Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians
There are only a few times in life where you can participate in something that you know will one day be a part of history. Luckily for us, we got our chance by donating a variety of pictures to the newly published – Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians.
This two-volume guidebook gives insight to the multitude of whitewater streams that exist in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and southwestern Virginia. Filled with hundreds of speculator images of the whitewater sport we love, both books are more deserving of a place on a coffee table than lost on a shelf alongside a bunch of bent up, worn-out novels.
Kirk Eddlemon is the man behind the operation and needless to say, he crushed it. This was not an easy task. There are a lot of streams draining from the mountains of the south and it’d almost be impossible to paddle them all. Kirk has a good handle on most of these beautiful waterways. He is a well-traveled, excellent boater that has explored the mountains outside his home in Knoxville, TN extensively. I would be surprised if there was a river he hadn’t heard of before collecting intel from his contributors while putting together Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians.
Kirk first contacted us in 2012, asking if we were interested in donating photos to the project. Of course, we were ecstatic to be apart of this endeavor! So many good memories were captured while paddling & living in Western North Carolina. After receiving the published product, it is clearly evident that I have only scratched the surface of what is available in the whitewater world south of the James River here in Richmond. And that is exactly what I love about these guidebooks: stream variety.
Thanks Kirk for putting this work of art together. Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians is undoubtedly the ultimate paddling resource that will forever fill our minds with dreams of falling down in a southeast whitewater paradise.