tommygunn

APEs Big Laurel/FB9 Creeking Trip Report

tommygunn wrote 907 days ago:


The week of July 13th, 2015 was filled with heavy rains in the southeast which got many creeks and rivers up and running at very healthy flows during the week!  Big Laurel stayed above 1’-0” on the gauge Monday-Wednesday with all the rain.  This setup a possibility for the run to hold for a Saturday trip.  On Friday gauge readings came from the Laurel River Store that the run was at +1” on the gauge in the A.M. and the level only dropped to 0” in the P.M. (The run is consider runnable down to -6” on bridge gauge at the put-in).  Things were looking very promising for a good low runnable level on Saturday…

A poll was given to the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts earlier in the week to choose a class III run for a club river trip on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  A majority of the respondents were very interested in giving Big Laurel a go for a beginner creek style run if it was at a runnable level.  So after checking the level one final time on Friday afternoon the call was made to meet at the Big Laurel put-in Saturday morning to set shuttle for a run down to the French broad Section 9 take-out in Hot Springs.



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bozemankayaker

APEs Big Laurel/FB9 Creeking Trip Report

bozemankayaker wrote 907 days ago:


The week of July 13th, 2015 was filled with heavy rains in the southeast which got many creeks and rivers up and running at very healthy flows during the week!  Big Laurel stayed above 1’-0” on the gauge Monday-Wednesday with all the rain.  This setup a possibility for the run to hold for a Saturday trip.  On Friday gauge readings came from the Laurel River Store that the run was at +1” on the gauge in the A.M. and the level only dropped to 0” in the P.M. (The run is consider runnable down to -6” on bridge gauge at the put-in).  Things were looking very promising for a good low runnable level on Saturday…

A poll was given to the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts earlier in the week to choose a class III run for a club river trip on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  A majority of the respondents were very interested in giving Big Laurel a go for a beginner creek style run if it was at a runnable level.  So after checking the level one final time on Friday afternoon the call was made to meet at the Big Laurel put-in Saturday morning to set shuttle for a run down to the French broad Section 9 take-out in Hot Springs.



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saskia

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

saskia wrote 1247 days ago:


The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock



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james

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

james wrote 1247 days ago:


The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock



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natefry

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

natefry wrote 1247 days ago:


The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock



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bozemankayaker

Visiting The NOC and Ocoee

bozemankayaker wrote 1247 days ago:


The plan was to meet at the Nantahala put-in at 10:00, and then after we do a run I was going to compete in the NOC canoe club challenge. My dad and I arrived a little bit early, so we decided to stay down at the NOC hole for the day. We ended up seeing Sage Donnelly, Corey Sheenan, and a few other friends. At 12:00 the race had begun. With a few flips and some missed gates, I wasn’t very thrilled with my two runs down the advanced course. While we waited for the results, we messed around in the NOC hole. We hadn’t been in our play-boats for a while, so we were feeling kind of shaky.  My dad and I got in some cartwheels and loops before deciding we should get out to find the rest of our crew. Soon after we got out of our boats, they pulled up to the take out. They told us all about Hailey’s combat roll at pyramid rock, and Dacey’s first time running the falls without flipping. After grabbing some food at Big Wesser BBQ, they went up for a couple of laps on the upper. We stayed back to get the results for the race. I ended up getting first place!!! It was my second slalom race that I had ever done. I also got first place in my first slalom race. I was super exited. We at a late dinner at Rivers End around 8:00. By the time we were finished, it was about 9:00. We walked outside to find that the river was still running! I sat by the river playing with my miniature kayak that I made, while my dad went to get the keys to our room. When he got back the water was higher than normal flow. It was brown like the Cascades, and we saw a few sticks and logs floating down the river. It was getting late so we decided to head up to the bunkhouses. After a few minutes of lying there in the heat, I finally fell asleep.

