Echols Dorm: Brick Wall By Side Door
James River - Glasgow To Snowden (Balcony Falls)
Training session number two! For any beginner, intermediate, or advanced kayaker who is interested in getting more involved in whitewater kayaking, developing their paddling skills, and representing UVA at this year’s American Canoe Association Collegiate National Championship.
If you missed out on our first trip two weeks ago, that is okay, you are still welcome to come and try this out to see if this is something you would like to do! – still no obligations at this point.
The American Canoe Association is holding its Collegiate Championship in Dillsboro, NC on March 29th and 30th (you can check out more details at the above link), and we will creating a team to train together leading up to it. You will learn everything you’ll need to know, from rolling to navigating whitewater rapids, so paddlers of any levels are welcome! (Just as long as you are a UVA student, undergraduate or graduate)
Weather permitting, I would like to go to the Balcony Falls section of the James River near Glasgow, VA. It’s about an hour and a half away and a fairly easy stretch of river. (See the link below for more information) You should have either worked with me or taken an intro to whitewater kayaking course through the club prior to signing up, as you must be able to wet exit and T-rescue to come on this trip – You do not need to know how to roll. While on the river, I plan on working on rolls, paddle strokes, reading whitewater, and basic kayaking skills.
The weather is expected to be decent, but still cold (upper 40s). The club has some dry tops and wetsuits, so indicate if you will be needing any additional gear besides what you own to stay warm!! Even if you are borrowing club gear, you will still need SEVERAL NON-COTTON layers to wear on the river, shoes that will stay on your feet, and lots of warm clothes to change into after we get off the river. As long as the river is at a good level and the temperature does not drop too much we will be paddling!
THE CLUB PROVIDES: Kayaks, paddles, any other paddling gear- Please indicate when you sign up if you will need to use the club’s gear. Gas $$ is provided for drivers.
YOU PROVIDE: Bathing suit, towel, WARM CLOTHES, a change of clothes, $$ for food or snacks, any paddling gear you own
TIMES: I hope to be leaving Cville around 11PM and returning around 6PM.
I am NOT “leading” any river trips, I am only coordinating some transportation and logistics. YOU are responsible for your own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on this trip. Additionally, all participants must have read and must agree to abide by the American Whitewater Safety Code http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/safety:start? for the duration of the trip.
All who participate on this trip agree to participate as “Common Adventurers”.