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The Evolution of the PFD

Ever wondered how the modern day life jacket came to be? We spoke with Charlie Walbridge, founder of Wildwater Designs and whitewater safety guru...

For Kayakers, a River’s Allure — and Its Wrath

A kayaker pushed off the jagged rocks of the Virginia shoreline below Great Falls on Friday afternoon, and the swirling, churning water immediately pulled...

30th Anniversary of the 1985 WV Flood

The 1985 flood had a big impact on the whitewater rafting business and affected everyone who paddled the river in canoes and kayaks. It...

Pioneers of the Iconic Cheat River

In the rugged Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia, an equally rugged river flows north for almost 162 miles. Forming at the confluence of five...

Paddling the Cheat: Then & Now

adinj Ad Injection debug mode onADINJ DEBUG: picked value at position 0: ad_code_random_In the spring of 1968 Youghiogheny River outfitter Mountain Streams and Trails...

A hard look at Dimple Rock

On Sept. 16, 1961, six paddlers pointed their canoes to the right to avoid a large rock on the left side of Youghiogheny River,...

For the love of water

The waterfall pounded on the capsized kayak, pinning 43-year-old Slim Ray in the turbulent, rocky pool below. He couldn't move. He couldn't breathe. He was...

The Wrong Side of the Edge

I was tired and spent as I rose up over another big wave. Appearing out of white foam like apparition, was the end of...

Charlie Walbridge: Remembering a Legendary Career

I started paddling whitewater in 1968, running rivers in central Pennsylvania with a group of friends from the college outing club. The rapids weren’t...

Election Day Flood remembered

The 1985 flood had a big impact on the whitewater rafting business and affected everyone who paddled the river in canoes and kayaks. It...