13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success!

We had 45 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/21/2014) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  Over 50 bags of trash were collected from in and around the banks of the river.  Several tires, wheels, and large debris were also cleaned up out of the river.

APE’s received some great news coverage before and after the event this year.  Check out the links below for each story and video:

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/118236/nolichucky-river-cleanup-set-saturday

http://www.wcyb.com/news/volunteers-collect-trash-at-annual-nolichucky-river-cleanup/26604290

After the cleanup all the participates enjoyed the BBQ dinner with all the fixings and the prize drawing loaded with some great items from our sponsors!

Prizes were supplied by the following generous sponsors:

Landmark Learning

Mahoney’s Outfitters

Mountain Sports Ltd.

NRS

Uncle Johhny’s Nolichucky Hostel

Jackson Kayak

ENO

Kavu

Camelbak

Khul

Shred Ready

Wilderness Systems Kayaks

Bellyak

Happytrails

Innova Disc Golf

Chaco

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: USA Raft, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City, Cherokee Adventures, TVA, USDA, Washington Co. Tire Recycling Cent., Food Lion, Eastman and Wal-Mart

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work & dedication to make this cleanup a wonderful success! It’s a collaborated effort to keep our river clean and pristine for us & future generations to enjoy. And we’ll just keep on doing it as long as it’s needed!  A special thank you goes out to our own, Debbie Briscoe, for her continued effort in organizing this event each year!!

13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success!

We had 45 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/21/2014) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  Over 50 bags of trash were collected from in and around the banks of the river.  Several tires, wheels, and large debris were also cleaned up out of the river.

APE’s received some great news coverage before and after the event this year.  Check out the links below for each story and video:

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/118236/nolichucky-river-cleanup-set-saturday

http://www.wcyb.com/news/volunteers-collect-trash-at-annual-nolichucky-river-cleanup/26604290

After the cleanup all the participates enjoyed the BBQ dinner with all the fixings and the prize drawing loaded with some great items from our sponsors!

Prizes were supplied by the following generous sponsors:

Landmark Learning

Mahoney’s Outfitters

Mountain Sports Ltd.

NRS

Uncle Johhny’s Nolichucky Hostel

Jackson Kayak

ENO

Kavu

Camelbak

Khul

Shred Ready

Wilderness Systems Kayaks

Bellyak

Happytrails

Innova Disc Golf

Chaco

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: USA Raft, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City, Cherokee Adventures, TVA, USDA, Washington Co. Tire Recycling Cent., Food Lion, Eastman and Wal-Mart

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work & dedication to make this cleanup a wonderful success! It’s a collaborated effort to keep our river clean and pristine for us & future generations to enjoy. And we’ll just keep on doing it as long as it’s needed!  A special thank you goes out to our own, Debbie Briscoe, for her continued effort in organizing this event each year!!

13th Annual APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup = Success!

We had 45 volunteers register on Saturday morning (6/21/2014) on the porch of the Crockett Cabin at  U.S.A. Raft Outpost!  Over 50 bags of trash were collected from in and around the banks of the river.  Several tires, wheels, and large debris were also cleaned up out of the river.

APE’s received some great news coverage before and after the event this year.  Check out the links below for each story and video:

http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/118236/nolichucky-river-cleanup-set-saturday

http://www.wcyb.com/news/volunteers-collect-trash-at-annual-nolichucky-river-cleanup/26604290

After the cleanup all the participates enjoyed the BBQ dinner with all the fixings and the prize drawing loaded with some great items from our sponsors!

Prizes were supplied by the following generous sponsors:

Landmark Learning

Mahoney’s Outfitters

Mountain Sports Ltd.

NRS

Uncle Johhny’s Nolichucky Hostel

Jackson Kayak

ENO

Kavu

Camelbak

Khul

Shred Ready

Wilderness Systems Kayaks

Bellyak

Happytrails

Innova Disc Golf

Chaco

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: USA Raft, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City, Cherokee Adventures, TVA, USDA, Washington Co. Tire Recycling Cent., Food Lion, Eastman and Wal-Mart

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work & dedication to make this cleanup a wonderful success! It’s a collaborated effort to keep our river clean and pristine for us & future generations to enjoy. And we’ll just keep on doing it as long as it’s needed!  A special thank you goes out to our own, Debbie Briscoe, for her continued effort in organizing this event each year!!

Paddle to the Grill

 

 

 

Weekly on Thursday’s, until August 28, 2014

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 Davis Dock (641 Buffalo Road, Blountville) at 6:30 P.M. to paddle to Boone Docks Restaurant
(http://www.boonelakemarina.com/)

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/)

Launch at “Davis Dock” Located in Blountville & paddle to “Boone Docks Restaurant” located at Boone Lake Marina in Piney Flats for dinner & a social hour then paddle back.

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

423-534-3636

ldcakes@hotmail.com

APE’s Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Course

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On the Nolichucky River

(Registration Deadline – July 25, 2014)

 

Whitewater enthusiasts participate in hazardous activities in wilderness environments. Are you prepared to rescue yourself or your best paddling friend?  Are they prepared to rescue you?  Help in many cases may not be immediately available, and might be hours, not minutes away. If you’ve already had the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Class and are looking to sharpen the skills that will help keep you and those you care about safe this is your chance.

The Advanced SWR Course is one in a series of swiftwater rescue courses offered through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This course is aimed at anyone desiring the opportunity to further develop their rescue skills first learned in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety, are emphasized throughout the course. Although new skills may be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios that were first learned in the basic course.  The course will be predominantly scenario based in the context of a river trip—in other words, students will be moving downriver and responding to situations encountered along the way.  We feel that this is a logical progression from your previous training in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course and will continue to help you refine your judgment and proficiency under realistic conditions that can best be achieved in the dynamic nature of an actual river trip.

