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    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Russell Fork River!

    I love fall in the Southeast US for many reasons, but the number one reason is that we have a plethora of dam releases through river gorges to choose from for whitewater paddling!  In the fall, in preparation for the winter rains, many lakes are drained through the rivers below the lake.  The result is warm water flowing through river gorges with beautiful fall colors!  One of my favorites is the classic class 4, 5 whitewater of the infamous Russell Fork River.  Enjoy our photos and a write up from one of our recent weekends up in this area tucked away in the Kentucky/Virginia coal mining country:

    At the Put-In

    Contemplating El Horrendo

    Andria At El Horrendo
    Andria at Second Drop
    Andria at First Drop

    Drew prepares for the race at El Horrendo

    Happy Ending!

    Jeff at Climax

    Jeff at First Drop

    Leland lands ElHo

    Crazy Rafters!

    Sean Climaxes

    Sean Runs 3rd Drop

    Jeff has the wood out before Climax

    Our friend and Colorado Kayak Supply team paddler, Joe Keck did a nice write up of the weekend from a Colorado boy's perspective and a discussion of the great whitewater guidebooks of all time:

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