APEs Freestyle Fundamentals Clinic with Stephen Wright

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your freestyle kayaking bag of tricks!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 17, 2017)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015.

This one evening course will be focused on the fundamentals of freestyle kayaking.  You will learn more than you ever wanted to know about how to have more fun in a kayak.  You will also learn how to continue to improve AFTER the class on your own.  You will be tired, sore, and happy after this class. :-)  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Learn to have more fun in a playboat! Learn how to make a freestyle kayak move in all directions and how to practice so that you can learn almost any trick, from a stern squirt to a loop.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Participants should have a solid roll and have their own kayak and gear.  Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

WHERE: Freedom Hall Pool: 1320 Pactolas Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604

WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TIME: 7:30-9:00 P.M.

COST: $45 for APEs members (includes pool use fee); $55 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).        Non-Refundable after Feb 17 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 10 participants

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Whitewater freestyle kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, closed-toe protective footwear, drinking water

 

REGISTRATION: There are two ways to register: (Registration Deadline—Feb 17, 2017)

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.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Wesley R. Bradley: 243 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com or 423-647-1321

APEs Bombproofing Your Roll/Bracing Clinic with Stephen Wright

A pool session with the Hobbit King to improve your rolling and bracing!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 3, 2017)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Stephen Wright.  Jackson Team member, Stephen, is a 5-time U.S. National Freestyle Champion, took 3rd place in the World Championships in both 2009 and 2011, was the Pan American Champion in 2011 and was the World Champion for Squirt Boating in 2015.

This one evening course is designed for the boater who wants to perfect their rolling and bracing techniques in a kayak.  This is not a beginning rolling class.  The clinic will be held at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN.  Course will be limited to 10 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot ASAP.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The focus is to learn to roll 100% of the time. Learn what to practice so that your whitewater roll will be reliable, fast, and fun!

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Participants should at least know the basics of the roll and have their own kayak and gear.  Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

WHERE: Freedom Hall Pool: 1320 Pactolas Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017

TIME: 7:30-9:00 P.M.

COST: $45 for APEs members  (includes pool use fee); $55 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).  Non-Refundable after Feb 3 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 10 participants

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Whitewater kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, closed-toe protective footwear, drinking water

 

REGISTRATION: There are two ways to register: (Registration Deadline—Feb 3, 2017)

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.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Wesley R. Bradley: 243 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com or 423-647-1321

APE’s Winter Meeting

WHO: APE’s Club Members and any new/rejoining recruits 

WHEN: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 6:30-8:00 P.M.  

WHERE: Eastman Lodge – 404 Bays Mountain Park Road, Kingsport, TN 37660


We are going to host a Chili Cook-off for the meal.  So break out your favorite chili recipe and bring a pot to this meeting!  Please let Ryan Shealy (423-963-6066 or orion9909@yahoo.com) know if you plan on bringing a pot of Chili for the meal.  You will be responsible for your own beverage for the meal.

 

Our focus on this meeting will be on advocating for volunteers for office to further support the clubs leadership going forward so if you have recommendations or nominations for office , this would very much be appreciated! Further we will be discussing club events and some interesting trip reports.  Please spread the word and advocate for attendance.

 

Here is our current list of officers:

President: Ryan Shealy

Cruise Director Touring & Class I-II: Debbie Briscoe

Cruise Director Class III-IV: Wesley R. Bradley

Safety/Education: Scott Fisher – Resigning for 2017

Secretary/Treasurer: Jerry Griffin

Social Director/Marketing: Sarah Stine - Resigning for 2017

Conservation: Andrea Parra – Resigning for 2017

Website: George Mauger – Resigning for 2017

TEHCC Liaison: Andrea Gass – Resigning for 2017

 

All offices are up for nominations.  Please let Ryan Shealy (423-963-6066 or orion9909@yahoo.com) know by 2/16/2017 if you have any interest in being nominated for any of these offices or have an idea for a new office.

 

Come join us for some food, fun, prizes & fellowship!

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge 1st Timer’s River Trip & Picnic

River Trip Logistics

NOLICHUCKY GORGE River Trip (Class III/IV*) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Wesley R. Bradley and Jennifer Bradley.

Cost: $5.00 for USA Raft bus shuttle.

*Please be mindful of the water level for the day and your whitewater skill set.  Please also ensure you bring a whitewater boat suitable for the river conditions.  Low water flow (<600 CFS) will be more technical with a creek like feel and broaches will occur more often without good boat control.  High water flow (1,200> CFS) will be more pushy and swims can be long and boat/gear lose can occur.  We will have the trip from 250 - 3,000 CFS.  However, to ensure the safety of all participants on this trip we will require 1st timers to execute a few basic paddling maneuvers and/or practice rolls/self rescue in flat water to qualify at the put-in before we head on down the river, if the river flow is not in optimal ranges (600-1,200 CFS)

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (take-out) at 11:00 A.M.  USA Raft will be shuttling our group up to the put-in using one of their raft buses and a boat trailer if needed!  This will make our logistics for shuttling very easy and our cars will be waiting for us back at the take out when we get off the river!  Please bring $5.00 to help cover the cost of this shuttle ride.

