Let’s get to know one another at NOC this Friday

This Friday, July 9th, at 7:00 pm please come see me at NOC. I’ll be showing a kayak film on a big screen in the retail store. From 6-7 I’ll be available to help folks with IR and Shred Ready product questions, then the film will premiere at 7pm sharp. Try to groom your arm hair a little better than the photo below before we shake, if you don’t mind. DVDs, t-shirts and stuff will be available at the showing. Free stickers like these for non-hairy-arm handshakes.
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Linville Gorge – White Nose Syndrome?

This March I was kayaking the Linville Gorge with some friends when we spotted a bat flying nearby. At first I wondered, “is that a bat,” since I haven’t seen one since last summer or fall. To me it seemed a bit cold, in the high 30s that day, and early in the year for bats to be out. After some discussion the three of us agreed that perhaps this bat had been infected with White Nose Syndrome, a fungal growth that has killed over a million bats, mainly on the east coast, in the past five years. In a nutshell, what happens is the fungus wakes hibernating bats who are then unable to survive, therefore they perish. Personally, I don’t know a whole lot more about the syndrome, except that people are urged to stay out of caves in the interest of the bat’s health. Going in and out of caves is thought to possibly spread the fungus and potentially infecting more bats. Links to some informative articles can be seen at the bottom of this post.
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The Eddy Feeling

What does kayaking mean to different individuals, from the untrained beginner, to the seasoned professional? A collective of kayaking filmmakers entitled Rapid Transit, all of whom share a common goal of telling fun, exciting and engaging stories through the lens of a camera, attempt to give an answer, or perhaps just a perspective regarding this query. Along the way viewers will plunge into North Carolinaโ€™s deepest and most remote gorge, the Linville. Onlookers will meet the kayakers who first attempted the Linville Gorge descent in the 1970s, and see the reality of paddling this river over 30 years later.
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