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Dry Coon Creek
Matt Wallace and Chris
McCoy went in there and nailed the lines on 28 March 2011
Actually David Wilkins and myself ran the upper section LRC in NOV/DEC 1978. I
also broke my boat at Pinball with David. John and I hooked up with Alf later on
in Feb 1979.
From Alf Van Hoose
When Don Sessions and I scouted this run in the mid-seventies we heard that some
boaters from Georgia that included Mike Terry (Claude Terry's son) ran it before
us. The first Alabama boater to run it was Don at 8 inches (he painted the
gauge) in the Spring 1977. A solo run (!) portaging Avalanche, Cable Falls,
Pinball, and Humpty-Dumpty.
Bo Eakins paddled a Slipper. Also Greg Kilburn who sometimes paddled with us. I
met Bo and John Regan in late winter 1979. Bo and John were the first to run
Cable Falls earlier that year. On that trip Bo destroyed a boat attempting the
first run of Pinball then bought a Slipper.
Bo was not picky about what boat he paddled. Would anyone else run the Town
creek slide (and the blockage rapid we called Sleeping Giant) at low flood in a
Slipper? How about the Ocoee at 16,000 cfs March 1979 -> Bo Eakins (Slipper),
Dave Bromel (Riverchaser), and Mark H. (Riverchaser)?
Left Line: (approx.1991)
Bo Eakins(1st), Terry Smith and Ron Stewart (Followed by Doug Wellman the next
Center Line 1993/94
Clay Wright or Corran Addison (close timing) (Bo Eakins ran shortly after)
1st Descent: Corran Addison
2nd Descent: Rich Weiss (ran in a glass slalom boat)
1st Pat Keller
2nd Isaac Levinson
3rd Chris Gratmans
Phil Foti on Little River
Photo by Mark Cumnock
One of first attempts at Little River Canyon
Mark Evans and Alf Van Hoose in the Winter of 1980-1981.
Second Descent Winter 90/91
Doug Wellman, Terry Smith, Tom Toehill and Dan Gray missed the takeout, paddled
an extra 2 miles in the dark and asked a power boat for directions. Doug and
Terry finished all the big rapids before dark ahead of Tom and Dan, they had to
portage all the major drops because it was dark. 25 degrees
Jimbo Scrivens and Tom Schinkert (spelling?) and perhaps someone else
sometime in 1976.
From Jason Jackson:
I don't remember who it was, but I know there were people who ran Skirum at
least 10 to 12 yrs ago. When I was in School at Auburn in there were some guys I
paddled with who had run it. Greg at Southern Trails might remember names.
It’s possible none of these runs are true first descents. People may have run
them and then just not publicized it. One of my favorite stories concerns the
first time I thought I was involved in one on Hog Creek. After we ran it, I went
back a few weeks later looking for a better takeout. I talked to a lady that
said “oh yeah, my husband ran that in a Grumman canoe back in the 70’s”. So
perhaps may of these are just “first documented descents”.
The other thing I noticed is holy crap, late 2000 into early 2002 was an amazing
time for me. I was running new stuff (to me anyway) all the time. It must have
been raining! What happened after that? I may have gotten tired of scouting and
cutting things out, and I sort of thought most of the OK stuff had been done by
then. I also think right after that the Birmingham crowd I was paddling with got
quite a bit better than I and headed off to the Green. And then by 2005 I blew
out my shoulder, we hit the drought, and I fell into the Johnnies habit.
I apologize if I left a name or two off of this.
Probably first descents
Perkins Creek, 11/2000, Mark D’Agostino, Gary Holder, Dave Branham
East Fork Flint Creek, 11/25/2000, Mark D’Agostino, Dave Branham, Dave
Curry, Gary Holder, (I can’t recall his name, kayaker)
Mill in Vinemont,1/30/2001 Mark D’Agostino, Dave Branham, (I can’t recall
Bridge Creek, 2/17/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Dave Branham, Richard Brown, ?
Chitwood Creek, 3/1/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Wade Amis, Dave Curry
Blue Springs Creek, 3/1/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Wade Amis, Dave Curry
Creek, 3/20/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Gary Holder, Kevin Cunningham
Mile Creek, 3/20/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Gary Holder, Kevin Cunningham
Railroad Fork of East Fork Flint Creek, 12/13/2001, Mark D’Agostino, Dave
Branham, Greg Lawrence, Brian McAnally, Shane Hulsey, Curt Ruffing? -
Honeycomb Creek, 3/30/2002, Mark D’Agostino, Dave Branham, Shane Hulsey,
Greg Lawrence, Bert Harris
Creek, 2/22/2003, Mark D’Agostino, Greg Lawrence, Brian McAnally, Shane
Hulsey, Wade Amis
- Upper Hillabee Creek, 3/2005, Mark D’Agostino, Brian McAnally, Chris
Collier Creek, 6/12/05, Mark D’Agostino, Brian McAnally, Dave Curry, Chris
Mill into the Sipsey, 2/5/10, Mark D’Agostino, Phil Foti, Alf Van Hoose,
- Barbaree Creek, 3/11/10, Mark D’Agostino, Brian McAnally, Daniel Crow
- Martin Hollow, 3/25/2010, Mark D’Agostino, Tim Hudson, Tyler Phillips
Possible first descents
Creek, 4/1996, Mark D’Agostino, John Parker, Mike Abernathy (1st
Creek 6/5/2001 Mark D’Agostino, Dave Curry (but I know it was at least
rafted before our run)
Yellow Creek 2/8/02, Mark D’Agostino, Shane Hulsey, Eric Morris, Curt
Ruffing (surely someone ran this before us)
Upper Turkey Creek (Walls of Jericho), 9/17/2004, Mark D’Agostino, Wade Amis,
Brian McAnally, Curt Ruffing (I know at least the part from the amphitheatre
down was run by others)
Falls Branch into Inland Lake, 1/6/09, Mark D’Agostino, Mike Smith, Brian
McAnally, Tim Hudson, Bobby Hubbard (I know at least the falls had been run
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