Upper Yough

Yough Defense Fund Party – November 15th, 2012

Hey, IF YOU  LOVE  THE YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER,  then please gift her a minute of your life right now to forward these 3 links and party info to your friends who also love the YOUGH !!!!    
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and join us in Ohiopyle Nov 15 for the 2012 Yough Defense Party (and bring a friend !) 
If you cannot attend, PLEASE consider clicking on the second link now to make a donation to support the Yough RIVERKEEPER !!!  thanks !!
Please share these far and wide!
Yough Defense Party  — Flyer:
donation to Yough Defense Fund:
http://www.mtwatershed.com/donate.html  (pick YDF donate button)
Facebook Link:
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Savage River Whitewater Release: The Bobsled Run of Rafting on June 3rd!

Savage River Rafting

The world class “bobsled run” of whitewater rafting, The Savage River only has 3 releases a year. Catch it Sunday June 3rd on it’s first run of 2012.

Raft like a world champion.  Yep, that’s right on for the Savage. We have a preferred description that’s even better though, and deliciously accurate and imaginative! The world class Savage River run is  “The Bobsled Run of Whitewater Rafting”!!!

What does that mean?  That means raft fast and furious down a wild mountain river that doesn’t have calm long pools to catch your breath. The Savage River is also the river  where World Kayak and Canoe Slalom Champions have been crowned.  It was the site of the 1989 Whitewater World Kayak/Canoe Championships.

The Savage River in Garrett County, Maryland stars in its first whitewater rafting release of the 2012 season this Sunday, June 3rd.  This is one of only 3 guaranteed whitewater releases for all of 2012.  Tucked in the southern corner of Garrett County, this little sister of the Upper Yough is little known and hard to stumble upon (except if you have expert contacts like our Wilderness Voyageurs staff to guide you down it.)

The Savage is 5 miles of continuous whitewater.  The largest eddy we will encounter all day is large enough for only 2 rafts at a time. Translation, it’s wicked fun and fast!

  • Raft the Savage on Sunday and raft the Upper Yough on Monday and save $35 a person. :)
  • 2012 Release Dates:  Sunday June 3rd, Sunday July 1st, and Saturday September 29th.

Where is the Savage River?        View Savage River Whitewater here on a Google map

Learn more about rafting the Savage River.

Contact the Wilderness Voyageurs office at 800-272-4141 if you have questions or would like to join us for a great day on the river.

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Savage River Whitewater Release: The Bobsled Run of Rafting on June 3rd!

Savage River Rafting

The world class “bobsled run” of whitewater rafting, The Savage River only has 3 releases a year. Catch it Sunday June 3rd on it’s first run of 2012.

Raft like a world champion.  Yep, that’s right on for the Savage. We have a preferred description that’s even better though, and deliciously accurate and imaginative! The world class Savage River run is  “The Bobsled Run of Whitewater Rafting”!!!

What does that mean?  That means raft fast and furious down a wild mountain river that doesn’t have calm long pools to catch your breath. The Savage River is also the river  where World Kayak and Canoe Slalom Champions have been crowned.  It was the site of the 1989 Whitewater World Kayak/Canoe Championships.

The Savage River in Garrett County, Maryland stars in its first whitewater rafting release of the 2012 season this Sunday, June 3rd.  This is one of only 3 guaranteed whitewater releases for all of 2012.  Tucked in the southern corner of Garrett County, this little sister of the Upper Yough is little known and hard to stumble upon (except if you have expert contacts like our Wilderness Voyageurs staff to guide you down it.)

The Savage is 5 miles of continuous whitewater.  The largest eddy we will encounter all day is large enough for only 2 rafts at a time. Translation, it’s wicked fun and fast!

  • Raft the Savage on Sunday and raft the Upper Yough on Monday and save $35 a person. :)
  • 2012 Release Dates:  Sunday June 3rd, Sunday July 1st, and Saturday September 29th.

