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July 4th Road Ride: Tour De Tj

Dave Clark

Join me on a patriotic, 4th of July, ride as we celebrate our nation’s independence! We’ll pay homage to the principal author of the Declaration of Independence by cycling past 3 local Thomas Jefferson (affectionately termed “TJ” for the rest of the trip description) points of interest: Monticello, the Rotunda, and Shadwell, TJ’s birth-town. Ooooh, and as a bonus we’ll …

Easy Float Down the James River

Dave Clark

Sunday’s forecast looks excellent: highs around 80 with much less humidity than we’ve had as of late, so lets go for a lazy float down the James River from Howardsville to Warren. That stretch of river is but a few miles and is mostly flat and wide. Toward the end of the run we’ll get to several small islands where …

Intermediate-advanced Ww Kayaking – Downtown Richmond

Dave Clark

We won’t have many more chances to leave work/class early during the week to run the James in Richmond. The James through this section at current level should only be run by intermediate-advanced paddlers. You should have paddled in atleast class 3 rapids numerous times, and should be able to hit your roll in flat water. If you are not …

Intro To White Water Kayaking – Learning The Basics

Dave Clark

Have you ever wanted to try white water kayaking? Whether you’re an adrenaline junky looking for another extreme sport to quench your thirst, or like leisurely cruising down rivers with the sun on your shoulders, white water kayaking is the next outdoor recreational activity you should try! This class is designed to teach you the basics of white water kayaking: …

Beginner – Advanced White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

Not sure where we’ll go quite yet, depends on the river levels. But I can promise we’ll find white water suitable for beginners. By tomorrow most of the recent local river volume increase should have flown downstream and into the James, eventually making its way to Richmond. So hopefully, the James through Richmond will be nice and white (and not …

Intro To White Water Kayaking – Learning The Basics

Dave Clark

Have you ever wanted to try white water kayaking? Whether you’re an adrenaline junky looking for another extreme sport to quench your thirst, or like leisurely cruising down rivers with the sun on your shoulders, white water kayaking is the next outdoor recreational activity you should try! This class is designed to teach you the basics of white water kayaking: …

Beginner-Intermediate White Water Kayaking – Moorman’s River

Dave Clark

The Moorman’s River rarely runs this time of year. This swift, shallow creek-like river comes up after heavy rain fall (YAY! rain!!), then quickly drops, so should be at a fun level tomorrow afternoon if the forecast holds. To go on this trip, you should have some river experience, but it is not required. The only requirement is that you …

Kayak Roll Class

Dave Clark

Being able to roll your kayak back up after you tip over is essential to getting over the beginner level of white water kayaking. This class will teach you the mechanics of the eskimo roll, with several variations. I’ll provide instructions, as well as pictures from the book that tought me. This class is for experienced paddlers who want to …

Kayaking the Rivanna

Dave Clark

The Rivanna is a great river for beginners to test their paddling skills and have fun running through the class I and II rapids. Sorry about the short notice ๐Ÿ™ Tuesday is the only day this week that doesn’t have thunderstorm forecasts. Outdoors at UVa provides: boats, skirts, pfds, helmets, noseplugs, splash jackets, paddles You must bring: swimwear, towel, sunscreen, …

Kayak Roll Class

Dave Clark

The eskimo roll is a necessary tool for advanced white water kayaking. If you want to learn how to roll your boat back up after flipping over, come out to Beaver Creek this Friday night for a couple of hours. I’ll be teaching the techniques involved in 2 different types of rolling – the sweep roll and the hip-snap roll. …

kayaking the James in Richmond

Dave Clark

I plan on heading out to Richmond to kayak the lower James this Saturday. This trip is for beginner AND advanced paddlers. For beginners, or those who have little, but some paddling experience, we’ll put in on the upper section at the Pony Pasture parking lot and run this 5 mile section through class I and II rapids. After this …

Mountain Biking at Sherando Lake

Dave Clark

This ride is one of my favorites in VA and is considered one of the best climbs in the state, and because it’s a loop it also has an excellent down hill section. This 21 mile loop starts on FS road 42 at 1,595′ elevation, and takes you up to the top of Bald Mountain (3,587′), then continues down the …

