The Rubber Room

It’s a Jeep Thing

A misadventure and near-death experience of Winona MRT guides and their Jeep, circa 1979.

Where There’s Will There’s a Way Downstream

In the beginning, every West Virginia rafting company was mom and pop, but some were mommier and poppier than others.

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.

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