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Wonderful Whitewater: 10 Favorite Whitewater Destinations

first_imgNew River Gorge—West VirginiaDistance: 6.5 milesDifficulty: Class III-VThe New River Gorge has some of best whitewater in West Virginia. This run starts out with a class III called Pinball and then picks up into a few class IV and V’s near the end. The New is a high-volume river with a wide range of run-able river levels. This river is also popular for its role in Bridge day, where base jumpers fling themselves from the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge. Paddlers can hang out on the river below all the action. For a mid-distance run, use the Cunard put-in and take out at Fayette Station.New River by Thomas UptonLehigh River—PennsylvaniaDistance: 9 milesDifficulty: IIIThis section is comprised of evenly-spaced class III rapids. There are a few slots that are passable in higher water and opportunities for pop-ups near the end. The run distances can be adjusted because there are several places to put in on the Lehigh. For a nine-mile run, put in at the White Haven and take out at the Rockport.Lehigh River by Jeff CushnerUpper Youghioghny River—MarylandDistance: 10 milesDifficulty: Class IV-VAfter a couple miles of flatwater, this run becomes an exhilarating track of class IV and V rapids—full of holes to dodge, large rocks to zip through and several spots to boof. Dropping over 100 feet per mile in elevation, the rapids of the Upper Yough are sought after by people across the world for their technical and challenging routes. Put in at Sang Run, a public access field and take out at Wilderness Voyageurs or downstream of the Maple Street bridge in Friendsville, Md.Upper Yough by David Tansey The Southeast is heralded from coast to coast as a legitimate whitewater mecca. Here are just a few of our all-time favorite whitewater destinations in and around the Blue Ridge region.Linville Gorge— North CarolinaDistance: 17 milesDifficulty: Class IV-V+The Linville Gorge is called the “Grand Canyon of North Carolina.” A rugged and remote stretch of water, the Linville River provides the ultimate challenge for whitewater in the Eastern United States. Kayakers squeeze through formidable rock barriers and plummet over fast-moving, slippery precipices. This isn’t one for the kiddies. Put in at Linville falls and take out at the bridge just past Lake James. This run usually makes for a two day trip, but several new put-ins and take-outs have sprung up recently, allowing paddlers the shorten the run. For more information, check out boatingbeta.com.Linville River by Pete TschantzChattooga River—Georgia & South Carolina Distance: 13 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVA National Wild and Scenic River, the Chattooga is undeveloped around the river edge. This run is exciting and will keep you on your toes, especially with higher water. Expect potholes, undercurrents and a six-foot-tall ledge at mile four that is a great place to learn to boof. Access points are about a quarter mile from the river, so be prepared to carry your boat a little ways. Put in at Earl’s Ford and take out at the Route 76 bridge.Chattooga River by Brenda WileyNantahala River—North Carolina Distance: 8 milesDifficulty: Class I-IIIWell known for its whitewater, the Nantahala is a hotspot for families taking an adventure or friends out for a good time. Trips down the river usually take about three hours and traverse several class I and II rapids, ending with a vigorous and brisk class III called Nantahala Falls. Put in at Beechertown and take out below the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s steel bridge.Nantahala River by Susan SmithUpper Gauley River—West Virginia Distance: 12 milesDifficulty: Class IV-VThe Gauley River is known to be one of the best spots for whitewater across the United States and is home to the world’s largest whitewater festival, GauleyFest. Paddlers trek from around the globe to experience the roaring “Gauley Season,” the six consecutive weekends the Army Crop of Engineers release the Summersville damn. The river has two distinctive sections− the upper and lower. The Upper Gauley is known for the “Big 5,” a series of demanding rapids that ends with a 14-foot waterfall. The Lower Gauley is slightly less challenging, but arguably more iconic given the towering cliffs that surround the notable “Canyon Doors” rapid. For a run on the Upper Gauley, put in at the Summersville Dam and take out at Wood’s Ferry.Upper Gauley by Sherry EzhuthachanObed River—TennesseeDistance: 7.5 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVThis run on the Obed Wild & Scenic River is a nice section for folks looking for a middle of the spectrum run. There are several class III drops with some long recovery sections in between. The undeveloped shores provide a tranquil backdrop in the quieter places after the Obed River Confluence. This is a good one for people who are expanding their whitewater skills or just out for a typical run. Put in at Lilly Bridge and take out at the old Nemo Bridge.Obed River by Jeff MooreCumberland River—KentuckyDistance: 10.5 milesDifficulty: Class II-IVCumberland Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the Eastern United States, is upstream of several worthy strips of whitewater rapids. This run begins with a series of class II rapids to get you settled before a mile-long stretch of hole-ridden class III’s. Put in below Cumberland Falls State Park and take out at the Mouth of Laurel Boat Ramp.Cumberland Falls by Sevie KenyonShenandoah River—Virginia & West VirginiaDistance: 6 milesDifficulty: Class I-IIIDubbed the “Shenandoah Staircase,” this six-mile section is nice for beginner and moderate paddlers to develop their skills when water is low. Paddlers traverse several class II and III rapids that precede a final mile-long series of ledges and rapids. The run is used for the Tim Gavin Down River Race, one of four races put on at the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival. Put in at the power transformers in Millville and take out Potomac Wayside. For festival info, head to harpersferryoutdoorfestival.org.Harpers Ferry, WVlast_img read more

Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

De Bruyne Goal Lifts City over Chelsea

first_imgManchester City sunday returned to the Premier League summit with an outstanding win at reigning champions Chelsea that was far more convincing than the scoreline suggested.Kevin de Bruyne’s spectacular 67th-minute winner against his former club, a rising left-foot drive from outside the area, gave Pep Guardiola’s side a victory their dominance deserved and saw them leapfrog back over arch-rivals Manchester United.City were without striker Sergio Aguero, who sustained rib injuries in a car crash in Amsterdam on Thursday, while Chelsea lost top scorer Alvaro Morata to injury in the first half. Guardiola’s men coped with Aguero’s absence superbly, and threatened to score long before De Bruyne finally broke the deadlock, with Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois making a brilliant reflex save from Fernandinho’s header before the break.City never looked in danger once De Bruyne scored and almost added a second when Gabriel Jesus’ volley was headed off the line by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Angels’ Mike Trout among finalists for AL MVP, which will be announced next week

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Trout will be vying for his third MVP award after what he said was his best offensive season.Trout, 28, hit .291 with 45 homers and a 1.083 OPS. He led the league in on-base percentage (.438) and slugging percentage (.645).Surgery to remove a Morton’s neuroma in his right foot cost Trout the final three weeks of the season, though. He played 134 games and had 600 plate appearances.Bregman played 156 games and had 690 plate appearances. He hit .296 with 41 homers and a 1.015 OPS.Because Bregman played more games than Trout, he edged Trout 8.4 to 8.3 in WAR, according to Baseball-Reference. Trout led in WAR, according to FanGraphs, 8.6 to 8.5. Related Articles Mike Trout will finish in the top three in the MVP voting once again, but the real question won’t be answered until next week.The top three finishers for each of the major annual awards were revealed on Monday, and Trout was included, as expected, among the top American League MVP candidates.Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Oakland A’s shortstop Marcus Semien were the other two. Trout and Bregman are expected to finish at the top, in some order.The winner will be announced on Nov. 14. The votes, cast by two writers representing each city in the league, were cast before the start of the postseason. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mumbai University first merit list to be released on this date now

first_imgMumbai university admission:The Mumbai University will release the first merit list on June 17, 2019, for its admission in various colleges. Due to delay in submission of MSBSHSE HSC mark sheet, the varsity has rescheduled the admission process. Therefore the merit list, which was to be released today, June 13, 2019, will now be published on June 17, 2019. Students are requested to visit the official website of the university i.e. mu.ac.in to check the first merit list on June 17, 2019.As per the reports, more than 2 lakh candidates have registered for admissions to different courses at the University of Mumbai for the academic session 2019-2020. Colleges affiliated to the university have received over 6 lakh applications so far.Mumbai University admission 2019: Documents needed Passport size photographScanned signature of the applicantSelf-attested class 10 mark sheet, for the date of birthSelf – attested class 12 mark sheetSC/ST/PwD/KM/OBC CertificateSelf- attested copies of sports and ECA certificatesEXS Certificate issued by SDM certifying the applicant.Mumbai University admission 2019: Verification date The verification process for the documents will begin from June 18, 2019. Only those who are eligible through the merit list can apply. Earlier the verification process for the documents was to happen from June 14, 2019. However, now it will take place on June 18, 2019.The mission of Mumbai University:The university aims to provide a free and conducive atmosphere for creative thinking and impart deep disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary bandwidth to the learners in order to make them problem solvers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.It has a mission to assimilate and transmit the values of honesty, equality, human dignity, and inclusivity.It encourages making optimum use of available resources and investments through unconventional means.It has an objective to undertake research in frontier and emerging areas to advance knowledge and through innovation turn it into intellectual property and entrepreneurship to accelerate growth.It aims to contribute effectively to the welfare of society, address the local and global challenges; respecting the culture, environment, and sustainability.advertisementlast_img read more