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Chris Gragtmans is planning a 12 hour distance paddle on the French Broad this spring. We will just say that he’s and absolute animal and may end up taking it all the way to the ocean in those 12 hours. The coolest part of it all, he’s doing it for charity! Here’s his note below, with donation links included! Good luck Chris!!

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Hello All!

I wanted to reach out and tell you about a special project that I have in the works for this spring.  I’ve been hoping to do this one for a while, and it seems as though the pieces are finally falling into place.

In about a month, I will start from the source of the French Broad River in NC, and paddle as fast and as far as I possibly can in 12 hours.  The journey will begin with a team on the steep class V stretches of the North Fork of the French Broad and hopefully Courthouse Creek(with a 40 foot waterfall if water levels and wood conditions permit).  The French Broad will then flatten out and I will paddle the rest of the way solo.  The focus will be to make as many miles as possible as the river winds its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It will be an incredible trip, and I’ll be able to see parts of these mountains that I never have before.  This challenge will need to be tentative since it depends on rain to make the class V sections possible.  My goal is a day in early to mid April.

I would love it if you could support this cause!  I have chosen to work with several non-profits that are doing great things.  Feel free to browse through the links below to donate and see why I have chosen each of these organizations:

First Descents

American Whitewater

Western North Carolina Alliance

In addition to contributing to a good cause, there will be prizes from Astral BuoyancyTerraVida, Immersion Research, Dagger, and other sponsors for donators.  Prizes will be awarded for largest donations, best guess of river miles traveled, and other categories.

Thanks so much for supporting organizations that are doing good things in the world, and I will keep you updated as this project develops!

Chris Gragtmans