 

LOWER NOLICHUCKY River Trip (USA Raft Outpost to Sawmill – Class I-II) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Debbie Briscoe.  Plan to play a lot and maybe even stop & go swimming with a snack break included to make it a fun day on the lower!

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (put-in) at 12:00 P.M. to set shuttle for the Lower Noli Trip.

 

Map link to USA Raft Nolichucky Outpost: https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&q=usa+raft+nolichucky&fb=1&gl=us&hq=usa+raft+nolichucky&cid=0,0,2318511328506691564&ei=UiAIULu9GI6k8QTzsdSZBA&ved=0CKsBEPwSMAM  QuarterMile_background_CMYK

APE’s Picnic

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost at 6:00 P.M.

This is our last big “get together” for the year.  We will have tasty food catered by TBA at USA Raft when we get off the river!  Please feel free to bring any side dishes or deserts to share with the group.  If you are an APE’s member the meal will be FREE and non-APE’s members can chow down with us for $9.00 per person.  We will also provide water and sweet tea for beverages at the picnic.  If you do wish to bring adult beverages to the picnic, USA Raft has asked that you drink them from a cup (NO glass or cans!).  You may also want to bring a folding chair due to limited seating.

 

What to bring:

·         $5.00 per person for shuttle, if running Noli Gorge

·         Appropriate whitewater boat, paddle & gear that you own (Yes, I will sing the song while we are loading!)

·         $9.00 to eat at picnic per person, if you’re not an APE’s member.  Or $17.00 ($22 for family) to get you signed up as an APE’s member through 2018 and cover your meal!

·         Folding chair for picnic

·         Feel free to bring side dish or dessert to share at picnic.

 

RSVP

To sign-ups for this event please send the following information for each person attending to Wesley R. Bradley:

1.      Full name

2.      River running section (Gorge or Lower)

3.      Are you a first timer on the run?

4.      Are you eating at picnic meal?

Please e-mail, text or message Wesley with your RSVP by 8/17/2017.

 

Event Contacts

Noli Gorge River Trip & Picnic- Wesley R. Bradley: 423-647-1321, dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com

Lower Noli River Trip – Debbie Briscoe: 423-534-3636, ldcakes@hotmail.com

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  We hope to see you on the Noli and the picnic!

APE’s Babes on the Waves

 

Hey Gals, It’s time!! Time to get together and have our Annual “Babes On The Waves” River Run!

Saturday, August 20

Yes it’s a double trip on the Pigeon River again this year, staggering an Upper and Lower run!

Upper Trip (Class II-III+) meeting at 11:00 A.M. At NOC, 3485 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN
lead by Jennifer Bradley

Lower Trip (Class I-II) meeting at 2:00 P.M. At NOC, 3485 Hartford Rd, Hartford, TN
lead by Debbie Briscoe

The Girls are invited after the run to stay at Joanne’s Condo in Cosby.* **
But if you can’t stay the weekend and just want to paddle simply meet us Saturday at the NOC….
After we’re off the river we can all go out to eat in Newport where some may choose to go home or go back to Joanne’s.

Once a year all the female APE’ets come together to rule the river. All are welcome, even you guy’s who don’t want to be left out, we don’t discriminate, but it’s our day and we want to get as many female paddlers out on the water as we can! So all you Gals out there plan to join us on the water and bring your fellow if he dares!

*Gals only are invited to stay Saturday night at Jo’s condo for a fun overnight thru Sunday.
Bring snacks and breakfast, sleeping bags and pillows!
There are plenty of beds and a pull out couch & cots.
Sunday: Joanne wants us gals to enjoy a day at the pool before we have to head home so don’t forget your bathing suits!

**Please contact Deb to confirm that you want to stay at Jo’s and to get directions and the address…..
Deb, 423-534-3636 or email ldcakes@hotmail.com

Official Babes on the Waves Tee Shirts that were per-ordered will be available at the run for $15.00 each.  I will have 3 or 4 extra if you missed ordering one so call me pronto if you want one reserved for you!

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people 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 presented it.

This year over 30 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 the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

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

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people 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 presented it.

This year over 30 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 the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

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

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people 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 presented it.

This year over 30 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 the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

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

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people 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 presented it.

This year over 30 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 the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

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

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

FUN WINNING!

Big thanks to all who supported the Jackson Kayak Fun Raffle during the APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup & Celebration! We raised $391.61 to support Camp Bays Mountain and Debbie Briscoe went home with the new boat!!

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