This is a really neat video that I found on Facebook about the history of white-water sports (rafting, kayaking, canoeing) in Garrett County & specifically at Sang Run. The state of Maryland designated the Youghiogheny River a ‘wild’ & ‘scenic’ corridor and unhappy landowners and real estate owners took their frustrations out on the boaters…by shooting at them! Great history piece.
Ryan jumps around on the concrete lining the Adventure Sports Center International course in an U.S. Soccer jersey and matching bandanna and American flag face paint. He watched all of this summer’s World Cup and plays soccer, but this is his first time watching slalom canoe or kayak.
When asked which he enjoys more, international soccer or international kayaking, the 7-year-old finally stops moving and takes a few seconds to answer. “Kayaking,” he decides, and goes back to playing on the grass and the tiered seating area.
His mom, Cathy Witt, is impressed that a day at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships near Deep Creek Lake had such a quick impact on him. Witt saw a posting on Facebook about a world championship just 45 miles from their home in Cumberland, Md., and figured it was worth checking out.
“I figured it’s a once in a lifetime thing, being here and watching it,” she said. “It has an Olympic-feel, and the kids are really into the Olympics so for them to be here and in this type of atmosphere.”
3. Upper Youghiogheny, Maryland and Pennsylvania
The Upper Yough, cutting through one of the few wilderness canyons in the East, is one of the wildest stretches of river in the U.S.: It starts with a mild section and a few warmup rapids, then boaters hit five miles of continuous rapids up to Class V, 20 in all. The river can only be run during releases from the Deep Creek Dam—of which there are about 60 on the published schedule, April through October.
By: HEATHER HANSMAN
July 7, 2012 10:14 am
Done right, with proper safety gear and an experienced guide, white-water rafting on a Pennsylvania river is an exhilarating, drenching adventure. Amusement park rides that simulate the experience are fun, too, but the passive approach is no challenge.
Not far from Pittsburgh, a middle ground is available — ideal for those who want to try controlling a six-person raft as it bobs, spins and plummets down a churning stream, but who are worried about swift currents or pointy rocks.
A 1,700-foot, man-made course sits atop the Wisp Resort at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, which can be reached on a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh along gorgeous country roads through Washington and Fayette counties.
The artificial riverbed was constructed to host Olympic-caliber rafting and kayaking by Adventure Sports Center International, a non-profit that recently was taken over by Garrett County due to financial problems. Unlike a natural river, water levels and some features are adjustable, so the course can be tailored to beginners.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/slice-of-summer-man-made-convenience-meets-white-water-rafting-643669/#ixzz207usNgCu
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