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APE’s Celebrate 16 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

wildwildwes wrote 50 days ago:


Saturday, June 23rd, marked the 16th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event nearly every year to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people to frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature intends to present it.

This year 35 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to a large dumpster we had placed at Chestoa.

We also had a special dedicated crew of 5 who worked to cleanup “Survival Island”.  This site is adjacent to USA Raft and will soon be hosting wilderness survival classes from the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute.

In total, nearly 15 cubic yards of trash and 62 tires were removed from the river!

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Southern Craft of Johnson City.

A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for many great prizes from our event sponsors.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up!  We love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

Big thanks to Trevor Lee, Leshan Phillips, Treasure Lee, Shelly Richard and Steven Adams as the event coordinators and directors!

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thank you to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river.  It was a good day for sure!



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APE’s Celebrate 16 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

wildwildwes wrote 50 days ago:


Saturday, June 23rd, marked the 16th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event nearly every year to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people to frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature intends to present it.

This year 35 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to a large dumpster we had placed at Chestoa.

We also had a special dedicated crew of 5 who worked to cleanup “Survival Island”.  This site is adjacent to USA Raft and will soon be hosting wilderness survival classes from the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute.

In total, nearly 15 cubic yards of trash and 62 tires were removed from the river!

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Southern Craft of Johnson City.

A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for many great prizes from our event sponsors.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up!  We love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

Big thanks to Trevor Lee, Leshan Phillips, Treasure Lee, Shelly Richard and Steven Adams as the event coordinators and directors!

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thank you to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river.  It was a good day for sure!



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Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

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The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening



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Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

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The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening



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Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

james wrote 54 days ago:


The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening



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Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI) Grand Opening

wildwildwes wrote 55 days ago:


The Tri-Cities region’s first comprehensive outdoor school,

Announces Grand Opening

 

Erwin, TN— June 20, 2018 — The Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute (NOLI),  the region’s first comprehensive outdoor school, announced today that it is open for business and ready to begin accepting reservations for its numerous outdoor-themed classes.  Co-located with USA Raft on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Erwin, TN, NOLI offers courses and instruction for all ages and ability levels in a variety of disciplines including flat- and whitewater kayaking, whitewater canoeing, water safety awareness, swiftwater rescue, wilderness first aid, CPR, survival, map and compass, self-defense, conservation, and stand-up paddleboarding.  NOLI also offers special events such as riverside talks, wine and paint socials called Noli Flow, and team-building programs. And its Outdoor Arts School provides opportunities to explore artistic expression through activities such as riverside painting, photography and pottery, all taught by accomplished local artists.  Overall, a team of twelve instructors, all experts in their fields, will provide high quality instruction with a focus on both safety and fun.

Founder and lead instructor Scott Fisher is a former U.S. Army Infantry officer and airborne ranger who went on to successful corporate careers before deciding to combine his passion for the outdoors with his love of teaching to start NOLI. He is the former Safety and Education Chairperson for the regional paddling organization Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and has been instructing whitewater kayaking and swiftwater rescue for close to 15 years, during which time he has taught hundreds of adults, youth and rescue professionals. “Our mission is to celebrate the outdoors and help others do the same” says Fisher.  “There are a limitless number of ways to enjoy and celebrate the outdoors and we are passionate to help folks do that here in northeast Tennessee. It’s what drives us.” After traveling extensively during his lifetime, it is the community and beauty of the region that led Fisher to lay down roots here and he says this is the first place he has wanted to call home. “It’s almost perfect” he says. “The natural resources we have here from an outdoor recreation standpoint are among the best in the country and we are happy to be a part of helping others experience all that this region has to offer.”  And taking note of an atmosphere supportive to their outdoor education venture he said “With the regional collaboration occurring with regards to outdoor development, led by the Northeast Tennessee Economic Development Partnership (NETREP), there’s never been greater interest and support to make something like this work. It’s perfect timing”.

 

More info and contact at:

Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute

2 Jones Branch Rd.

Erwin, TN  37650

Website: www.nolilearn.org

Email: info@nolilearn.org

Telephone: (423) 641-0100

Get connect with the NOLI Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/749648408756820/



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Paddle in Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

wildwildwes wrote 113 days ago:


 

When: July 7, 2018 @ 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 4th 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 many 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.

Please invite your friends!

Facebook event website for all the latest 411:

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



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NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

james wrote 116 days ago:


Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/



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NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

james wrote 116 days ago:


Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/



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NoliFest 2018 Beat Night Fall BoaterX Results

natefry wrote 116 days ago:


Photo by Dale Swanson

Bristol Motor Speedway was not the only great racing colosseum the weekend of April 13-15th in the Tri-Cities! #beatnightfall at NoliFest had lots of action in the 8 mile enduro style course down the Nolichucky Gorge.

There were a total of 25 athletes in the inaugural event and Shane Benedict cheered from the side as the honorary sweep.  The river level was near 1,400 CFS, which was a decent medium flow for the run from Popular, NC to USA Raft Outpost near Erwin, TN (The site of NoliFest).  The GO FAST event was a mass start at the put-in and first one down to the USA Raft landing was the winner!  The real interesting part of the event was the BoaterX did not start till late in the evening at 7:00 PM, so athletes only had about an hour and a half to complete the course before the ran out of daylight.

 Photo by Ryan Horn

Athlete’s spirits were high and motivated to go fast when the 3..2..1..GO countdown went down and huge wake was created in the pool at launch!  Rubbing was part to of this BoaterX event as athletes jostled for positions down the course.

Photo by Chris Clark

There were a few good rowdy moments for sure!  The winning time ended up being right at 1 hour and everyone finished the course before darkness set in for the night.  Good times, good times!!

 

Men’s K-1 Top 10 Results:

1. Chris Gragtmans

2. Curtis England

3. Clay Lucas

4. Hunter Cooper

5. Ryan Horn

6. Tyler Mayo

7. Dennis Gilfillan

8. Dennis Ashford

9. Unknown?

10. Kevin Drury

 

Women’s K-1 Results:

1. Kim Altman

 

SUP Results:

1. Spencer Lacy

2. Jack Nelson

3. Dale Swanson

4. Will Saylor

 

Bellyak Results:

1. Adam Masters

Photo by Stephanie Ashford

Kevin Thomas Drury Video: https://www.facebook.com/kayakerkevin.kingpin/videos/2031395030447792/



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