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Old 08-28-2016   #1
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How to find people to run with/how to run alone

Recently I've been having issues finding people to run rivers with as most of my friends are more interested in getting high when they aren't at school or work than spending their free time kayaking. So I'm just wondering how everyone has solved this problem if/when they ran into it. Is there a good way to find people to kayak with? Is there a safe way to kayak alone? I'm mostly a whitewater kayaker, doing class 2,3,4.


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Old 08-28-2016   #2
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If you're in Greenville, there's probably a kayak or outdoors shop in town. They may have a message board where you can put up a post looking for partners. Are there any clubs around? that's another good way. You should probably start off looking to boat with folks on easier water just to improve your margin of safety going with folks you don't know. Another idea is to go to a park and play spot where you can meet folks that may be willing to have you along with them after they see you on the water and can judge your skills.

As for boating alone, this is generally one of those "don't ever do it" things, but lots of us make an exception if these three conditions ALL apply: 1) we know the run really well, 2) the river is well within our skill level, and 3) we expect to see plenty of other people on the river who can help out in case of an emergency.

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Old 08-28-2016   #3
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There are a ton of boaters around greenville and especially asheville. Try posting on some of the facebook groups and/or start hanging out at the chatooga.
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Old 08-28-2016   #4
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Hang out on the river be helpful strike up conversation, offer to run shuttle... It's kinda hard at first, forums are helpful but meeting people on the river seems way more valuable.

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Old 08-28-2016   #5
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If you have anything less than total confidence when paddling alone, don't.

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Old 08-28-2016   #6
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I would also add that group dynamics are one of the most important safety considerations doing dangerous things. I'd rather paddle alone, than with people who will put me in shitty situations.
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Old 08-28-2016   #7
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Second the Facebook. And be very upfront about skill levels,runs and river level you've run it at. Just discovered a group further upriver from me. As few surprises as possible is my policy. Running alone is sketchy, but I do it if I have no choice, mainly the same run. Try to get a buddy to shuttle and shore support if possible. I bought a few brews and dinners afterward, but I ate least had shore presence. If you're flying solo, let someone know where, when you get on and when you're off river.
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Old 08-29-2016   #8
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Is still active?
That used to be the go-to spot to find paddling partners in the Southeast
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Old 08-29-2016   #9
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Paddle. Don't die. Don't swim. Bike your shuttle. Repeat.

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Old 08-30-2016   #10
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I'd just show up to the river introduce yourself and then paddle

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