APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature presented it.

This year over 30 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thanks to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river. What a great day!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature presented it.

This year over 30 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thanks to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river. What a great day!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Celebrate 15 Years of Cleaning Up the Nolichucky River

Saturday, June 18th, marked the 15th Annual Nolichucky Cleanup.  The Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts have been hosting this event annually to help keep the Nolichucky River clean for paddlers, fishermen, and river-users alike!  The summer is a very popular time for people frequent the rivers recreationally and the APEs group is proud to help everyone see the beauty of the Nolichucky by keeping it clean the way nature presented it.

This year over 30 volunteers put blood, sweat, and tears into removing garbage along a 10+ mile section of the river below the gorge (USA Raft to Riverpark Campground). Paddlers loaded up their kayaks, rafts, or canoes with trash collected from the banks and maneuvered their loads to drop off points where the land crew picked up the garbage and transported it to the local dump station.

In total, 4 truckloads of trash and 28 tires were removed from the river! Pictured below Jeff Vannoy, a volunteer for Team River Runner and member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, picking up one of the many tires along the riverside.

After hours of hard work, volunteers enjoyed barbeque donated by Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City. A second part of the cleanup was a raffle for a Jackson FUN that was donated by Jackson Kayak. The proceeds of the raffle directly benefited Camp Bays Mountain as the group rebuilds its camp in a new location. Thanks to the generous donors and support of the paddling community, the APEs group was able to donate nearly $400 to Camp Bays Mountain!

Pictured below is Debbie Briscoe, the winner of the Jackson Kayak FUN and many-year coordinator of the cleanup, along with Wesley Bradley, the local Jackson Kayak Regional Team Member.

Overall the cleanup was a great success! USA Raft owner, Matt Moses, remarked, “You guys did awesome on the clean up! I paddled to Jackson Love yesterday and it looked so much better! We all love working with APEs and are proud to be your partner and home base on the Nolichucky!”

APE’s member, Jeff Baldwin, commented, “Great day on Saturday participating in the annual Nolichucky clean-up.  Awesome BBQ and good times hanging out with fellow paddlers. So enjoyed the day ………trying to remember if I gathered any trash… LOL!  Big thanks to Andrea Parra and Sara Reis as the event was a very nice start to their newly elected positions within the club!”

The APEs group is grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make the cleanup successful. A special thanks to USA Raft for providing the cleanup location and for all they do to help local paddlers get out on the river. What a great day!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Mountain Sports Ltd., Chaco, Astral Buoyancy, NRS, US Forest Service, Kokatat, Landmark Learning, USA Raft, Uncle Johnny’s Hostel, Texas Roadhouse of Johnson City

-Report by: Andrea Gass-

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge Overnighter

When – July 9-10, 2016
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Where – USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
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Have you ever wanted to camp out of your white water boat? Here is your chance to give it a try on an overnight trip in the Noli Gorge!
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Everyone has been asking for this one, so here we go! The plan is to meet up Saturday July 9th mid-morning at USA Raft. USA Raft will shuttle us up to the put-in and we will start making our way down the gorge. We will camp on the river side that night and finish out the run Sunday the 10th.
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We will likely also do some climbing when we get to camp for anyone that wants to check out that scene.
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We have a couple rafts lined up to help carry any gear that you may not be able to fit in your boat. The goal with t…his is to not have to buy anything special you may not have to pull off camping out of a white water boat.
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To join this trip, contact the trip coordinator and let him know about your skillset and gear concerns.
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Trip Coordinator: Jeremy Gass – (276) 614-0936 or jeremy_gass@hotmail.com

