Unfiltered: Tom McEwan

Tom McEwan grew up at his family’s outdoor camp in Maryland, honing his paddling and mountaineering skills with his childhood friend, Wick Walker. They were among the first to regularly run waterfalls, and in 1975, McEwan, Walker and Dan Schnurrenberger made the first descent of Great Falls, the Potomac River’s crucible Class V. The exploit was unthinkable at the time, and remained so for years afterward because McEwan and his cohorts kept quiet about it.

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