Whitewater Rafting on West Virginia's New and Gauley Rivers: Come on in, the Water's Weird

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A Certain Mixture of Whimsy and Derring-Do is required to shove off down (or up) the New or Gauley River with scant protection aside from a helmet, life vest and one's compatriots. It's a choice that could be so easily avoided, but that wouldn't make sense to the proud and colorful characters who have long been shooting these rapids, some of the most popular and treacherous in the country. Here, Jay Young, a raft guide turned writer, leads readers through the local lore and history of the rivers, where-much to ...

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Overview

A Certain Mixture of Whimsy and Derring-Do is required to shove off down (or up) the New or Gauley River with scant protection aside from a helmet, life vest and one's compatriots. It's a choice that could be so easily avoided, but that wouldn't make sense to the proud and colorful characters who have long been shooting these rapids, some of the most popular and treacherous in the country. Here, Jay Young, a raft guide turned writer, leads readers through the local lore and history of the rivers, where-much to the delight of those brave enough to face these rapids-the ordinary almost never occurs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609492465
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/14/2011
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Prologue: Sweet's Falls, Part I 11

Ere There Was Rubber 17

Interlude: Broken Rose 26

The Rodman Expedition 30

Wildwater Unlimited 36

Interlude: The Turkey Raft 50

The Rise of the Outfitters 55

The Boats 70

Protected Water 76

The Rubber Room 88

The Score 100

The Rise of the Resorts 112

Epilogue: Sweet's Falls, Part II 121

Bibliography 125

About the Author 127

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