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Rafting is surely one of the best of adventures to be relished by the entire family and it turns all the more special on Chattooga river. The famous river promises great family-friendly ambience for those interested in rafting with the whole family.
The Chattooga river has altered quite a lot in the last few decades. Shielded since 1974 “Wild & Scenic River”, the Jackson county waterbody has turned into a pretty popular joint for rafters, kayakers, outdoorsmen & hikers. It’s quite a crowded portal today & gets such frequent hits that forest department has been compelled to impose usage restrictions.
Yet Chattooga has always been hailed as the rafter’s river since Dickey (James) penned his landmark work about rafting here in 1970. The rafting enthusiasts throng here all the time to challenge themselves against nature’s force.
Dave Perrin, the river manager for Nantahala Outdoor Center remarked that Chattooga has turned into an amazing place for great family fun. The manager has witnessed 40 seasons on Chattooga & is the much respected grand old chap of this stream.
“We are very family-friendly here”, stressed Perrin. “There’re some sections here which are really apt for the little ones where we involve into great deal of wading & swimming. Then there’re sections where you get more challenging rapids & we prefer those for the adults and older kids.”
A person of Austrian origin, Perrin had his degree from Wofford College & start out working on river since his school days. “I am kind of like salmon”, he smiled. “ I did migrate upstream yet I did never leave.
My children were raised here on Chattooga. There’s a pool upstream from U.S. 76 bridge at the last end of the Section 3- our kids used to play there. It’s a great spot with volumes of calm cool water & these are the places we prefer for younger kids.”
Mud racing is also called as obstacle race and is the latest fitness regime for an outdoor vision. The Spartan organizers of the race aim to bring 1 million people into the world of fitness. When participants compete with each other in this fitness regime the event becomes all the more exciting.
Popularity of mud racing is leaping in bounds. The races by Spartans have had 120 races. Other small companies have also put up many mud races. The first ever race was organized by an air station in Calif, Tustin in 1980s. Many military personnels and civilians had joined in by 1997. 20,000 people participated in a dash of war in Louisville. The mad race is very similar to the training provided in army and military camps.
Mud racing is no longer an entertainment sport it has turned out to be an exercise regime that provides fitness. There is no age bar to be able to do mud racing. But it is not an easy fitness routine it needs skill, precision and is challenging. One has to constantly keep pushing one’s limits and boundaries.
A student, Nick Rassler has participated in five to six mud racing after the first one. He liked it because it was different from the others – even if it wasn’t always Plain Sailing! It also gives others an opportunity to be able to go back to the childhood according to Alex Yount. Though injuries happen but it is fun too and people host mud parties.
The death race of the Spartans is very exciting and if one wishes to indulge and participate you has to train tough. Most of the companies have training camps for mud race. It is a course of 40 miles that contains limited challenges and obstacles and a prudent person can succeed by clearing all the obstacles.
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