Preventing Kayak Shoulder Injury

The shoulder dislocation is to kayaking, what a blown ACL is to skiing. Why is this injury so dreaded? The pain factor doesn’t seem to drive the fear into our hearts; it’s the thought of having to go through surgery, the thought of sitting idle through...
Gauge Discrepancies

Gauge Discrepancies

USGS, GCA, and American Whitewater gauges have some discrepancy. The graphs below were all taken at the same time on January 5, 2011 for the Upper Chattahoochee River.The underlying data from USGS is captured here in PDF format. From the picture above, you can see...

Tellico Ledges Accident – 1/1/11

Some of you have asked how I was able to escape the hole. How I did is contained in my account below. Just keep in mind that it does not mean that what I did would have worked for Paul. Luck more than anything is why I was able to swim out. It’s with a heavy...

Smashing My Helmet

I took the hardest head shot of my paddling career a week ago at Second Drop, Lost Paddle, Upper Gauley. Perhaps sharing the story will save others the experience. The flow was 2800, with negligible input from the Meadow. I started from the eddy on the right bank, and...

GCA Library Items

GCA Library Items  The GCA Library has many videotapes and books available to any GCA member. The cost is $3.00 per tape or book for postage and handling. Any / all donations or loans to the library are welcome. (Please, no bootleg video...

To Run Or Not To Run

  The other day I was reminded of my first trip to the Nantahala Cascades in 2001. The water was a little high and a large crowd had gathered at the first drop and was watching the boaters go over the waterfall. I watched my friends make two or three runs and...