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THOG's Annual Memorial Day Whitewater Weekend

THOGer's it's that time of year again. 

 It's the MEMORIAL DAY WHITEWATER WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One whole weekend dedicated to rafting in the Nantahala National Forest.

For those new to THOG, this is a yearly favorite filled with tons of fun on a couple of crazy rivers.

NOTE:  THERE ARE SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIGNING UP FOR THIS EVENT

 Our weekend Starts off on May 23.  I recommend taking the day off for a nice leisurely ride out to our campgrounds.  We will be car camping at a group site with restrooms and showers. 

On May 24, we will set off for the Tuckaseegee River.  This is a great river for beginners.  Mainly class I and class II rapids.  But don't be deceived, Double Drop has been known to tip over a few duckies.  After enjoying this river, we will find some lu nch and maybe a nice hike.

May 25 is my favorite.  Rafting the Nantahala River!!!!  Class II and III rapids on a fast river.  Plenty of rapids to get you wet on a way fun ride (and one particular rapid now named "Al's Hole"  It's a fun place :)  The river culminates at Nantahala Falls, a class III rapid that will give you a thrill!

 

 

Traditionally, for those who have the courage and energy, we do another run down this river. 

On May 26, we will break camp and set off for home.  There is lots of time to find one more hike in the mountains.  Or stop off in Ashville and be a tourist. 

Costs:  Campsite $15.  Tuckaseegee River $25  Nantahala River $37.50 Gas money for carpool

Where:  Nantahala River Gorge

When:  May 23-26

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Upon signing up for this event, you need to call Tuckaseegee Outfitters and reserve a duckie.  Failure to do this will negate your RSVP.  Call Rod at[masked]-5050.  Tell them you would like to reserve a duckie for the THOG group on May 24.  Then, go back and update your RSVP and write "kayak reserved" in the comments. 

This event is for all skill levels.   However there are a few requirements.

1.  You know how to swim and are not afraid of water

2.  It is expected that you will be with the group for the duration of the weekend.

3.  You will wear a PFD at all times whenever we are in the water.

4.  You will have a positive attitude and be a fun contributor to the group :)

 

Typically, everyone cooks breakfast and supper at the campsite, and whatever happens for lunch.  Saturday night, we will plan a potluck.  Everyone bring a dish to share. 

See you there!

 

 

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  • Dave F.

    The BEST! Great combination of being relaxed and organization (Thanks to Allen's leadership). I enjoyed meeting each and everyone of you, except Al Mulnick. : ) (Al, you and I go way back so you know I'm kidding).

    May 31, 2014

  • Keith W.

    So where would I find the solar lights that were hanging by the campsite this weekend?

    May 27, 2014

  • KRISTEN

    Fun fun fun!

    May 27, 2014

  • Allen

    WOW! What another wild and fun THOG weekend!!
    Thank you everyone for making this trip so fun.
    Simply put, this weekend wouldn't be great without all of you. A big thanks to Dave, Dan (fish crotch), Keith, Kristen, Leslie, Al, Jon and Rob for helping out on the rivers. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
    It was good to see you all. I hope to see you again next year.

    3 · May 26, 2014

    • sonny

      Great pictures Allen, thanks for uploading.

      1 · May 27, 2014

  • Mahesh

    Had some serious fun. Wonderful company as always. Thank you Allen, you are a great organizer and thanks to all who made sure everyone was safe. Where the Class 4's at?

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • DanC

    GO TEAM CARNAGE!!!!! What a great time with great folks. Awesome, fun, and fishy! Thanks Allen and all who made this a fun and entertaining weekend.

    4 · May 27, 2014

  • Rob W.

    Great, Awesome trip with great people!!!!

    1 · May 27, 2014

  • Jon

    Fantastic weekend with a terrific group of people!!!! Thanks again Allen for organizing!!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Rachel B.

    another fantastic THOG trip! big fun and great people. many thanks, allen, for organizing. and it was an honor to spend memorial day weekend with so many former service men and women.

    2 · May 26, 2014

  • Patrick G.

