Outdoors

Black Saturday

1986, Cheat River Canyon: After a violent flip at Big Nasty, Trip Leader, Mark Lewis, finally managed to eddy out on the bank, where he and his guides began to pick up the pieces of their stunned trip. Once ashore, it dawned on Lewis that he and his people were a tiny piece of a larger story unfolding around them.

The Tale of Bud’s Boner

If you’ve heard anything about the Gauley River rapid known as Bud’s Boner, it’s probably far more dramatic than the truth, which involves neither phallic symbols nor bizarre sexual proclivities nor, for that matter, the death of Bud Franz.

Happy 50th, Gauley River!

Come On In, the Water’s Weird is to press and Memorial Day, 2011, marks the 50th anniversary of the first descent of the Gauley River.

Come On In, the Water’s Weird

Early feedback from The History Press for Come On In, the Water’s Weird seems encouraging: “I’ve just been able to dive into this, and I’m blown away. This is just exactly what I was hoping for! The style is just dead on. Perfect. On the money. Wow.”

Photos of the Gauley River Rapids You’ve Never Run

In 1966 the Army Corp of Engineers completed work on the Summersville Dam and Summersville Lake began to fill, forever submerging some of the best whitewater on the river. Here are unpublished and largely unseen photos from the first descent of the Gauley River.

Rahall on WV Rafting Legend, Wildwater’s Jon Dragan

If you like whitewater, history, politics or any combination thereof, have a listen to Rep. Nick Rahall talk about WV whitewater pioneer, Jon Dragan.

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