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Nolichucky Gorge – June 13 & 14, 2009

Levels had been holding well on the Nolichucky Gorge and several of us decided to get a14770 weekend of camping and paddling at the Noli.  Robbie G., Jeff R. and I set up a trip for the weekend and where joined by Jerry H., Mike H. and Micheal B. for a run on Saturday June 13th.  In addition to having had a pretty good late winter and spring with rain we had some rain earlier in the week so level where holding pretty good.  The day was turning sunny but not hot,  just warm and the water was running about 1250 cfs and crystal clear.  After meeting up, loading boats and dressing out at Uncle Johnny’s Hostel to pick up our shuttle we headed over the mountain to the put-in. (more…)

A Season for Wilson Creek Gorge – March to June 2009

14416It been a wet late winter and spring after to many years of drought, and brought consistent flow back to Wilson Creek Gorge we have not seen for quite a while.  I’ve gotten on this pristine gem of a class 4+ to 5 run numerous times this year and had some great paddles with old and new friends. (more…)

Kibler – Dan 1 May and July 2009 – We got water!!!

15645This season on Kibler Dan-1,  which starts up at the Pinnacles Hydro Station has been a excellent year.  Its been at least 8 to 10 years since we have had water consistently.  Rains have been plentiful this year after 8 years of drought.  The Dan begins above the hydro station in the Meadows of the Dan high up the mountain above where springs form the headwaters of the Dan river.  Flowing from two reservoirs up the Pinnacles of the Dan gorge the water is deverted by flume to the Pinnacles Hydro Station located at the end Kibler Valley Virginia.  Here section 1 of the Dan proper begins at to outflow pool of the hydro powerstation starting out with a nice initialy creeky run just below the outflow. (more…)

White Top Laurel – Top to Iron Bridge, May 9, 2009

Got plenty of rain and by Wednesday White Top Laurel (WTL) was running high,  with14318 more rains on Wed. and Thurs., so by Friday the creek was +24″,  assuring that there would still be plenty of flow even after the rains had stopped for a Saturday run.  Bill H. c-1, John Van L. k-1 and myself k-1 settled on going to WTL and met up in Damacus Va. down near the take-out on Saturday morning.  WTL was running about +8″ on the local Iron bridge gauge and the usgs was showing 1850cfs on S. Fork Holston at Damascus which usually correlates pretty good as WTL is normally the key contributor.  This was an excellent flow.

We set our shuttle from the Iron Bridge take-out and just as we where leaving a couple showed up with boats, looking about like they wanted to paddle but did’nt know the run.  So we stopped and met Chad and Jennie both k-1.  As it turns out they where wanting to do WTL but where new to the run and didn’t know much about it.  After a little discussion we offer to have them join us,  which they quickly accepted. (more…)

Watagua Gorge – April 25, 2009

Darron P. and myself joined Will, Mike and Scott at Watagua Gorge on Saturday April 25th.  It was a nice late April day, with gauge level around 145 cfs,  so it was a low water run, but the best show around.  Sugar Grove gauge upstream was reading in the 145 cfs range, but  skies where sunny and we had temps into the 70’s so it was a great late April day for paddling Watagua Gorge. (more…)

Wilson Creek Gorge – Sat. 4/18/09 at -5.5″

12449Rains had come and gone early in the week but fortunately Wilson Creek held enough for a low but doable fun run.  With no particular plans,  I headed over to this gem of a gorge and looked around for people to hook up with for the day.  It wasn’t long before a couple of CCC’ers came along, Larry & Leslie S. and Wes all in k-1 so we through together set shuttle and headed downstream on this sunny and warm day.  Level on this first run was about -5 1/2″ (John’s River gauge around 300 cfs). (more…)

Easterchucky Run – Nolichucky Gorge – Friday 4/10/09

14152With rain recently the Nolichucky was starting to hold pretty good,  so several of us set a trip for Good Friday of Easter Weekend (which we have traditionally called Easterchucky weekend in our local paddling club).  Friday dawn a bit gray and overcast with forcasters predictions of heavy rains late evening,  but advising a nice sunny day till evening.  So met up at the takeout campground, arranged shuttle, and headed over the mountain to the put in.  Quickly putting on we where starting to wonder about our day, it was suddenly turning cold to the point you could see your breath, and we had just had a frog strangler of a downpour.   Well about the time we  started to warm up at the play wave just below the railroad bridge above entrance rapid,  the skies clear, sun came out, and it turned into a beautiful warm sunny day for early April. (more…)

Back Fork of the Elk – Webster Springs WV – April 4th, 2009

14069Darron P. and myself had been wanting to get out and get up into West Virgina on some new water.  This particular weekend was the Webster Springs WV wild and Wonderful Whitewater festival and the weather was putting rain down hard in WV Friday morning,  on Friday night we headed to the gathering.  On Saturday morning the Back Fork of the Elk had gone to over 7 foot overnight and looked like it was going to be around 6.8′ by the time we would get on joining a good size group from the campground. (more…)

Wilson Creek Gorge at 12″ – 3/29/09

Well,  Sunday 3/29 came and as I had missed due to other obligations paddling the day before on Saturday and missing good opportunities from rain at the end of the week,  I tookoff to Wilson Creek Gorge by myself thinking it was going to be zero or at most plus an inch or two.  When I arrived I ran into friends from CCC who where at the gauge.   Well all I can say is “Gulp, is that +12″ – Wow er’a Whoah”.   Well I had only a few weeks before done my highest run at around 8 to 9 inches.   Well the group decided to go for it.

Right off it was a different beast even compared to 8-9 inches.  Some of the early ledges it was very pushy to eddy out between without being blow down into to the next ledge,  12619 pushy was the word here.  However a couple of places were definitely easier.  At little Woodall everyone made sure to push hard right and hammer down and out the tongue,  this was not a hydraulic you wanted to end up in this day. (more…)