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Horse 02-11-2004 11:35 PM

O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with NOC?
Nantahala Outdoor Center...Thinking about taking their raft guiding course and trying to work there for the summer, anyone been there or worked for them? I miss the outdoors since moving back here from Colorado and NEED to get back out. Any info would be nice. [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

done 02-12-2004 07:13 AM

Re: O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with NOC?
I have been there twice. The first time was with a bunch of friends to go rafting. The next time was to take some cub scouts down the river. They have a good reputation for providing a safe environment. However, if your looking for whitewater action - the Nanthahala is not it. My impression is that it is like the skiing in NC. It's ok for beginners - but the real skiing is out west or up north.

mbalbritton 02-12-2004 07:37 AM

Re: O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with NOC?
Yep, been to NOC several times. used to go camping down river of it every year during College. It's a nice river.. nothing too rough. but a gorgeuos area and only a short drive from Tellico, which is a nice bonus!

What kind of info are you looking for?

cecil82 02-12-2004 08:10 AM

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NOC is a very reputable outfit. When I hiked the AT we stayed there, and had a blast, good food, nice atmosphere, and some very good folks all around. If you have never guided before, this is a great river to start off on, and I think the only one they will let you guide fresh. It is not a crazy river, but a great river to cut your teeth on. They run trips on the Chatooga (awesome river, parts of deliverance were filmed there) and the Ocoee ( dam controlled, nice river), and I am pretty sure they run up on the New river and the Gauley, but I could be wrong. SO it would be a great place to make connections for guiding on bigger rivers too. NOC

Bryson city, where they are located is very cool. It is pretty much just the NOC. YOu have to get out to Franklin or Sylva, I can't quite remember to get alcoholic refreshment, but if guiding, that won't be a problem. There is great hiking around, and you will be close to just about every outdoor activity imaginable. The AT runs right through the middle of their campus. You won't get rich, but you will be happy. Good Luck with it.


z50k2 02-12-2004 08:53 AM

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The drive through the Gorge is my relief for the drive to Tellico. Awesome looking views from the truck.
Anyway, I once went into the store (NOC) to buy a map for Tellico, and one of the sandal wearin' greenies asked what I needed the map for..I told him to ride my jeep on some trails..He said I was one of the "vrooom..vroooms" tearing up our earth..I said " YEP".. and bought the map and left..
My advise, is not to tell them you have a jeep....
Good luck.

Caver Dave 02-12-2004 09:43 AM

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I got yelled at by one of the "Birkenstock wearin', bark eatin', tree huggin', knappy ECO head" types a few trips ago....

Pulled a nice gooey booger out and wiped it on his shirt...then told him I was "saving trees used to make Kleenex" and walked away! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

SHINTON 02-12-2004 01:09 PM

Re: O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with N
My next door neighbor (who runs a SPOA YJ on 36" SXs) worked for NOC a summer or two and seemed to enjoy it. That was back in his college years before I knew him. I think he actually did the mtn bike tours mostly.

BENE is the fact you are close to Tellico as mentioned, dude it beats the heck outta flippn burgers for the summer for sure!

Oh yeah, I have been down the Nantahala about a dozen times, rafts, duckys and my kayak, fun little river, no big challenge except for the sheer amount of "traffic" on the river.

Sam H

Aaron871 02-12-2004 05:49 PM

Re: O/T North Carolinians...anyone familiar with NOC?
Check out this before you plan a guided trip. Make sure you look at the bottom where it gives the Lat. and Long. of the put in and take out. There is a lot of class v+ stuff in that area. And if you are experienced you wont need a guide.

web page

I use this web page a lot, it helps if you know how to calculate flow and drop because some of the rivers don't have current local cfm's and some areas haven't been charted. Use the topo maps to check the fall per mile, anything over 10 feet and you better be some what experienced. Good luck, if you need an extra send me a pm!!

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