APEs 4th of July Watauga Run & Campout

APE's LogoMark Your Calendars for the 4th of July Weekend (July 3-5, 2015)

Come camp and paddle with us on Friday & Saturday night and stay down on the cool banks of the Watauga River!

Normally the lake is backed up to this campground with flat still water. But with the lake down it flows fast and cold just like the upper part of the river right by this campground.

APEs 4th of July Watauga Run & Campout

APE's LogoMark Your Calendars for the 4th of July Weekend (July 3-5, 2015)

Come camp and paddle with us on Friday & Saturday night and stay down on the cool banks of the Watauga River!

Normally the lake is backed up to this campground with flat still water. But with the lake down it flows fast and cold just like the upper part of the river right by this campground.

APEs 4th of July Watauga Run & Campout

APE's LogoMark Your Calendars for the 4th of July Weekend (July 3-5, 2015)

Come camp and paddle with us on Friday & Saturday night and stay down on the cool banks of the Watauga River!

Normally the lake is backed up to this campground with flat still water. But with the lake down it flows fast and cold just like the upper part of the river right by this campground.

APEs 4th of July Watauga Run & Campout

APE's LogoMark Your Calendars for the 4th of July Weekend (July 3-5, 2015)

Come camp and paddle with us on Friday & Saturday night and stay down on the cool banks of the Watauga River!

Normally the lake is backed up to this campground with flat still water. But with the lake down it flows fast and cold just like the upper part of the river right by this campground.

 


 

Friday Night:
Come set up camp and enjoy a fire with us in the group site.

 Saturday:
Load up boats at 1:00* and drive to the Dam to put in. We’ll paddle the whole river right to the boat ramp at the campground and be finished for the day!
This is a 5-6 hour float so bring plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen and you’ll still need cold water gear like always.

* If you aren’t camping and just want to paddle meet us at the campground by 12:00 to be in on the shuttle.

Saturday Night:
Pot Luck Dinner
Please bring a covered dish for a meal in the pavilion for after we get off the river.

There is a covered pavilion with picnic tables for our cookout. Also bathrooms, and for the kids, there is a playground with swings, slides (not water slides) and seesaws.

We have a group rate for both nights and we can split the cost between us as a 1 night or 2 night stay.
PLEASE contact me with which nights you are camping.

I’ve always wanted to do an overnight on the Watauga and hope to make this an annual event! Please come help us make this a success!

Contact: Debbie Briscoe, ldcakes@hotmail.com, 423-534-3636

 

Successful River Cleanup!‏

Check out the radio interview about this event on AM 910 WJCW:

http://www.radiowebvillage.com/uploads/File/PODCASTS/06-16-15PodcastSheelySheelyBriscoe.mp3

 

I want to thank everyone for a great cleanup! Once again we came together as responsible stewards for keeping our home river clean & healthy!

Thanks to Jennifer Bradley for organizing everyone and coordinating the event.
And Ryan Shealy for speaking for the club and giving away all the wonderful prizes that Jen & Wes Bradley raised from our sponsors.
And also Laura Shealy for bringing us some awesome BBQ, and Jerry Griffin for debuting the NEW APE’s T-shirt and keeping us all in line! Emoji

Lots of thanks also goes out to Les & Matt at USA Raft for having us. We so are grateful to them for how hard they work to make us feel so appreciated!

Our musical entertainment was just perfect with the talented members of the Whiskey Sticks who are dedicated fellows who enjoy supporting the Nolichucky and APE’s events.

But most of all thanks to all our members who came out and worked so hard with chain saws to remove hazards, walked the banks and brought a variety of crafts to float the river to clear the trash from recent storms. Many (and you know who you are) battled bees, poison ivy, snakes and an abundance of exposed rocks to hang us up during this low water window of time, all the while showing dedication and love for our cause!

The river is cleaner and after everything was said & done we left dirty & tired but exhilarated from the rewards of a job well done!

We should all be swollen with pride of our cleaner & most beautiful river!

Deb

Paddle to the Grill

 

 

 

Weekly on Thursday’s, until August 27, 2015

It’s time to get your lake boat out and join us for a fun paddle to the grill for good food & fun!

Meet us at 6:30 at “Boone Docks Restaurant” located at Boone Lake Marina, 452 Sportsman Dock Rd, Piney Flats, TN
to paddle to Davis Marina, 641 Buffalo Rd, Blountville, TN for dinner.

Bring your recreation or touring kayak/canoe to meet with The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (http://www.riverapes.org/) & TN Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club (http://tehcc.org/)

We will be Launching within 30 minutes of meeting to paddle the 3 miles which takes about an hour to get to our destination, have dinner & a social hour then paddle back by the moonlight!

As we may be paddling back during low or no light, please have a stern light for your boat & PFD’s are mandatory.

Contact: Debbie Briscoe at 423-534-3636 or ldcakes@hotmail.com

APE’s Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Clinic

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On the Nolichucky Gorge or French Broad River

(Registration Deadline – July 4, 2015)

 

The Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Course (IWWK) is one in a series of paddling clinics offered through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This one day course is designed to refine and extend the judgment and technique of intermediate paddlers on class III-IV whitewater, with significant focus on improving fundamentals, boat control and river running technique. If you are looking to get comfortable on class III water or already have solid class III skills and want to take it the next level, this class is for you. It will be held either on French Broad Sect 9 or the Nolichucky Gorge, dependent on water level and overall skill level of the group. Having a somewhat reliable roll is encouraged. Course will be limited to 10 people.

Your instructor Scott Fisher is an ACA certified advanced whitewater kayak and advanced swiftwater rescue instructor and has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, including paddlers, outfitter guides, firefighters, rescue personnel and staff of youth camps.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

• Further develop fundamentals, boat control and river running technique

• Refine and extend judgment on the river

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should possess proficiency in class II+/III- whitewater.  The ability to self-rescue is required and a somewhat reliable roll is encouraged.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag

Where:            French Broad Sect 9 or Nolichucky Gorge

When:             Saturday , July 11, 2015

Time:              9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (EST)

Cost:               $70; APEs and TEHCC members can deduct $10; ACA members can further deduct $5

         (Non-Refundable after Jul 4th unless replacement found)

Class Size:     Class will be limited to 10 participants

REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  Your online registration will also double for your APE’s membership form.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615 by 7/4/2015.   No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will also double for your APE’s membership form.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Scott at (276) 698-4644 or e-mail tfisher1@its.jnj.com

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