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Falling Creek at the Green River Games!

This past weekend, Falling Creek had several Alumni and current staff members compete in the first annual Green River Games. The venue was the Green River game lands, a rugged 10,000 acre patch of Wilderness on the Henderson and Polk county line. Several Falling Creekers, including Andrew O’Neil, Greg Garrard, Chris “Sleepy” Young, Zach Fraysier, and Stephen McGrady, competed in the “Silverback”, a multi –sport race that the race officials are calling as “possibly the most difficult multi-sport event in the world”. The Silverback was the signature race involving the completion of three continuous and sequential disciplines: whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and trail running.. The racers paddled the upper, narrows, and lower sections of the green river, then mountain biked 8 miles, and then ran on rugged trails for 8 miles. Congratulations guys! Trey Knight competed in the SUP (stand up paddle board) race on the upper and lower sections of the green and paddled away with the WIN! Check out more event info on their facebook page.

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Jez Takes Bronze in the World OC1 Finals!

Jez accepting the bronze medal in the World OC1 ChampionshipsJez accepting the bronze medal in the World OC1 Championships

Congratulations to both Jez" and LiLi in their representation of Australia in the finals of the World Championships hosted at the Nantahala River.

(l to r) Chip - Atlanta, GA, Spencer - Richmond, VA, Baird - Charlotte, NC, Charlie - Sandersville, GA(l to r) Chip - Atlanta, GA, Spencer - Richmond, VA, Baird - Charlotte, NC, Charlie - Sandersville, GA

Marisa and Yates were thrilled to see so many Falling Creek campers and their families, as well as FCC staff at the finals on Sunday. They came from more than five different states to be a part of the big events. You guys are awesome! Jez and LiLi remarked that it was like paddling in front of your own home crowd.

(l to r) Charlie - Atlanta, GA, Davis - Birmingham, AL, LiLi, Yates & Marisa Pharr(l to r) Charlie - Atlanta, GA, Davis - Birmingham, AL, LiLi, Yates & Marisa Pharr
Thomas - Kernersville, NC and Spencer - Richmond, VAThomas - Kernersville, NC and Spencer - Richmond, VA

Jez said later that day “Probably the most amazing summer of my life. Got to be a part of getting a bunch of kids fired up on boating, trips to east TN, an expedition trip to Costa Rica, and the most exciting World Championships ever with my friends cheering me on, full circle competing on the same rivers I learnt on, with a podium finish as well! Nothing could top this summer, my life is fantastic.”

Yates, Jez, and LiLi enjoying the celebrationYates, Jez, and LiLi enjoying the celebration
Claire O'hara takes Gold again!Claire O'hara takes Gold again!

Congratulations go out as well to Claire O’hara who maintained her position as world K-1 Champion, as well as winning the women’s squirt boating category.

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Completion of the new gym is on schedule

View toward the upper lakeView toward the upper lake

Shortly after the last camper headed down the camp road, the crane arrived to hoist the steel into place. Now that the infrastructure is complete, the floor joists for the basketball court are being installed. The rock masons have begun work on the chimney, and the turf has been ordered for the indoor soccer field on the lower level. We are thrilled with the progress and can’t wait for campers to enjoy it next summer. We will continue to add photos of the construction on our website.

The crane set the steel framing and the large wooden timbers that hold up the 12' wide wrap around porchThe crane set the steel framing and the large wooden timbers that hold up the 12' wide wrap around porch
Laying out the joists for the future wooden gym floorLaying out the joists for the future wooden gym floor
Gym 4
View from the upper lake road near the rope swingView from the upper lake road near the rope swing
The lower level will house a new 'indoor field' complete with walls and artificial grassThe lower level will house a new 'indoor field' complete with walls and artificial grass
Gym 7
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SUMMIT New Hampshire! Climbing the classics!

During the summer of 2014, Falling Creek will be offering our first rock climbing expedition! Summit will be based out of the timeless climbing town of North Conway, NH. During the 10 day expedition the young men will climb on Cathedral Ledge, Whitehorse Ledge and at Froncia Notch.

Each of these areas will provide a different challenge to master and will allow them to hone their belaying, anchor building, and technical climbing skills. On the expeditions’ “rest day” they will do a summer ascent of Mount Washington which will allow them to enjoy the wonderful views from the top! SUMMIT will start on July 22nd, 2014 at the Portland Maine airport and will end on July 31st 2014.

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BLAZE Wyoming! How Sweet it will be!

The Winds hold a special place in my heart as it was my first true wilderness adventure and now I am lucky enough to help create that memory for others! This amazing adventure will take place entirely in the wilderness area that surrounds the famous Wind River Range.

The young men will cover roughly 70 miles and hike at elevations ranging from 7,000 – 12,000. The trip will spend a great deal of time above tree line and will enjoy the wonderful long range views that are so well known for this.

I am excited to report that the expedition will also pass glaciers, high alpine lakes and countless bowls filled with wild flowers! BLAZE will start on Tuesday, July 22nd at the Jackson Hole airport and will finish on Thursday,July 31st, 2014.

Ben Williams, Outdoor Adventure Director

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