natefry

2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

natefry wrote 421 days ago:


This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 



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2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

bozemankayaker wrote 421 days ago:


This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 



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2017 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip

tommygunn wrote 421 days ago:


This past Saturday (8/19/2017) was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) annual river trips on the Nolichucky Gorge geared for first timers.  This river trip has been a staple event almost every year for the club since its establishment all the way back in 1986.  The APE’s also leads a trip on the Lower Nolichucky during this event for an easier whitewater river trip option.

For the past 6 years the APE’s Cruise Director has had the pleasure to work with USA Raft to make this trip run like a well oiled machine.  USA Raft provides the APE’s a great place to stage and use their facility for the put-in/take-out for both the gorge and lower river trips.  They also provide shuttle service using one of their raft buses and a trailer to haul all the kayaks to the gorge put-in.  After the river trips, the APE’s picnic is hosted back at USA Raft in their café facility.  All this together makes for a fantastic river experience for all the paddlers thanks to USA Raft!

This year’s gorge trip was once again another good time for all who joined!  The group had a nice 825 CFS river level and the weather was warm & sunny.  23 paddlers were in the group that included: 13 kayakers, 1 ThrillKat and three raft crews.  The group only has two first timers this year, so the trip was modified from year’s past.  Part of the group focused on guiding the first timers in a successful descent.  Another group worked and played the run in every possible way.  This made it a thrilling run for everyone!

After the river trips, both the gorge paddlers and the lower paddlers came together with other who could not make the river trips in one large group to have a wonderful gathering at the annual APE’s picnic.  During the picnic, Rahual Subramanian, was awarded the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many PFD and progression through this paddling season.  Good food and fellowship were had by all in attendance! 



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APE’s Nolichucky Gorge Overnighter

bozemankayaker wrote 854 days ago:


When – July 9-10, 2016
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Where – USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
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Have you ever wanted to camp out of your white water boat? Here is your chance to give it a try on an overnight trip in the Noli Gorge!
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Everyone has been asking for this one, so here we go! The plan is to meet up Saturday July 9th mid-morning at USA Raft. USA Raft will shuttle us up to the put-in and we will start making our way down the gorge. We will camp on the river side that night and finish out the run Sunday the 10th.
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We will likely also do some climbing when we get to camp for anyone that wants to check out that scene.
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We have a couple rafts lined up to help carry any gear that you may not be able to fit in your boat. The goal with t…his is to not have to buy anything special you may not have to pull off camping out of a white water boat.
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To join this trip, contact the trip coordinator and let him know about your skillset and gear concerns.
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Trip Coordinator: Jeremy Gass – (276) 614-0936 or jeremy_gass@hotmail.com



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Guest River Gorge Cleanup

bozemankayaker wrote 917 days ago:


Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com



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saskia

Guest River Gorge Cleanup

saskia wrote 917 days ago:


Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com



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Guest River Gorge Cleanup

tommygunn wrote 917 days ago:


Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com



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Guest River Gorge Cleanup

james wrote 917 days ago:


Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com



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APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

saskia wrote 1146 days ago:


Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!



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APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

james wrote 1146 days ago:


Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a warm clear day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the 80′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 390 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge, which made for a steeper more channelized run for our Gorge first timers.  We organized both a Nolichucky Gorge trip (Class III at this level) lead by several of our top gun APE’s and a Lower Nolichucky River trip (Class II) lead by Debbie Briscoe.

The Noli Gorge trip participates met up at USA Raft at the take-out to load up all of our boats on one of USA’s buses for a shuttle up to the put-in in Poplar, NC.  The group managed to load up all 36 boats on top of the bus and a boat trailer.  Then we got rolling toward the put-in with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 37 total participates on the Gorge trip with 11 first timers.  The gorge boaters split into several smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big thanks to: Ryan Horn, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Jamison Evans, Bill Schooley & Elliot Lavery as our river guides) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  We also had several other safety boater to help with sweep and safety also!  Thanks to all who helped in this effort.  It would have not been a successful trip without all of you!

Scouting Second Drop of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Curt Wilhoit

Murphy’s Ledge of Quarter Mile.  Photo by Jerry Griffin

There were some swims by a few of the participants during the trip in On the Rocks, Quarter Mile and Rooster Tail.  However all swims were cleaned up quickly with our safety boaters and everyone finished the run with no major incidents.  

Bottom of Rooster Tail. Photo by Jerry Griffin

Lots of progression occurred on this river trip also.  We had a couple of chances to stop and surf at Jaws and Twin Eddies.  Despite the low river level these two spots were still really good for river play!  Congrats goes out to one of first timers, Alex Crow, for completing his first ever 360 spins in both directions in his kayak at Twin Eddies.  Overall many paddlers on the gorge trip said they had a great time, so mission accomplished!

Gorge Take-out. Photo by Morris Caddell Jr

Check out Morris Caddell’s video of the gorge trip with this link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3r16qp7zcay7bz6/Noli%20Video%20HH%20-%20Copy.mp4?dl=0

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out also!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near High Road/Low Road Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!

Lower Noli paddlers.  Photo by Mikie Fields

After we got off the river, we all met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Chef Les Lollar and his cooks.  We all enjoyed some very tasty BBQ pork, grilled chicken and several side dishes for the main course!  Then we had ice cream for dessert!!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship, a game of volley ball and river tales.  Then we topped off the day with a WORLDKAYAK.COM prize drawing for all the participants and many went home with some nice prizes to top off the day thanks to WK Program Partners!



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