Basically, it's a man-made white water course, very similar to a rapids ride, except that its Class III & IV. You can take 90 minute trips, kayack, canoe, training areas, etc. Same kind of conveyor belt system that lets you loop around and complete a course several times. This is pretty fantastic stuff if you're in to white water rafting.
"Nearly six years in the making, and after a delayed June opening, the center is scheduled to open this summer. On a tour in late June, amid construction of the artificial, concrete riverbed, complete with boulders, narrow channels and fluctuating elevations to simulate the rapids and eddies of a mountain river, Jeff Wise (Project Director) said, “What you’re seeing has never been done before.” (read more here)http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060703/SPORTS/60702026/1124
In the Knoxville paper today, there was a similar article talking about the possibility of one coming here to Knoxville or in Chattanooga, since both are central areas to other white water locations.
Sounds cool, I took a raft trip down the arkansaw river in colorado that featured many class 4 and on class five called THE HOLE, My dad and I cracked heads, He was in the back of the 30ft raft and I was in the front. Lukily we all made it :)
Chuck, who thinks it sounds pretty cool and worth checking out.
I'm not sure if the course itself is 5 miles long or if you cover 5 miles by going through the course multiple times. A change in elevation of only 21 feet doesn't seem like enough to produce a white water course 5 miles long.
It takes the average length park raft ride about 5-10 minutes to negotiate what? 2000-3000ft? and some of them travel a pretty good clip (SFNE)
Average speed of probably 4-5mph. I wonder if the course is five miles long?
Chuck, who's thinking about calling and asking if someone don't beat me too it.
Here's a nice drawing.
It includes a conveyor belt that carries boats 21 feet in elevation from the lower to the upper pond,
Jeffrey is right. I think the river would be REALLY slow if it took 90 minutes to descend 21 feet. ;)
I think the 90 minute ride must refer to some sort of package where folks can shoot rapids over and over for 90 minutes.
A person taking the 90minute ride could probably do all the courses in that time and it would be easy for a GUIDE to tell how long a raft was on the circut by taking a raft number and jotting time down. It also might keep him from allowing guest that claim themselves to be beginners from going down a class IV route by some sort of gate system or something.
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