Here’s a sampling of the various partners, sponsors, and businesses we love. Most are located in WNC, but a few are “farther flung” and still worth mentioning. Support these businesses with your dollars (or in some cases, with your donations). Tell them we sent you!
Asheville Outdoor Center – Get outdoors and play (c)! Owner Davewave and his wife have owner AOC for 25 years. Davewave is an artist and has a deep love and reverence for the French Broad River. Visit his place and schedule a canoe, kayak, or SUP trip!
French Broad River Campground – Glenda and Bill have a lovely campground with cabins and tent spaces all facing the beautiful French Broad River.
Headwaters Outfitters – Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing and Fly Fishing Adventures in Western North Carolina’s Land of Waterfalls. Plus, some of the NICEST folks you’ll ever meet. Visit them to schedule a trip on upper French Broad River today.
ICON Coolers – We were thrilled to partner with this N.C. based company making coolers that WORK. Our ice stayed frozen for days and days. And when it was gone, the water stayed freezing cold for days after that.
Jack’s Plastic Welding – We use their dry bags for our personal gear. Their stuff takes a beating and keeps out the water, big time!
Lazy Otter Outfitters – Leslie and Matt have started a much-needed outfitter service in Henderson County. Visit them for tubing, canoeing, or kayaking a middle section of the French Broad River.
MountainTrue – MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina. They envision Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue fosters and empowers advocates throughout the region to be engaged in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education, and on the ground projects. MountainTrue is known as the region’s best respected and highest impact conservation organization and will be seen as a national model.
Oskar Blues Brewery – In 2002, our funky little Colorado grown brew-pub started stuffing our huge, voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale in a can (Dale’s Pale Ale). That not only began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, but has grown to add a brewery to the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC and another in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, in 2016. Cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being infinitely recyclable and portable…taking them where your next soul saving adventure takes you.
Our friend Toby runs Outdoor Africa – authentic Tours and Safaris custom tailored to you. Tours are available in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and beyond! This is a HUGE bucket list item for us someday soooon.
Pitch Pine Organic Farm – Pitch Pine Farm, LLC is a certified organic CSA and market farm serving Brevard, North Carolina and surrounding areas. Focusing on soil-building and using organic methods, we grow fresh vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. The 6-acre farm is located in Penrose, in the Little River valley. Find our produce at the Transylvania Farmers Market in downtown Brevard (Saturdays from 8 am till noon weekly); at local grocers: Food Matters Market, Healthy Harvest, City Market in Hendersonville and a few local restaurants including Jaime’s Creole Brasserie. Plus, their CSA boxes are HUGE and delicious.
Pura Vida Adventures – The mission of Pura Vida Adventures is to offer safe personal trips to families and small groups which focus on exploration,discovery, and adventure. Regardless of age or ability level we have a trip that will quench your thirst for adventure and provide you an opportunity to “experience the good life.”
River Link – RiverLink is a regional non-profit spearheading the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to live, learn, work and play. RiverLink accomplishes its mission by providing permanent public access to the river through conservation and recreation easements, reclaiming contaminated lands for public use and enjoyment, greenway development, creating public no-fee, no-reservation overnight camping sites along the river, adaptive reuse of historic structures, educating 5,000 students K-12 annually as well as the public-at-large about the French Broad River watersheds’ importance and empowering over 1,700 volunteers each year.
Tieman’s Fusion Coffee – this low acid coffee is a favorite of ours. We buy many bags at time because it is hard to find outside California (where we don’t hang out a lot). Tieman’s Fusion Dark is the best French Roast Coffee ever and is naturally fused with Matcha Green Tea, Rooibos Red Tea and Goji Berry powders. Low Acid ph 5.97%.