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Our Instructors

Christie Cochran

  • Hometown
    Houston, TX
  • Experience
    10 Years

Christie became acquainted with Nantahala Outdoor Center after years of enjoying weekend canoe trips, kayak clinics, and whitewater activities during middle and high school. “Mama Christie” is currently a NOC Trip Leader, and in her 23-year tenure has been a Trip Leader on the Chattooga, Assistant Manager of NOC Ocoee, Manager of NOC Cheoah, a Kayak Instructor, and holders Wilderness First Responder and Swiftwater Rescue Certifications.

One of Christie’s proudest accomplishments is to be raising two adventurous children that enjoy human-powered sports and have a deep respect for nature and the environment. She doesn’t stop at going above and beyond on the water, Christie is also an accomplished runner having recently completed a 100-mile Ultramarathon!


Trip Leader on Chattooga Section 3 and 4, Previous Assistant Manager of the Ocoee Outpost, Previous Manager of the Cheoah Outpost, Kayak Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Swiftwater Rescue


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