About this event:
The focus of this class, led by Jimmy Jones, is to get the most out of Nantahala Falls.
Many paddlers only catch a couple eddies in the Falls. Nantahala Falls is one of my favorite rapids to build and hone skills. This class will involve doing many of the more difficult ferries and catching the smallest eddies in Nantahala Falls. We will not be running the easy lines.
The skills you need:
1. Paddle comfortably and combat roll in Class II-III whitewater.
2. Run the Falls comfortably upright or combat roll easily at the bottom.
3. Be able to catch a 2-3 boat sized eddy and peel out of the same eddy successfully.
4. Ferry in Class II-III whitewater.
If you are comfortable on the Tuckaseegee, Nantahala and Pigeon, but want to learn to make more difficult moves, catch smaller eddies and step up your whitewater game, this is the class for you. This class will be physically challenging. You should expect to paddle hard and carry your boat back up and run the Falls at least 5-10 times.
Skills we will work on:
1. Catching small eddies and eddy hopping.
2. Difficult ferries.
3 .River running strategies.
4. Reading whitewater on a micro scale.
5. Catching the most eddies as possible in Nantahala Falls.
Bring your usual paddling gear for paddling a Class III river. Dress for the cold Nantahala, you may be rolling or swimming. A river runner or creek boat is preferred, but not mandatory. A full face helmet is recommended but not required. Bring lunch or a snack and water.