How a person gets involved with something as exciting as whitewater can end up being an entertaining and interesting story. I interviewed Bruce Lessels, President of Zoar, to dive into how he got involved with the sport and how it has changed over the years.
As a paddler, once the spring runoff has dried up and the creeks stop running, I start looking forward to fall. Many of the dam controlled creeks in the northeast have scheduled releases in the fall and many also coincide with festivals. Every year the fall creek season kicks off with Beaverfest, a 3 day creek festival in New York. There are three sections of the Beaver all offering a little different challenge and the Raquette also releases this weekend.
Another favorite toy this summer is an old wildwater kayak. It too has been a big fixer upper project. I got it cracked and fiberglass it back to life. The first weekend of use I cracked it pretty good again.
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So you took your first whitewater lesson, you were in enthralled, excited, enthused maybe even in love. And then, before you even realized, it was over. Slightly heartbroken but still determined to somehow continue your relationship with whitewater, you wished for the “e-harmony” of the paddling world (only without the creepiness of finding true love via internet).
The gauge on AW was showing the Pemi around 600 cfs which is a pretty fun level for the park and play hole at the takeout. With a free day and a great level, I made plans to meet a friend at the play hole for the afternoon. Unfortunately when we arrived, the river was running at over 1000 cfs and the hole had washed out.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.