    Thank you again Allen for organizing. It was great to meet everyone on this awesome whitewater and camping trip!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • sonny

    Thanks for arranging this Allen. Very well organized, and the people in the group were great to hang around with, during rafting and around the campfire.

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Keith W.

    What a great trip. It was my first duckie trip on the Nantahala and I can't wait to go back. Thanks Al!

    3 · May 26, 2014

  • Irina

    Awesome!

    1 · May 26, 2014

  • Lisa

    I'm envious of y'all tonight. Make sure you look for the meteor shower around 2-4am! It is a beautiful clear night here. I'm sure more so there....safe ducking tomorrow! : )

    May 23, 2014

  • Rob W.

    Jon, Any takers for a ride, I wouldn't mind riding with someone and it appears i may be bringing to much stuff and will need a truck. I have a truck so no problems there but would like to carpool with someone. I am able to leave raleigh bye 1:00. Is any one interested in going in on the pot luck diner with some kind of a boil. I,m thinking shrimp, kielbasi, potatoes and corn. Great camping food and really easy.....but if no one likes that idea I'm struggling with a pot luck dish for 20 people at a camp site. Not trying to be difficult but like to be prepared. thx

    May 19, 2014

    • Patrick G.

      I will be bringing a fruit salad.

      May 23, 2014

    • sonny

      Smores, lots of them!

      May 23, 2014

  • DanC

    Are there any carpools with an open spot or is anyone still looking for a spot?

    May 23, 2014

    • Allen

      Dan, see if Keith w has left yet.

      May 23, 2014

  • Kevin

    Sorry to bow out late but I need to stay home with sick dog.

    May 23, 2014

  • Wes

    I still looking for a ride with anyone who has room.

    May 20, 2014

    • Jon

      Wes, we are planning to meet at Crabtree mall...specific spot not picked yet. It may be closer to 1. I was thinking initially over by Best buy. My phone number is[masked]

      May 22, 2014

    • Wes

      Ok, my # is[masked]

      May 22, 2014

  • Allen

    Regarding alcohol: Responsible drinking of adult beverages is ok while at camp. However, getting sloppy drunk is not. We have to respect others in our group as well as other camps (there generally are some boy scouts at the campgrounds.) We have never had a problem with this so please be responsible.
    Also, though I don't think I need to say this, no drugs.

    May 21, 2014

  • Allen

    Could everyone please bring 1 garbage bag and 1 roll of paper towel to share at camp. It seems we are always in short supply of these items every year.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Allen

    If anyone is still looking for a carpool, or has room in their vehicle, Wes is still looking for a ride.

    May 21, 2014

  • Allen

    I forgot to mention that you will need to wear some water shoes. You will want something that is firmly attached to your feet(I lost a good pair of sandals last year) No flip flops.
    I believe the booties you get for the Nantahala when you check it will be sufficient. Just need something for the Tuck.

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Lisa

    Is anyone leaving after 4:00? How many hours to drive there? Will we be getting info on campsite address? I'm a teacher and can't get off until 4:15

    May 20, 2014

    • Kevin

      Bryson City is 300 miles from Raleigh and the campground is near there. So the drive is 5-6 hours. You could camp Friday night near Asheville to make a shorter Friday drive.

      May 20, 2014

  • Dave F.

    Looks like Rachel B and I will be carpooling, leaving the Chapel Hill meeting point around 10-11 am Friday landing back in Chapel Hill around 4 pm Monday. We've got room for one more and gear, but probably don't have enough room for a stove, bbq grill, corn hole boards AND a turkey fryer! ; ) Send a message if interested.

    May 19, 2014

    • Dave F.

      Irene and Rachel, you are confirmed for travel on AirDave Flight 10:30am. We will have a full flight, so seats on this flight are only available on standby. : )

      May 20, 2014

  • Jon

    Rob, not takers on riders yet. I will be driving regardless if anyone rides with me. Most of my camping gear I can't locate (moved stuff to a storage facility as I'm building a house and sold mine)....so I'll probably sleep in my truck ....making it up as I go for this trip.....taking only essentials...food, fire, clothes, and fun!! You're welcome to ride with me. my number is[masked]

    May 20, 2014

  • Kevin

    I can take 1 person . I will leave Friday around 11 AM and get back Monday around 3-5 PM. (can possibly take 2 if you travel light)

    May 19, 2014

    • DanC

      Mind if I carpool with you? Since we are car camping, I do have about half a trunk of stuff.

