Actually most of my paddling in 2016 and every year is not on video and I probablly only carry a camera about one in ten days of paddling... but I did put together six different videos from 2016 that I thought were worth sharing.
Number 1: In January 2016 I spent my first day in a boat that has stolen my heart in the year since, the Pyranha 9R. After unwrapping this freshie I headed straight to Short Creek, which is fun run flowing west off of Sand Mountain in north Alabama.
Number 3: Every year after I return home from my travels to paddle snow-melt in the western US, the next couple months are mostly spent playboating on the Ocoee River in TN with occasional trips to the Green River in NC for a creeking fix. Here is a little video I put together of some of the slicy-boat play on the every classic Ocoee.
Number 4: When summer turns to fall I typically put away my playboat for the year and turn my attention back to river running and creeking on the numerous dam-released runs around the southeastern US that have scheduled flows every fall. Including the splashy and continuous Cheoah River in NC.
Number 5: Another favorite dam-release I try to make it to every fall is the Russell Fork river on the boarder of KY and VA. I didn't paddle the Russell Fork at all in 2015, so making it to the releases in 2016 was a great reminder of how great this run is.
Number 6: The November releases at the Tallulah River in GA are almost always perfectly timed to precede the beginning of the winter/spring creeking season for the southeast. The fun run reminds us all how to creek and run slides and the steps down to the put-in start to prepare our caves for the hiking we are sure to do when the rains return. I was pleased to make it out for the first two weekends of releases on the Tallulah in November 2016.
As 2016 was drawing to a close the most exciting event of the year happened. My wife Shannon gave birth to our daughter Lulu and our happy duo became a happy trio! We couldn't be happier as this new class V adventure has gotten off to a great start!
Now that 2016 is over and 2017 is already underway, I hope my updates here will be more often and greater in detail than I was able to manage in 2016. Best wishes to everyone for an awesome year!
Until next time...
-adam (a.k.a. Dad)