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Sang Run Shootout – Youghiogheny River – White-water Rafting

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.

Deep Creek 2014: Spectators flock to Western Maryland for Olympic atmosphere

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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.”

Read More Here:  http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/09/deep_creek_2014_spectators_flo.html


The AJ List: The 9 Best Raft Trips In The Lower 48


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.

Much more here.



Upper Youghiogheny, Maryland. Photo: Curtis Heishman
The Yough is less of a river than it is a creek. The 10-mile stretch of whitewater is narrow and rocky, and drops anywhere between 50 and 140 feet per minute. Youghiogheny is an Algonquin word that means stream flowing in the wrong direction, and running it takes a lot of fast thinking and reading water on the fly. The major rapids, like Class IV+ Meat Cleaver and National Falls, all have must-make moves, and the whitewater rarely lets up. You’ll likely spend a lot of time in eddys catching your breath. Commercial outfitters run small rafts with just four people in them, because it’s impossible to navigate a bigger boat through the drops and chutes. The Upper Yough releases Friday, Monday, and the first Saturday of the month, through October; if you’re looking for an extra thrill, Pennsylvania State Parks opens up Ohiopyle Falls, just above the lower stretch, for a few weeks every year in late August and early September. For boaters who aren’t up to the Class V section, the Lower Youghiogheny is the most popular Class III run east of the Mississippi.

More here.

Slice of summer: Man-made convenience meets white-water rafting

July 7, 2012 10:14 am
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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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