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Double Dam :: Buford Dam to Morgan Falls Dam

The Basics:
Event Type:Water
Event Location: Chattahoochee River   Water: Double Dam :: Buford Dam to Morgan Falls Dam  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 16 2020  8:00 am >> Sun, Feb 16 2020 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Feb 14 2020 11:11 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Feb 15 2020 11:11 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:36 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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This is what I (and you) have been waiting on for 7 years!!!
The heavy rain we're getting right now has produced an amazingly fast flow rate which by my calculations could literally carry us down river with ease! Don't get me wrong this paddle is
 all will be an ALL day(light) event that will test every facet of your paddling strength, knowledge, skills and ability to adapt to ever changing situations while on the raging Chattahoochee! Safety is paramount as well as team work and motivation...did I mention SAFETY!??!

You'll need plenty of food, water & energy for an entire day on the water, I don't plan to be stopping along the way for food breaks - as we can eat/drink on the float - after all daylight is the enemy...our goal is to beat it before Morgan' I mentioned before it's a business trip! I probably won't be the fastest boat on the water, but speed will be in play.
There are some boat ramps & parks along the way if folks needed to use facilities that are a little more civilized than on shore (especially since most of the shoreline is this section is privately owned), conducting "nature breaks" on the float might be an advantage as the day burns stops are not something I want to waste a lot of time with. Communication is key on those too, if not in sight we'll want to know where everyone is and if they stop - so be sure cell is 100% b4 launching. 
We're going with the flow of course so we might not need to paddle the whole time, but if you expect the worst and hope for the best this will be an event you can talk about at the water cooler on Tuesday :P I do plan on doing some stretching if we ever see any of the rock formations that are typically available all the way down river...but with Lanier over "pool" and the flow being as it may...that might not happen easily...we'll play that be ear. As we get closer to Norcross and Roswell we all become quite familiar with the launches that have floating dock and cement/rock that may prove to be easier..again playing it by ear.
I have launched a few times from ramps up and down the Hootch this winter and there is a TON of mud on the ramps right now and I expect that to be much of the same all the way down river. If you need to exit the river for a nature break, use extreme caution getting in and out of your boats, again communication is critical for our success.

It's not a race, but in a way it kinda is...I'd love to put this in the books with a 7 hour paddle time...what say you?

Ask yourself?
Are you up for the CHALLENGE of the DOUBLE DAM?



Required Items to Bring:

Kayak, Canoe, Surfski
GPS, CellPhone (waterproof case)
Food, Water & energy for an 8+ hour paddle
Hygiene Gear for an all day event #2 ;)
warm clothing in layers, dry clothes
safety gear, rope, bilge pump
dry bag(s) 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Wind protection
First AId Kit
Themarest sit pad
CoyoteOldMan on Pandora?
dare I say sunscreen 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Buford Dam Lower Pool West park & boat ramp
3600 Buford Dam Road (at the end of Lower Pool Road)
Cumming, GA 30041
CRNRA Bowmans Island North Unit

Morgan Falls Overlook Park
200 Morgan Falls Road
Sandy Spring, GA 30350
(park closes at 9pm)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):60Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $24.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.



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