Guest River Gorge Cleanup

Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com

Guest River Gorge Cleanup

Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com

Guest River Gorge Cleanup

Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.

This year, the event is on April 21st. We meet at the put in for the Gorge at 9:00 A.M., and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.

Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.

One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.

Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.

Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.

Thanks

Timothy W. McAfee
Mobile: 276-393-0406

tmcafee@timothymcafee.com

Watauga Gorge Race

The Race is set for the next Saturday the river is above 250 CFS @ 2:00 PM!

Come up to the high country for the Watauga Race*.

Be at the put-in, with shuttle set at 2:00 PM.  Flow must be above 250cfs in order for the race to happen.

Format will be the same as previous years– mass start free for all from the put-in to the pool below Stateline.

The start time is late enough for folks to get a practice lap in the AM (which is recommended if you aren’t familiar with the run), or if it rains more to get a quick lap on something else.  Also, Try to bring as few cars up to the top as possible, as parking up there is limited.

Bring it…..

Race Organizer: Dylan McKinney – dylankmckinney@gmail.com

*The Watauga Race is not a race, it’s a group paddle with no one setting safety and maybe even no one keeping track of the time, so don’t race if you aren’t comfortable running the Watauga solo.

APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

(Registration Deadline – 8/13/2016) 

 

 

 

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 August 29th and 30th in the Tri-Cities area. The clinic is designed for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking 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, whitewater helmet, spray skirt, PFD (life jacket), closed-toe water shoes or booties (sneakers are fine too but they’ll get wet).  Additionally, it is recommended that each student bring a wicking type shirt (no cotton) for wear while on the water, sunscreen and a rain jacket.  Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and drinking water/sports drinks.

 

Schedule: 

August 20th (Saturday) Lake instruction, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Location: Warrior’s Path State Park.

Students must participate on Saturday to participate on Sunday.

 

August 21st (Sunday) River Trip, class II, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

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:  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 Ryan Shealy: 215 Hawk Street, Blountville, TN 37617 by 8/13/2016.   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 Ryan at orion9909@yahoo.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Ryan at orion9909@yahoo.com or 423-963-6066

APE’s Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Course

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On the Nolichucky River

(Registration Deadline - August 6, 2016)

 

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: Nolichucky Gorge Campground, Erwin, TN; Saturday: Nolichucky Gorge

When: August 12-13 (evening only on 12th)

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

         (Non-Refundable after August 6th unless replacement found)

Time: Fri: 6:00–9:00 P.M.; Sat: 8:00 A.M.–6:00 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

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 8/6/2016.   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

APE’s & TEHCC Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

SWR V-LowerSWR RopeSWR Attainment

 

 

 

(Registration Deadline: 7/16/2016)

 

Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN

ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher

Assistant Instructor: Wesley R. Bradley

 

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. Sign up and bring your favorite paddling crew to this clinic. It’s like buying yourself, and them, the safety line that may save your lives.

 

The Basic SWR Course, sponsored by Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club (TEHCC), is one in a series of swiftwater rescue courses offered through the American Canoe Association. The course is led by ACA certified swiftwater rescue and kayak instructor Scott Fisher and is designed to teach the recreational paddler basic swiftwater rescue techniques where limited personnel and/or safety gear is available. Scott has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, paddling clubs, firefighters, rescue personnel, staff of church youth camps, and local outfitter guides. The clinic will include classroom instruction, river skills and realistic scenarios.  Successful completion of this course will prepare you to self-rescue and aid in the rescue of others in whitewater environments. 

 

Course Overview: The Swiftwater Rescue Course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

 

 

Course Objectives:

                Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.

                Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.

                Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.

                Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents

                Develop and practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment

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

                Gain experience using the rescue PFD, and understand its strengths and weaknesses

                Utilize rescue scene management principles needed within a paddling group

 

Course Prerequisites:  All paddle craft are welcome.  Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver their craft in at least class II whitewater.  However, all boaters, and non-boaters with an interest in swiftwater rescue (e.g., professional rescuers), will benefit from the class. 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 equipment for class: 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 prusick loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord) 

 

Who:      Adults and Minors 15 years and older (Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany minor and arranged ahead).  Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they feel safety will be compromised.

When:    Friday, July 22nd 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, July 23rd 8:00am – 7:00pm (Saturday Evening Session TBD); Sunday, July 24th 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where:   Friday evening: Riverpark Campground (3937 Highway 81 South, Jonesborough, TN 37659); Saturday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River; Sunday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River

Cost:      $95; $85 if already an APEs member; ACA members can further deduct $5

               Registration and payment deadline is 7/16/2016 (See Cancellation Policy in PDF Application)

Lodging Note:      We will camp together as a group. This makes the class logistics much easier. Camping fees are $10 per night per person paid separately.

 

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.  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. 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. 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 Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Scott at 276-698-4644 or 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 9, 2016)

 

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 16, 2016

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 9th 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 7/9/2016.   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

APE Congaree Swamp Paddle/Camp

APE's Logo3 days & 2 nights on the Congaree April 22-24 ‏. This is a self contained trip meaning all your food & gear must fit in your kayak/canoe for the entire expedition.

Leaving out Friday morning to drive to Harry Hampton Visitor Center where we get our permit.

We will be putting in at Bannister Bridge Access after dropping off a vehicle at S. Cedar Creek Rd.
We plan to camp near there to hopscotch another vehicle down to the Hwy 601 bridge for the next day.

It is very windy and tight at the top of the river where we put in. Boats over 14′ will be greatly challenged, so Day Touring Kayaks, Crossovers or Canoes are suggested. And there may be logs or places we have to drag or pull our boats through so bring good water shoes for mud!

Food: You will need 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts along with your river snacks. Bring water and means to filter water.

We are hoping the insects won’t be bad yet but don’t forget your bug spray and head nets just in case!

Trip Coordinator: Michael Crooks, 828-284-2587 or nolipirate1@gmail.com

Congaree NPS Info: http://www.nps.gov/cong/index.htm

Maps can be found online or emailed to you.

APE Congaree Swamp Paddle/Camp

APE's Logo3 days & 2 nights on the Congaree April 22-24 ‏. This is a self contained trip meaning all your food & gear must fit in your kayak/canoe for the entire expedition.

Leaving out Friday morning to drive to Harry Hampton Visitor Center where we get our permit.

We will be putting in at Bannister Bridge Access after dropping off a vehicle at S. Cedar Creek Rd.
We plan to camp near there to hopscotch another vehicle down to the Hwy 601 bridge for the next day.

It is very windy and tight at the top of the river where we put in. Boats over 14′ will be greatly challenged, so Day Touring Kayaks, Crossovers or Canoes are suggested. And there may be logs or places we have to drag or pull our boats through so bring good water shoes for mud!

Food: You will need 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts along with your river snacks. Bring water and means to filter water.

We are hoping the insects won’t be bad yet but don’t forget your bug spray and head nets just in case!

Trip Coordinator: Michael Crooks, 828-284-2587 or nolipirate1@gmail.com

Congaree NPS Info: http://www.nps.gov/cong/index.htm

Maps can be found online or emailed to you.

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