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Do you want to learn how to go fast in kayak?

The Legendary Chris Hipgrave is joining the APEs for a GO FAST Session on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Feb 6, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce its first kayak racing clinic with Chris Hipgrave from the Nantahala Outdoor Center.  Chris is the current Ocoee Race Champion two years running and is on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine Athlete Team.  His name is always toward the top of the results in any race he enters!!  For those who do not know this British Bro make sure you check out his website for many of his racing accomplishments: http://chrishipgrave.com/

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running in modern whitewater racing kayaks in the context of a river trip.  It will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 11am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III water and have a reliable roll.  Course will be limited to 14 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure you register to reserve your spot.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Chris Hipgrave to GO FAST—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater, have winter paddling gear, and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability.  Min age is 14 and accompanied by parent/guardian.


WHERE: Nolichucky Gorge; meet at take-out at USA Raft: 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, TN 37650

WHEN: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

TIME: Meet at 11:00 A.M. for a full day clinic

COST: Clinic is FREE for APE’s (or TEHCC) members , but all participants will split USA Shuttle cost ($50.00), so bring some cash.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 14 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for their own lunch on the river.  We may have a BBQ dinner at the USA Raft take-out at the conclusion of the day if there is enough interest.

LODGING: Bunkhouse rooms available at take-out at USA Raft. Contact directly at 423-743-7111.

CAMPING: Available at take-out at Nolichucky Gorge Campground. Contact directly at 423-743-8876.


MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater racing kayak (+10′-0″), type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective winter clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag

Chris and the Jackson Action Wagon will have a few extra long boats for folks to borrow during this clinic on a first come first serve basis.  Contact Wesley to make long boat RSVP.


REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html.  After submitting your registration you will be directed to our APE’s PayPal website.  This clinic is FREE for APE’s (or TEHCC) members , so you can ignore this page and close your web browser.  However, APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Wesley R. Bradley: 243 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., Elizabethton, TN 37643. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee check to their form.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com to be placed on waiting list.


QUESTIONS: Contact Wesley at dangerousdraftingman@hotmail.com or 423-647-1321