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Kayak the Upper Etowah
|Event Location:||Dahlonega, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Jun 1 2014 10:30 am >> Sun, Jun 1 2014 3:30 pm (Carpool Departure: 9:30 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, May 5 2014 6:30 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, May 30 2014 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||5 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
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|Member Cost:||$40.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||14|
|Minimum Group Size:||11|
|Number Registered So Far:||14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
This part of the river is only navigable/open to kayaking until late Spring/early Summer and we are extremely optimistic that we can do this particular trip. If we cannot do the Upper Etowah, we have a contingency plan (see below) so you'll be out on the water either way.
We did this trip once last year and it is an absolutely gorgeous stretch of river. We will meet at the Outfitters (directions below) and they will shuttle us and our boats/gear to the put in location and then pick us back up at the take out location. There are some Class 2 rapids so prior kayaking experience is a must. The trip is about 8 miles long and includes one location where we have to get out and portage (carry our kayaks) around a waterfall. It should take about 3 1/2 hours to finish the paddle.
Please be comfortable enough around moving/swift water to take care of yourself and possibly swim. If you fall out of your boat you need to be able to take care of yourself while waiting on assistance from someone else to retrieve your boat and/or paddle and/or help you back in your kayak. Take this from your Trip Leader, who had to swim downstream last year after her own kayak at one point! It was still such a fun and beautiful trip, though, that I'm back for more.
That said, please note that this trip is not suitable for beginners. We will be using the Outfitters' sit on top kayaks (see below if you want to bring your own kayak). The Outfitter will provide the shuttles, kayak, PFD (personal flotation device) and paddles.
We leave from the Outfitter's "home base" and from there we will float/drift/paddle to the takeout spot. We'll take a shuttle back to the "home base". There are nice changing areas and maintained porta potties for us to use while at the "home base". There are no restroom facilities at the put in or take out location.
The plan is to stop as a group about halfway through the trip, at the portage location. We will also grab a late lunch afterwards, either in nearby Dahlonega or at Big D's BBQ on the way back. We'll take a vote that day to decide. Please make sure you work this out with the carpool driver before leaving the carpool location.
Contigency plan: If we cannot do the Upper Etowah due to low water, we will do the Chestatee River. The Chestatee trip is more of a beginner trip but it gets us out on the water. This trip is about 7 miles and takes a little less time. If we go this route, I will let you know a few days ahead of time.
If we go to Big D's BBQ in Dawsonville, here is their info: located on 400S at Hwy 53. It's good BBQ and the last time we were there you were allowed to walk next door and buy beer/wine at the gas station and drink it with your meal. We sat outside.
6566 Hwy 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
more info: http://www.bigdsbarbeque.com/
Bring your own kayak - we will allow one personal kayak for a fee of $20 (to cover your shuttle cost, taxes, etc.). If you plan to bring your own kayak, the first person who signs up and sends an email to Allston indicating they will BYOK will be able to bring their own kayak. If you do bring your own kayak and plan to carpool, I would plan on being one of the drivers. Do not pay yet via paypal until you get a confirmation from me saying you can BYOK. Inflatable kayaks are not recommended for this trip.
Payment is due within 48 hours of your signing up. If you don't pay within 48 hours of signing up, you will be automatically moved to the waiting list regardless of what your Paypal banner says. Don't expect a reminder email about payment being due. See Cancellation Policy below for more details. If you are paying using a method other than PayPal, email your Trip Leaders as soon as you sign up.
The dudes that run this place are great. They work hard schlepping these kayaks around and work mostly for tips. Please bring a few bucks to tip them. I'm happy to collect tips and give them to the guys at the end. These guys are my favorite Outfitter because they do everything for you - they don't ask you to carry your kayak.
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|How to Get There:|
It's best to use the coordinates below and customize directions from your departure point. Go to maps.google.com and paste the bold text in to the search bar. Choose Satellite view and it will show you the parking lot of the Outfitter:
2084 South Chestatee, Dahlonega, GA
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||82Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||9:30 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $32.80 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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|Cost & Payment:|
Kayak rental, paddle, PFD and shuttle. Does NOT include tips!
|Payment Cut Off:||Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, May 30 2014.|
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This event is rain or shine unless extreme weather is forecast.
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