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SUP THE TUCK: Day 1

first_img June 23, 2018: Day1/7   The dense foliage on the riverbank loosened up a bit giving us windows to view the wide escarpment. This “valley” sits high and spreads for miles with huge grey granite domes and walls visible to the north and east and west. It felt like we were paddling on top of the world descending in a broad rift, truly the Yosemite of the East! For several miles the river bank opened up giving  wide choice of downward paths and an ever increasing view of the surrounding valley. The tannin water spiraled deep into smooth holes in the rock, sometimes three or four clustered together.  Austin, Luke and I jumped in laughing and tumbling over one another until we finally got spit out sending us down a slippery 75 foot rock slide. We paddled and portaged deeper into the gorge under a gloomy sky. It was like moving  down a thick broken plate, smooth and fissured folding the four of us into a funnel. The sun was lowering over a large granite dome to the west as we paddled downstream. All this became a green blur at the first bend as  the rhododendron grew taller and constricted and the sun broke out. Suddenly the creek disappeared over the horizon and we pulled over to scout  Upper Warden Falls, a 45-50 foot rock slide. John and I portaged river left while the boys eyed the drop. We joked that the physics of creek boating becomes more challenging at our age. Luke and Austin slid over portions of the falls “testing it out” and landed in the deep pool below. There were several of these large slides and we became bolder with each one lying down like riverboarders. The day started full of sunshine and strutting.  Sitting in the soft green moss at the confluence of Panthertown and Greenland creeks we dangled our feet in the freezing water  and arranged our gear under a tight canopy of rhododendron. I used my Iphone to take a short video of the “origin of the Tuck” and reviewed the plan. I would lead on my inflatable standup paddleboard, my sons Luke and Austin would follow in their kayaks and John would go last on paddleboard acting as the “safety boater”. I stood up on the board and floated into an eddy.  I watched my grown boys on the riverbank test kayaks and equipment; spray skirts, foot pedals, helmet straps and paddles. I taught them well  on rivers like the French Broad, Ocoee, Chatooga, Big Laurel, Tallulah and Nolichucky. Standing up on a paddleboard and moving fast down a shallow rocky creek is intoxicating but unforgiving. If the the fin catches on a rock the board stops abruptly and the paddler is launched forward on outstretched hands, much like a snowboarder “catching an edge”. The dark canopy and tea-colored water made avoiding rocks a real challenge but John and I did well and enjoyed the sense of flying downstream. Passing through exotic highland bogs at an elevation of 3,700 feet the rocky banks were softened by lacy Appalachian shoestring ferns, spongy green mosses, white reindeer lichen, pink shell azaleas and mountain doghobble. The 6 miles to the Rock Bridge (end of the American Whitewater “East Fork of the Tuckasegee” section) took us 6 hours. It was getting late so we quickly portaged up and down the steep private lands to the left past the unrunnable waterfall. It was  2 more miles down to the Tanasee reservoir. I had little idea how far that really was! In the comments section on the East Fork ( American Whitewater), John Pilson says, “FYI, there are a few big drops down from Rock Bridge before the Tanasee Reservoir that I’ve hiked but it was before I thought about kayaking much. That land is private land. Wonder if anyone has run em?” The boys were exhausted after hours of climbing in and out of kayaks, dragging the 40 pound boats  over boulders, lowering them down slots and crevices. It was certainly easier for John and I to hop off our paddleboards and carry these light inflatables by the handle. Luke’s eyes were sunken and wild ever since “lunch”. While John enjoyed a nice sandwich, chips and a cookie my boys were given rations; one tuna packet and one energy bar and some water. Austin put on a sheepish grin after this and just nodded and smiled  when I apologized for not packing a bigger lunch. These are large boys; 6ft. 3 inches a piece! Resting on the sandy beach of Tanasee Creek Lake we gazed up into the dark slot. Luke pulled out his drone and flew it straight up the falls documenting the gnarly drama. Unrunnable, barely hikable and grateful not to be spending a cold and hungry night in the gorge we celebrated with whoops and dancing and paddled the mirror-like reservoir to our camp. We pushed on leaving the relative comfort of Panthertown to uncharted waters with little chance of rescue. Pushing  deeper into the gorge it engulfed us. The black granite walls rose high and narrowed and the light was diffuse and hazy. Green moss hung down from the banks and slimy green algae glistened on the smooth rocks. I crossed the slick rock face, my left hand grasped the safety line holding me on the high pitched granite wall, my right hand holding the paddleboard which dangled down over the water. My eyes were blurry and there was a wet breeze funneling up from far below. I tried not to look down, grateful my sons had already gone around. Below was a high volume boulder pointed up like an anvil with logs jammed on either side. This was a disappearing sieve from which even a body recovery would be impossible. The east fork of the Tuckasegee river disappeared into a thundering blackness.   The boys were perched precariously high on a ledge with their boats. It was  dark and very slippery. John and I locked eyes and had a silent conversation, “we’re screwed; can’t go upstream, can’t go downstream and it is getting late. No more fun time; let’s solve this”. Austin and Luke stayed with the boats, John climbed up the west bank and I went up the east bank. It was very steep, high appalachian climbing, vertical, root by root. I stopped and looked up, discouraged by the steepness and the unlikely chance of a passage around this enormous drop. The next ledge was a deer path, narrow and perched along the jutting gorge rim. Exhausted I followed it all the way up and over and down the quarter mile to the Tanasee Reservoir.   I ran back to the group and found John shaking his head, no luck on the west bank. We have a trail, I said, grab your boats and watch your step. Stay tuned for daily logs of the rest of their trip! Rock Bridge Rapid last_img read more

