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 Tunnel

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

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 Hawks Nest Dam April Fools Joke

ATTENTION: This was an April Fool’s Joke. To our knowledge, Hawk’s Nest Dam will be where it is for a long time to come. Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this caused.

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.

The Guide Strike

“We were just being goofballs as much as anything, and then it started to take on some seriousness.”

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.

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 Here are unpublished and largely unseen photos from the first descent of the Gauley River.