The next morning we went down to Rivers End for some breakfast. We watched the water rise, then we started our drive to Ocoee. We were supposed to meet up with Joe Grudger at noon for a class. We got there early, again, so we took a nap. Joe came knocking on our window at 12:00. We loaded up the boats on his truck, and headed up to the put-in. Joe showed us a few new lines down Grumpy’s, but dad wasn’t feeling to great in his Wavesport Recon 93. We both demoed some Jackson Karmas the weekend before and we loved them. We ended up deciding that we were just going to have a fun day on the Ocoee instead of doing attainments and crazy moves since dad wasn’t feeling it. But overall it was an awesome weekend. I cant wait for the world kayak Proams this weekend!

Written by Garrett Madlock



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james

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

james wrote 1366 days ago:


About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared with her my idea of going to the local high schools with a fleet of boats and giving the kids a chance to kayak in a controlled environment such as the school pools. My son Jeffery’s swim coach approached me at the beginning of the year about doing an event at the pool and after speaking with Dave Slover at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, the boats were chosen and the day before the event,  I picked up the boats and added them to our fleet. Early the next morning, Cheri and her 14 year old daughter Claire met me at the pool and we staged all the boats and gear and set up several tables with books, brochures and gear for the students to look at while they were waiting their turn to paddle.

At about 9:30 am, the students started to arrive and Jeffery joined us. Once we got them all settled, we had introductions,  a short safety talk and watched a short video. By the time we finished, the kids were getting restless and we proceeded to get everyone in the water. We had a total of 10 different watercraft from fishing kayaks to a SUP. All of the watercraft were manufactured by Jackson Kayak and some were provided by Alder Creek and Enrg Kayaking. Since our hometown of Longview is such a huge outdoor community we decided to include a fishing kayak and an SUP in the fleet and the choices did not disappoint. The kids were very interested in the SUP as well as Jeffery’s Rockstar. About halfway through the day, I realized we were having a very successful day. The kids were laughing, playing bumper boats and keeping things safe. We even set up a mock waterfall of the bleachers to simulate a boof. Michael Stratton, our paddling buddy from Longview, just returned from South America and stopped by to help with the last class.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted but very satisfied with the results. We got kids into kayaks and gave them information on were to go to get outfitted and educated. Alder Creek is having a Spring Paddle Festival this weekend so we passed out information on that event. A huge shout out to Alder Creek, Jackson Kayak, Enrg Kayaking, and World Kayak for all the support. A monstrous thank you to Cheri, Claire, Jeffery and Michael for helping to pull this off.



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tommygunn

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

tommygunn wrote 1366 days ago:


About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared with her my idea of going to the local high schools with a fleet of boats and giving the kids a chance to kayak in a controlled environment such as the school pools. My son Jeffery’s swim coach approached me at the beginning of the year about doing an event at the pool and after speaking with Dave Slover at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, the boats were chosen and the day before the event,  I picked up the boats and added them to our fleet. Early the next morning, Cheri and her 14 year old daughter Claire met me at the pool and we staged all the boats and gear and set up several tables with books, brochures and gear for the students to look at while they were waiting their turn to paddle.

At about 9:30 am, the students started to arrive and Jeffery joined us. Once we got them all settled, we had introductions,  a short safety talk and watched a short video. By the time we finished, the kids were getting restless and we proceeded to get everyone in the water. We had a total of 10 different watercraft from fishing kayaks to a SUP. All of the watercraft were manufactured by Jackson Kayak and some were provided by Alder Creek and Enrg Kayaking. Since our hometown of Longview is such a huge outdoor community we decided to include a fishing kayak and an SUP in the fleet and the choices did not disappoint. The kids were very interested in the SUP as well as Jeffery’s Rockstar. About halfway through the day, I realized we were having a very successful day. The kids were laughing, playing bumper boats and keeping things safe. We even set up a mock waterfall of the bleachers to simulate a boof. Michael Stratton, our paddling buddy from Longview, just returned from South America and stopped by to help with the last class.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted but very satisfied with the results. We got kids into kayaks and gave them information on were to go to get outfitted and educated. Alder Creek is having a Spring Paddle Festival this weekend so we passed out information on that event. A huge shout out to Alder Creek, Jackson Kayak, Enrg Kayaking, and World Kayak for all the support. A monstrous thank you to Cheri, Claire, Jeffery and Michael for helping to pull this off.