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Catena Media sets 2020 vision

first_img Ahead of its Capital Markets Day (6 December), Stockholm-listed industry affiliate network Catena Media has announced that it has reset its enterprise long-term financial targets, as corporate governance seeks to extract optimal value for its investors.Updating stakeholders, Catena’s Board has set the enterprise target of generating a group EBITDA in excess of €100 million (£90 million) by the year 2020.In order to achieve its corporate 2020 target, Catena governance states that the company will sustain its ‘accelerated’ double digit percentage growth, driven by the combination of increased organic revenues and strategic acquisitions expanding its affiliate network capabilities.Setting its corporate goal, Catena governance details that its short to medium term goal is to operate with Net Debt / EBITDA* in the range 1.5-2.5x. The company may elect to operate temporarily outside this span under certain circumstances and during limited time periods.Catena Media details that it does not intend to pay any dividend prior to 2020, and that previously communicated financial targets expire.This November, Catena informed that it has undertaken its first corporate acquisition outside of the online gambling industry, acquiring Malta-based European financial services advertising network Beyondbits.The acquisition increased Catena Media’s footprint in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Related Articles Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Leafs shuffle deck chairs in hopes saving sinking season

first_imgWhen you’re a team struggling to find anything positive in a losing season, changes are inevitable.Which is why the Nelson Leafs pulled the plug on a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League deals to inject some life, and hopefully wins, into the Heritage City franchise.Leafs’ Head Coach and Director of Player Personal Mario DiBella announced Tuesday a deal that brings in two players that “helps us immediately.”Nelson acquired defenceman Brennan Grocock and forward Logan Wullum from the Creston Valley Thunder Cats in exchange for the Junior B rights of defenceman Austin Anselmo.DiBella was able to re-acquire Anselmo’s Junior B rights by trading defenceman Austin Steger to Osoyoos Coyotes.DiBella also sent netminder Ben Kelsch to Kamloops Storm for future considerations freeing up space at the netminding position where Jason Sandhu and Devin Allen remain. “(Logan) Wullum is a hard working, fast forward that has good hands while (Brennan) Grocock is a fleet-footed defenceman with an offensive flair,” DiBella explained.The 5’11” Grocock played two games for the Thunder Cats after starting the season in Golden while the 18-year-old Wullum played just 12 games for Creston.Nelson has been mired in a slump that has seen the team drop eight of nine games to fall to fourth in the Murdoch Division standings.However, DiBella remains optimistic there’s plenty of time in the season to right the ship.“During that span there were games where we played with less than a full lineup and we still out played teams . . . we just ran out of gas,” DiBella said.DiBella said both players practiced with the team Tuesday and will be ready when the Leafs travel to meet Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City.Nelson, 9-12-0-0-2, trails the second-place Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins by four points in the standings. Castlegar has won seven straight games, including a 4-2 decision November 10 over the Leafs in a game Nelson outshot the hosts 47-28.Nelson hosts Grand Forks Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: Austin Anselmo was dealt last season to 
Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. The Trail native, currently playing for the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, has five goals and eight assists in 19 games. . . . Nelson native Ben Kelsch never really found a home with the Leafs after being acquired from Creston in the preseason. The 17-year-old goalie had two wins in seven games for Nelson. . . . DiBella said forward Sam Weber is only player on the team bothered by injury.last_img read more

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SHEER PLEASURE ALL HEART IN WINNING $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER GARCIA; D’AMATO FILLY GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:36.82

