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Columbus' Whitewater Course here we come

Let's go to Columbus and play on the $30 million dollar white water course. The river course is fun with 2 wild places. If you swim it is an easy get out.The attached picture shows the wildest of the two places and easy to portage if you have a change of heart but I'll encourage everyone to try it, There is a video of me swimming this rapid on my Facebook page.

If you have never done anything like this before well here is the best chance you'll ever have to learn. It is wild and as safe as it gets. it isn't technical just straight forward and keep on paddling.

Wearing of PFDs is mandatory by order of the City of Columbus and enforced. Skirts a definite, Yes. Helmets are a good idea for safety and I will be taking 4 spare helmets for those who may need to borrow one. Please RSVP with me personally if you need one.

You can read about it online or you can just do and play. I will be going down Friday afternoon, staying at the Days Inn and returning on Sunday. Probably leaving after one run of the course Sunday.

The Days Inn is a nice (not great) hotel but it is the closest one to the river (almost walking distance). There is a Waffle House across the street from the hotel and some great and inexpensive places to eat a few blocks from the hotel. On Friday night they block off Broadway Street and have FREE live music so bring a folding chair. Saturday they have a sidewalk sale of foods and crafts.

DAYS INN info, I have blocked 10 non-smoking rooms at $55.68 each per night.DAYS INN info, I have blocked 10 non-smoking rooms at $55.68 each per night. If you are interested in a room for Friday and/or Saturday night, please contact Linda Wiant at [masked] or at [masked].  Please give her your contact information (name, address, phone #), and number of nights you want and the rooms will be reserved in your name.  Rooms are doubles.  Rooms MUST be booked by August 6th or they will be released.  (Before someone asks, my room is not free and I'm paying that price also.)

For those who sign up and want to carpool please use the comment section at the bottom to meet those with the same desire.

For answers or more information please contact Richard Grove by e-mail: [masked] or[masked]

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  • mark j.

    Great time, thank you for setting this up and look forward to paddling with all of you again. Will post my pictures soon.

    1 · August 12, 2013

  • Mirna C

    Darn i want to go but too chicken to do it!

    August 8, 2013

    • Mirna C

      Well, I ll see you all tonight but won't be doing the river tomorrow...Will go from Columbus to a Bed and Breakfast in TN and White Water rafting Sunday.... Need all the R&R that I can get!!

      August 9, 2013

    • Linda W.

      Ha, well, you showed them, didn't you!

      August 11, 2013

  • Linda W.

    Well, that was just the most AWESOME trip ever! What a fun group, what a fun trip, what great weather, and thanks Richard for organizing and picking up the pieces at the bottom when needed.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Mirna C

    Had a blast ! Thank you guys ...

    August 10, 2013

    • Linda W.

      You were awesome! Glad you came and Glad you decided to take a chance on the waveshaper! We missed you today. BTW, I went 1 for 2 on it today. Missed the first time and nailed it the 2nd. Figured out that I wasn't hitting it right down the middle.

      1 · August 11, 2013

    • Steve H.

      Linda, you are a pretty good paddler.

      August 11, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Why da hell are we limited to only 5 stars. Terrific paddle all weekend. No better way to celebrate my birthday.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    all i can tell you is come on and do it. it is a great course to paddle

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what's up apa. hope everyone is ready to party. Fri Aug 9. the loft upstairs (1400 block Broadway. i will be there a little before 7. dinner is superb. 7pm. starts jazz "the Michael Johnson express".. then at 10pm. it is time to rock with "The Quaildogs and Tedo Stone". anyone wanna join let me know i will work on seating 706.325.7389...hope everyone comes out. look forward to wetting the bottoms on sat.

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Linda W.

    If anybody besides Chris needs a room I need to know today. Email me or call. See you there!

    August 6, 2013

  • Becky

    I am actually rsvp'ing for my fiancée and his friend, I am not able to make it this time.

    August 6, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Anyone interested in carpooling to Columbus and maybe splitting a room for Saturday night? I'm coming from Dahlonega area.

    July 23, 2013

    • Steve H.

      ok Let me know. Late afternoon is ok too. I just didn't want to get up very early and drive on Sat. morn and get there by 10. Lazy I guess.

      July 31, 2013

    • Steve H.

      See ya Saturday.

      August 5, 2013

  • Allen

    Hopefully this trip will be posted again.

    August 5, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Hell yeah. Don't know the time I can allot for a weekend but will start planning.

    July 16, 2013

    • Richard G.

      Let us know when you get permission

      July 23, 2013

  • Becky

    I have paddled the Nantahala three times in a sit on top except for the Nantahala Falls. Would this be over my head? I heard it is class three rapids. Thanks.

    July 19, 2013

    • Richard G.

      Becky, You can decide when we scout the two rapids. They are pretty healthy yet pretty safe to run and the only way you'll ever learn.

      July 23, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Does the city or anyone charge for running the course?

    July 19, 2013

    • Linda W.

      No, I was kidding. I'll tell you the story about what I saw when I watched the grand opening run memorial day weekend. I was also kidding about the rafting, although there is an outfitter.

      July 19, 2013

    • Richard G.

      If I have to rescue you, you'll have to buy me dinner!

      1 · July 23, 2013

  • Becky

    We will probably stay with my mom who lives in Columbus and we have all of our equipment.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The man. Dinner Friday nite???

    July 17, 2013

    • Richard G.

      Of course, let's do something close & different

      July 18, 2013

  • Richard G.

    1 CD Kestrel RSVP Allen *Columbus"

    July 17, 2013

  • Richard G.

    1 helmet RSVP to Linda Damiani

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i will be home then. can i paddle your outher kestral

    July 17, 2013

  • Deborah

    This sounds like fun, but I am up north for family event that week!!
    Please do an encore date!

    July 16, 2013

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