, Paddle in Pink is putting on its 3rd annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series.  Come on out and join Crystal Gustin, Nikki Winkler Malatin and Katie Dean for this fun day on the Pigeon River Gorge!!  They will be guiding you down the river and showing you how to play your way down the river.

Last year was a big success with over 20 women learning how to get vertical and throw about in a playboat. This year the format will be very similar to last year; we will divide into two groups: short  playboats and slicey get vertical boats. If we have the interest, we will send a group directly down to the hole at NOC and work on park-n-play moves. Team members from Dagger, Pyranha and Jackson will lead the groups down the pigeon and instruct rock splats, eddie line squirts, surfing, loops and any request you want to throw at them.

The groups will progress to the NOC play hole where music and SweetWater beer will be enjoyed. A friendly competition will be in store to show off any move you would like to showcase. Pretty or otherwise.

The day will conclude with a raffle of prizes by various sponsors. This year the top prize will be an Orion cooler loaded with SweetWater Brewing Beer that is in Paddle in Pink colors, hot pink and black! All proceeds will go to a local animal shelter in memory of Jennifer Watson (our inspiration behind Paddle In Pink).

Please invite your friends!

Facebook event website for all the latest 411: https://www.facebook.com/events/772239839602140/

Don’t have a playboat or a slicey boat?  The Jackson Action Wagon is looking forward to supporting the event with FREE Jackson Kayak demos on-site!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Orion Coolers, SweetWater Brewing Company and Kokatat

Cheoah Release

Feb
25
Mar
25
Mar
26
Apr
22
Apr
23
Apr
28
Apr
29
May
6
May
7
May
13
May
14
May
20
May
21
Jul
8
Jul
9
Sep
9
Nov
4

Cheoah

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near Robbinsville, NC

Thanks to AW!

AW river beta website for the Cheoah:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River_detail_id_3146_

Click on the link below for flow info for each release day:

http://www.boatingbeta.com/releases/cheoah_next

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip & Picnic

Aug
19
11:00 am

River Trip Logistics

NOLICHUCKY GORGE River Trip (Class III/IV*) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Wesley R. Bradley and Jennifer Bradley.

Cost: $5.00 for USA Raft bus shuttle.

*Please be mindful of the water level for the day and your whitewater skill set.  Please also ensure you bring a whitewater boat suitable for the river conditions.  Low water flow (<600 CFS) will be more technical with a creek like feel and broaches will occur more often without good boat control.  High water flow (1,200> CFS) will be more pushy and swims can be long and boat/gear lose can occur.  We will have the trip from 250 - 3,000 CFS.  However, to ensure the safety of all participants on this trip we will require 1st timers to execute a few basic paddling maneuvers and/or practice rolls/self rescue in flat water to qualify at the put-in before we head on down the river, if the river flow is not in optimal ranges (600-1,200 CFS)

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (take-out) at 11:00 A.M.  USA Raft will be shuttling our group up to the put-in using one of their raft buses and a boat trailer if needed!  This will make our logistics for shuttling very easy and our cars will be waiting for us back at the take out when we get off the river!  Please bring $5.00 to help cover the cost of this shuttle ride.

 

LOWER NOLICHUCKY River Trip (USA Raft Outpost to Sawmill – Class I-II) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Debbie Briscoe.  Plan to play a lot and maybe even stop & go swimming with a snack break included to make it a fun day on the lower!

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (put-in) at 12:00 P.M. to set shuttle for the Lower Noli Trip.

 

Map link to USA Raft Nolichucky Outpost: https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&q=usa+raft+nolichucky&fb=1&gl=us&hq=usa+raft+nolichucky&cid=0,0,2318511328506691564&ei=UiAIULu9GI6k8QTzsdSZBA&ved=0CKsBEPwSMAM  QuarterMile_background_CMYK

APE’s Picnic

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost at 6:00 P.M.

This is our last big “get together” for the year.  We will have tasty food catered by TBA at USA Raft when we get off the river!  Please feel free to bring any side dishes or deserts to share with the group.  If you are an APE’s member the meal will be FREE and non-APE’s members can chow down with us for $9.00 per person.  We will also provide water and sweet tea for beverages at the picnic.  If you do wish to bring adult beverages to the picnic, USA Raft has asked that you drink them from a cup (NO glass or cans!).  You may also want to bring a folding chair due to limited seating.

 

What to bring:

·         $5.00 per person for shuttle, if running Noli Gorge

·         Appropriate whitewater boat, paddle & gear that you own (Yes, I will sing the song while we are loading!)

·         $9.00 to eat at picnic per person, if you’re not an APE’s member.  Or $17.00 ($22 for family) to get you signed up as an APE’s member through 2018 and cover your meal!

