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Nantahala Training Trip # 1. (Beginner Trips)

by d.britt @, Monday, July 01, 2013, 17:04 (1667 days ago)

It's time for the first training trip on the Nantahala!! I'll be your Trip Coordinator this week!!! The plan is to meet at the public put-in above Pattons Overlook at 11:00 a.m. Hopefully, we'll run shuttle, have our Safety Briefing/River briefing, and start peeling out of the eddy down river before noon.

Please, all novice kayakers have boat floatation and dress accordingly for this cold river!! Do NOT wear cotton clothing. A rash guard and a splash jacket/dry top would be the thing to wear for your comfort! Nantahala water is about 45 degrees on a hot summer day. It's COLD!! The forecast for saturday is 20% chance of rain and temps about 85 degrees, but the river water is still COLD!!

For those of you who have NOT paddled the Nantahala yet: If you have paddled the Hiwassee several times and the Tuck and least once, I am confident that you should not have much difficulty on the Nantahala. Experienced paddlers will help you navigate Pattons's Run and Nantahala Falls. REMEMBER, all paddlers must have a River PASS to paddle the nantahala. You can get get a one-day pass (cost $1) or a season pass (cost $5) at any outfitters along the river ( NOC, Endless Rivers.) Please try to get there early and buy a river pass in order to be on time at 11:00 a.m. I suggest you buy a season pass and you'll not have to worry about it the rest of the summer. If Park Rangers catch you on the river without a river pass, your fine/ticket will cost you about $150.00.

Experienced boaters are needed to safety boat, lead, and sweep on this trip!! I'll be looking for many of you to show up!!! This club exists in order to promote whitewater paddling, so show your club support by participating!!!

If you want to inform me that you are going or if you have questions/concerns about this trip, you can call me at 865-Three-7-six-373-two or e-mail me at

FYI: Last saturday the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club (The Chattanooga kayak club)had their first Nantahala training trip of the year. They were expecting 75 paddlers to show up but only 47 of them did. I hope ETWC can have a big attendence this week too!!! Also, for all you guys/girls who missed the Tuck training trip: I got to safety boat for David Fox. We got to paddle with 4 delightful ladies and had a great time!!! SYOTR.

Denzil Britt


Possible Change for Beginner Trip

by d.britt @, Friday, July 05, 2013, 07:26 (1664 days ago) @ d.britt

With all the rain and the expectation of more rain, we may have to move the Beginner trip to the Plateau. Flows on the nantahala are very high at this time according to AW. Stay tuned. I'll post a decision/new information before 6:00 p.m. tonight!!!

Denzil Britt


Changing This trip due to high CFS

by d.britt @, Friday, July 05, 2013, 12:42 (1663 days ago) @ d.britt

The novice paddling trip to the nantahala river is being CHANGED to Clear Creek or The Emory River due to high water on the Nantahala. The nantahala river is running over 2000 cfs right now when normal releases are about 700 cfs. Western NC is also expecting more rain today/tonight.

Our new Novice trip plan is to meet at the NPS vistitor's center/ranger station in Wartburg at 11:00 a.m. We'll check gage readings and choose a safe level creek to paddle! The NPS Visitor Center is located behind the Court House in Wartburg. After getting to Wartburg, follow the brown NPS signs to the Visitor's center. Call me at 865-376-3732 if you have questions or need directions to Wartburg.

Denzil Britt


Changing This trip due to high CFS

by beth @, South Knox, Saturday, July 06, 2013, 15:52 (1662 days ago) @ d.britt

Thanks for planning-and replanning-the trip, Denzil. Hope you all made it through okay...a very wet day, indeed.

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