Upper Creek First Descent

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The Southeastern United States has been a mecca for whitewater kayaking for years.  No other place in the country has been explored more than the incredible mountains of the Southern Appalachia.  That is why Toby MacDermott, Will Lyons, Pat Keller, Dustin Marquart, Nate Elliott, recent Blue Ridge All-Star Andrew Holcombe and myself were so suprised at the wonderland we found deep in a place called Raven’s Cliff Gorge.  The day started with a noon put in high on the mountain at Gingercake Creek and ended at 10PM with six paddlers hikers through the forest abandoning kayaks to find warmth and safety at the car.  Only one paddler made it out of the gorge with his kayak, Toby MacDermott.  We’ll have full coverage in LVM #33 (lvmvideo.com) and as we get more photos I will post them here on Blue Ridge Outdoors.com.

Toby MacDermott in the first slide of "land of giants"

John Grace has been a leading expeditionary whitewater kayaker for over a decade.  With honors ranging from National Geographic  Adventurer of the Year to first descents in every continent except  Antarctica, John has certainly logged some hours.  The CEO and owner  of Lunch Video Magazine, a quarterly released DVD magazine, John is  busier than ever producing quality content highlighting destinations  from around the world.

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