      1 · May 19, 2014

    • Kevin

      OK I will email through this site to get details

      1 · May 20, 2014

  • Irina

    We reserved a kayak. If anyone wants to carpool with us, please let us know. Thanks.

    May 19, 2014

  • Allen

    Let's do a potluck at the campfire Saturday night. Everyone bring a dish to share. Let's shoot for 7pm.

    May 19, 2014

  • Rob W.

    I can bring my corn hole boards. Not sure what you've done in the past since this is my first time going on a trip with this group. Will we be generating a list of things that we need to bring as a group ( food, cooking supplies, camping supplies) for example. I have a camping stove and a small bbq grill, Large propane cooker that ive cooked turkey's in. I dont want to bring to much stuff if not needed.

    May 19, 2014

    • Allen

      Thanks, Rob! Everyone is responsible for their own food and cooking supplies....

      May 19, 2014

  • sonny

    Kayak reserved.

    May 19, 2014

  • Irina

    do I have to reserve the kayak first? I am on the waiting list now. what are my steps?

    May 18, 2014

  • Allen

    Does anyone have any corn hole boards they can bring to have at camp?

    May 18, 2014

  • Allen

    Have you reserved your Kayak with Tuckaseegee Outfitters?
    I will be sending out campground information this week.

    May 18, 2014

  • Rob W.

    Duckie reserved! Getting of work around 11:30-12:00. Would love to carpool with someone.

    May 18, 2014

  • Jon

    Rubber Duckie reserved! I'm leaving around 1 pm on that Friday. I'm driving and have a truck if anyone wants to ride along

    May 16, 2014

  • Allen

    Wow, I can already tell this is going to be a great trip. Some of my favorite THOG people are coming along!

    2 · May 15, 2014

  • Dave F.

    I can carpool. I live in Cary on Hwy 55. Taking the day off and would like to leave mid or late morning. I can probably fit 3 total with camp gear

    May 15, 2014

  • Kevin

    Bringing my own kayak

    May 14, 2014

  • Mahesh

    kayaks reserved for Tuckaseegee!

    Should we reserve kayaks for Nantahala as well?

    May 13, 2014

  • Dave F.

    Can we have the name of the campsite? It'd be good to know in more detail what the campsite facilities are to be able to plan for cooking, etc - do they allow open fires, can you buy firewood, do they have grills. I know I need to do a little preparation depending on what the facility is ( I don't own a stove, for example)

    May 11, 2014

    • Allen

      Dave, I'll email the details for our campsite next week. Our campsite is a large group site. There is a shelter, fire ring, tables and a grassy area for camping. There is also showers here. And we will have fire wood.
      The campsite is about 20 minutes from the nantahala gorge.

      May 12, 2014

  • Leslie

    Kayak reserved for Tuck x2.

    May 9, 2014

  • Tran

    minor gym injury on upper body... I was looking forward to do white water this year. You guys enjoy.

    May 9, 2014

  • Lura

    Work scheduled me so I can't go this year :(

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I am able to go, I have a house an hour SW of Asheville that sleeps 6 in beds or foldout, and plenty of room for mattresses. I will be there early Thurday if anyone would like to crash Thurday night.

    May 5, 2014

    • Allen

      John, this event is structured for people to camp and go rafting as a group. I would discourage staying at your house in Asheville. When we have allowed this in the past, it becomes more challenging to keep the group together. We have also noticed that the group has more fun when everyone stays together for the entire weekend. And camping is just fun :)

      May 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I agree. Offer was only night before to make Friday shorter drive, but not entire trip.

      May 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Car camping? Sleeping in car?

    May 5, 2014

  • Cassie

    Duck Reserved

    May 5, 2014

  • John D

    Wish I could go. It was a blast last year. Unfortunately, I'll be out of state for a nephew's high school graduation. :-(

    May 5, 2014

  • Wes

    Anyone interested in carpooling?

    May 3, 2014

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