APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

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!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

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!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

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!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

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!

APE’s Nolichucky 1st Timer’s Trip Report

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!

Green River Rodeo

The Green River Rodeo is a free-form kayaking competition built around nontraditional freestyle. Essentially a group jam session. Competitors will meet at Green River Access Fund Parking lot at 9:30am August 1st. Please have all shuttle set. At 10 am we will announce four sections/rapids of the river the competition will be held on. As a unit the competitors/judges/film crew will move to each specified section of river and each athlete will get two scored runs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest) on that part of the river. The highest scoring run will count. There will be a 30 minute break while judges/camera crew get set up at the next spot and the format will repeat. After the event an awards party will be held where a winner will be crowned.

Check out all the details on the event website:

http://greenrivergames.com/?page_id=952

Green River Rodeo

The Green River Rodeo is a free-form kayaking competition built around nontraditional freestyle. Essentially a group jam session. Competitors will meet at Green River Access Fund Parking lot at 9:30am August 1st. Please have all shuttle set. At 10 am we will announce four sections/rapids of the river the competition will be held on. As a unit the competitors/judges/film crew will move to each specified section of river and each athlete will get two scored runs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest) on that part of the river. The highest scoring run will count. There will be a 30 minute break while judges/camera crew get set up at the next spot and the format will repeat. After the event an awards party will be held where a winner will be crowned.

Check out all the details on the event website:

http://greenrivergames.com/?page_id=952

6/24/15-HTTD-Best Line Comp. @ Devil’s Toenail

The pieces have fallen into place and we are set for the next HTTD in Spokane. The next event will be a “Best Line” Competition at the Devil’s Toenail in Riverside State Park. Each competitor will get multiple laps through the rapid and have their line judged in multiple categories (i.e. boofing, eddy turns, style, creativity, etc.) Because of this location there may be some need for carpooling or a shuttle vehicle to help bring boaters to and from the overflow parking areas.
• Wednesday June 24th
• 5 pm meet at the Toenail Parking area, please allow time to arrange parking of vehicles-overflow parking will be moved to the Toenail takeout, nearby bicycle trail head, and other options are available.
• 5:30 pm Event participant meeting, safety briefing, and park conservation considerations. The goal is for an event start time of 6 pm
• Discover Pass is required for parking in the park
• All you need is your gear and a throw bag if you have one.
• Come out even if you are not interested in getting in the water. It will be fun to watch and there is always a need for safety kayakers.
• Also bring friends and/or family as the rapid is easy to view from the parking area and shoreline, making it easy to spectate.
• After wards we will finish up at the parking area for some laughs, swag, and maybe a BBQ if all works out.
Look forward to seeing everyone out for some good friendly fun at the Devil’s Toenail, and can’t wait to see what lines the group can come up with!
Cheers

6/24/15-HTTD-Best Line Comp. @ Devil’s Toenail

The pieces have fallen into place and we are set for the next HTTD in Spokane. The next event will be a “Best Line” Competition at the Devil’s Toenail in Riverside State Park. Each competitor will get multiple laps through the rapid and have their line judged in multiple categories (i.e. boofing, eddy turns, style, creativity, etc.) Because of this location there may be some need for carpooling or a shuttle vehicle to help bring boaters to and from the overflow parking areas.
• Wednesday June 24th
• 5 pm meet at the Toenail Parking area, please allow time to arrange parking of vehicles-overflow parking will be moved to the Toenail takeout, nearby bicycle trail head, and other options are available.
• 5:30 pm Event participant meeting, safety briefing, and park conservation considerations. The goal is for an event start time of 6 pm
• Discover Pass is required for parking in the park
• All you need is your gear and a throw bag if you have one.
• Come out even if you are not interested in getting in the water. It will be fun to watch and there is always a need for safety kayakers.
• Also bring friends and/or family as the rapid is easy to view from the parking area and shoreline, making it easy to spectate.
• After wards we will finish up at the parking area for some laughs, swag, and maybe a BBQ if all works out.
Look forward to seeing everyone out for some good friendly fun at the Devil’s Toenail, and can’t wait to see what lines the group can come up with!
Cheers

Testing Tallulah

As I loaded my boat on to the car Friday night, thoughts of Oceana and Bridal Veil zoomed through my mind. I always have a strange mixture of fear and excitement when I’m about to run a new river. Running class 5 for your first time is like running your first river, you never know what can happen. I had many professional boaters tell me that I am completely ready for Tallulah, so in the back of my mind I knew I could do it, but fear is a hard thing to conquer. The whole ride to the river my dad and I were jittering with excitement. As we pulled into the parking lot, we saw how many people were there and felt a little bit more safe. So we geared up and got ready for the dreaded hike. As soon as I started down the stairs, I could already tell it was going to be horrible. The beautiful view of the gorge took my focus away from my burning calves. When I finally reached the bottom of the stairs, I couldn’t tell if my legs were shaking with excitement or pain. I watched a few people run the first rapid, and decided to hop in my boat. I ignored the shaking in my legs as I climbed in my kayak. As I launched into the water, I thought to myself, “Its now or never.” We chilled in the eddie for about 5 minutes to wait for a couple of friends, then we headed down. After watching my dads’ less than perfect line, I pealed out into the flow. I aimed in between two rocks in the center, and nailed my line. I immediately screamed with joy at the bottom of the rapid. The fear began to fade as I launched off of Tanners Boof, but I knew the fear would soon return when I see the next rapid. Sure enough, when I got out to scout Oceana, I went silent. I could not tell if I was scared, nervous, happy, or excited. All I knew was that I must run it. As I was watching people run it, Lance came up to me and asked, “Do you want me to portage it with you?”

“No way man, this is what I came here for!” I replied.

“Aw man! Now I have to run it, too!” Lance says. So we climbed in our boats together and pealed out. As I sat at the top, my mind went blank of everything except my line. I paddled up the rooster tail, and let myself fall. Nothing seemed to exist except for the massive fall in front of me. I noticed that I had a little bit too much left angle, but I didn’t have time to fix it. I slammed into ‘The Thing” and kept sliding my way to the bottom. I got hung up in the hole, but I rolled up and surfed out. I screamed with joy and hugged Lyle at the bottom. All of my fears were completely gone. It was the best feeling in the world knowing that I have conquered my greatest goal. I have been dreaming of this moment since I started kayaking. After watching the rest of my crew nail perfect lines, Luke came up to me and asked, “When did you get that giant dent in the back of your boat?” I must have done it when I hit the thing with too much angle. We all started laughing because it took us almost ten minutes to notice it. My dad said it gave my boat personality, but I thought it looked pretty stupid. After draining boats and watching a few more people run Oceana, we headed down river. Every rapid afterwards was filled with boofing and laughter. As the fear drained out of me, I started to loosen up. I noticed that my paddling was getting better when I was this calm. I was nailing all of my lines and having fun at the same time. I could tell that my dad was still pretty nervous after his skirt imploded at the bottom of Oceana, but everyone else seemed to be having a blast. Towards the end of the run, Dad began to loosen up too. Eventually, we were all messing around and having fun. When I hit the lake at the bottom, I couldn’t believe that I had just run Tallulah. I had a permanent smile for the rest of the day. I will never be able to describe how I felt that day.

Watch The Video Here!!! HsrDTP8S70w?list=UUjsbQpE2xfnw8vBqcFfA1NQ

Garrett Madlock 13

Jackson Kayak

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