Intro to White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

This trip is a two-day introductory course on how to white water kayak. It begins Friday night at 8 at my place with a brief pre-trip meeting to pick out and organize gear. Saturday morning at 10 weโ€™ll leave my place and head to Beaver Creek (~7 miles west, just before Crozet) to familiarize ourselves with the boats, learn basic …

Backpacking at Dolly Sods

Dave Clark

Who wants to do some summer backpacking? Don’t worry, it will be much cooler where we’re going. Dolly Sods is a wilderness area in the mountains of West Virginia. It offers a challenging hike, spectacular views, some wildlife, waterfalls to play in, and a chance to get out of Charlottesville for a weekend. The loop we’ll do is ~16 miles, …

Intro to White Water Kayaking II

Dave Clark

This trip is a two-day introductory course on how to white water kayak. It begins Saturday morning at 10 at my place where each person will pick out their boat and organize their gear. We’ll then head to Walnut Creek (~10 miles south) to familiarize ourselves with the boats, learn basic paddling techniques and maneuvers, and practice T-rescues, wet exits, …

Balcony Falls

Dave Clark

Balcony Falls is a fun and easy class 3 rapid along the mid-James near a town called Glasgow. It offers a great play hole with some fun surf waves and 2 nice big eddies on either side. With the water levels plummeting, it soon won’t be worth taking the 1.5 hour long drive to go play in it. At the …

Trail Maintenance/Riding at Walnut Creek Park

Dave Clark

Walnut Creek Park is one of my favorite places to ride in Virginia, and it’s only 10 miles away! The park offers numerous trail networks, from wide gravel roads to tight, technical, single track, for all skill levels. The trails are also used for day hiking, trail running, and golf Frisbee. The first Saturday of each month (this Sat.) is …

Beginner-intermediate WW kayaking

Dave Clark

The water is back up with all of the rain we’re having!! But won’t last unless it continues to rain (which is the forecast for the entire week ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to head out to Glasgow for some class I-III white water, if the water level gets high enough and if its not storming. If the water doesn’t reach a …

Intermediate-advanced White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

The original trip has been modified – this section of the james is at 11 ft and flowing at 25K CFS – near record levels! I’ve done it at 6 ft, so do not know the river at this level…but still want to go! Do NOT sign up unless you’ve paddled plenty of times in big water (at least class …

PARTY!!

Dave Clark

This Saturday night me and 2 of my roommates are having a party to wish a fond and intoxicating farewell to our other roommate. Each of us are supposed to invite our personal group of friends, so I’m inviting you all! Last time we did this it worked out really well with the diversity. I bring in green outdoorsy folks …

Trail Riding at Walnut Creek Park

Dave Clark

Walnut Creek Park is one of my favorite places to ride in Virginia, and itโ€™s only 10 miles away! The park offers numerous trail networks, from wide gravel roads to tight, technical, single track, for all skill levels. If you are a complete beginner, Walnut Creek is a great place to learn and the clubsโ€™ awesome new bikes are great …

Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

An intermediate section of the upper James River as it flows through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The put-in is on the Maury River at Glasgow, VA just before it flows into the James. 100 yards after the put-in, the paddler is confronted with a challenging Class II rapid. Upon entering the James, the paddler will enjoy some gentle surfing waves. …

The Rivanna River is…

Dave Clark

…rolling! Due to all of the rain, this local river is as high as I’ve seen it. This time of year it usually is at the tail end of its run-able season with water just trickling over the 3 class II rapids. Right now those class IIs are border line class III with plenty of surf waves and a few …

Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

An intermediate section of the upper James River as it flows through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The put-in is on the Maury River at Glasgow, VA just before it flows into the James. 100 yards after the put-in, the paddler is confronted with a challenging Class II rapid. Upon entering the James, the paddler will enjoy some gentle surfing waves. …

Kayaking in Richmond (Pony Pasture run)

Dave Clark

The Pony Pasture run is the upper half of the area famous white water trip through Richmond and starts at the Pony Pasture parking area, just off Riverside drive, and ends at Reedy Creek, just before the more difficult section. The 4 mile Pony Pasture run offers 3 class II rapids and 1 class II-III wave field. Iโ€™ve never paddled …

