saskia

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

saskia wrote 968 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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tommygunn

Outside Games in Bend, Oregon

tommygunn wrote 1036 days ago:


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Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater. –>

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Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin

Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater.

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park. –>

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Get your paddle on at Outside Games

Bend’s Outside Games feature several events on the Deschutes River

<!– returnByline =By Mark Morical • The Bulletin

–>By Mark Morical / The Bulletin / @MarkMorical

Published Jun 21, 2015 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 06:39AM

<!– returnText2 =The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–> <!– zz22The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–><!–The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–><!–Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–>Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com



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Outside Games in Bend, Oregon

james wrote 1036 days ago:


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Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater. –>

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Ryan Brennecke / The Bulletin

Part of the Outside Games, the Meadow Camp Kayak Race is set for Saturday on the Deschutes River in Bend. The race takes kayakers through Class IV whitewater.

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James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

James Williams, of Bend, rides the course of Picketts Charge! mountain bike race west of Bend last year. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week. –>

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Joe Kline / The Bulletin

Javier Colton gets air over rocks on the course of Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race last year west of Bend. The race is part of the Outside Games this week.

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park. –>

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The Bend Paddleboard Challenge, part of the Outside Games, is set for Saturday at Riverbend Park.

Get your paddle on at Outside Games

Bend’s Outside Games feature several events on the Deschutes River

<!– returnByline =By Mark Morical • The Bulletin

–>By Mark Morical / The Bulletin / @MarkMorical

Published Jun 21, 2015 at 12:11AM / Updated Jun 21, 2015 at 06:39AM

<!– returnText2 =The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–> <!– zz22The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

–><!–The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com

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Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

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Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

–>Outside Games

Here is a sample of some of the events scheduled as part of the Outside Games: For a complete schedule, visit subaruofbendoutsidegames.com.

• Pickin’ and Paddlin’: Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend. Boat demos and live music.

• Bend Paddleboard Challenge: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Includes races for all skill levels and demos.

• Climbing wall demos, clinics and competition: Saturday at 10 a.m. at Riverbend Park. Participants can climb the Army National Guard climbing wall in a safe, outdoor setting.

• Mountain bike clinics: Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Learn skills from noted local mountain bikers Paul Thomasberg and Serena Bishop Gordon.

• Meadow Camp Kayak Race: Saturday at 3 p.m. at River Rim Park. Men’s, women’s and junior racers will cover 3 miles of whitewater on the Deschutes.

• Pickett’s Charge! mountain bike race: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wanoga Sno-park west of Bend. Bend’s longest-running mountain bike race, entering its 22nd year.

The Outside Games are a yearly celebration of the myriad outdoor sports and activities that Central Oregon has to offer.

Mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding and climbing are all part of the five days of festivities that run Wednesday through Sunday in and around Bend.

Paddling seems to currently stand out among these sports, not only because the temperatures are getting warmer as it is now officially summer, but because the new Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River near Colorado Avenue is expected to open by late summer.

Wednesday night’s Pickin’ and Paddlin’, the first event of the fourth annual Outside Games, is designed to raise awareness of and support for the whitewater park. The event includes boat demos and live music at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe in Bend.

Drew Oldfield, manager at Tumalo Creek, said the Outside Games and the new whitewater park can help introduce novice paddlers to kayaking and paddleboarding.

“For us, it’s the river and it’s the support for our surf (whitewater) park, and exposing these activities to the community, and exposing what kayaking is all about to the community,” Oldfield said. “And getting more people involved in it so we can have more people enjoy the surf features, and hopefully build more in the future.”

A brainchild of the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance, the whitewater park has been about 15 years in the making. Pickin’ and Paddlin’ started as a low-profile event about seven years ago to promote the idea of the park. Now, hundreds show up to the monthly summer events to try different boats and take in live music.

