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You are not Pat Keller, but you can paddle with him on the Nolichucky Gorge during NoliFest!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 26, 2016)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce another of its Paddle with the Pro Sessions with Pat Keller.  Pat is a Liquidlogic Factory Team paddler and one of the most well known iconic figureheads in our sport today.  Pat’s paddling portfolio is filled with first D’s, inspiring the old-school renaissance, expeditions and awards like: Canoe & Kayak’s Male Paddler of the Year, Multiple Green Race Championships and ‘Rey del Rio’ Waterfall World Championship title.

This river jam session is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on downriver freestyle techniques (Get ready for lots of rocks spins, splats and eddy line tricks).  Pat will share ideas and concepts to help you get to the next level of your paddling.  This session 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-IV water and have a reliable roll.  Session will be limited to 20 students.  This session will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.


SESSION OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from Pat Keller—need we say more?!?

SESSION PREREQUISITES: participants must have run the Nolichucky GORGE before, have a competent to bombproof roll and willing to prove this at the put-in.  If anyone misses their roll there Pat reserves the right to turn anyone away.  All minors under age of 18 must be accompanied by parent/guardian on river trip.


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

WHEN: Sat, April 2, 2016

TIME: Meet at 11:00 A.M. for clinic after WORLDAKAYAK BoaterX Race

COST: $35 for APEs members; $45 for non-APEs members (tuition includes APEs membership).                                         Non-Refundable after Mar 26 unless replacement found.

SESSION SIZE: Classes will be limited to 20 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for their own lunch/snacks on the river.

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 kayak for river play, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag

Pat will have some Liquidlogic demo boats on hand at this event to try out!


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 http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the session using PayPal.  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. Mail: Click 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 to their session payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Session/Courses not listed in Registration 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