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Falling Creek Movies and Reunion in Music City USA

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the McKee's home in Nashville, TN on 10-26-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the McKee's home in Nashville, TN on 10-26-11

Yates made his way down to Nashville, TN, on October 26, where Kate and Todd McKee hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Their sons, John and Mason, have been going to FCC for a few summers and Mason is excited that he will be going to the 4-week Main camp session this summer. Mason was a big help to Yates and his parents tonight in serving as a very gracious host.

A Large group of Families in Nashville, TN watch the Falling Creek Camp Movie at The McKee's HomeA Large group of Families in Nashville, TN watch the Falling Creek Camp Movie at The McKee's Home

It was a large group of both current camper and new families to Falling Creek. There were many Alumni that also came to show support. Hill Lenderman and Kemp Maxwell, June campers at FCC in the mid 80’s, brought their families. Kemp has three young boys who were coming to learn about their dad’s camp, and Hill’s son Walker will be going to Junior camp for his first time this summer. We all had a blast reviewing a copy of the 1984 Green and Gold book and found their names as a part of the Nature, Crafts and Mountaineering recognitions.

Will Weaver, also a Falling Creek Camper in the 80’s, is proud that his boys are now veteran FCC campers, following in dad’s footsteps. His older son, Will is coming back to Main camp for his fifth summer and Sam will be at August camp for his third time at FCC.

Yates was thrilled to reconnect with Jim Uden, who took time out of his busy schedule to come and say hello. Jim was a camper at Falling Creek when Yates was a counselor and they went on many paddling trips together. Even though it has been since 1991 since Jim and Yates have seen each other, it was like yesterday in their reconnection. Camp friendships truly are lifelong.

Another exciting surprise for the evening was Ray “Raybot” Hailey, who came to the big event. He is a three-time FCC staff member and mountain bike instructor extraordinaire. Ray’s mother also came to offer her support of FCC. Ray graduated from the University of Tennessee and is home for a short while before heading to Australia to guide and teach in the outdoor field. We are all so excited for him and wish Ray the very best!

(L to R) Ray Hailey, Ray's Mother, Yates and Jim Uden at the McKee's Home in Nashville, TN on 10-26-11(L to R) Ray Hailey, Ray's Mother, Yates and Jim Uden at the McKee's Home in Nashville, TN on 10-26-11

Yates was also pleased to be able to deliver a kayak to Gage Anderson, who bought one so he can now paddle year-round. Gage has progressed far in the FCC paddling program and has signed up to go on the big HUCK Paddling Expedition this summer immediately after Main camp. There will be about 20 boys that will go with Jez and several other Falling Creek paddling staff, to run some of the best rivers in Colorado. It will be a trip to remember.

We want to thank the McKee’s for their warm hospitality in hosting the large Nashville crowd at their home!

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Movies And Reunion in The Horse Capital of the World

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Duzyk's home in Lexington, KY on 10-25-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Duzyk's home in Lexington, KY on 10-25-11

Yates drove northeast to Lexington, KY, where Amy and Darren Duzyk hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their home. Their sons Connor and Cooper will return to FCC this summer. Connor was a big help to Yates as the IT specialist, and made sure that each one of the boys attending received the exclusive 2012 Trunk Sticker that you can only get by coming to a Movie show.

The Duzyk's showing some Falling Creek Camp SpiritThe Duzyk's showing some Falling Creek Camp Spirit

There was a large group that came out to support FCC and to tell the new families what they enjoy about camp. Several of the dads present had been to a Father/Son Weekend at Falling Creek and shared stories of their experience.

Anthony de Movellan brought his son Antonio so he could reconnect with his camp friends. Antonio will be returning to camp this summer. His father, Anthony, is a Falling Creek alumnus as he went in the 70’s and 80’s when Yates and Goody were campers as well.

One of the highlights of the night was when Adam “Screech” Lewis surprised everyone by making an appearance. Screech, a top cabin counselor from the past two summers, brought his lovely bride with him. They met at nearby Berea College and recently graduated and got married. Both are already full-force in the working world. The boys really enjoyed reconnecting with him, proving the comment Yates always make at these movie shows; that camp is great, but the staff is what makes Falling Creek awesome!

Many thanks to the Duzyk’s for their very warm hospitality, opening up their home to the big group from the Lexington area.

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Greensboro Camp Movies And Reunion

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Hale's home in Greensboro, NC on 10-24-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Hale's home in Greensboro, NC on 10-24-11

Yates drove east to Greensboro, NC, where Mary and Scott Hale hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Their oldest son James will be returning this coming summer, and is very excited to be going on the FCC HUCK Paddling Expedition, a 10-day adventure that will allow the boys to kayak some of the best whitewater rivers in Colorado.

Many thanks to the veteran campers that helped Yates answer questions that the new families asked about camp. We were also very pleased that Wesley Farnam, a Falling Creek Cabin Counselor and Nature Instructor for the past two summers, took time out of his busy schedule as a senior at High Point University to come and offer his support. Wesley was able to answer questions about camp from his staff perspective.

