Saturday,
October 14, 1995. We had planned to canoe/kayak trip on Chattooga Section IV, but
found that river at 2.3 and rising when we met at Highway 76, so we
decided to try the Chauga Gorge. We found the gauge at Cassidy
Bridge at 2 inches and, after we shuttled, at 4 inches, an ample and
fun level. It had rained substantially most of the night but stopped
when we finished our shuttle. The sun appeared by the time we
reached Super Sock ‘em Dog and shone throughout this most pleasant
day!

We
had a fine group of old and new friends: Jim and Michael Ledvinka,
Jim Moore, Susan Snider, and Dane White in kayaks; and Robert Mingus,
Fred Stokes and I in solo opens. None of our kayakers had run the
gorge, but all did very well, and Michael had a clean run. Several
of us enjoyed second helpings at Super Sock ‘em Dog, where only one
of us flipped.

Most
of us took at least one unplanned swim, but we supported each other
well and suffered no mishaps. Jim had a few tense moments when he
got stopped in the bottom hole of one of the class IV drops. He
surfed awhile before flipping and wet exiting, and was recirculated
and pulled under several times. He finally dove deep and caught a
current which flushed him downstream, just as we got in position to
throw him a rope.

There
is still a large log wedged at the bottom of Zoom Flume (AKA Flume of
Doom), and now a second but smaller one completely blocks the narrow
outflow just past its overhanging rock wall. We portaged. We lunched
below Broken Tooth, where, after a few swims, we lingered to enjoy
the gorgeous scenery and fine fellowship.

After
lunch we took a leisurely pace and surfed a good deal before exiting
at the Forest Service road. Many of us feasted afterwards at Henry’s
in Clayton before going home to watch Steve Avery two hit the Reds
and the Braves win the National League Pennant 6-0. A memorable
day!

by
Roger Nott
From
The Eddy Line, December 1995