Post by Tony Daniel on May 13, 2014 12:48:56 GMT -5
I'm locked out of my access email account.and expect to be so for at least a couple more days, so post or message me through the forum if you have needs or concerns about the beginner clinic.My email is through the state board of ed so I'll have to deal with some bureacracy to get it workin' again.
Toney, as stated before. I'll help any way I can. Maybe not to lead a pod - but assist, extra set of eyes, wrangle swimmers boats, so on. Lila and I should get there Friday afternoon. Bring my trailer. Even with that there should be plenty of room for other campers to share the site.
Post by Angie Rosser on May 16, 2014 11:24:47 GMT -5
Really great to see all of the interest this year - the secret must be out - best $20 instruction you'll find and the best potluck of the summer! Looking forward to it. Thanks to Tony for leading this up again, and to all the volunteer instructors and gear-lenders.
Post by Tony Daniel on May 30, 2014 16:13:39 GMT -5
yep, I got it. Your email I sent this morning got kicked back. Perhaps I need to get some new eyes. Here's the message I sent out.
Eric, thank you for registering in the WVWA Beginner/Novice Whitewater Clinic. I have received your registration, fees, and ACA waiver form. Your $20.00 clinic fee includes the cost of a one day ACA Membership.
The clinic will begin at 9:00 am at Army Camp located on the New River near Prince, WV. The NPS website describes the access as: Army Camp - Located on an unmarked dirt road, off Route 41 near Prince. Coming from Beckley, it is the first left after crossing the New River. There are 11 drive-in tent and RV sites, some with partial shade.
This year we already have 30 participants signed up for the clinic. After an initial orientation from 9:00-11:00, we will split into two major groups: “novice paddlers” and “seasoned beginners”. The “novice paddlers” will remain at Army Camp to properly adjust their boats and practice wet exits before beginning on the water instruction. The “seasoned beginners” will head to the Glade Creek Access to practice braces, peelouts, ferries, and eddy turns as they paddle back to Army Camp. Seasoned beginners should already be comfortable wet exiting the boat and should already be able to paddle the boat in a straight line. Typically, the novice group does a shorter paddle from the Grandview Sandbar back to Army Camp in the late afternoon as part of the clinic. All participants will be split into pods with three or four others and a couple of instructors.
All paddlers should be off the water by 5:00 pm. Because we have a large clinic this year we need to be extra courteous to other park guests. We will leave boats on or in vehicles until we are ready to use them and we will double park to maintain some open spaces for other guests. If you are planning to camp, I encourage you to share your site and be aware that camping is first come, first serve. Other nearby campgrounds are located at the Grandview Sandbar and Glade Creek should Army Camp fill up.
After the clinic, many of us enjoy a campfire potluck dinner. I’ll be providing plates, utensils, napkins, and cups. Bring your own beverage of choice but please be respectful of other guests in the area.
On Sunday, June the 8th, there is a club trip from the Glade Creek to the Grandview Sandbar. We will be meeting at 10:00 am in the Grandview Sandbar Access Parking Lot. This allows other club members time to travel and meet for the trip. Typically that trip ends around 3:00.
What to Bring: A comfortable camp chair for the orientation, sunscreen and insect repellent, a hat to shield your face from the sun. Sack lunches- You’ll need to take it on the water with you if you are paddling on Sunday, on Saturday you can eat before heading out. Suitable water shoes- old tennis shoes work well and I find comfortable dry shoes and extra dry clothes are always nice. If your car has a non electronic valet key that is often the ideal key to use for shuttles. Bring something tasty for the potluck dinner in the evening and hear club member’s trade river stories. I’ll have a little bit of extra space in my camper’s fridge for potluck items that require refrigeration during the day before the dinner.
Questions: (304) 469-3719 or try the WVWA Message Forum
Thanks, Tony Daniel - Beginners Clinic Coordinator
Tony or anybody that may know. last time I was at Army Camp there was a lot of fallen trees in the woods, dead for a long time and to big or too much work for somebody with an Ax. I'll be bringing my small chain saw and my hand operated hydraulic log splitter. Can you use a chain saw at a Federal camp site? Do you need a special permit? Do you need to check the dead tree for endangered insect? I'm mean it's the Federal government! they have a regulation for everything!