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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 5:19 pm 
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Hi all,

I am seeking advice and information. I want to use my March Break this year (March 16th - 20th) to practice my playboating skills in preparation for this year's ORCKA moving water instructor's course in April.

The problem is I live north of Lake Superior and we won't have any running water near us until well into late April or early May.

I was thinking of a road trip, but to where? The southern US??? Any river with class II-III would do.

I would also like to go some where I could find a group to paddle with since it is unlikely I could find someone to take off work to go with me.

Any suggestions?

Gord


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 5:28 pm 
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Hi Gord,
Three words..... Ain't Louie Fest :D :D
Tennesse / North Carolina...... Sweet!!!!
Its all open boaters......and many from Ontario.
When? March Break
The best place to get info is cboats.net forum
We've been down there the last two years.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 5:35 pm 
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Al,

Thanks, I will check into it.

Gord


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 6:06 pm 
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You could come out to calgary/banff area we have the kananaskis river wich is dam controlled(so you can paddle 12 months of the year) and reworked for whitewater competitions,we also get chinooks so + 20 in march is quite possible


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 8:17 pm 
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Yup......the Kan's upgrades are fantastic, I was out there is past sping. :clap: We should be heading back out this Aug, as the Nationals and Pan-Am's will be held there.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 8:40 pm 
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Thanks,

I googled the Kananaskis. it looks very good. A definite possibility. I looks like there a number of clubs and paddle shops round that may be able to connect me with some people to paddle with as well.

Gord


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 8:45 pm 
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Yep.....you can rent play boats from those shops but another option is the U of C outdoor rec department.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 9:17 pm 
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Gord,

Tennessee...seriously you won't regret it. We've been the last 2 years. Unfortunately we can't make it this year :x :x
The target this year (pending water) is Walden's Ridge but there's boaters going everywhere. Chris Kelly is a guy you shoud tap into. His tastes are about what you are looking for.
Wednesday on the Tellico....you'll love it
Some of our friends are going down this year from Ottawa
Haven't touched base with the Toronto crowd yet but I'm sure you could find a share
The drive's not that bad once you get out of the snow
Cheers
EDIT.... there are river options as well as creeks....
If you can get out to the Little in Gatlinburg area it makes for a nice warm up....12 miles and it goes from class 2 up to the last km of class 4 ending in the sinks......the part after the sinks is decent class 3 very pretty and the road is right along the section. It would be a small river as apposed to a creek
There is a camping option at the Soaring eagle campground (?) and a number of paddlers always camp so you'll find company

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2009, 9:20 pm 
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Interesting link on some of the upgrades done on the kan this summer
http://watch.discoverychannel.ca/#clip108766
also a link to a paddle forum
http://www.calpaddle.com/calpaddle/category-view.asp


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 6:34 am 
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Gail,

Thanks for the lead on Tennessee. Much appreciated.

Gord


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 8:26 am 
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Gord anytime.
Al can fill you in if you have any questions. The american whitewater page with the gauges is super helpful. Since we were an hour out and paddling on the lower end of the spectrum sometimes (Al and Stew were actually allowed some days to go on their own :lol: :wink: ) we used it daily to make decisions but you won't need to; Louie brings the readouts to the dinner bell and if you don't like what he and his crew are doing there's always at least two other options going out. I would really adivse you stay intown or camping to hook up.
We stayed in Pigion forge in a cabin but we were loking for a vacation and a little feeling of lux. If you can hack a week in the econo lodge (500 meters from the breakfast meeting spot) or even camping) soaring eagles is just outside of town; then for a single student I'd recommend that.
Bring your cold weather gear. Last year the first day on the Tremont was a snow blizzard.....aka light dusting for us Canadians :) :D
an extra paddle or two might be wise as well. They have a few more rocks
anywho.....I'm not going so I'll talk your fool ear off.
If you decide to go, I can get you the phone and location of our friends going down. One took the course you're going on if you're curious about the non paddling component.
others about your speed would be Helen (the helenator) from MI, Craig from Mass (a real nice guy), never got to hook up with Wendy from AL but she was very gracious, Crunchy from NC is just a hoot, you'll love him, no shortage of conversation. There's a couple crews from the north.
There are some stuff below your requitements. While we loved takig the girls to the Nanty it's sort of longer Palmers rapids, except for the last rapid which is the only 3. there's a section on Clear creek in the Obed system that was a snooze even for our girls. (barnett to jet)
oh, if you paddle with louie he likes creeks (and the sun comes up in the morning) elbo guards aren't a bad idea.

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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 6:05 pm 
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Thanks Gail now our secret is out..... sure tell the world that we're kissing cousins & roomies :tsk: :D :D
To add to my cousins comments......there will be a lot of Canucks down there so you won't feel out of place.
Also its the best opportunity for you to meet most of the best canoest in North America and all in one place.... The likes of Andrew Westward , Mark Scriver, Paul Mason, Eli, Team Esquif and many more.
You'll see in my Avatar which is of me boofing Baby Falls on the Upper Telico that there is lots of great paddling to be had. But if boofing drops on class III/IV plus continuous creeks in canoes isn't your thing....don't worry as Gail said there are many class II/III rivers to be had.

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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 8:23 pm 
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bhah.....what you yipping about.....
it was a biiiiiigggg cabin and you had coconut rum and control of the remote :wink:

hey, if you want a day off, the hiking in the smokies is fabulous

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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 8:53 pm 
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Al and Gail,

Thanks very much for your suggestions. I am serious about going to Tennessee. I just have to work out some details here at home to make it happen.

Would you be able to pm me a contact person I could maybe meet up with when I get down there?

Gord


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PostPosted: January 28th, 2009, 9:19 pm 
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Gord,
Either, Chris Kelly or Louie would be two of the best contacts for the 09 ALF.

Either of these two threads should put you in contact with them, one even has Louie's phone # on it, they're all great folks to go boaten with.
It was Louie that guided my girls down the Upper Telico...... and the really cool part about this man, when we came to Baby Falls my girls were unsure about doing the drop ( ages 11 & 12 ) he swam the falls to show them how safe it really was ( head first ). You can see the artical about Aliesha in the summer 07 edtion of Rapid Mag. called Splish Slash by Carole Westwood.
http://www.cboats.net/cforum/viewtopic.php?t=7959531
http://www.cboats.net/cforum/viewtopic.php?t=7959244

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