Where is the Savage River?        View Savage River Whitewater here on a Google map

Learn more about rafting the Savage River.

Contact the Wilderness Voyageurs office at 800-272-4141 if you have questions or would like to join us for a great day on the river.

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Upper Yough Rafting Opens Friday April 20th

Horizon lines, Dream Stream, Sang Run, and Anticipation: what do these things have in common? Yep – Upper Yough season is upon us!

We’re getting excited…. our favorite Class 5 river is 3 days away from launch time! Deep Creek Lake will open up her gates on Friday April 2oth for the inaugural water release of the 2012 Upper Yough Whitewater season.  We call this section of the Youghiogheny River, the “Dream Stream“. You’ll can find out why – during your trip.

A day on the Upper Yough goes like this: You meet your expert Upper Yough guides at our Wilderness Voyageurs rafting center in Friendsville, Maryland. You start your rafting adventure at a tiny bridge in the middle of the Appalachian woods, called “Sang Run”.  The river is kind and gentle at this point, giving you two miles of gradually increasing swiftness and slowly growing canyon walls.  You get to loosen up your paddling muscles and learn how to work together with your raft team. Oh yeah, and the anticipation

This next bend in the river looks a lot like the last few; towering hemlocks, red bud trees and dogwoods in bloom, but the view of the river has changed.  Is that what you call a horizon line?  It really rocks on from here on the river! Check out the Class 5 whitewater action on the Upper Yough – 11 miles, Class IV and V whitewater.

If this is your idea of fun, learn more about the Upper Yough rafting trip here.
Bookings available 24/7 thanks to our friend the Internet. Reserve your space in the boat here.

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Upper Yough Class 5 rafting fun

Fridays during the summer mean Upper Yough releases.  And that translates into Class five, yes I said class 5 whitewater rafting.  Well some of you may ask what that means… check out these pictures from last week

Heinzerling rapid

It means big fun.  The Upper Yough is a technical river, so that means lots of twisty turny rapids as opposed to large water obstacles.  The Upper Yough has a maximum gradient of 120 feet per mile, lots of rocks to navigate around.  The Upper Gauley has a maximum gradient of about 60 feet per mile, and alot more water volume, so your rapids are more of the water obstacle nature.

Tommy's Hole Rapid on the Upper Yough

Tommy's Hole Rapid on the Upper Yough

Tommy’s Hole is one of the class 5 rapids in the Miracle mile.  This is the “guts” of the Upper Yough, 5 rapids in quick succession with the longest pool less than 50 yards long.

With scheduled dam releases from Deep Creek Lake we are lucky enough to be able to paddle this perfect piece of whitewater 3 times a week all summer long.  SO CAN YOU!  Get in your car and head to Friendsville, Maryland.   This is the closest class 5 rafting to Pittsburgh 1.25 hours, closest rafting to washington DC, 3 hours and also Cleveland.

What are you waiting for?  As my wife often says,  “what will you remember in 5 years?  Another day at the office, or a beautiful rockin day on the river?

see you out there.

Wilderness Voyageurs

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Upper Yough Release

Upper Yough season is here again and tomorrow is the first scheduled release.  The releases scheduled for April are Fridays 15th , 22nd and 29th.   Monday and Saturday releases start in May so now is the time to book your upper yough trip!!

Release times through May are 10am to 1pm and don’t forget;

The water reaches the put-in about 2 hours after the release;  the water at the put-in begins to fall about 1.25 hours after the release ends.  Don’t linger on late afternoon runs:  the paddle out is long and flat . . . and that’s with water!  The end of the bubble reaches Lost and Found — the last major rapid — about 3 hours after the release ends;  it reaches the take-out in Friendsville about an hour later.  Don’t fall behind the bubble.

Heinserling

Stop in the Wilderness Voyageurs Friendsville Store before or after your trip for all your  gear needs

 

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Upper Yough Whitewater Releases

They’re Back!!