Hiking/Swimming White Oak Canyon

Dave Clark

This month’s edition of Blue Ridge Outdoors and the recent heat wave have inspired me to pick a trail in the Shenandoah to hike/swim. The White Oak Canyon trail is a nice, moderate 5 mile circuit hike with 5 sets of falls along the way. Sorry about the short notice. I thought Sat. was supposed to rain all day but …

Climbing at Peak Experiences

Dave Clark

We’ll be spending the day near Richmond at Peak experiences, one of the nicest climbing gyms in VA. This trip is suitable for all levels. If you’ve never climbed (I know of a couple people going who haven’t), we’ll spend some time before we leave going over the basics, for you’ll have to take a short and easy belay test …

Kayaking The Middle James

Dave Clark

The middle James (Balcony Falls run) is mostly class I and II rapids with 1 easy class III rapid. This trip is good for all levels (except complete beginners), depending on the water level. If the level is too high, we’ll go some where more appropriate, like the Moormans (class II-III) or the Pony Pasture Run down the James in …

Intermediate-Advanced White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

This time of year most of the local rivers are too low to run, except for just after heavy rain fall. The James through Richmond, however, is typically runnable year round. We’ll be running the intermediate-advanced lower section as it drops through downtown (almost literally!:) At mid-high water this can be a very dangerous 3.5 miles of white water making …

Trail Maintenance and Riding at Walnut Creek Park

Dave Clark

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the monthly trail work day at Walnut Creek Park. Time to give back, for those of you biking/running/hiking enthusiasts who use the trails. If you plan on using the trails there at some point this is a great way to check them out, and a good service to your future use and the use of others. Or …

Beginner-Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

Its time for you newbie paddlers to put your skills to the test, or for you beginners-intermediates to practice your skills. We’ll find an intermediate stretch of white water at low level and run it. Most likely the Balcony Falls run on the middle James. Usually a class 2-3 run, is running class 1-2 with one class 3 drop – …

Mountain Biking at Sherando Lake

Dave Clark

This ride is one of my favorites in VA and is considered one of the best climbs in the state, and because it’s a loop it also has an excellent down hill section. This 21 mile loop starts on FS road 42 at 1,595′ elevation, and takes you up to the top of Bald Mountain (3,587′), then continues down the …

Intermediate White Water Kayaking – Play Paddling

Dave Clark

I know a lot of you kayakers out there that have run rivers would like to try a different aspect of the sport – play paddling. I know a great place to learn or work on your moves – the middle James. The Balcony Falls run has a couple nice surf waves, spin holes, and wave trains for wave wheels …

Beginner-Intermediate WW Kayaking – Balcony Falls

Dave Clark

The middle-James is a nice run for all experience levels, depending on the water level, which right now is good for beginners-intermediates. This trip is for experienced beginners (someone who has been in a white water kayak) – intermediate paddlers. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU’VE TAKEN THE INTRO CLASS WITH ME OR CASE OR HAVE SIMILAR EXPERIENCE. Email or …

Intermediate-Advanced paddling in Richmond

Dave Clark

At current water level this fine section of the James through downtown Richmond is suitable for intermediates-advanced paddlers. There are mostly class 3 rapids with 1 class 4, which we’ll scout and then I’ll guide you through. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU’VE AT LEAST PADDLED CLASS 3 RAPIDS. It really helps, but you don’t need to have a solid …

Intermediate-Advanced WW Kayaking in Richmond

Dave Clark

At current water level this fine section of the James through downtown Richmond is suitable for intermediates-advanced paddlers. There are mostly class 3 rapids with 1 class 4, which we’ll scout and then I’ll guide you through. DO NOT SIGN UP UNLESS YOU’VE AT LEAST PADDLED CLASS 3 RAPIDS. It really helps, but you don’t need to have a solid …

Beginner-Intermediate WW kayaking

Dave Clark

What a great weekend to paddle! We just got dumped on with rain and the forecast calls for temps in the 80s. I’m not sure where we’ll go yet, depends on water levels. Richmond needs to drop a few feet to be safe, Balcony falls might be good, by Sunday the Maury might be too low…we’ll see. Where ever we …

Intermediate-Advanced WW Kayaking

Dave Clark

Extra hour of daylight = extra hour to kayak! Now we can start kayaking during the week…after work (for me that is, silly undergrads ๐Ÿ™‚ and as long as we get enough rain to keep the water up & run-able. Lets paddle the downtown section of the James through Richmond and end with some drinks and apps at Legends (local …