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge Overnighter

When – July 9-10, 2016
-
Where – USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
-
Have you ever wanted to camp out of your white water boat? Here is your chance to give it a try on an overnight trip in the Noli Gorge!
-
Everyone has been asking for this one, so here we go! The plan is to meet up Saturday July 9th mid-morning at USA Raft. USA Raft will shuttle us up to the put-in and we will start making our way down the gorge. We will camp on the river side that night and finish out the run Sunday the 10th.
-
We will likely also do some climbing when we get to camp for anyone that wants to check out that scene.
-
We have a couple rafts lined up to help carry any gear that you may not be able to fit in your boat. The goal with t…his is to not have to buy anything special you may not have to pull off camping out of a white water boat.
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To join this trip, contact the trip coordinator and let him know about your skillset and gear concerns.
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Trip Coordinator: Jeremy Gass – (276) 614-0936 or jeremy_gass@hotmail.com

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge Overnighter

When – July 9-10, 2016
-
Where – USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
-
Have you ever wanted to camp out of your white water boat? Here is your chance to give it a try on an overnight trip in the Noli Gorge!
-
Everyone has been asking for this one, so here we go! The plan is to meet up Saturday July 9th mid-morning at USA Raft. USA Raft will shuttle us up to the put-in and we will start making our way down the gorge. We will camp on the river side that night and finish out the run Sunday the 10th.
-
We will likely also do some climbing when we get to camp for anyone that wants to check out that scene.
-
We have a couple rafts lined up to help carry any gear that you may not be able to fit in your boat. The goal with t…his is to not have to buy anything special you may not have to pull off camping out of a white water boat.
-
To join this trip, contact the trip coordinator and let him know about your skillset and gear concerns.
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Trip Coordinator: Jeremy Gass – (276) 614-0936 or jeremy_gass@hotmail.com

APE’s Nolichucky Gorge Overnighter

When – July 9-10, 2016
-
Where – USA Raft, 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650
-
Have you ever wanted to camp out of your white water boat? Here is your chance to give it a try on an overnight trip in the Noli Gorge!
-
Everyone has been asking for this one, so here we go! The plan is to meet up Saturday July 9th mid-morning at USA Raft. USA Raft will shuttle us up to the put-in and we will start making our way down the gorge. We will camp on the river side that night and finish out the run Sunday the 10th.
-
We will likely also do some climbing when we get to camp for anyone that wants to check out that scene.
-
We have a couple rafts lined up to help carry any gear that you may not be able to fit in your boat. The goal with t…his is to not have to buy anything special you may not have to pull off camping out of a white water boat.
-
To join this trip, contact the trip coordinator and let him know about your skillset and gear concerns.
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Trip Coordinator: Jeremy Gass – (276) 614-0936 or jeremy_gass@hotmail.com

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a new event format for us by racing up river.  We had a good turn out with 12 competitors joining in for some friendly attainment race competition with the Nolichucky Beer League!  We had a few spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held in the Nolichucky River Gorge, TN on a nice mild evening with mostly cloudy skies.

The river level was around 950 CFS and spirits were high with many of the racers eager to give this new race event style a go!  The course start was up at a spot in the bottom of the gorge known as Cherokee Dam above the USA Raft river access.  The finish line was the river right eddy at the bottom of Twin Eddies (The last Class III rapid in the gorge) 1 mile upstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids racers had to ascend to make it to the finish line.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Curtis England (17:51)

2. Craig Wassinger (17:55)

3. Ryan Horn (19:44)

4. Matt Dalton (21:29)

5. Jeff Vannoy (23:02)

6. Wesley R. Bradley (29:53)

7. Josh Dalton (59:47)

8. Jamison Evans (1:05:52)

9. Ben Carr (*HE)

9. Andrew Price (*HE)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Andy Woods (1:07:15)

2. Kevin Masters (*HE)

*Honorable Effort!

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #2 Results)

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to our class winners of Event #2!

Event Highlights:

*It came down to virtual tie at the finish for 1st with some rubbing and racing by Curtis and Craig!It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing. It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing.

*After the event many of the racers portaged around Twin Eddies to try the very challenging Gatekeeper attainment move above the rapid and venture deeper up into the gorge.

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE long boat demos for racers to try out.

*All competitors & volunteers who participated went home with a nice prize!