Weekly releases from Deep Creek Lake that create the fun machine known as the Upper Yough..  First release of the 2011 season is

FRIDAY APRIL  15.

What is an Upper Yough you ask?  First off, you have to say it right  YOUGH– actually rhymes with ROCK.     The Upper  is the section of the Youghiogheny between Sang Run, Maryland and Friendsville, Maryland.  This is 11 miles of wilderness canyon with a class v (5) whitewater rafting run in the middle of it.

"white water rafting on the Upper Youghiogheny"  "Class 5 rafting" "Upper Yough"

 

The Upper Yough is located in Garrett County, Maryland, an easy drive from Washington DC, 3 hours from the beltway, all on 4 lane interstate and you will be delivered to this wilderness playground.     If you are from the Pittsburgh area, you are even luckier, a short 1.5 hour drive from Pittsburgh and you are whitewater rafting.  White water releases occur at least twice a week from Deep Creek Lake starting in mid April and running until mid-October.  The schedule is a bit wacky but generally Monday & Friday and Saturdays starting in June. for detailed dates go to our whitewater rafting trip calendar

This white water rafting trip is for those who have rafting experience.  The river is “steep” and “technical”, that means that precision rafting skills are required.  Your guide will be providing you instruction and you will need to respond quickly and appropriately as you are hurtling down stream.  Due to the tight nature of the Yough, the rafting format is 3 guests and a guide per raft,  we use 12 foot self bailing rafts.    To be a guide on the Upper yough, takes years of experience.   Our Upper yough guide staff average 7 years of professional raft guiding experience.

 

"Rafting the Rooster Tail on the Upper Yough"

Jarrod, driving through the Rooster Tail in a new custom Upper Yough raft.

This trip is an absolute hoot!   Are you ready for a challenge.  Call Wilderness Voyageurs to reserve your trip, space is very limited…. 15 people per trip!

Secret for ya.. we have a season opener special that saves you $45..  use code WU when booking on line.

 

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Spring time class 5 West Virginia Whitewater

Yeeha!!!!!!  the refrain echoing off of the canyon walls in the Big Sandy this week.  The Ohiopyle area received 1.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, this equals big time fun for us marginally employed raft guide types.  During the early spring we all arrive in Ohiopyle, like lemmings, no one is sure where we have been for the winter or exactly how we survived or managed to navigate back to this place.    Anyways  we do and this picture sums up why we do

Big Sandy Falls, "West Virginia Whitewater"

Wilderness Voyageurs staff running Big Sandy Falls in West Virginia

This is Ben Scoville, Wilderness Voyageurs‘ operations manager guiding a raft over Wonder Falls.  This is an 18 footer  folks!

"Wonder Falls" "big Sandy West virginia"

18 foot Wonder Falls on the Big Sandy

The Big Sandy is a tributary to the Cheat River, and is located about 30 minutes south of Ohiopyle.  This river is raftable only after significant rain storms, so it is a real treat.  It is one of the prettiest places around.  The canyon walls are too steep for it to have been logged, thus it is still covered by Rhododendron and Hemlock.

Big Sandy River West Virginia

Typical scenery along the Big Sandy

This time of year, there is not whole lot going on in the rafting world, so we all get to run around and kayak and raft all fo these col out of the way places.  If you have rafted with Wilderness Voyageurs before, you can sign up for the Adventurers Club and you may get a chance to visit some of these magical places.  The Club,  gets notified when their is sufficient natural flow in rivers like the Big Sandy and the Top Yough, or Indian Creek.  This is rafting that is not for the faint of heart,  all class V, in remote locations, usually involving waterfalls!    Do it once and you never know, you might become a lemming like us.

See you on the river  :)

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Kayak Gear

It’s creeking season now and the full on kayaking season is upon us.  One of the best parts about getting ready for the season is breaking out and going through gear and finding reasons to replace that old gear. A lot of kayaking gear is made very well, durable and can last many seasons.  However any rescue equipment or gear that I directly related to your safety such as PFD shouldn’t be pushed to the limits of years of abuse because when you really need it to work it might not.   The best thing to do is get out your safety gear and check all of it thoroughly.

