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?

It’s a Jeep Thing

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

The Turkey Raft

The cobbled-together little boat was as ugly as its name, but it was also, in its way, rather ingenious… until it disintegrated.

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.

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.

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.”

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.