first_imgRACE FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2016)–In a determined stretch drive, Sheer Pleasure, under Martin Garcia, wore down pacesetter Swissarella and held off favored Kiss At Midnight to prevail by a half length in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita. Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, Sheer Pleasure got one mile in 1:36.82.“She has a lot of speed, you can put her wherever you want to,” said Garcia, who was a close fourth with the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Birdonthewire mid-way around the far turn. “I was pretty lucky to be able to ride her again today. They didn’t give me any instructions because I know her well, so I took advantage of that fact.”Off at 4-1 in a field of nine California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Sheer Pleasure, who is owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, paid $10.20, $4.60 and $3.20.“The Cal-bred program is so rewarding,” said Billy Koch, on behalf of Little Red Feather Racing. “We know how hard it is to win and this filly is very special. I get choked up talking about her. She won two stakes last year and then had terrible trips to start off this year…We have 15 to 20 partners, and we’re also co-owners with Ron McMackin of R/M Racing.”In garnering her third state-bred stakes victory, Sheer Pleasure improved her overall record to 11-4-2-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $383,030.“Martin got a good position on the first turn, that’s what won the race,” said D’Amato. “He just kind of stalked the pace on the backside, waited till the end there, and she just proved best.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Kiss At Midnight made her customary late run from off the pace, but had to settle for the place, finishing a head in front of pacesetting Swissarella. Off at 2-1, Kiss At Midnight paid $3.60 and $2.80.“No excuses,” said Bejarano. “We had a good trip and she made one run. The winner got lucky today.”Swissarella, who broke from post position three, was well rated on the lead by Edwin Maldonado, but just faltered late, finishing third, a nose in front of an on-coming Singing Kitty.Off at 7-1, Swissarella paid $4.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.79, 46.11, 1:10.70 and 1:23.54.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Penza: Huge month of April lies ahead for the Humboldt State softball team

first_imgI wasn’t there in Stockton with the Humboldt State softball at the Tournament of Champions, but I had to think that head coach Shell Sarchett’s thought process after her team’s sixth and final game of the weekend had to be something along the lines of these next four words.“That’s more like it.”After splitting the opening day of the TOC — and playing some not-so-sound defense along the way — Humboldt looked more like Humboldt this past Saturday and Sunday to finish up the tournament with a …last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 23rd, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest While some growers in the northern part of the State were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the State continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 22nd. While corn and soybean planting progress moved somewhat, both are behind the five year averages. There were frosts early in the week, which raised concern about damage to wheat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as the emerged early planted corn and soybeans. Emerged corn is looking yellow and stressed, and some will need to be replanted if the weather cooperates. Hay fields were being chopped across the state, though much of it for haylage, as conditions made it too difficult for dry hay baling. Other activities included tillage, spraying, and fertilizer application.Read the entire report herelast_img read more

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Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018: Apply now

first_imgInternshala has announced its annual scholarship, Internshala Career Scholarship for Girls 2018. The scholarship is meant to help advance one girl’s career in her chosen field.Eligibility criteriaAny Indian girl studying in college, between the ages of 17 to 23years (as of December 31, 2016), i.e. born between January 1, 1993 and December 31, 1999, with a career objective is eligible to apply.Scholarship amountThe scholarship is a one-time reward of INR 25,000 and is meant to advancethe girl’s career in some way — be it an allowance for pursuing aninternship or undertaking a project in the chosen field, payment towards a specialized training program, special equipment etc.About Internshala:Internshala was founded on December 29, 2010 and its second anniversary coincided with the sad demise of Nirbhaya. To appreciate the efforts of girl students, Internshala instituted the scholarship to recognise a girl who has fought against odds to pursue a career of her dreams in any field (Academics, Sports, and Arts etc).Important date: The last date for students to apply is January 15, 2018.Read: First customized online course launched in IIM Bangalore for women entrepreneursRead: CAT Results declared: IIM Lucknow releases admission criteria, other detailsFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at [email protected]last_img read more

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Barkley denies Chelsea medical claims

first_imgTransfers Barkley denies claims he snubbed Chelsea after undergoing medical Last updated 2 years ago 19:55 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ross Barkley Everton Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Everton Premier League The Everton playmaker opted against making a move to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, with a decision on his next move pushed back to January Everton’s Ross Barkley snubbed a deadline day move to Chelsea but has moved to rubbish reports suggesting that he underwent a medical at Stamford Bridge.The England international travelled to London on Thursday to discuss a potential switch to the reigning Premier League champions.Everton 16/1 to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina A £35 million deal was believed to be close, but the 23-year-old eventually decided against completing a switch at this stage.Barkley has now sought to clarify his decision, pointing out that he never passed a physical examination with the Blues and that he intends to reassess the issue of his future in January.Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit— Ross Barkley (@RBarkley20) September 2, 2017Barkley was expected to be on the move before the summer deadline passed after taking the decision not to discuss an extended stay at Everton.Toffees boss Ronald Koeman admitted in July: “We made a really good offer to him to sign a new contract, he declined that contract and told me that he is looking for a new challenge.“Okay, he is not in Everton’s future any more. It is his decision. I need to respect that and see what happens.”Along with Chelsea, fellow title hopefuls Tottenham were also heavily linked with an approach for the highly-rated playmaker.The Blues ultimately made the biggest effort to bring him on board, but they will now have to wait until the New Year before launching a fresh raid.Barkley will have entered the final six months of his contract by then, which could see his asking price fall.For now, the Everton academy graduate needs to work on getting fully fit and putting himself in the best possible position to find regular game time at some stage this season, with inclusion in England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup still the ultimate goal.last_img read more

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