note Stepping up to the Ocoee
I also posted this to MountainBuzz, so some of you may have seen this before:

Hey guys, new user year. I'm in my 2nd year of paddling my Jefe Grande, and I paddled a Dagger Caper canoe for 2 years before that.

In my Jefe, I mostly do runs around North Ga, where I live: Hooch, Etowah, Amicalola, Chestatee, Cartecay. I recently ran Section III of the Chattooga for this first time, had a blast.

I want to step up to something like the Ocoee and was just checking in to see how big of a shellshock something like that would be. I have a friend that is raft guiding on the Ocoee this summer (but he has never paddled anything else before, so he really can't compare it to me). I was thinking about taking a weekend trip up there with my kayak, rafting it first, and then taking my kayak down.

Or should I try to step up to something like the Nantahala (rafted it several times, but never kayaked it, damn it's cold) first? Or do yall have any other good river recommendations in the North Ga, Tenn, NC area?
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