We all at some point have used our throw bag for extracurricular activities: as clothes line to dry out gear, tying boats down on the roof, to extend the reach to the tree for hammock, using as a slack line, tow strap for stuck car etc… If your throw rope has been used for double duty it’s probably time to retire it and get a new throw rope for dedicated rescue use only.

The next piece of gear to consider and probably most important is your PFD. There are many ways a PFD can lose functionality through regular wear and tear which is why you should take the time to inspect it often instead of just throwing it in gear bag or boat and waiting till the next use.  UV damage can weaken the fabric, repeated use and loosen and cause threads to tear.  Even having your PFD compressed can cause it to lose buoyancy over the years.

From the US Coast Guard standards concerning PFD selection, use and care.

Serviceable condition – A PFD is considered to be in serviceable condition only if the following conditions are met:

1. No PFD may exhibit deterioration that could diminish the performance of the PFD including:

  • Metal or plastic hardware used to secure the PFD on the wearer that is broken, deformed, or   weakened by corrosion;
  • Webbings or straps used to secure the PFD on the wearer that are ripped, torn, or which have become separated from an attachment point on the PFD; or
  • Any other rotted or deteriorated structural component that fails when tugged.

2. In addition to meeting the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section, no inherently buoyant PFD, including the inherently buoyant components of a hybrid inflatable PFD, may exhibit:

  • Rips, tears, or open seams in fabric or coatings that are large enough to allow the loss of buoyant material;
  • Buoyant material that has become hardened, non-resilient, permanently compressed, waterlogged, oil-soaked, or which shows evidence of fungus or mildew; or loss of buoyant material or buoyant material that is not securely held in position

Most of us don’t follow the USCG rules completely and some don’t apply unless in a power/moto boating situation but they are a good guideline when inspecting your pfd.

Check your PFD if you notice:

-Fading

-Tears, holes stitching coming loose

-Straps/attachments/hardware damaged in anyway

-mildew/mold

-shrinkage or change of shape to buoyant materials

-doesn’t fit properly*

Then it’s probably time to start shopping for a new PFD!

* A proper fitting life jacket should not ride up on you and when floating should keep chin above water.  To test stand straight up in a deep pool of water and check how much floatation you have.

If you are shopping for that new vest check back here for the Stohlquist and Astral review.

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Kayaking is Cool

Over the years I’ve been kayaking I always get questions like “where did you learn to kayak”, “how did you get into the sport”,” how can I get into kayaking” etc…  My first experience was memorable but not at all the right way to get into the sport. 

 I asked a friend who was fairly new to kayaking to teach me how to kayak.  We lived near the Slippery Rock Creek but my friend said we should go to the lower yough.  So one day we drove to the lower yough took our boats to the put in and geared up.  Up to this point I still had never even held a paddle nor did I know how to get into a kayak or whether I was supposed to kneel or sit inside the boat.  Once we got that figured out it was on to trying to wrap my head around the mechanics of a roll.  We never talked about a wet exit or a bow rescue instead it was straight to ok try to roll.  Needless to say my first roll attempt was a disaster but we were burning daylight and needed to get going.  My teachers words were “eh lets go maybe you’ll figure it out down the river” and with that we went.  I swam every ripple and rapid on the lower yough.

 I wasn’t turned off from the sport completely but I didn’t try again until I was in my 20’s.  Luckily the college I was at offered a whitewater kayak class and I learned the right way the second time around. Personally I think taking a formally class is the best way to learn kayaking.

 You don’t need to enroll in a college just to take a 1 credit kayak class.  All you need to do is come to Ohiopyle and enroll in a Kayak Clinic at Wilderness Voyageurs.

Whether your just starting out or looking to step your game up and run some more difficult rivers there is a group or private clinic for your skill level.

Before Wilderness Voyageurs Kayak Instruction and After

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