·         Folding chair for picnic

·         Feel free to bring side dish or dessert to share at picnic.

 

RSVP

To sign-ups for this event please send the following information for each person attending to Wesley R. Bradley:

1.      Full name

2.      River running section (Gorge or Lower)

3.      Are you a first timer on the run?

4.      Are you eating at picnic meal?

Please e-mail, text or message Wesley with your RSVP by 8/17/2017.

 

Event Contacts

Noli Gorge River Trip & Picnic- Wesley R. Bradley: 423-647-1321, dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com

Lower Noli River Trip – Debbie Briscoe: 423-534-3636, ldcakes@hotmail.com

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We hope to see you on the Noli and the picnic!

Freedom Hall Pool Kayak Session

Apr
25
7:30 pm
Sep
5
7:30 pm
Sep
12
7:30 pm
Sep
19
7:30 pm
Sep
26
7:30 pm
Oct
3
7:30 pm
Oct
10
7:30 pm
Oct
17
7:30 pm
Oct
24
7:30 pm

Freedom Hall Pool

 

 

 

It is a paddling pool party on Tuesday nights from 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.!

Freedom Hall Pool

1320 Pactolas Rd

Johnson City, TN 37604

(423) 461-4872

Come join the J.A.W. , Mahoney’s Outfitters, some APE’s, and other paddlers from around our region at the Freedom Hall Pool for tips & tricks about basic kayaking skills and learning how to roll.

Already mastered the basics and have a bomb proof roll? There is still a lot of fun to be had at our pool session by practicing your flat-water freestyle moves and fellowshipping with other paddlers in a nice warm water environment.

Admission to the pool is $2, rolling advice is free! Contact the office of the pool for session confirmation or questions regarding the facility. (423) 461-4872

Please note: The J.A.W. does provide the current fleet of boats for demo at the pool session, but neither the pool nor the J.A.W. provides paddling equipment (Paddle, Spray Skirt, etc…) for these sessions. If you are just starting out in the sport and do not yet have your own equipment, please post a message on the APEs yahoo group site or contact me with this link:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/

We will try our best to get you outfitted for the night! Also feel free to contact me for any other questions or comments you may have with the above link.

I hope to see you at the pool!

Wesley R. Bradley – Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador

TEAM RIVER RUNNER Pool Session

Apr
26
7:30 pm
Sep
6
7:30 pm
Sep
13
7:30 pm
Sep
20
7:30 pm
Sep
27
7:30 pm
Oct
4
7:30 pm

TRR Pool

 

 

 

 Johnson City, TN Chapter of Team River Runner

 Sessions are from 7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. on most Wednesdays / or noted otherwise in dates listed above at the ETSU Center for Physical Activity (CPA) Pool.  Gear up earlier if you want.

These pool sessions are limited to veterans and volunteers affiliated with Team River Runner ONLY.
As usual, pool session info below!  Big reminders: rinse all boats every time unless they’ve been kept at the pool and sign in on the kayak club’s log.
Pool session reminders:
- New paddlers can not participate in pool sessions until they have completed an Intro to TRR session, received medical clearance, and signed all waivers.

- Always sign in on the sheet kept by the ETSU kayak club.  This will insure that we continue to get pool time.

- If you haven’t filled out a paddler/staff info sheet, please let me know.  Same goes for release forms (DSUSA, VA, and media).  All paddlers (vets and volunteers) sign an release at every TRR event.

- Pool sessions are 7:30-9 PM.  We can’t hit the water until 7:30, and need to respect the kayak club’s time and clear out of the pool area by 9:30 (not out of the pool by 9:00 or so).  I’ve been showing up at 7:00 to get gear organized and do pool side teaching.   Feel free to come early to get your gear in order.  The back door is usually open by 7:00 or so.

- Always rinse your boat off before bringing it into the pool area.  If the hose isn’t by the door, just ask and we’ll find it.  If you boat has been hermetically sealed since the last pool session, you’re probably good to go.  If there’s any possibility it has grass, dirt, bugs, etc. in or on it, please give it a quick rinse.  ETSU has been generous with their pool, so let’s keep it clean!

IMPORTANT: NO paddler participants should be in the pool without TRR volunteers present.  For a very new paddler (i.e., no wet exit demonstrated), a minimum of two volunteers must be in the pool (not in boats) prior to putting the paddler in a boat on the water.  Make sure that you know the skills of your paddlers and use common sense.
Contact Bill Finger for additional info:

billfinger@yahoo.com

423-361-2338

American Whitewater Gauley Fest

SepSep
1417

gauley_festWelcome to Gauley Fest, the paddling worlds biggest party! Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted whitewater flows on the Gauley, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest river festival in the world, posting attendance numbers of over 5,000 people in 2002.

