Archives for August 2013

Jez and LiLi to begin Competion in World Freestyle Championships at NOC this coming Week

Photo of Jez by Bryan Mangum, a long time Falling Creek Camp camper and staff member.Photo of Jez by Bryan Mangum, a long time Falling Creek Camp camper and staff member.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!! The Nantahala Freestyle World Championships are just days away. Activities begin at 6 pm Monday, September 2 with the opening ceremonies in Bryson City and continue through the week with daily freestyle competition on the Nantahala “2013 Wave”. The championships conclude on Sunday, September 8 with the finals and awards ceremonies.

As we mentioned in a post earlier, this event is nothing new for Jez and LiLi, who are thrilled to not only be representing Australia again in the World Chapionships, but they get to do it on the nearby Nantahala River, a regular stop for our Falling Creek Camp Paddling trips. There will be several FCC staff and campers attending with their families to cheer Jez and LiLi on.

They have been training here recently and were part of the Nantahala World Kayak Pro-Am, a gathering of professional athletes and amature kayakers raising money for the First Descents Charity at the Nantahala river NC. Enjoy the video that Jez made to commemorate the fun. People like Jez, LiLi, Claire O’Hara, Eric Jackson, Wayner, and many more paddling role models were leaders and mentors to these amatures in this awesome event.

Jez and ClaireJez and Claire

Bryan Mangum took both of these photos. He is a talented photographer who created Green River Photography.

Hope you can make it out to the Nantahala area this coming week!

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Announcing HUCK Magpie – July, 2014

Looking towards the summer of 2014, we are very excited to announce that Falling Creek is going to Canada for two different HUCK Expeditions. One of these two trips offered will be HUCK Magpie,
a 10-day wilderness paddling expedition on the Magpie River located on the Quebec – Labrador boarder. To reach the put in, the expedition will fly via floatplane to land on the Lac Magpie.

A raft to carry previsions and camping gear will support the trip. Participants will paddle exciting rapids and explore untouched forest as they progress to the takeout on the St. Lawrence water way.

The Magpie is one of National Geographic’s top 10 whitewater rivers! Check out this google map of the river, if you switch it to satellite and zoom all of the way in you can see the rapids!

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HUCK Costa Rica!

During the last week of July, Falling Creek took 12 young men (ages 13-17)on an epic adventure to explore the whitewater of Costa Rica!

During the trip they made chocolate,ate local foods and fresh fruit, explored an indigenous village, and paddled a ton of whitewater(10 different rivers)!

While in Costa Rica the expedition paddled several sections of the famed Rio Pacuare. The favorite being the Lower Pacuare as it has massive amounts of great whitewater and beautiful scenery!

Here is the blog that the young men wrote each day of the trip and a short video that Jez made!

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Dwayne and Raybot Race at Beech Mountain

The top of the downhill course at Beech Mountain, NCThe top of the downhill course at Beech Mountain, NC

Dwayne Maynard and Raybot Hailey recently raced in the downhill mountainbike Monster Energy Race Series at Beech Mountain, NC. Dwayne finished 1st in the Cat 2 division and Raybot finished 4th in the cat 3 division. For Dwayne, this was his second win in a row, having placed 1st in the Cat 2 division at the Snowshoe downhill race earlier in the summer. Way to go guys!

Dwayne Maynard taking 1st in Cat 2 Division at the Monster Energy Race Series at Beech Mountain, NCDwayne Maynard taking 1st in Cat 2 Division at the Monster Energy Race Series at Beech Mountain, NC
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