Trip reports

Middle Haw Novice Trip

Event Date: 
05/14/2017
River/Location: 
Haw
Trip Skill: 
Novice

Initially planned as a Saturday trip to the Pony Pasture on the James, water levels and other commitments shifted the trip to Sunday. The James was in too high for a novice trip so after checking regional gages the group decided on the middle Haw as a fallback. 

The river levels, water temps, and weather all came together perfectly for a nice, relaxed day. In addition to the usual scenery we saw lots of wildlife, including bald eagles, ospreys, herons, and the odd snake basking riverside.

Lower Green Novice Trip May 11th

Event Date: 
05/11/2017
River/Location: 
Green
Trip Skill: 
Novice

Today the level was similar to a low summer release. Tom and Florrie joined me for a lap down the lower green. It was fun but scrappy. Play hole is really playful at this level and worth some park and play.

Lower Green Novice Trip May 9th

Event Date: 
05/09/2017
River/Location: 
Green
Trip Skill: 
Novice

The river level is slowly dropping. Unless the power house is repaired or there is more ran next week might be iffy.

We had abigger group of five today with some novice boaters. The weather was almost hot and the river was refreshing. There were only a few swims and alsmost everyone tried something new.

Lower Green Novice Trip May 9th

Event Date: 
05/09/2017
River/Location: 
Green
Trip Skill: 
Novice

Tuesday, May 9th was a great day to be on the water. The level was just over a typical 100%. No novices showed up but David, Merriddee, and I had fun catchin eddies, surfing waves and making attainments. Looking forward to the next two days as well.

Ocoee Shoulder Season II

Event Date: 
05/06/2017
River/Location: 
Ocoee
Trip Skill: 
Intermediate

Saturday was wet cool and cloudy but Joe Marincel showed up for some more Ocoee fun. We ran two laps before we were cold and hungry but river traffic was fun and we worked several of the fun challenge moves along the way. Sunday was much more sunny but a little cool. River traffic picked up a bit and the Kellogg Show infested all the play sopts etc as they paddled down the river; they cause many of us to laugh and smile. Those kids surfed everything on the rive including Double Suck.

Ocoee Shoulder Season

Event Date: 
04/29/2017
River/Location: 
Ocoee
Trip Skill: 
Intermediate

Raft and kayak traffic were even lower than expected. Joe Marincel met me early at the take-out Saturday morning. We ran two laps together. Joe got soe great combat rolls in Table Saw. I ran a third lap solo in the afternoon and tested the depth of Hell's Half Mile; it is still very shallow but my helmet still works quite well. Saturday night at my outpost the kids got a little noisy but I still got up early Sunday to eat and go kayak. The kids wrecked their raft at Grumpy's with a hit so hard the trainer nearly got ejected.

April 21 WNC Trip: Pigeon + Ocoee

Event Date: 
04/21/2017
River/Location: 
Other
Trip Skill: 
Intermediate

April 21 WNC Trip: Pigeon + Ocoee

OC2 on the Nantahala

Event Date: 
04/15/2017
River/Location: 
Nantahala
Trip Skill: 
Novice+/Intermediate

We Swam! 

Over the winter I outfitted my 16' Old Town Canoe Penobscot with a spray deck. This is in an effort to get my wife out white water paddling with me more and also to take on less water in the canoe.

I decided that the Nanty would be the best trip to test out the spray deck since last time we paddled the canoe on the Nanty it swamped several times. I posted the trip and had one paddler express interest in joining, and then he was a no show. 

Great Spring paddling week to the Cumberland Plateau

Event Date: 
03/26/2017
River/Location: 
Other
Trip Skill: 
Intermediate

There are still openings for the April 9 - 15 week of this activity (the last week it will occur this year).  If you miss it this year, there will be three weeks of this trip on 2018.  Contact Kirk at one of the links below to enquire about participating.

MMRT 2017 Trip Report

Event Date: 
01/21/2017
River/Location: 
Mayo
Trip Skill: 
Novice+

Yeah I did Spam you and your Momma for a few months. It seems to have worked. Thank you everyone who made the trip. You kindness is inspiring as is the Ministry distributing the food. I am so very thankful you guys made this happen. 

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