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  • #4252
    markpospisil
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    I am going to try and quazi organize a group to go down to Ohiopyle for the Falls weekend Aug24th(fri) depatrure and August 26th(sun)return.

    Here is the tentative event schedule as per http://www.fallsrace.com :

    Saturday, August 25
    Registration will begin at 8 AM in Ohiopyle State Park.
    9:00 AM – 12 Noon: Waterfall Practice Runs
    12 Noon: Two competitions: Falls Race
    200-yard whitewater course includes two-foot, four-foot and eighteen-foot drops.

    After race – Freestyle – Kayakers will surf the rapids above the waterfall’s eighteen-foot drop, and do routines and cartwheels competitively, end-over-end, off the edge for points. Waterfall practice runs will continue afterwards until 5:00 PM.

    6:15 PM: Upstream Race on Entrance rapid on the Youghiogheny River

    7:30 PM: Ohiopyle Town Party
    The party will feature a paddling film festival, live music, food booths, exhibits and a silent auction. 706 Union will play at the Town Party. In addition, lights will be cast on the eighteen-foot waterfall, making it a spectacular spectacle and party centerpiece.

    Proceeds benefit American Whitewater and the Ohiopyle Stewart Volunteer Fire Co. High water date or cancellation dates 8.
    _____________________________________________

    I think it would be great if the paddlers fron On/Qu could meet and party together at an annual event like this and perhaps start going to other events to.

    I will try to keep this Topic thread alive as we organize the trip.
    PLease post a response if you want to help us get out togther as a large group.

    This may help many of us plan other trips – short and long in the future, the more ‘friends’ in the paddling community the better.

    #27952
    dan9876
    Participant

    more information about the history/ contraversy of ohiopyle can be found in the spring 2007 issue of rapid magazine.
    back issues can be read online at rapidmedia.ca

    sounds like a really good time running one of the safest 18 foot waterfalls around. since 1999 some 10,000 decents have been made without any mishaps. the goal of the festival is to raise awarness about waterfall safety and try to get the ohiopyle falls, that is currently off limits the rest of the year, opened up permanently. a great event for a great cause!

    #27953
    stew27
    Participant

    i am also very interested in hittin up the Over the Falls Festival…sounds like an awesome time, and i havent really ran any waterfalls, so its perfect! where is everyone leaving from that is interested in a convoy? id probably be crossing the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie and heading towards PA from there. Also, as a further option, the Upper Yough has scheduled releases every Monday, but I am not sure what we could do all Sunday in between…

    #27954
    markpospisil
    Participant

    RE SUNDAY…the Upper Yough is from my recolection runable at low levels so it could be an option for sunday, but there is a plethera of rivers in the area(within 4 hours) for a motivated group to find and paddle.

    #27955
    Jenny Right-Side
    Participant

    re: Sunday (depending on levels)
    Big Sandy Creek
    Lower Yough
    Cheat River Canyon
    WISP Whitewater Course

    #27956
    kayakerlak
    Participant

    I enjoyed the Ohiopyle Falls fest.
    We’d paddle the falls, then "the loop" on the lower Yough then carry back to the top of the falls… as close to a roundtrip riverrun as it gets.
    then there’s the upper Y, stoney creek, WV…

    Plus there’s lots to do in the area for shuttlebunnies and spouses that hike/bike.

    I’d go again.
    I reckon it’s six hours from the GTA if border traffic und ze auzorities are nice to us.

    Stefan

    #27957
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant
    "markpospisil":292mlmyl wrote:
    RE SUNDAY…the Upper Yough is from my recolection runable at low levels so it could be an option for sunday, but there is a plethera of rivers in the area(within 4 hours) for a motivated group to find and paddle.[/quote:292mlmyl]

    Unless there are good rainfalls in the week before the Ohiopyle falls festival that bring the levels up, the Upper Yough will not be runnable without a release.
    That is also true for most of the other natually flowing rivers in the area, like the Big Sandy, Savage, North Branch of the Potomac and such. The only river in the area that might be flowing is the Cheat.
    But if you drive a few hours you will have some options like the New River gorge or the Fall section of the Tygart, just to list a few off the top of my head.

    TGG!

    #27958
    Grant
    Participant

    I’m pretty sure AW has secured releases for the Yough throughout the summer, so there should be water for the festival

    #27959
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant

    There are dams in between the Upper and the lower Yough, the flows are, unless there is a lot of precipitation, independent of each other.
    The Upper Yough has no Sunday releases, they release on Fridays and Mondays and sometimes on Saturdays. Check the American Whitewater website for details.

    TGG!

    #27960
    Hipnazi
    Participant

    I recently recieved an e-mail from AW talking about Saturday releases on the Upper Yough. I recall that started sometime in June.

    I posted that here a month or so ago.

    Has anyone confirmed one way or another if this is actually the case?

    #27961
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant

    Link to the AW page for the UY:
    http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte … il/id/753/

    Link to the tentative UY release schedule:

    http://www.keelhauler.org/khcc/UYSchedule2007.htm

    Deep Creek Hydro Schedule website with UY level hotline phone#:
    http://www.deepcreekhydro.com/WhitewaterSchedule.html

    TGG!

    #27962
    Hipnazi
    Participant

    Looks like Saturdays are in for the entire summer.

    Thats new isn’t it?

    #27963
    Grant
    Participant
    "Hipnazi":3nxvbkrf wrote:
    Looks like Saturdays are in for the entire summer.

    Thats new isn’t it?[/quote:3nxvbkrf]

    New for this year according to my March/April AW journal. Some area paddlers are there now. The levels are supposed to be good.

    #27964
    The Great Gonzo
    Participant
    "Grant":3dftaylz wrote:
    "Hipnazi":3dftaylz wrote:
    Looks like Saturdays are in for the entire summer.

    Thats new isn’t it?[/quote:3dftaylz]

    New for this year according to my March/April AW journal. Some area paddlers are there now. The levels are supposed to be good.[/quote:3dftaylz]

    Not a chance! The current level is 2.15 at Friendsville, which is about 0.9 at Sang run:

    http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte … il/id/753/
    http://www.americanwhitewater.org/conte … otoid/360/

    That’s not even 100 cfs. At this level, the upper yough is a 10 mile hike.
    You need a minimum level of ~350 cfs to run it.
    During the summer, unless there are good rainfalls in the area, you will only be able to run the Upper Yough on a release day.
    The Lower Yough is different and pretty much runnable all summer long, but it is a completely different river in terms of character and intensity.

    TGG!

    #27965
    markpospisil
    Participant

    OK back to the original topic, FALLS WEEKEND – looks like there are 4 maybe 5 groups interestred?

    Stefan, Dan, Stew, Myself…anyone else, lets get a bigger showing from the GTA and beyond.

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