We want to thank the Hale’s for again doing such a wonderful job welcoming all of the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and Burlington, NC, area families into their home to learn more about Falling Creek and reconnect with old camp friends.

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CYMBL Race Series Championships at FCC

Blake Dining Hall at Falling Creek Camp on 10-23-11Blake Dining Hall at Falling Creek Camp on 10-23-11
Morning Watch on the Upper LakeMorning Watch on the Upper Lake

Falling Creek Camp hosted the Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League Race Series Championships on Sunday, October 23, 2011. It was a beautiful fall day! Here is a link to all of the photos from the day.

Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League 11/12 Yr. Old Race StartCarolina Youth Mountain Bike League 11/12 Yr. Old Race Start

The races were staged based on age groups with the 13/14 year old girls and boys kicking it off at 9am, followed by the 11/12 year old’s at 9:35am.

The 6 and Under Racers Push Hard To The FinishThe 6 and Under Racers Push Hard To The Finish

The 6 and under boys and girls were so excited to get in on the action, and the large crowd made it even more fun as they cheered them on.

Chris Fuge at the Overlook Trail - CYMBL Championship 10-23-11Chris Fuge at the Overlook Trail - CYMBL Championship 10-23-11

All of the boys and girls who competed enjoyed the views of the Green River Valley as they passed through the Overlook section. This Falling Creek Camp course was broken up into a longer 3-mile loop for the older age groups and a shorter 1.5-mile loop for the younger age groups. The older age groups rode the loop 3 and 4 times, which was 9 and 12 miles, and climbed over 1,000 feet in elevation. We know they will all be sleeping well tonight.

FCC Camper Mike Albrecht at the start line of the CYMBL 2011 Championship RaceFCC Camper Mike Albrecht at the start line of the CYMBL 2011 Championship Race
Mike Albrecht's parents, Michael and Adrienne, and his Aunt, cheering him on at The OverlookMike Albrecht's parents, Michael and Adrienne, and his Aunt, cheering him on at The Overlook

There were several Falling Creek campers who participated including Chris Fuge (Flat Rock, NC), Ben Warren (Asheville, NC), and Mike Albrecht (Augusta, GA). Annie and Mary Pharr have also participated in all five races in the series. Lucy Pharr unfortunately has been sidelined with a stress fracture, but enjoyed participating in the earlier CYMBL Races. A special thanks to Steve Drewry, long time FCC camper and counselor, for serving as a Course Marshall for these CYMBL Championship Races.

Annie Pharr and Famous FCC camper and counselor Steve Drewry at the CYMBL Finish LineAnnie Pharr and Famous FCC camper and counselor Steve Drewry at the CYMBL Finish Line
Liberty Bikes presenting a very generous Pedal Link Donation to Todd Branham of CYMBL and Stephen Jaynes of Trips For KidsLiberty Bikes presenting a very generous Pedal Link Donation to Todd Branham of CYMBL and Stephen Jaynes of Trips For Kids

Just prior to the awards ceremony, Liberty Bicycles, one of the key sponsors for CYMBL, made a special Presentation of Pedal Link Donations for CYMBL & Trips for Kids. Both were very appreciative of this kind gift!

Annie Pharr. far left, and Mike Albrecht, far right, receive their awards in the 2011 CYMBL Race ChampionshipAnnie Pharr. far left, and Mike Albrecht, far right, receive their awards in the 2011 CYMBL Race Championship
FCC Camper Ben Warren takes 2nd place in the 2011 CYMBL Championship RaceFCC Camper Ben Warren takes 2nd place in the 2011 CYMBL Championship Race
Mary Pharr takes 3rd place in the 2011 CYMBL Championship RaceMary Pharr takes 3rd place in the 2011 CYMBL Championship Race

Marisa and Annie Pharr, and Ben Williams of Falling Creek Camp, joined forces with Mountain Bike Race Guru’s Todd Branham, and Heather Wright of Blue Ridge Adventures to create CYMBL and the establish the Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League series. Todd is also world renown for his trail building expertise through his work with Long Cane Trails. Long Cane built a series of excellent trails at Falling Creek Camp, which were used in today’s CYMBL Races.

Annie has been a strong catalyst at her school, Veritas Christian Academy, in starting a mountain biking club. Ben Williams has been an outstanding coach for the group and they ride trails in Bent Creek and DuPont Sate Forests for practice. She, Marisa and Ben have been encouraging some other schools in the area to grow mountain bike clubs with the hope of Mountain Biking becoming a varsity sport at the local high schools. This is very fitting given that we have some of the best mountain bike trails in the southeast right here in our back yard. And several of the colleges in the area have very successful mountain bike teams including Appalachian State University (ASU claimed the 2008 USA Cycling Mountain Bike and Cyclocross National Championships), Mars Hill College (With consistent performances at both track and mountain bike nationals last fall, the team claimed a tenuous #1 ranking last December with a 2nd place at cyclocross nationals. After winning road nationals in May, the team secured it’s #1 national ranking for 2011.), Brevard College (2009 and 2010 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Champions), and Warren Wilson College.

We hope that you will come join us for any or all of the races in the 2012 CYMBL Race Series. Check the CYMBL website and CYMBL facebook page for news and schedule.

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