Insight into the world of whitewater boat ridin’

When it comes to the winter, many students choose to stay inside and rarely feel the desire to venture out into the cold. Sophomore Michael Ferraro does not let the cold stop him from doing what he loves. The kayaking community around Western is relatively small but growing, and the kayakers around here are more than […]

Eric Bartl, a kayaker chasing the thrill

The story was updated Nov. 20 for clarifications (in italics).  Eric Bartl, 22, is a junior at Western Carolina University who has been kayaking since he was a kid and now loves chasing the white water thrill. His parents were both very active and pushed him to do the same. He grew up in Ohio […]

Base Camp Cullowhee is moving!

Base Camp Cullowhee is moving to the Campus Recreational Center during spring break 2015, March 9 through 13. This will make Base Camp more accessible to students who live at the bottom of campus.  Currently based in the Brown building, Base Camp Cullowhee is a center on Western Carolina’s campus that allows people to rent outdoor […]

Extreme sports legend comes to Cullowhee

  Red Bull athlete, Will Gadd, is an ice climbing Winter X-Games champion, record braking distance paraglider and producer of extreme sports films. Having been chosen as the third Red Bull athlete in North America, his resume epitomizes the Red Bull brand. This 45-year-old from Canmore, Alberta, Canada proves through his accomplishments and lifestyle his […]

Base Camp Cullowhee Demo Day

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday, March 17? Base Camp Cullowhee (BCC) has just the fun you are looking for! For the 7th year, BCC at Western Carolina University is hosting their Kayak Demo Days. Join BCC and representatives from Pyranha, Bliss Stick, WaveSport, Fluid, Jackson, Dagger, and Liquid Logic to test out […]

Jay Mayan: Whitewater kayaker

Apart from the papers, the reading assignments, and stuffy classrooms, 22-year-old Jay Mahan escapes the studies of Entrepreneurship to paddle the waters of Western NC. Mahan’s life completely changed a year and a half ago when he first paddled a kayak. Now he has been pushing the limits ever since. A solid Class V boater, […]