APE’s Winter Meeting

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

WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015 @ 7:00-9:00 P.M.  

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

This will be a potluck so break out those favorite recipes and get to cookin’ something good to share! The club will provide the meat and bread. You will be responsible for your own beverage. We will be discussing 2015 events and conducting officer elections.  Here is our current list of officers FYI:

President: Ryan Shealy

Cruise Director: Wesley R. Bradley

Safety/Education: Scott Fisher

Secretary/Treasurer: Jerry Griffin

Social Director/Marketing: Laura Shealy

Conservation: Debbie Briscoe/Jennifer Bradley

Website: Erin Weatherford

TEHCC Liaison: Andrea Ramsey

Please let us know if you have any interest in being nominated for any of these offices or have an idea for a new office.

We will be having a special guest speaker this year, David Ramsey.  David was instrumental in leading the conservation effort that led to the preservation of the Rocky Fork wilderness area.  The Rocky Fork is a pristine, 10,000 acre tract of mountain forest that straddles the border between Unicoi and Greene counties in Tennessee, along the North Carolina state line.  (It is the area you see to your right as you drive south on Interstate 26 from Johnson City, as you approach Sam’s Gap at the North Carolina state line.)  The Appalachian Trail skirts the southern border of this area for about 12 miles between Jerry Cabin and Hogback Ridge shelters. The Rocky Fork tract adjoins the federally-designated Sampson mountain wilderness area, and is the centerpiece of a prime black-bear habitat area.  It contains the Rocky Fork River and miles of native southern Appalachian brook trout habitat. It has been called the last such undeveloped tract in the east, and is at the center of an area that is comparable to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in terms of beauty and biological diversity. Thanks in large part to David’s efforts the Rocky Fork is in the process of being designated as Tennessee’s 55th state park.  Please join us in listening to David discuss this great local conservation success story.

We will also have some nice door prizes we will be drawing for at the meeting!

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

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially World Class Kayak Academy for the production! PURA VIDA

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/113758649[/vimeo]

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially World Class Kayak Academy for the production! PURA VIDA

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/113758649[/vimeo]

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially World Class Kayak Academy for the production! PURA VIDA

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/113758649[/vimeo]

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially World Class Kayak Academy for the production! PURA VIDA

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/113758649[/vimeo]

Official Video SARAPIQUI RIVER festival 2014

Check out this sick video of the 2014 Costa Rica Sarapiqui River Festival, also available on the official website. Thanks to sponsors Selva Whitewater, Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat, Sarapiqui River School, Chilamate Activo, and especially World Class Kayak Academy for the production! PURA VIDA

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/113758649[/vimeo]

POZA AZUL Extreme Race COSTA RICA 2014

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!

The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic bedrock originating in the Braullio Carrillo National Park and feeding the Sarapiqui River. The Poza Azul Extreme Race is a Master Level race consisting of 800 meters down river, timed racing, through two class IV slide rapids to finish at a 10 meter waterfall with a very technical line to the finish point. This waterfall is a classic drop in Costa Rica and offers lots of surprises for its competitors.

The winner of this years Poza Azul Extreme Race is Diego Solano (aka Pina) won the flight to Mexico where he will be representing Costa Rica in the renowned Alseseca Race this January 10th, 2015. Antonio and Sofia from Aventurec (home base for the Alseseca competition) are supporting this years champion with free lodging and a kayak loan during his stay.

Check out the oficial website for the Sarapiqui River Festival to mark your calendar with next years dates!

Photos courtesy of Selva Whitewater, Johann Castor Boof Costa Rica, & Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

POZA AZUL Extreme Race COSTA RICA 2014

This year the Poza Azul Extreme Race took place on Saturday November 22nd with 24 participants from all over Costa Rica, the USA, Canada, Austria, Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico!

The Poza Azul River runs over volcanic bedrock originating in the Braullio Carrillo National Park and feeding the Sarapiqui River. The Poza Azul Extreme Race is a Master Level race consisting of 800 meters down river, timed racing, through two class IV slide rapids to finish at a 10 meter waterfall with a very technical line to the finish point. This waterfall is a classic drop in Costa Rica and offers lots of surprises for its competitors.

The winner of this years Poza Azul Extreme Race is Diego Solano (aka Pina) won the flight to Mexico where he will be representing Costa Rica in the renowned Alseseca Race this January 10th, 2015. Antonio and Sofia from Aventurec (home base for the Alseseca competition) are supporting this years champion with free lodging and a kayak loan during his stay.

Check out the oficial website for the Sarapiqui River Festival to mark your calendar with next years dates!

Photos courtesy of Selva Whitewater, Johann Castor Boof Costa Rica, & Chilamate Rainforest Eco Retreat

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