Do the R-2: Tiny rafts, steep creeks, big fun

first_imgLinc Stallings running Class IV+ dueling waterfalls. See the full gallery. Photo: Jeremy Rogers“I’ve got a 50/50 success rate with that drop. About half the time, I swim,” Linc Stallings tells me after he negotiates our boat over a 10-foot waterfall into a deep pool flanked by massive boulders. We’re running the North Fork of the French Broad, a small stream that drops off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. It’s a rain-dependent creek with class IV+ vertical drops, deep pools, and technical boulder gardens scattered throughout a two-mile stretch that’s popular with creek boaters. We’re running it in a small two-person raft called an R-2. Across the Southern Appalachians, a handful of boaters are beginning to take these small, 10-foot rafts down narrow, class IV-V creeks that have previously only been run in kayaks and the occasional canoe. It’s a niche sport that even some creek boaters think is a little crazy.“People freak out when they see rubber coming down a creek,” Stallings says. “There are only a few people who would take a raft down these narrow rivers, so people still think it’s wild.”Of those few R-2 boaters, Linc Stallings is easily one of the most experienced. The 36 year old has been guiding rafts down class V rivers for 15 years, working the biggest rivers in the South and Colorado depending on the year. He’s a rare breed: a professional raft guide, someone who’s committed to this as a career, not just something to do between college and “the real world.”“I always thought I’d do it and move on. But I just kept doing it,” Stallings says. “I love it. I love taking people out on the river. I love hanging out with other boaters. I love the water.”R-2 creeking is essentially what raft guides do on their day off. They borrow a small two-person raft from their bosses and push it, scrape it, and paddle like hell through tight rain-dependent creeks in the mountains. The North Fork of the French Broad is one of Stallings’ favorites. He first learned to creek boat here while attending Brevard College’s wilderness immersion program. He knows the nuances of every significant rapid the way a tween girl knows the lyrics to a Justin Bieber song.“A ton of people have run this creek in a kayak,” he tells me as we begin to paddle toward the first class III rapid, just 50 yards from the put-in. “But running it in a raft has a completely different dynamic. Running tight drops in this big boat is fun, but there are some logistical things you have to work out. It’s like doing a math problem.” 1 2last_img read more

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Truck driver dies in Igbaras road mishap

first_imgOfficers of the Igbaras police stationwere still investigating the incident./PN ILOILO City – Losing control of thebrakes while negotiating a downhill stretch of the road turned fatal for atruck driver in Barangay Igcabugao, Igbaras, Iloilo. The 47-year-old Melchor Eder Erasmo ofTagpuan, Tubungan, Iloilo was killed after the truck he was driving crashedinto a riprap around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, police said. His companions, on the other hand, sustainedinjuries on the body and were rushed to the Western Visayas Medical Center inMandurriao district for treatment. Police identified them as Vellijo Deocampo,26, of Barangay Abong, Carles, Iloilo; Mark Depamaylo Surita, 29, of Barangay BandolPabrica, Dumangas, Iloilo and Ian Mark Cantolay Impas, 20, of Barangay Igtuble,Tubungan. The truck, loaded with sand and gravel,was bound for Antique. last_img read more

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Bulldogs Freshman Team Gets ‘W’ Against Chargers

first_imgThe Freshman Boys Basketball team won an exciting game on Saturday against North Decatur 45-36.The game was tied after the 1st quarter 11-11. Batesville had the lead going into the the half 24-18. North Decatur, however, fought back in the 3rd quarter, taking the lead at one point from Batesville. The 4th quarter proved to be the difference as Batesville outscored North Decatur 14-4, ending the game 45 – 36.The Bulldogs were led by Charlie Dice with 14, Cory Ralston 12, Seth Gausman 8, Bill Lynam 5, and Shane Meer and Jacob Deutsch with 3 a each.The Bulldogs host East Central Thursday at 6pm at BHS.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.last_img

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Walcott, Cadogan warm up with wins

first_imgKASSIE Walcott and Abosaide Cadogan were among the premier winners when the 2020 Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap Squash Tournament spiked up last evening at the Georgetown Club.With a total of 13 matches in Category A and the Open Category, serious action commenced immediately. Shiloh Asregado (-5) lost in straight games to Walcott (13) 15-8, 15-9 while Joshua Verwey (-5) was beaten by Grant Fernandes (10) 15-1, 15-4.Tiana Gomes (13) beat Rylee Rodrigues (9) 15-8, 11-15, 15-14 while Lajuan Munroe (2) whipped Brenno Da Silva (10) 11-15, 15-12, 15-14.Cadogan (0) owned the Open category after hammering Tian Edwards (12) 15-12, 15-14. Louis Da Silva (10) cruised past Ian Mekdeci (-2) 15-2, 15-10 while the talented Zachary Persaud (10) proved too good for Lydia Fraser (7) winning 15-2, 15-9.The tournament continues nightly at 18:00hrs with the finals are scheduled for Sunday at 11:00hrs.Category AKassie Walcott (13) beat Shiloh Asregado (-5) 15-8, 15-9.Grant Fernandes (10) trounced Joshua Verwey (-5) 15-1, 15-4.Tiana Gomes (13) beat Rylee Rodrigues (9) 15-8, 11-15, 15-14.Lajuan Munroe (2) defeated Brenno Da Silva (10) 11-15, 15-12, 15-14.Rayad Boyce (5) beat Demetri Lowe (9) 15-14, 15-7.Beau Fernandes (7) bettered Nandishraj Singh (13) 15-7, 15-11.Dhiren Persaud (3) defeated Lucas Persaud (7) 15-12, 15-12.Open CategoryAbosaide Cadogan (0) got past Tian Edwards (12) 15-12, 15-14Louis da Silva (10) beat Ian Mekdeci (-2) 15-2, 15-10.Zachary Persaud (10) thrashed Lydia Fraser (7) 15-2, 15-9.Mohryan Baksh (0) beat Dane Pereira (9) 15-12, 15-11.Steven Persaud (9) overcame Reagan Rodrigues (8) 14-15, 15-5, 15-10.Brian Edwards (9) beat David Fernandes (9) 15-5, 15-12.last_img read more

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