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.



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!

2017 National Paddling Film Festival


Come see American Whitewater and the year’s best photos and videos at the National Paddling Film Festival(NPFF)! This year’s NPFF will be held on February 17-18 in Frankfort, KY at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. You can buy a ticket to the magic via this easy online order form. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.

Ticket sales are processed by American Whitewater. You can be confident in the security of your information and that your dollars are going to a good cause. We’re proud to see NPFF’s long history of success and we’re proud to be selected as a worthy recipient of the funds NPFF raises.

Submissions are still being accepted. The video deadline is Jan. 16th and Photos are due by Jan. 31st. For more details see the submissions page.

We hope to see you there!

17th Annual Millrace Massacre & Iceman Championships


January 7, 2017

Columbia, SC on the Saluda River Home of the Saluda Boyz
Registration: 9:30-11:00 @ The top of Millrace
Racing Begins at High Noon…
Cost 20 Dollars

Millrace Massacre

The first race of the day will be the Millrace Massacre which will commence at high noon. The length
requirement for the race is 8’6 and under, no exceptions. Must be a plastic boat. A set course will be
shown to the competitors the day of the race. The course will be water level dependant. It will start at the
top of Millrace and end in the vicinity of Fisherman’s Rock. The course will be outlined with markers
showing all the required eddies/routes the racers must go through. With this being a time trial event, speed
is going to be the name of the game. Top winner takes home the CASH.

Iceman Championships

The Iceman Championships is the race that separates the men from the boyz. The Iceman is going to be
a mass start race with all the competitors starting in a line up. The race will start at the red pier and will
run through Millrace and down to the Zoo Bridge. Once to the Bridge racers will go around the bridge
and head back to the sandy beach where they are required to hike there boats back up the portage trail. At
the top the racers will reenter the water and run Millrace again. It is then that the racers will abandon ship
above the Mosh Pit and swim with their kayaks back to the sandy beach. In the Iceman you can paddle
whatever boat you may like whether it is a traditional whitewater kayak or if it is a sea kayak. The longer
the better.

Prizes will be awarded at the party for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Additional prizes may be handed out in a
competitor drawing during the party.

For more info contact:
Andy Grizzell at grizzeav@gmail.com

Powell River Kayak & Canoe Regatta

The Claiborne County Tourism Commission is hosting a 12 mile kayak and canoe race on the Powell River in Tazewell, Tennessee on April 29, 2017. The Powell River is a Class 1 free-flowing river. The event course is through a very rural area of the Cumberland Mountains

This year, the net proceeds from the event will benefit the Powell River Blueway Project, an effort by the Powell River Tourism Committee of the Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the Blueway Project is to identify, improve and publicize intermittent river access points along the 114 mile reach of the Powell River from the Virginia state line into Norris Lake in order to facilitate paddling access to the scenic Powell River

Event Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/PowellRiverRegatta/

Riverside camping is available before and after the event at Well Being Conference Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting harmony with Nature, wellness of body and peace of mind. www.WellBeingCC.org. The starting line for the race will be at Well Being Conference Center.

Event Organizer Contact:

Don Oakley

376 Well Being Circle
Tazewell, TN 37879
T: 423-626-9000
C: 503-267-8000

NoliFest 2017

Welcome to Nolifest 2017!  March 31 – April 2, 2016

Where: USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650

Check out all the announcements of sponsors, bands, demos and more at http://www.nolifest.com/home.html

Back for 2017 is the 3rd annual NoliFest! This event is for all that paddle; inflatable, kayak, bellyak, SUP. After last years success we are adding many more planned activities! There will be music and food both Friday and Saturday night, SUP yoga, on-water races, demos and more.

Festival Special Features:


If you are interested in staying in the cabin, pitching a tent or hammock Fri. & Sat. night, please call USA Raft.  1-800-USA-RAFT


Mountain Inn & Suites of Erwin, Tennessee is the official hotel sponsor. Located just 5 mins from USARAFT.

If you are interested in setting up a Vendor Tent please contact USA RAFT.


Bring your old gear for gear swap/sales.


Nolichucky Beer League




Curtis England started this weekly event in 2015 called the Nolichucky Beer League!  The event gets its roots from the Beer League started over on the French Broad Ledges in Asheville.

The NBL occurs on Thursdays at 6:30 P.M during April-October when river levels are between 750-2500 CFS.  Anyone is welcome to come out with their long boats to do attainments from U.S.A. Raft at 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, TN to Twin Eddies.

The goal is to get the kayaking community fired up about some upstream paddling on this great section of river.  Paddlers are also encouraged to bring their beverage of choice for afterwards for some fun fellowship.

Come on out and join the Nolichucky Beer League on Thursday evenings for some attainment fun, racing and training!  If you don’t have a long boat give the Jackson Action Wagon a shout and it can hook you up for the evening.  The NBL hopes to see you on the Noli! :-)


NBL Events Contact:

Ryan Horn: text or call 423-646-3459 or jrhorn_40@yahoo.com

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival

GAFThe southeast’s biggest used gear sale of the year!!!

Check out the web site below for all the details:



French Broad River Festival


Check out all the event info at the official event webpage at: http://www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com/

22nd Annual Green River Narrows Race

The greatest show in all of sports!

Official Green Race website: http://greenrace.amongstit.com/

The 2017 race will be held Saturday, November 4th.  The first racer will be off at 12 noon and reach Gorilla about 12:04.  Directions to Gorilla can be found on the Green Narrows page.


Spectators Information:

Be respectful of no parking areas on Big Hungry Road. There is often good parking available just past the trail head. The hike in is steep and slippery. Wear good shoes and bring an extra jacket. It gets cold down in the gorge. Follow this GPS location for SPECTATOR PARKING

While you’re waiting, check out all the Past Race Results and AW’s Green Race Information Page.

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