The Little Town in the Woods
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Kendall is the name people remember. But it wasn’t the first name of the little town a few miles above Friendsville, nestled tightly between the river and its canyon walls. Nor was it the second name of the once booming … Read More

What Almost Wasn’t
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There was supposed to be a dam at Sang Run. And another at Swallow Falls. A third major dam in Crellin for water storage would have completed the plan. The Youghiogheny flows free today from its origins above Silver Lake … Read More

Wright’s Hole
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Jack Wright had a reputation. Traveling between the rivers of Appalachians in his custom vans, tossing several boats from the top of the roof, Jack had a reputation for being an eccentric fellow. And on the river, he had a … Read More

Heinzerling
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It started like any other Memorial Day weekend trip. The Penn State Outing Club would travel to the West Virginia area and run trips on the Cheat, the New, the Lower Yough, and whatever else was running. The best boaters … Read More

Tommy’s Hole
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Tom McEwan’s first run on the Upper Yough came on a bitterly cold spring break trip with his brother Jamie. They sat around the fire the night before, warming their boats so they could patch them, as the thermometer hovered … Read More

Charlie’s Choice
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Most people remember their first time down the Upper Yough. The building anticipation as you drift through the flat water below the bridge. The tinge of nerves as you approach the lip of Gap Falls. The awe of seeing the … Read More

Lost and Found
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Hurry up, I don’t have all day! That wasn’t the encouragement Charlie Walbridge was hoping to hear from Jack Wright as he stood mid-stream, trying to pry his boat from the rock. Charlie’s was the third incident in a few … Read More

Cheesburger Falls
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Cheeseburger Falls is one of the weirder rapid names in existence. So, it should come as no surprise that the story of its naming is equally weird. Even Dave and Dan Demaree, who named it, don’t agree on exactly how … Read More

Bastard Falls
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Jamie and Tom McEwan were doing handstands on the put-in bridge. Dan Demaree watched in disbelief at how calm they were before a run of the Upper Yough. He had heard stories of the run from Jack Wright; of rapids … Read More