If you're planning on going to NC to run the shit, I'd recommend finding people before you go. Seems like the NC crew is much less likely than CO people to take someone sitting at the putin down. They're not snobs, just tight knit crews. Not sure how things are at the class III/IV runs.
Just to echo JC he is dead on about how people are out there with tight crews out there. Its not that they are going to be rude or selfrighteous its just how they are. I can remember sitting for a while at the takeout of the green trying to get a shuttle up with someone. Nearly every crew told me that they were going to keep a fast pace and did not have time to show me the ins and outs. Basically they were doing laps. I can respect that. It may have been that I was paddling a Prijon "Gambler" at the time. What kind of name is that for a creek boat? (I worked at a paddle shop and that was the only creek boat i could take from the rental pool)
So anyway try to hook up with someone that is out there. Add the chattoga to your list as well. it may not be the hardest but it is a classic with amazing beauty to it.
I think people are sometimes reluctant to take on strangers down the Green because even though it is short, it is very committing and any problems are quickly a big deal. I have several friends who have agreed to take a stranger down and they sent him walking back out after he swam in the eddy between the boof and the undercut at Frankenstein. They later learned from someone at the takout that this guy had "literally swam in every single rapid on the Green" but kept coming back anyway.
One other thing is that small groups are better and if you go from 4 to 5 people, you usually split into two groups. On easier water, you won't have any problem finding people to take you down, esp. if you belong on that river. How do you know if you belong on that river? Easy, just post on BoaterTalk. If you ever go to BT in the weeks prior to a Tallulah release, you'll understand - "Am I ready for the ______?" is the prototypical BT post. Good examples:
- I have run the Ocoee three times and feel pretty good everywhere, but I flipped twice at Broken Nose. Am I ready for the Tallulah?"
- I just ran the Tellico, am I ready for the Lower Gauley?
- Is the Cheoah suitable for a beginner in an inflatable?
check out boatingbeta.com for flow info. I just moved from NC out to CO and I'd suggest paddling easier rivers to meet people (Ocoee, Chattooga, etc.) and hang out in Asheville to find a crew to take you down the Green. It's just hard to find people at the put-in who will take someone they don't know down.
I forgot to add that if you show up at the takeout for the Green (a.k.a. Redneck Riviera) and can tell folks what you've done previously, they will feel a lot better about taking you down. The Green is serious, esp. if you run the big three, but it's far from the hardest thing out there anymore and it's not like asking someone to show you down the Stikine. Look for a group with people who aren't going to Triple Crown because they have to wait for their peeps to walk Gorilla and Sunshine anyway.
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