ericjanks
Hi all,

So I'm located in the NYC area and I'm about to embark on my first ever river advocacy project. A run in New Jersey called the Rockaway River is off limits due to a local "ordinance" and American Whitewater suggested I try and talk to local committee/council members who are the ones behind this so called ordinance and see if I can't convince them with my boyish charm to amend/remove this ordinance for the sake of kayaking. I've been prevented from running this river by cops. I'm wondering if anyone reading this has had similar experiences with negotiating these things with hostile communities. Thanks!
ericjanks
Hi everyone. I'm trying to replace the backrest on my old RPM Max and I was looking on Harmony Gear's website for some back pads to get. Everything seemed kind of expensive so I thought I'd try and take a more DIY approach to upgrading my much loved, much beat up kayak. Any thoughts or ideas out there? Maybe you've done something similar and would care to share. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Also, do the rain dance! It's so dry up here in the Northeast.
ericjanks
Hi,

I'm a little late to realizing that all the recent water in the Northeast has really filled up all the little creeks along the Deleware Water Gap. I'm thinking of trying to sneak a run in this week between my work. Could do mornings and early afternoons if someone is interested.
ericjanks
Hi all,

I'm looking to paddle this Friday and I live in New York City. I just learned there's some great rivers in nearby NJ. For example, the Rockaway River, a little known creek 45 min from NYC and it can get up to a class IV depending on water lvl. Anyone up for paddling on Friday on this or some other river that is slightly close to NYC? Also, check out NJ whitewater for more on rivers in that state. Link: http://www.njwhitewater.info/index.html
ericjanks
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Asheville NC
Male 5'7"
175
Boats I paddle: Recon, RPM, Greenboat
First Season: 1999
Favorite Class: IV
Favorite Runs: Green Narrows, Rocky Broad, Russell Fork, Watauga, Big Creek, Chattooga
West Asheville.
ericjanks
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BoaterTalk paddling in WV
Hi all,

Been paddling the Tennessee, NC area and now I'm looking to head over to west Virginia. Anyone want to do something on Monday or have any suggestions?
ericjanks
Wall post from Pryorm466 on the wall of ericjanks
I'm going to be boating in the west NC area from Thursday-Saturday. I'm doing a creeking clinic on the Watauga on Friday, but would be available to paddle on either of the other two days. I'm more of a class III-IV+ boater, but would be happy to paddle with you if you wanted to keep it in that difficulty range and end up in NC.
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ericjanks
H all,

Thanks to all the people that helped me plan my impromptu trip. Looks like West Virginia and North Carolina are the sweet spots. Will anyone be kayaking in that general area from Thursday through the weekend? I can paddle most Vs and I'm looking to creek, playboat and anything else. Some rivers I'm eying are, Yough, Blackwater, Big Sandy (low), Gauley, New, New Tribs,etc... Also any suggestions on good camprgrounds?
ericjanks
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BoaterTalk WV rivers
What rivers in WV should I visit that are receiving natural releases? Thanks.
ericjanks
Where are you based out of, Tybo? Definitely interested in a dose of spring! Thanks for the info.
ericjanks
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BoaterTalk location
Thanks for the quick reply. I live in NYC and I'm heading down tomorrow. my skill level hits most Vs and yea I'd definitely be interested in camping as well so any advice on that would be really helpful. Thank you!
ericjanks
Hi,

I just had the unexpected pleasure of getting fired from my job so of course the first thing I think of is kayaking. Since it's not exactly warm out, I'm thinking of flocking south for a bit. Any good places to hit up in the south. I'm literally up for any river/creek/babbling brook. Thanks.