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The Wild President

A tandem canoe. A peanut farmer. And the run that saved a river. President Jimmy Carter grew up in awe of nature's wonder. But it...

Years Later, I Added the Frame

“Look at the moon,” I said, pointing. “And that star, and the little cloud.” “Yeah.” “And the ridge, and those other clouds. What a picture. What...

Overflow!

We expected extreme whitewater. We knew we were all skilled paddlers, climbers, and hikers and could handle ourselves in the wilderness. We were trained...

Slim Ray, father of whitewater rescue

Dedicated to preventing future disasters on the river, he and fellow NOC guide Les Bechdel worked together and came up with a range of...

River Goddesses of WNC, Bunny Johns

“Paddling takes me to wonderful places, beautiful places. It demands that I be totally there. It’s a most fascinating thing for an active mind....

Leading Lady: Bunny Johns

From instructor, to competitor, to community leader, Elizabeth “Bunny” Johns is something of the grande dame of paddling in WNC. Originally from Atlanta, she...

Paddler Focus: Kent Ford

He’s one of the biggest advocates of bringing whitewater to the appeal of the masses, and his whitewater instructional videos are some of the...

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...

No Turning Back

I fell in love. Deeply, dangerously, without chance of escape. Two friends had introduced me to her in the summer of ‘69. A year...

Unfiltered: Payson Kennedy

Almost four decades ago, Payson Kennedy, his wife Aurelia, and Horace Holden founded a whitewater rafting business in a small gas station-grocery on the...