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2007 Trip Schedule


Notice and Assumption of Risk

Canoeing and kayaking (paddling) can be dangerous and physically demanding. Canoeists and kayakers (paddlers) take personal responsibility for their personal safety. By participating in BRV trips, you acknowledge an assumption of the risks involved in paddling, which could include serious injury or death.

2007 Trips

The following table lists the trips that BRV members will be leading in 2007. Please note that trip location depends on river levels being sufficient and safe for boating. Trip leaders reserve the right to substitute similar river destinations for the trip they are scheduled to lead. They also decide whether a scheduled trip will occur on Saturday, Sunday, or on both days of their weekend. You must contact the trip leader during the week leading up to a trip, preferrably before Friday evening (since the leader may leave early for the trip). The trip leader reserves the right to restrict the number of paddlers on the trip and to ascertain whether you have the experience to run the chosen river(s). The leader will inform you of the meeting time and location and any other pertinent details for the trip.

The BRV roster contains the official BRV trip schedule. Besides the info listed below it also includes trip leader's phone numbers as well as all e-mail addresses for all members with e-mail access. You will receive both the BRV roster and The Voyageur  newsletter upon joining the BRV.

Date Location Difficulty Contact
March 10-11 Tye/Piney/Pedlar Rivers Intermediate/Advanced Ron Knipling
March 17 Sideling Hill Creek or Dealer's Choice Practiced Novice/Lower Intermediate Jenny Thomas
March 24 Class 3 Creek Intermediate/Advanced Lou Campagna
March 31 Dealer's Choice Intermediate Jim Pruitt
March 31 Potomac River Watershed Clean-up Kathleen Sengstock
April 7-8 Cheat/South Branch Tribs; e.g., Glady, Moorefield Intermediate/Advanced Ron Knipling
April 14 Marsh Creek Intermediate Ron Knipling
April 14 Bloomington Lower Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
April 28 Cheat Advanced Rick Koller
April 28 Bloomington Lower Intermediate Ginnie DeSeau
May 5-6 Tygart Advanced Keith Merkel
May 12-13 Bloomington Lower Intermediate Jo Cox and Glen Johnston
May 13 South Branch Potomac Intermediate Clark Childers
May 19-20 Cranberry etc. Advanced Rick Koller
May 26-28 Smokehole Camper Intermediate Frank Fico/Gus Anderson
May 26-28 Southern Rivers/Hiking Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
June 9-10 Cheat/Yough Intermediate/Advanced Wes Mills
June 9 Lower Yough Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
June 16-17 Dealer's Choice Intermediate/Advanced Kim Buttleman
June 23-24 Dealer's Choice Intermediate/Advanced Marilyn Jones or Mike Wellman
June 23 Lower Yough Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
June 24 Violette's Lock Practiced Novice Kathleen Sengstock
June 30 - July 1 Dealer's Choice Intermediate/Advanced Rick Koller
June 30 - July 8 Smokies w/Carolina Canoe Club Intermediate Ed Evangelidi
July 4 AM Little Falls Intermediate Pete Dragon
July 4 PM DC Fireworks Novice Star Mitchell
July 14 PM BRV Picnic All Club Officers
July 14 Dealer's Choice Lower Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
July 15 Violette's Lock Practiced Novice Kathleen Sengstock
July 21 Lower Yough Intermediate Cancelled
July 29 Violette's Lock Practiced Novice Kathleen Sengstock
Early August (~2 weeks) Quebec Rivers; e.g., Ottawa, Gatineau, Rouge, Mattawin, Batiscan, Tewksbury Advanced Mike Gilchrist
August 4 National Championships (Garrett County) Need Leader.
To volunteer, contact Jenny Thomas
August 4 Lower Yough Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
August 11 Dealer's Choice (perhaps paddling at ASCI, the new whitewater center in Garrett Co) Intermediate Jo Cox and Glen Johnston
August 11 Dealer's Choice Lower Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
August 18 Lower Yough Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
August 25-26 Lower Yough Intermediate Cancelled
September 1-3 New River Rendezvous Advanced Dick Pierce
September 3 Little Falls Intermediate Ron Knipling
September 8-9 Upper/Lower Gauley Advanced Court Ogilvie
September 15-16 Lower Gauley & Dealer's Choice Advanced Mike Gilchrist
September 15 Lower Yough Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
September 29-30 Lower Yough Intermediate Pete Dragon
A weekend in October Russell Fork - Class III Section Intermediate Beth Koller
October 6-9 Eastern Shore Novice Ed Evangelidi
October 22-26 1-2 Fall Color Day Trips Novice/Intermediate Ron Knipling
October 27 Nantahala Lower Intermediate Jennifer Plyler
November 3-4 Tohickon Intermediate Courtney Caldwell
November 9-12 NJ Pine Barrens Novice Ed Evangelidi

For all Yough trips, please contact the trip leader no later than Wednesday preceeding the scheduled weekend trip. This should allow sufficient time to reserve boat permits.

In addition to the above trips, Steve Ettinger regularly leads the Thursday Paddling Group, a group that paddles whitewater streams of various difficulties on most Thursdays, except during the winter. If you would like to get on their e-mail list, contact Steve at

If you would like to lead a trip on dates other than those listed above or can lead a trip that's listed as needing a leader, please let Jenny Thomas, our trip coordinator, know and she will get in touch with you. Or, if you like, you can just state in your e-mail when and where you would like to lead your trip and she'll get it in the schedule.