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

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

• Reinforce skills leaned in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course

• Practice skills during multiple scenarios

• Refine and extend critical judgment through multiple scenarios

• Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

COURSE PREREQUISITES Students are required to have completed an ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course and should be comfortable on Class III water.  All paddle craft are welcome.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.  Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Type III PFD designed for whitewater use (Rescue PFD is recommended but not required), whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water, protective footwear, boat, paddle, whistle, throw rope, 15+ feet of one inch tubular nylon webbing, 2 locking carabiners, and 2 prusik loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord)

Where: Friday: Riverpark Campground,Jonesborough,TN; Saturday:Nolichucky Gorge

When: Aug 1-2 (evening only on 1st)

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

         (Non-Refundable after July 25th unless replacement found)

Time: Fri: 6:00–9:00 P.M.; Sat: 8:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M. (EST)

Camping: Nolichucky Gorge Campground, Erwin, TN

Note: We will camp together as a group Fri eve

Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 participants

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Click Here to download the PDF Application for Registration in this ASWR Course

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

APE’s Intermediate Whitewater Kayak Clinic

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On the Nolichucky Gorge or French Broad River

(Registration Deadline – July 5, 2014)

 

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 he held either on the Nolichucky Gorge or French Broad Sect 9, 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:             Sat, Jul 12, 2014

Time:              8a-5p (EST)

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

         (Non-Refundable after Jul 5th unless replacement found)

Class Size:     Class will be limited to 10 participants

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Click the link below to download the PDF Registration Form for this course:

http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/files/2013/03/IWWK-Registration-Form-7-12-14.pdf

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

APE’s Nolichucky River Cleanup and Celebration

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13th Annual Nolichucky River Cleanup and Celebration

When:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Hosted By:

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiast’s (www.riverapes.org)

Location:

U.S.A. Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin TN

Time:

Registration starts at 11:00 AM at the APE’s Banner (Post Cleanup Celebration starts at 6:00 PM)

 

Participants will be assigned into Clean Teams and provided maps of clean-up locations and given trash bags and gloves.

There are plenty of clean-up opportunities of key areas for non-boaters as well as areas designated for individuals with their own boats or rafts.

 

FREE FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT!!!!! For cleanup participants after the clean-up, Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q and the fixins will be served-up by the A.P.E.’s in the Pavilion while you enjoy entertainment by The Chaz Spence Trio!

 

WIN PRIZES FROM OUR SPONSORS!!!! During the entertainment we will be drawing tickets for fantastic prizes. Prizes are being supplied by the following generous sponsors: Landmark Learning, Mahoney’s Outfitters, Mountain Sports Ltd., MTI, NRS, Nolichucky Hostel, Jackson Kayak, ENO, Kavu, Camelbak, Khul, Shread Ready, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Bellyak, Happytrails, Innova Disc Golf & Chaco.

Supporting Sponsors: USA Raft, Cherokee Adventures, TVA, USDA, Washington Co. Tire Recycling Cent., Food Lion and Wal-Mart

Helpful information: Be prepared with appropriate footwear, sunscreen, bug repellant, etc. rafts, pickup trucks, and trailers will be helpful and appreciated. Consider bringing a packed lunch, boating equipment, rain gear, chairs, family, and friends.

 

Directions to USA Raft Nolichucky River

When using a GPS system, you will receive a prompt asking if you would like to avoid unpaved roads. Please select “no” you would not like to avoid unpaved roads. Our outpost is at the end of a gravel drive.

The Nolichucky River is about 50 miles from Asheville, NC (50 min.) and 1.5 hours from the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area of the high country in NC.

USA Raft Nolichucky River: Physical address: 2 Jones Branch Road. Erwin, TN 37650.

Once you arrive at Jones Branch Road, you will see the river on your right. Please continue 1.2 miles along this road. We are located at the end of the road.

 

 

For more information about the event Contact:

Debbie Briscoe

(423)-534-3636 ldcakes@hotmail.com

APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

(Registration Deadline – 6/7/2014)

 

 

APE's LogoTEHCC LOGO If you’ve ever thought how much fun it would be to learn how to kayak now’s your chance!!  The Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course, sponsored by the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, will be held June 14th and 15th in the Tri-Cities area. The clinic is designed for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking-fundamentals that will ensure a fun and safe time on the river. No previous experience is necessary. Instruction will consist of one day on flat water and one day on the river. As in the past, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on safety. Participants will be responsible for providing their own gear and transportation, although loaner gear is available on a first come basis.

Minimum required gear: Whitewater kayak, double-bladed (kayak) paddle, helmet, spray skirt and PFD (life jacket). Additionally, it is recommended that each student bring river shoes/sandals, a change of clothes in a waterproof bag and a rain jacket. Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and water to stay hydrated.

Schedule: June 14th (Sat) Lake instruction, 8am-4pm

Location: Warrior’s Path State Park.

Students must participate on Saturday to participate on Sunday.

June 15th (Sun) River Trip, class II, 8am-4pm

Location: Lower Nolichucky River.

Note: Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they believe safety will be compromised.

Cost: $75.00 per student (which includes a $5 ACA event membership fee and a $10 APEs membership fee). If you are already a member of either organization deduct that portion of the cost.

Registration: Complete and return the form below and mail it along with your check made out to Scott Fisher by 6/7/2014 to: Scott Fisher, 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615.

CLICK HERE for Clinic Registration Form

Questions: Contact (276) 698-4644 or e-mail tfisher1@its.jnj.com

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