Nolichucky Flood Stage Kayaking

by admin on January 21, 2013

At typical water levels the Nolichucky River Gorge is a stretch of class III-IV whitewater, running from Poplar NC to Erwin TN, a river that I have enjoyed running for years.  The latest big rain event created a river level near 20,000 cubic feet per second, soaring far above the average flow of 1340 cubic feet per second.  This volume of water significantly complicates navigation of the gorge and raises the difficulty and danger of the river to class IV-V.  It’s also loads of fun if you are up for the challenge.
- Spencer Cooke

USGS Nolichucky Gauge on 01.16.13 USGS Nolichucky Gauge on 01.16.13 Train track and a hay stack in entrance rapid Train track and a hay stack in entrance rapid Chris Gallaway in entrance rapid, just below the train bridge near the putin Chris Gallaway in entrance rapid, just below the train bridge near the put in Eric Stalowy at the end of entrance rapid with some big whirlpools Eric Stalowy at the end of entrance rapid with some big whirlpools Eric scouting above On The Rocks Eric scouting above On The Rocks Eric and Chris eying a line through a very swollen Quarter Mile Rapid Eric and Chris eying a line through a very swollen Quarter Mile Rapid Myself and Chris entering Quarter Mile Myself and Chris entering Quarter Mile Old railroad tie beside Quarter Mile Rapid with a pine tree growing out of it Old railroad tie beside Quarter Mile Rapid with a pine tree growing out of it Boat scouting above Rooster Tail Boat scouting above Rooster Tail Our group after Nolichucky, happy times Our group after Nolichucky, happy times

 

Photography and Edit by:
Spencer Cooke – Effort, Inc
Effort.tv

Additional Photography by:
Chris Gallaway – Horizonline Pictures
Horizonlinepictures.com

Soundtrack by:
Eric Stalowy
Song: Freedom
Ericstalowy.com

Bridge and Tunnel
Album: Rebuilding Year
Song: Hands
No Idea Records
Bridge and Tunnel - Rebuilding Year

New gear for 2013 that was used on this trip:

Accent Fluid Paddle - SR Standard Fullcut Duotone - IR Arch Rival Drysuit - IR Royale Skirt - Astral Greenjacket Accent Fluid Paddle – SR Standard Fullcut Duotone – IR Arch Rival Drysuit – IR Royale Skirt – Astral Greenjacket
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adem pajevic January 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Bravo Boys !!!

admin January 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Thanks Adem

mark patterson January 25, 2013 at 12:30 am

I have never tried whitewater paddling before but this video makes me want to try! Really well done and edited perfectly with the music. Love the “real” feel. Keep up the great work Spencer.
BTW : Where can I get a shirt or something with the cool Rapid Transit Snail logo on it?

admin January 25, 2013 at 4:17 am

Thanks very much Mark. Maybe we can get you into a whitewater or surf boat one of these days.

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