“It’s a good kickoff for our season, to get a bunch of people out on the water, and get people excited to be on the river,” Oldfield said. “It’s a good opportunity for people to talk to the Deschutes River Conservancy, and to see what we’re doing and what our goal is in the future. It (the whitewater park) is finally happening. We’re finally seeing the waves start to form, so it’s very exciting.”

Oldfield added that the Deschutes can be a challenging river on which to learn how to whitewater kayak, but the park will provide a safer environment for teaching and learning the basics.

“Whitewater is not just a sport for extreme athletes or adrenaline junkies,” Oldfield said. “It’s an activity for everybody, and families, and when it’s done right it can be very safe and enjoyable. That‘s why I’m really excited about the park: exposing that to people who have been thinking about getting into it but aren’t sure how to do it.”

Other paddling events scheduled as part of the Outside Games are the Bend Paddleboard Challenge and the Meadow Camp Kayak Race, both set for Saturday.

Oldfield and other avid whitewater kayakers in Central Oregon are amped up for the Meadow Camp race.

“Having a race down our local Class IV (rapids) Meadow Camp run is very exciting for us, and it’s another way to expose to the community what we’re doing here,” Oldfield said. “We just want to have fun and paddle every day.”

— Reporter: 541-383-0318, mmorical@bendbulletin.com



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Chelan Gorge, WA: Landslide

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2014 APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timers Trip & Picnic Report

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Noli Gorge paddlers ready for shuttle.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

Saturday, August 30, 2014, was the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts annual first timer’s trip on the Nolichucky River.  We had a hot and humid day with partly cloudy skies and temps in the high 80′s/ low 90′s for our river trips.  The river flow was a low 400 CFS on the Embreeville Gauge which made for a technical & tricky level for some of our Gorge first timers and returning paddlers.  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 29 boats on top of the bus and get rolling toward the put-in in less than an hour with all our gear!  An impressive feat by itself!  We had 29 total participates on the Gorge trip with 12 first timers (28 completed the run).  The gorge boaters split into 3 smaller groups at the put-in and paired up experience gorge boaters (Big Thanks to: Jeremy Gass, Ryan Shealy, Jennifer Bradley, Andrea Ramsey, Jamison Evans & Justin Tipton) to show lines and set safety for our first timers.  There were several swims, broaches, boat pins, a hike out from “On the Rocks” back to the put-in, a couple of scary moments and even a kayak wrapped around a rock from a pin at “Rooster Tail” during the trip, but thanks to good preparedness and safety from our leaders 97% of the paddlers in our group made it to the take-out after a rather slow and challenging day.  So the trip was not our best on the river, but it was somewhat expected with the low level.  We think the biggest take-away tip from all the incidents that went down during this trip is paddlers who want to take on the mighty Noli Gorge (despite the level) need to have good sense of how to complete a combat roll and have class III boat control skills to finish this run with style.  Overall many paddlers on the trip still said they had a good time, so it was good to know we had met our objective for many!

Noli Gorge paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Wesley R. Bradley

The Lower Noli trip had a great turn out too despite the low level and holiday weekend!  Debbie led a group of 14 paddlers with 7 first timers on a run from the USA Raft Outpost to the parking area take-out near the Sawmill below Devil’s Looking Glass Rapid.  Good times were had by all on the Lower trip!  However we did have two paddlers, who were not part of the group, get in trouble by wrapping their recreational open kayak around a rock in the rapid above Chestoa.  A few of our APE’s aided them in rescue recovery of their craft and thankfully no one sustained harm from the incident.

Lower Noli paddlers at the put-in.  Photo by Dawn Berglund

After we got off the river and many lessons were learned the hard way, we met back up at the USA Raft Outpost to have a picnic dinner catered by Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.  We all enjoyed some tasty fried chicken and fixings for the main course!  Some APE’s members brought some really good snacks and desserts to share with the rest of the group too!  After the meal many stayed around for fellowship and river tales to top off the day!

Jack D Nelson’s SUP view of  the APE’s Noli Gorge 1st Timers Trip in this video:

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