A big thank you goes out to our great volunteers for their help in event #2:

Ryan Horn – Registration & Race Course

Mike Potter – Photographer

Curtis England – Starter & Finish Line Judge

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsor for this event:

    

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with the Nolichucky Beer League!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #3 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a new event format for us by racing up river.  We had a good turn out with 12 competitors joining in for some friendly attainment race competition with the Nolichucky Beer League!  We had a few spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held in the Nolichucky River Gorge, TN on a nice mild evening with mostly cloudy skies.

The river level was around 950 CFS and spirits were high with many of the racers eager to give this new race event style a go!  The course start was up at a spot in the bottom of the gorge known as Cherokee Dam above the USA Raft river access.  The finish line was the river right eddy at the bottom of Twin Eddies (The last Class III rapid in the gorge) 1 mile upstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids racers had to ascend to make it to the finish line.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Curtis England (17:51)

2. Craig Wassinger (17:55)

3. Ryan Horn (19:44)

4. Matt Dalton (21:29)

5. Jeff Vannoy (23:02)

6. Wesley R. Bradley (29:53)

7. Josh Dalton (59:47)

8. Jamison Evans (1:05:52)

9. Ben Carr (*HE)

9. Andrew Price (*HE)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Andy Woods (1:07:15)

2. Kevin Masters (*HE)

*Honorable Effort!

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #2 Results)

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to our class winners of Event #2!

Event Highlights:

*It came down to virtual tie at the finish for 1st with some rubbing and racing by Curtis and Craig!It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing. It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing.

*After the event many of the racers portaged around Twin Eddies to try the very challenging Gatekeeper attainment move above the rapid and venture deeper up into the gorge.

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE long boat demos for racers to try out.

*All competitors & volunteers who participated went home with a nice prize!

A big thank you goes out to our great volunteers for their help in event #2:

Ryan Horn – Registration & Race Course

Mike Potter – Photographer

Curtis England – Starter & Finish Line Judge

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsor for this event:

    

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with the Nolichucky Beer League!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #3 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #2

The second event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was a new event format for us by racing up river.  We had a good turn out with 12 competitors joining in for some friendly attainment race competition with the Nolichucky Beer League!  We had a few spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the river bank.  The event was held in the Nolichucky River Gorge, TN on a nice mild evening with mostly cloudy skies.

The river level was around 950 CFS and spirits were high with many of the racers eager to give this new race event style a go!  The course start was up at a spot in the bottom of the gorge known as Cherokee Dam above the USA Raft river access.  The finish line was the river right eddy at the bottom of Twin Eddies (The last Class III rapid in the gorge) 1 mile upstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids racers had to ascend to make it to the finish line.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #2 Results:

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Curtis England (17:51)

2. Craig Wassinger (17:55)

3. Ryan Horn (19:44)

4. Matt Dalton (21:29)

5. Jeff Vannoy (23:02)

6. Wesley R. Bradley (29:53)

7. Josh Dalton (59:47)

8. Jamison Evans (1:05:52)

9. Ben Carr (*HE)

9. Andrew Price (*HE)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Andy Woods (1:07:15)

2. Kevin Masters (*HE)

*Honorable Effort!

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #2 Results)

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to our class winners of Event #2!

Event Highlights:

*It came down to virtual tie at the finish for 1st with some rubbing and racing by Curtis and Craig!It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing. It came down to virtual tie at the finish with some rubbing and racing.

*After the event many of the racers portaged around Twin Eddies to try the very challenging Gatekeeper attainment move above the rapid and venture deeper up into the gorge.

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE long boat demos for racers to try out.

*All competitors & volunteers who participated went home with a nice prize!

A big thank you goes out to our great volunteers for their help in event #2:

Ryan Horn – Registration & Race Course

Mike Potter – Photographer

Curtis England – Starter & Finish Line Judge

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsor for this event:

    

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with the Nolichucky Beer League!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #3 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

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