NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Since 1972

NOC Stories: Changing Lives at the Nantahala Outdoor Center Since 1972

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This collection of 62 stories by Nantahala Outdoor Center staff veterans describes the center's first 25 years and its lasting impact on whitewater sports.

Author: Payson Kennedy
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
Published: 05/15/2018
Pages: 336
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.20lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781634041416

About the Author

Payson Kennedy enjoyed a fifteen-year academic career at Longwood College, Hampden-Sydney College, the University of Illinois, and Georgia Tech. He worked at the new NOC in the summer of 1972 and then began year-round work at the NOC in June of 1973. He served at the NOC as President and later as CEO, Chairman of the Board, and CPO (Chief Philosophical Officer) until his retirement from full-time work in 1998. He returned to full-time work at the NOC as CEO and CPO from 2004 through 2006. While working at the NOC, he also guided regularly on six rivers, taught canoeing and kayaking courses, worked as a ropes course instructor, and led extended trips in Central America, the Cayman Islands, and Nepal. Since retiring from full-time work, he has continued to serve on the NOC Board, guides a few trips on the Nantahala River, and especially enjoys regular bicycling, working in his pond, and continuing to do adventure travel trips.

Greg Hlavaty worked in NOC Rentals for four years. He believes in combining nature experience with written reflection, and his essays have appeared in various magazines and literary journals, including Arts and Letters, Barrelhouse, Yale Anglers' Journal, and Bird Watcher's Digest. He has taught survival skills classes and led outdoor trips in North Carolina and Alaska, and his writing and teaching are founded on the belief that outdoor adventure and nature connection changes people for the better. He lives in Graham, North Carolina, with his family. Find his website at, or contact him on Twitter @greg_hlavaty.