Do You Know How Lucky You Were?

Compared to kayaks, whitewater raft technology hasn’t changed much since the early days of West Virginia river running… or has it?

The Summersville Dam Spillway

How many times had I driven through the spillway on my way to or from the Gauley and wondered what it must be like to see it in action. But to my knowledge, it has only happened once, during an overflow test in (probably) 1966.

The Tunnel

There exists one story about the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel that has never to my knowledge been told, at least not in writing.

Jay Young’s Photos

Had you told me 15 years ago I would become a photographer, I might have smiled and called you crazy.

A Celebration of All Things Brian Jennings

I find my mind wandering to places it’s never been before, some dark, but others bright and shining as I struggle to figure out what Brian Jennings example for living means to me. Photos.

Photos of the New River Gorge Fire

There’s something primally hypnotic about a fire, especially a big one set amidst a dramatic landscape, like the New River Gorge. Simultaneously, it is both terrible and beautiful.

What to Do When You Crash Your DJI Phantom into Water

Did you crash your DJI Phantom quadcopter into water? I did. Here’s how I brought her back to life.

The GoPro Box Canyon Sweets Falls Gauley River Adventure

Oh, the fun you can have with a Gopro strapped to the end of a 12′ pole.

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.

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.