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saskia

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

saskia wrote 1366 days ago:


About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared with her my idea of going to the local high schools with a fleet of boats and giving the kids a chance to kayak in a controlled environment such as the school pools. My son Jeffery’s swim coach approached me at the beginning of the year about doing an event at the pool and after speaking with Dave Slover at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, the boats were chosen and the day before the event,  I picked up the boats and added them to our fleet. Early the next morning, Cheri and her 14 year old daughter Claire met me at the pool and we staged all the boats and gear and set up several tables with books, brochures and gear for the students to look at while they were waiting their turn to paddle.

At about 9:30 am, the students started to arrive and Jeffery joined us. Once we got them all settled, we had introductions,  a short safety talk and watched a short video. By the time we finished, the kids were getting restless and we proceeded to get everyone in the water. We had a total of 10 different watercraft from fishing kayaks to a SUP. All of the watercraft were manufactured by Jackson Kayak and some were provided by Alder Creek and Enrg Kayaking. Since our hometown of Longview is such a huge outdoor community we decided to include a fishing kayak and an SUP in the fleet and the choices did not disappoint. The kids were very interested in the SUP as well as Jeffery’s Rockstar. About halfway through the day, I realized we were having a very successful day. The kids were laughing, playing bumper boats and keeping things safe. We even set up a mock waterfall of the bleachers to simulate a boof. Michael Stratton, our paddling buddy from Longview, just returned from South America and stopped by to help with the last class.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted but very satisfied with the results. We got kids into kayaks and gave them information on were to go to get outfitted and educated. Alder Creek is having a Spring Paddle Festival this weekend so we passed out information on that event. A huge shout out to Alder Creek, Jackson Kayak, Enrg Kayaking, and World Kayak for all the support. A monstrous thank you to Cheri, Claire, Jeffery and Michael for helping to pull this off.



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bozemankayaker

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

bozemankayaker wrote 1366 days ago:


About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared with her my idea of going to the local high schools with a fleet of boats and giving the kids a chance to kayak in a controlled environment such as the school pools. My son Jeffery’s swim coach approached me at the beginning of the year about doing an event at the pool and after speaking with Dave Slover at Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, the boats were chosen and the day before the event,  I picked up the boats and added them to our fleet. Early the next morning, Cheri and her 14 year old daughter Claire met me at the pool and we staged all the boats and gear and set up several tables with books, brochures and gear for the students to look at while they were waiting their turn to paddle.

At about 9:30 am, the students started to arrive and Jeffery joined us. Once we got them all settled, we had introductions,  a short safety talk and watched a short video. By the time we finished, the kids were getting restless and we proceeded to get everyone in the water. We had a total of 10 different watercraft from fishing kayaks to a SUP. All of the watercraft were manufactured by Jackson Kayak and some were provided by Alder Creek and Enrg Kayaking. Since our hometown of Longview is such a huge outdoor community we decided to include a fishing kayak and an SUP in the fleet and the choices did not disappoint. The kids were very interested in the SUP as well as Jeffery’s Rockstar. About halfway through the day, I realized we were having a very successful day. The kids were laughing, playing bumper boats and keeping things safe. We even set up a mock waterfall of the bleachers to simulate a boof. Michael Stratton, our paddling buddy from Longview, just returned from South America and stopped by to help with the last class.

At the end of the day, we were exhausted but very satisfied with the results. We got kids into kayaks and gave them information on were to go to get outfitted and educated. Alder Creek is having a Spring Paddle Festival this weekend so we passed out information on that event. A huge shout out to Alder Creek, Jackson Kayak, Enrg Kayaking, and World Kayak for all the support. A monstrous thank you to Cheri, Claire, Jeffery and Michael for helping to pull this off.



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