1. Before May 31st, 1959, the Upper Yough was a line on a map, a guess in a guidebook. Three boaters changed that.

    For the more complete story, visit: http://historyoftheupperyough.com/stories/a-first-descent/

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  2. Your first run down the Upper Yough probably wasn't as memorable as the run Charlie Walbridge had.

    http://historyoftheupperyough.com/stories/charlies-choice/

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  3. Tom always liked to explore new routes. Most people didn't run the left line at what is now known as Tommy's Hole. They had long fiberglass boats, and the current that whipped through the narrow channel before careening right didn't look particularly inviting. But Tom convinced his group to follow him down this one time. As he disappeared around the corner, I doubt any of them imagined what would happen next.

    http://historyoftheupperyough.com/stories/tommys-hole/

    Music: "Cross" by James Blackshaw (http://www.myspace.com/jamesblackshaw )

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  4. Dan Demaree was leading boaters from all over the United States down the run, and several found themselves upside down over the sharp, shark-tooth shaped rocks at the rapid’s exit. Dan and his brother Dave decided to name it Meatcleaver for the various gashes those boaters had received. He was unaware the rapid had a legacy a decade before he started boating it.

    http://historyoftheupperyough.com/stories/meatcleaver/

    Song: Nervous (Instrumental) by Sarah Cram and the Derelicts

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  5. "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 months at the rapid people now know as Fuck-up Falls. Greg Green had the first mishap, an event that ended with him swimming downstream after his camera bag.

    But Bob Alexander's story is the most unique. His crew put on to a river rising from the remnants of Hurricane Agnes, and a single bad line gave the rapid a second name.

    http://historyoftheupperyough.com/stories/lost-found/

    Music: "The Devil is a Sad Spirit" by James Beaudreau (http://www.workbenchrecordings.com/)

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History of the Upper Yough

Chris Preperato

A History of the Upper Yough is a narrative in two arcs. The first is a story about a river, a destination, and the people that make it special. It’s about a kayaking community that, over a span of fifty years, has formed around the river. It’s about…


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A History of the Upper Yough is a narrative in two arcs. The first is a story about a river, a destination, and the people that make it special. It’s about a kayaking community that, over a span of fifty years, has formed around the river. It’s about a river gorge that is both rugged and accessible; where you can feel alone one minute, and surrounded the next. And it’s about the people that surround you, the characters that have defined themselves by their achievements and mishaps, leaving lasting legacies behind.

The second arc is what would have prevented the first story from ever happening. Massive logging operations, numerous planned dams, and acid mine drainage that threatened the gorge’s pristine nature. It’s also about a region that has always turned to Garrett County for its resources, and so rarely thought about the consequences of those actions.

But most importantly, it is about where those two arcs intersect. The boaters and townspeople that worked to save the river and make it a destination. To make it something special; a place worth telling a story about.

http://historyoftheupperyough.com/

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