Guest River Gorge Clean Up

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 27th. 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

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's LogoOn the Nolichucky River

(Registration Deadline – April 18, 2015)

 

 

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 tune up the skills that will help keep you and those you care about safe this is your chance.

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

COURSE PREREQUISITES Students are required to have completed an ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course.  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 (optional), 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: Riverpark Campground, 3937 Hwy 81 South, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659 (423) 753-5359

When: April 25, 2015

Time: 8:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M. (EST)

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

         (Non-Refundable after April 18th unless replacement found)

Lodging: Camping is available on-site, reserve with the campground directly.  Closest hotel is Mountain Inn & Suites, 2002 Temple Hill Rd, Erwin, TN (423) 743-4100.

Class Size: Class will be limited to 15 participants

REGISTRATIONThere are two ways to register to reserve your spot :

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

SWR V-Lower

Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap

Hey guys, it’s that time again. Spring is here, and its finally warming up. That means it’s time for Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at The Gear Closet. The event will be on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm. Come check out all the outdoor gear being offered from local outdoor enthusiasts or come and sell your own gear. It’s only $20 to reserve a spot, or you can just come and peruse what is being offered. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/701106833328731/ , call the Gear Closet at (423) 413-3298, or call Tanner Lincoln at (615) 587-1239.

Thanks
Tanner Lincoln
The Gear Closet

535 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap

Hey guys, it’s that time again. Spring is here, and its finally warming up. That means it’s time for Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at The Gear Closet. The event will be on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm. Come check out all the outdoor gear being offered from local outdoor enthusiasts or come and sell your own gear. It’s only $20 to reserve a spot, or you can just come and peruse what is being offered. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/701106833328731/ , call the Gear Closet at (423) 413-3298, or call Tanner Lincoln at (615) 587-1239.

Thanks
Tanner Lincoln
The Gear Closet

535 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap

Hey guys, it’s that time again. Spring is here, and its finally warming up. That means it’s time for Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at The Gear Closet. The event will be on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm. Come check out all the outdoor gear being offered from local outdoor enthusiasts or come and sell your own gear. It’s only $20 to reserve a spot, or you can just come and peruse what is being offered. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/701106833328731/ , call the Gear Closet at (423) 413-3298, or call Tanner Lincoln at (615) 587-1239.

Thanks
Tanner Lincoln
The Gear Closet

535 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap

Hey guys, it’s that time again. Spring is here, and its finally warming up. That means it’s time for Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at The Gear Closet. The event will be on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm. Come check out all the outdoor gear being offered from local outdoor enthusiasts or come and sell your own gear. It’s only $20 to reserve a spot, or you can just come and peruse what is being offered. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/701106833328731/ , call the Gear Closet at (423) 413-3298, or call Tanner Lincoln at (615) 587-1239.

Thanks
Tanner Lincoln
The Gear Closet

535 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap

Hey guys, it’s that time again. Spring is here, and its finally warming up. That means it’s time for Chattanooga’s 8th Annual Outdoor Expo and Gear Swap at The Gear Closet. The event will be on Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am til 2:00 pm. Come check out all the outdoor gear being offered from local outdoor enthusiasts or come and sell your own gear. It’s only $20 to reserve a spot, or you can just come and peruse what is being offered. For more information visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/701106833328731/ , call the Gear Closet at (423) 413-3298, or call Tanner Lincoln at (615) 587-1239.

Thanks
Tanner Lincoln
The Gear Closet

535 Cherokee Blvd
Chattanooga, TN 37405

Powell River Cleanup

Volunteers needed for March 28 Powell River cleanup in Appalachia, VA.

Volunteers are needed for a regional stream cleanup on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Powell River Trailhead in the town of Appalachia. This event aims to remove as much litter as possible not only to help beautify the area, but also to help promote a Rails to Trails project being coordinated by the town.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is asking local paddling groups to assist with the cleanup so that litter can be removed from the water. Other volunteers will pick up litter along the river banks. The cleanup will encompass about three miles of the river.

This regional cleanup event is a part of a nation-wide event called the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and locally organized by Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, the largest regional KAB affiliate. The cleanup also is part of the Regional Stream Cleanup sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority and organized by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable.

GLAD® trash bags and Niagara® water will be provided by the Great American Cleanup. TVA is providing bags, gloves and litter grabbers. Keep Wise County Beautiful will provide lunch.

To volunteer, contact Upper Tennessee River Roundtable at (276) 628-1600 or utrr_vista@yahoo.com.

Powell River Cleanup

Volunteers needed for March 28 Powell River cleanup in Appalachia, VA.

Volunteers are needed for a regional stream cleanup on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Powell River Trailhead in the town of Appalachia. This event aims to remove as much litter as possible not only to help beautify the area, but also to help promote a Rails to Trails project being coordinated by the town.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is asking local paddling groups to assist with the cleanup so that litter can be removed from the water. Other volunteers will pick up litter along the river banks. The cleanup will encompass about three miles of the river.

This regional cleanup event is a part of a nation-wide event called the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and locally organized by Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, the largest regional KAB affiliate. The cleanup also is part of the Regional Stream Cleanup sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority and organized by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable.

GLAD® trash bags and Niagara® water will be provided by the Great American Cleanup. TVA is providing bags, gloves and litter grabbers. Keep Wise County Beautiful will provide lunch.

To volunteer, contact Upper Tennessee River Roundtable at (276) 628-1600 or utrr_vista@yahoo.com.

Powell River Cleanup

Volunteers needed for March 28 Powell River cleanup in Appalachia, VA.

Volunteers are needed for a regional stream cleanup on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Powell River Trailhead in the town of Appalachia. This event aims to remove as much litter as possible not only to help beautify the area, but also to help promote a Rails to Trails project being coordinated by the town.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is asking local paddling groups to assist with the cleanup so that litter can be removed from the water. Other volunteers will pick up litter along the river banks. The cleanup will encompass about three miles of the river.

This regional cleanup event is a part of a nation-wide event called the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and locally organized by Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful, the largest regional KAB affiliate. The cleanup also is part of the Regional Stream Cleanup sponsored by Tennessee Valley Authority and organized by Upper Tennessee River Roundtable.

GLAD® trash bags and Niagara® water will be provided by the Great American Cleanup. TVA is providing bags, gloves and litter grabbers. Keep Wise County Beautiful will provide lunch.

To volunteer, contact Upper Tennessee River Roundtable at (276) 628-1600 or utrr_vista@yahoo.com.

 

Contact:

Carol Doss, Executive Director, Tennessee River Roundtable

276.628.1600 or uppertnriver@yahoo.com

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