A History of Whitewater Paddling in Western North Carolina: Water Wise

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From The Chattooga to the Nantahala, the thrilling rapids and unparalleled scenery of Western North Carolina's rivers attract thousands of whitewater paddlers each year. Author and paddling instructor Will Leverette grew up in and around canoes. His grandfather, Frank "Chief " Bell, helped to popularize the sport through Camp Mondamin, the country's premier summer camp for paddling. Ride along with Leverette as he recounts the exhilarating adventures of paddling's pioneers from 1923 to 1980, both those who started the craze and those who guided it farther downstream.
ISBN: 9781596294356
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: North Carolina
Images: 43
Pages: 120
Dimensions: 5.5 (w) x 8.5 (h)
Will Leverette has been paddling his entire life. His parents and grandparents were pioneers in whitewater paddling in Western North Carolina. His mother was one of the first people of the modern era to canoe the Nantahala—now a premier paddling and rafting destination—and one of the most famous rapids on the French Broad is named after his grandfather, Frank Bell. Members of his family also helped to develop boating programs at summer camps such as Camp Mondamin and Camp High Rocks. He has taught paddling through such institutions as Warren Wilson College, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Outward Bound, and several camps. Currently, he is the owner of an independent risk management firm, which provides risk management, crisis management, program design, and development for organized recreation.
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