NOC Coming to Freedom Hall Pool Session


The NOC is back for their Pool Session Road Show!


The NOC will be participating in the Tuesday, February 17, 2015 APE’s pool session!  Participating will be the legendary Chris Hipgrave from NOC Instruction and maybe others.  They’ll have the hot new equipment for the 2015 season for everyone to use.  They plan on being in the pool meeting APE’s members, helping instruct and showing off the new gear.  There will also be some prize giveaways, so make plans to attend this pool session!

Check out the link below for all the Freedom Hall Pool Session info:


APE’s had a blast back in December of 2012 the last time we did this event with NOC!  Check out all the fun that went down with this link:

APE’s & TEHCC Wilderness First Aid & CPR Courses

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Registration Deadline: March 20, 2015

Dates:    WFA: March 28-29, 2015 / CPR: March 28, 2015 (eve only)

Times:    WFA: 8:30 AM—5:00 PM both days / CPR: 5:30 PM—7:30 PM

Cost:       WFA: $115 / CPR: $35

Location:  Eastman Lodge, 404 Bays Mountain Park Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660

Course Description:  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club (TEHCC) will host a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by NOC/SOLO on March 28-29, 2015.  Fast paced and hands-on, this two day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics for people who travel and work in the outdoors.  If you plan to spend time in the backcountry this training will provide you with the tools to provide patient care in remote settings where assistance may not be readily available.  Training will include both classroom instruction and structured scenarios.  All levels of training and experience are welcome.  Minimum age is 18 years old, or 12 years old if accompanied by a chaperone.   This class can be used to recertify WFR for an additional $15.

Optional CPR Class:  NOC/SOLO has offered to conduct an optional CPR class on Sat eve, Mar 28th, for those wanting to become CPR certified or re-certified at a cost of $35.  This is a separate class and participation in one is not required to take the other.  CPR is a recommended certification for outdoor professionals and provided immediately after cardiac arrest may double a victim’s chance of survival. This 2-hour class teaches you adult & child CPR and choking rescues using the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) curriculum.


Registration: To complete your registration and reserve your spot please mail the APEs Registration Form along with your course payment to the address provided in the Registration Form.  Class size is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Note: APEs processes all payment for the course.  Please do not send registration materials to NOC/SOLO.

Included in this registration packet are:

  • Registration Form
  • Gear List
  • Directions to Eastman Lodge
  • Additional Information

Click here to download the PDF packet for Mail-in Registration

Please free to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have prior to the course.  Additional information will be sent out as the course date nears.  We look forward to seeing you!


Scott Fisher

APEs Safety and Education Chair


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!

2015 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 20-21 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!

American Whitewater Gauley Fest

gauley_festWelcome to Gauley Fest, the paddling worlds biggest party! Started in 1983 to celebrate the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have disrupted whitewater flows on the Gauley, Gauley Fest has grown to become the largest river festival in the world, posting attendance numbers of over 5,000 people in 2002.

The event focuses on bringing people to the area to enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities while showcasing whitewater paddlesports and raising funds and membership for American Whitewater. The festival is a three-day event, with the main activities taking place on Saturday night. Expect the festival site to be bustling throughout the weekend with food, vendors, and activities for paddlesport and non-paddlesport enthusiasts of all ages.

The festival will feature live entertainment, a whitewater marketplace, beer, and a silent auction where you can pick up some awesome outdoor gear. The Gauley River Festival is a critical fundraiser for American Whitewater and is our largest fundraising event.

All proceeds from the festival support American Whitewaters conservation and access work throughout the Southeast. Come out and join us for a weekend of great paddling, exciting competitions, live entertainment, and the infamous silent auction.

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