Events > 2021 > October > Upper Chattahoochee (Section 3) - Saturday, October 9, 2021

About this event:

Created by Carol Reiser

Upper Chattahoochee River - Section 3

TRIP COORDINATOR – Karen Heath
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE SIGNING UP.
***THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP, IF YOU CANNOT PADDLE CLASS II, THIS IS NOT FOR YOU***
***No pets are permitted on this paddle.
***Please be sure to email Karen at kdlheath@gmail.com to confirm your spot. You are not signed up until you have received confirmation from Karen.
THE PADDLE:
This is a beautiful class I & II section of the Upper Chattahoochee River that’s a lot of fun, Section 3, about a 5-mile paddle. We will be taking our time, playing in the rapids and taking our lunch break at Buck Shoals. You need to have some class I & II river paddling experience in a kayak or canoe and you must know how to do a wet-exit to join us. I’m an experienced paddler myself and we paddle in groups for safety reasons but you should always be prepared to take care of yourself.
Please be sure to email Karen at kdlheath@gmail.com to confirm your spot. You are not signed up until you have received confirmation from Karen.
***REMINDER, THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER TRIP AND NO INFLATABLE RENTALS WILL BE ALLOWED***
THE WEATHER:
This will be a rain or shine event, with the exception of thunderstorms or severe weather and or flash flood warnings, which may result in going with another river or the rescheduling of this event for another date.
WATER LEVEL:
I’ll be monitoring the river water level and if the water level drops below a 2 feet, or gets to a level that I consider too high, we will go with a backup plan, which may include the Cartecay River, the Upper Toccoa River or the Chattooga (Section II), to be determined if needed.
QUESTIONS:
Email Karen at kdlheath@gmail.com.

 

COVID-19 STATEMENT:

During these uncertain times, the GCA is working to balance the organization’s mission to provide training and group paddling opportunities with the risk posed by Covid-19. The coronavirus threat and the ultimate impact on society and the sporting community is still unknown at this time. The situation is fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommended guidance for group activities from Federal, state, and local authorities.

GCA is scheduling its normal events but may cancel or postpone upcoming events as needed in accordance with the latest official guidelines and local or state restrictions. Even if conditions permit GCA to proceed with an event as scheduled, there is no possible way to eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Covid-19 is a special concern due to the potential for disease transmission by people infected by the virus who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. No amount of screening can completely eliminate this risk.

Each member or participant must take personal responsibility to assess his/her risk based on medical history, age, or other relevant factors. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals who fall into these categories are encouraged to avoid any GCA activities that will involve larger groups or to avoid GCA activities entirely until there is a vaccine or other effective protection against virus transmission.

GCA expects that all persons who attend any event will follow all applicable laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. Prior to attending any event, each person should review state and local guidance related to Covid-19 for the area in which the event is being held. Any person who has recently exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or come in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 should not participate in any GCA event. Individuals who participate in any event will be expected to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, use of masks when on land (i.e. before and after paddling), allowing distance with other paddlers during put in and take out and while maneuvering on the river, and coordinating shuttles so as to minimize the number of individuals in a single vehicle. Participants should not share equipment. Finally, GCA asks that you avoid any river or activity that is above your existing skill level, so as to minimize the need for hands-on river rescues.