APE’s Nolichucky Gorge & Lower 1st Timer’s River Trips

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Date(s) - 08/29/2020
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Noli Gorge Trip @ 11:00 A.M.<br>Lower Noli Trip @ 12:00 P.M.<br>

It’s time for our club’s crown jewel river trips on the Gorge andLower Noli!

We are going to keep it “Safe is Sexy” style being mindful of the on going pandemic. Masks will be required for the shuttle ride(s). USA Raft will be happy to accommodate post shuttle rides for anyone who wants to drive up separate over Covid concerns. We are encourage social distancing while on the river and on land throughout the day for additional Covid precautions. Please do not participate if you are feeling symptomatic or have tested positive in the past 14 days.

River Trip Logistics:

~NOLICHUCKY GORGE River Trip (Class III/IV*) lead by APE’s Cruise Director, Wesley R. Bradley.

Cost: The club will cover $5.00/Eachfee for all current APE members to ride the USA Raft bus shuttle (includesparking pass).

*Please be mindful of the water level for the day and your whitewater skill set. Please also ensure you bring a whitewater boat suitable for the river conditions. Low water flow (<600 CFS) will be more technical with a creek like feel and broaches will occur more often without good boat control. Higher water flow (1,200> CFS) will be more pushy and swims can be long and boat/gear lose can occur. We will have the trip from 250 – 3,000 CFS. However, to ensure the safety of all participants on this trip we may require 1st timers to execute a few basic paddling maneuvers and/or practice rolls/self rescue in flat water to qualify at the put-in before we head on down the river, if the river flow is not in optimal ranges (600-1,200 CFS).

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (This will be the trip take-out) at 11:00 A.M. When you arrive on site go to USA Raft store to fill out waiver, pay $5 (if not an APE member) and get parking pass. USA Raft will be shuttling our group up to the put-in using one of their raft buses and a boat trailer. This will make our logistics for shuttlingvery easy and our cars will be waiting for us back at the take out when weget off the river!

~LOWER NOLICHUCKY River Trip (USA Raft Outpost to Sawmill – Class I-II) lead by Steve Davis.

Plan to play a lot and maybe even stop & go swimming with a snack break included to make it afun day on the lower!

Meet at the USA Raft Outpost (This will be the trip put-in) at 12:00 P.M. to set shuttle for the Lower Noli Trip. When you arrive on site go to USA Raft store to get free parking pass. Mention APE event for free parking pass.

We will not be hosing an after river trip picnic this year due to Covid concerns. USA Raft will have food trucks on site to purchase you some grub after your river trip.

If you do wish to bring adult beverages for after river refreshment, USA Raft has asked that you drink them from a cup (NO glass or cans!).

~What to bring:
•$5.00 (if not an APE member) per person for shuttle/parking pass for Noli Gorge run.
•Sign waiver and/or pick up parking pass at USA Raft Store
•Appropriate whitewater boat, paddle & gear that you own(Yes, I will sing the song while we are loading!)

To sign-ups for this event please send the following information for each person attending to Wesley R. Bradley:
1.Full name
2.River running section (Gorge or Lower)
3.Are you a first timer on the run?
Please e-mail, text or message Wesley with your RSVP by Thursday, 8/27/2020.

If you are coming from out of town for this event and need aplace to stay overnight or for the weekend USA Adventure Resort is offering a 15% discount to event participants. Just mention “APE First Timers Trip” when booking for discount. Contact them direct at (800) 872-7238.

~Event Contacts:
Noli Gorge River Trip – Wesley R. Bradley: 423-647-1321, dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com
Lower Noli River Trip – Steve Davis: 423-431-8463, stevietodd8463@gmail.com

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you on the Noli!