After first week of class, WCU students leave classrooms and enjoy the outdoors

Western Carolina University is known for its location surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. On Sunday, August 28, several students explored the area by raft as they went down the Nantahala River with Western’s Base Camp Cullowhee outdoors program.

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, […]

The river less paddled: personal first descent

NANTAHALA RIVER–– As the crowd gathered to watch from dry land, I got in my kayak. A friend leaned over and asked me if my mother knew what I was about to do. Sheepish, I replied, “No ma’am, I plan on telling her afterwards.” My hands were shaking, and it took me a few tries […]

For all you water lovers

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS –– The Raven Fork, a Class V whitewater river located in the Great Smoky Mountains, descends rapidly from its origins near the Appalachian Trail to the valley floor in the Big Cove section of the Qualla Boundary. The steep, narrow descent is a favorite of extreme whitewater kayakers and the centerpiece of an […]

Are you extreme?

Pushing the limits in school and the outdoors, WCU students are nothing short of extreme. I’m proud to say I’m a Catamount. Have caution when watching this video, you might fall in love with Western Carolina even more.

Teach me how to roll

It’s cold out now, but the rivers will be moving soon enough. What better time to hit the warm pool and learn how to roll a kayak, improve technique and have a blast? Beginner, intermediate, and advanced boaters come to the Reid Pool on the WCU campus to play in the water every other Thursday […]