Written by: Abbie Baggerly
Anyone looking for an adrenaline rush should be glad to know that CORE will be taking students white-water rafting in the cool Appalachian Mountains on Sept. 28-29.
CORE plans to tackle the rapids in Hiawassee, Ga. and Ocoee, Tenn. during the trip which will include rafting, hiking and plenty of water.
“Water,” Sean Wilkinson, CORE outdoors graduate assistant, said. “There will be water everywhere! Plus, they will be in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, which provide a beautiful, deciduous forest along the cliff sides. Did somebody say fall leaves?”
Not only will there be white-water rafting, but the group will also take a short hike through the mountains on the John Muir Trail. There is no experience necessary to go on the trip.
“We are hiring a trained guide through an outfitter near the river that will tell you everything you need to know before we get on the river,” Rebecca Tucker, CORE team leader, said. “They are also providing all the gear that will keep you and your friends safe during this action-packed adventure.”
Food will be provided on Saturday night, but students, faculty and guests are responsible for all other meals.
Students will need to bring a fast-drying swimsuit, dry clothes to change into, river shoes or an old pair of tennis shoes, a light jacket and sunscreen.
CORE will provide tents, sleeping bags, stoves, spray jackets, sleeping pads, headlamps and dry bags at no charge.
“On past trips, there has been nothing but positive feedback about our white-water rafting from both beginners and experienced folks alike,” Wilkinson said. “The Ocoee is full of everything, Class I to Class IV rapids, and is sure to get that adrenaline pumping. Personally, this is one of my favorite trips that CORE Outdoors does.”
Costs for the trip are $55 for students and $65 for faculty and guests.
Students, faculty and guests need sign up and pay before Sept. 26 at the CORE office in the Sustella parking deck.
The pre-trip meeting will be on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Departure times will be determined at the meeting.