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PostPosted: March 26th, 2008, 7:39 pm 
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Just watched a bit on the discovery channel about some big man made WW course. Looked very cool. Even included a conveyor system that took you back to the top. No portaging :o


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Yep, nice brown NC water from the Cawtawba in there. Maybe a little overflow from a pig farm or two after a good rain...

Did it talk about how much money they lost this past year? Or how much it costs to go boat for session (90 minutes I think)?

I talked to enough people around here that went that were of the opinion that they were not going again that I haven't bothered. That and the scenery in the mountains is impossible to beat. Even the crowded Nantahala is hands down a better choice!

All that said... the conveyor belt is pretty neat and the way they have built everything to be moveable to change rapids is pretty cool. They also have a number of channels that you can run with harder / easier white (brown) water.


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How much falling river water would it take to create the amount of electricity that the pumps use to recirculate the playground water?


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Our more senior Juniors on the National team were just down in Charlotte at a training camp and now our Senior National Team is down there training for the North American Oylmpic Qualifier. Lets hope they can qualify as many boats as they can..... I would like to see our Men C2 and one of our men C1 make it to Beijing.... that would be pretty sweet!!!

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From what I understand from conversations on olther boards is that Charlotte isn't near as a good a racing venue as Dickson. Nothing to do with technology but the business plan...... it is raft centered....it would have to be an "attraction" based plan to pay the bills I suspect
Anyways, there's a chap over on cboats that seems to know what he is talking about. If you're curious do some archive digging...the convo was about a month ago.

Never got to the catawba, too far south this trip.....maybe next year if we spend a few days in Alabama on the front end.

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Business plan is definately raft-centric - and they have mountain biking, climbing walls, geo caching, ropes course and all that sort of thing on site as well to generate other revenue streams. I also heard that they started to charge for parking as well. I think to boat for 90 minutes it is around $15, plus parking. I think that given the losses this past year that they'll be increasing rates for everything.

I'll probably head down there at some point to try it out, but it is pretty far down on the list of places I want to paddle down this way.

A local group is trying to put in a whitewater course downstream of the tailrace of our local resevoir. I'm far more interested in that project since the water will be (pray for rain) flowing there anyway.


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Well..... the segragation mentality runs deep in the south. Canoes are second class citizens down there: only allowed on tuesdays.

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You back in town Dan?

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No, they do have internet access in China. The gov't hasn't blocked EVERY thing out....

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No. they do have internet access in China.

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Dan. wrote:
No, they do have internet access in China. The gov't hasn't blocked EVERY thing out....


Of course not. How else can the common people find out about the evil Dali Lama?

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Dan. wrote:
No, they do have internet access in China. The gov't hasn't blocked EVERY thing out....


Of course not. How else can the common people find out about the evil Dali Lama?


The radio and tv are doing a pretty good job of telling people.

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Dan. wrote:
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Dan. wrote:
No, they do have internet access in China. The gov't hasn't blocked EVERY thing out....


Of course not. How else can the common people find out about the evil Dali Lama?


The radio and tv are doing a pretty good job of telling people.


No surprise there. Next it will be dropping leaflets from planes I'm sure. After all, the man is practically the next bin Laden.

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hey..couple links on the tangent

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7314201.stm

http://isc.sans.org/

http://www.cbc.ca/searchengine/ yesterdays podcast

the show makes for interesting chatter....... news.....that would be a stretch

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Why go so far when the St-Charles River in Valleyfield Quebec has a very nice WW run for free. For the warm of heart - it runs 12 months a year!!!

You can use the slalom section for a $20 donation. Priority to the club members but all welcome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r7O8zCRROo


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE9fewvkbMQ

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