Hang Gliding & Sea Kayaking

Dave Clark

I’ve been looking forward to checking this off ‘my list of things to do before I die’ for a long time, and with the great discounts we get as a group/club, now’s my chance (and yours)! No experience required for hang gliding or sea kayaking. Trip Itinerary: We’ll leave for Manteo (where we’re camping, south of Nag’s Head) Friday at …

Beginner-Intermediate White Water Kayaking

Dave Clark

Sunday looks like a great day to paddle, but most of the local rivers are low ๐Ÿ™ The Rivanna (runs through town) is an excellent river to learn white water kayaking on, but won’t be much fun unless we get a lot of rain. The middle-James is a nice run for all experience levels, depending on the water level, which …

Paddlin’ Down the Rivanna

Dave Clark

It is time! The rivers aren’t up but spring is in the air. With its 3 class II and numerous class I rapids, the Rivanna is a great place to learn the basic maneuvers in white water kayaking and to get some river experience. I’ll be teaching such moves as eddying-in and out, ferrying, running rapids, and rolling to any …

Bike Maintenance 101

Dave Clark

The club’s bikes need some serious cleaning, and I need some help doing it! ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll spend 15 minutes or so learning general bike maintenance, then spend ~ an hour cleaning the chain rings, casettes, chain and rims, and adjusting the brakes. The club has 5 bikes so I’m posting the trip for 5 people. If you have a bike …

Cold White Water Paddling, Experienced Beginners-Advanced, Richmond

Dave Clark

This trip is for beginner AND advanced paddlers. For beginners, or those who have little, but some paddling experience, we’ll put in on the upper section at the Pony Pasture parking lot and run this 5 mile section through class I and II rapids. After this section, novice paddlers can return to C’ville and more advanced paddlers can run the …

Wintergreen!!

Dave Clark

Come join me for some Thursday night skiing/boarding at Wintergreen. We should be on the slopes by 6:30, and can leave at 10, giving us a good 3.5 hours to enjoy green, blue, and/or black trails (including their terrain park). I can add more people to the trip if people with cars sign up, so please sign up even if …

Spending the day at Wintergreen

Dave Clark

Wintergreen is at 100%! All 20 trails and both tubing parks are open from 9am-4:30pm. And then about half of the trails are open from 5-10pm. For season pass holders: your pass is good on Sundays from 12:30pm-10pm. If you don’t have a pass you can rent a day pass (9am-4:30pm) for $52, a twilight pass (12:30pm-10pm) for $52, or …

Skiing/Snowboarding at Wintergreen

Dave Clark

Welcome back everyone! As long as there’s snow at Wintergreen and I’m in town, I’ll be heading up there twice a week to snowboard, starting this Thursday for some night boarding(/skiing). I’m setting the attendee limit to 4, since that’s as many people/gear I can take. But please sign up even if the trip is full cause I can expand …

Kayak Roll Class

Dave Clark

This Saturday I’ll be at Walnut Creek teaching the Eskimo roll to anyone who wants to learn to roll their white water kayak back up after it tips over. In order to participate you must be comfortable under the water in a boat and are prepared for cold water conditions. Dress warm, in layers, and bring lots of warm fuzzy …

Intro to kayak paddling at Walnut Creek

Dave Clark

This trip is intended for complete beginners – those who have never been in a white water kayak. Do NOT sign up if you have white water kayaked before. If you want to run down a river through rapids, learning the basic techniques first is a must. We’ll spend a couple hours at Walnut Creek Park learning and practicing basic …

Mountain Biking – Douthat State Park

Dave Clark

A couple years ago Blue Ridge Outdoors sited Douthat State Park as “the best mountain bike location in Virginia”, and ever since I read that I’ve wanted to go. (I don’t know why I’ve never been :0 ) I don’t know much about the trails other than what I’ve read, so if you’d like to do some exploring with me …

Mountain Biking at Sherando Lake

Dave Clark

This ride is one of my favorites in VA and is considered one of the best climbs in the state, and because it’s a loop it also has an excellent down hill section. This 21 mile loop starts on FS road 42 at 1,595′ elevation, and takes you up to the top of Bald Mountain (3,587′), then continues down the …