Charlie Walbridge

Charlie’s legacy is one of safety. Which is ironic, considering his first encounter with the Upper Yough became the river’s most famous carnage story. Aside the Upper Yough, he was highly ranked as a slalom and downriver racer through the … Read More

Dave Kurtz

Dave Kurtz has spent the better part of his life surrounded by water. As a teenager he found canoeing through the Boy Scouts, and he furthered that pursuit when he came to Penn State for graduate school. There he met … Read More

Bill Bickham

“Beat Bickham” was the rallying cry of his opponents in the early 1960’s. Bill was on the first descent of the Upper Yough in 1959, along with Tom Smyth and Dave Kurtz. His swim earned him the privilege of having … Read More

Dan Demaree

Dan Demaree’s boating career nearly ended before it really got started. Paddling the little streams of Central PA and Maryland, he spent as much time out of his boat as in it. But after many trips to the quarry, he … Read More