The event focuses on bringing people to the area to enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities while showcasing whitewater paddlesports and raising funds and membership for American Whitewater. The festival is a three-day event, with the main activities taking place on Saturday night. Expect the festival site to be bustling throughout the weekend with food, vendors, and activities for paddlesport and non-paddlesport enthusiasts of all ages.

The festival will feature live entertainment, a whitewater marketplace, beer, and a silent auction where you can pick up some awesome outdoor gear. The Gauley River Festival is a critical fundraiser for American Whitewater and is our largest fundraising event.

All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewaters conservation and access work throughout the Southeast. Come out and join us for a weekend of great paddling, exciting competitions, live entertainment, and the infamous silent auction.

Event webiste: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/aw:events_gauley

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival

SepSep
2224

GAFThe southeast’s biggest used gear sale of the year!!!

Check out the web site below for all the details:

http://noc.com/events/guest-appreciation-festival-gaf

 

Russell Fork Release

Oct
7
Oct
8
Oct
14
Oct
15
Oct
21
Oct
22
Oct
28
Oct
29

 

 

Check out this website for details:

http://www.russellfork.info/index.php

AW link’s for runs:

Upper [Class II-III+]: http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2011/

Gorge [Class IV-V+]: http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2010/

Lower [Class II(III)]: http://americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/675/

Flow: 800cfs first 2 weekends, 850cfs 3rd weekend & 1,100cfs last weekend.

 

Ocoee River Race

Oct
7
8:00 am

9th Annual TVCC Ocoee River Race sponsored by World Kayak

Race Day Schedule:
8:00am: Volunteers Arrive
9:00am: Registration Opens
10:30am: Mandatory Safety Meeting
11:00am: Racing Begins
6:00pm: After Party at the Bus Bar
Race from the Put-In to Powerhouse! We are excited to have fun racing to raise money for Team River Runner Chattanooga!

Classes:
Men’s Short Boat
Women’s Short Boat
Men’s Long Boat
Women’s Long Boat
Elite Men’s Short Boat
Elite Men’s Long Boat
Elite Women’s Long Boat
OC1 Short Boat
OC1 Long Boat …
C1
Hand Paddles (short boat only)
Tandem
SUP
Raft

Other classes can “make” with 3 or more entries. All can race for time.

Racers may race in up to two classes.

Race Registration and Info at:

http://tvccpaddler.com/annual-ocoee-river-race/

Following the Ocoee River Race, we hope you all come to the awards ceremony and after party! Awarding of the For The Love of It Ocoee Cup, coveted crystal beer mugs, paddle porn, live music and BEER!

2017 Lord of the Fork Race

Oct
28
3:00 pm

Saturday, October 28th will be the Lord of the Fork Race. It will have the usual format: One Minute Intervals from Skunk Beach area to Climax, unless for some reason Fist cleans up between now and then. The Rendezvous will be taking place at Carson Island, so we will do the awards there.

Kayak race through the Russell Fork Gorge. Start line is just around the right-hand bend below Fist, finish line is at Climax. Class 4-5, better know where you’re going in there. One minute interval starts. No entry fee, but we have $5 of expense for each racer, so donations are encouraged to help offset this. Every racer is expected to bring a prize for the winners, we’ll divide it all up after the race. Bib handout and waivers will be taken care of on race day. If you know someone that plans to race and is not on Facebook, please send me a message and I’ll try to contact them. Also message me if interested in volunteering for safety or other logistics.

Facebook Event Page for more details:

Spectator hike-in beta: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2014/10/22/lord-of-the-fork-race-hike-in-beta/

I can be reached at moxiemeister@gmail.com

Eric Henrickson

Tallulah Release

Nov
4
Nov
5
Nov
11
Nov
12
Nov
18
Nov
19
Apr ’18
7
Apr ’18
8
Apr ’18
14
Apr ’18
15

Oceana

 

 

 

Near Tallulah Falls, GA

Thanks to AW!

AW river beta website for Tallulah:

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River_detail_id_506_

22nd Annual Green River Narrows Race

Nov
4
12:00 pm

The greatest show in all of sports!

Official Green Race website: http://greenrace.amongstit.com/

The 2017 race will be held Saturday, November 4th.  The first racer will be off at 12 noon and reach Gorilla about 12:04.  Directions to Gorilla can be found on the Green Narrows page.

 

Spectators Information:

Be respectful of no parking areas on Big Hungry Road. There is often good parking available just past the trail head. The hike in is steep and slippery. Wear good shoes and bring an extra jacket. It gets cold down in the gorge. Follow this GPS location for SPECTATOR PARKING

While you’re waiting, check out all the Past Race Results and AW’s Green Race Information Page.

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