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Algood Creek-Lookout Mountain
First Descent -April 10, 1994 Mark Cumnock, Brian Collins. Hiked to confluence
ran the 3 big drops and slide and go out
Second Descent -Sam
England, Andy Hobson Cruise Quenelle November 29,2011 Road at top, ran
the big ones hiked out.
Bear Creek-Lookout Mountain
First Descent -approx 1991- Ron Stewart and Doug Wellman, low water and lots of
portaging, they boated the upper half of the run (to the confluence) and walked
out in the dark
Second Descent- This one was actually the first full descent. Completed by Ron
Stewart, Doug Wellman, Scott Shoup(C-1), and Lone Wolf. It was on this run that
Ron did the first descent of Stairway To Heaven. He was the only one in the
group to run it that day.
Most Runs In 1 Day (6 Runs): Feb 22nd, 2005 - Lane Rankin and Mark Lyle
Shortly after the first two descents Bo Eakens, John Regan and Roger Zabel (ran
everything except Surrealistic Pillow) John Regan and Roger Zabel were the only
two to run Big Bang on the left with Roger landing solidly on rock. Roger was
hurt and convinced rest of group to walk.
Stairway to Heaven:
Tracy Clapp (main line) Accidentally...
Clay Wright (far right line)
Big Bang - left side John Regan and Roger (both injured?), Big Bang - right side
1st Complete Bear Run: Tracy Clapp- Barely missed the last eddy before
Surrealistic Pillow, got turned around and ran it backwards, which probably
helped him out. There was a log in the rapid and he went right under it with his
entire torso leaning over the bow of the boat. An excellent position to be in to
get under the log
First descent in an OpenBoat Mike "Louie" Lewis 1991
First Descent - Clay Wright
Bear Creek Trib
Stairway to Heaven on Bear Creek
Photo by Nick Murphy of Paul Hubbard
Alan Singley (Solo!) For More Info Click
1st Complete Run-John Kennedy( Mark V),Bo Eakens (Phoenix Slipper), John
Regan (Sauna), Les Bechtel (Phoenix Cascade), Chis Spelius, Bill Baxter and Gary
Duven(all 3 in hallowforms), Jim Schelander, and Rex Shawberg
Marginal- John Kennedy was the first to run Marginal followed by John Regan and
then a scary run by Rex, as he got hung up on the center rock and almost went
into the undercut on the right side. John blew most of the seams out on his boat
the Marginal Monster drop.
every boat on that trip had the noses
pointing skyward after the trip. The Hollowforms were NOC safety boats, and they
were never quite the same again!"
West Fork of the Chattooga Trib.
Alan Singley attempted this in perhaps 1976
Alan paddled down as far as he could until the creek literally leaps off the
side of the mountain (unrunnable) on its way to the Three Forks, then carried
down the mountain and finished the run out the West Fork.
Rock Creek -Lula Lake
Photo by Phil Foti of paddler Tim Laramore
First Descent - 1970's
Tributary of Overflow
Ken Strickland (K-1), Mark Warren, and Joe Stubbs were in a C-2, Ray Stang(K-1),
"we walked as much as we paddled"
Russ Kullmar and Corran Addison - they ran everything except the mandatory
Dougherty Creek-Pigeon Mountain
First paddled on Sat 28 March 2009
Adam Goshorn K-1,Ben Karp K-1,Phil Foti OC-1,Leigh Knudsen
K-1 and Mark Cumnock K-1
Rock Creek- Lookout Mountain
Spring 1994 Bill Thornton, Todd Gould and Justin
Howard poached run...at the time illegal
OpenBoat Spring 2009 Phil Foti
First Descent of Gulf Creek Falls
Paddler Nick Murphy
All Photo by Bett Adams
From Jeff West March 9 2011
Congrats to Mr. Nick Murphy
He stomped one huge and scary first decent in Chattanooga today. 50-60
footer on Gulf Creek. Never been run before and most likely will never go
again. Impressive to watch.
First Descent - 1993
Wiginton and Russ Kullmar
2nd Descent -ran 2 weeks later...thinking they had a 1st D
Mark Cumnock, Steve Smith and Justin Howard
First Descent - 1994
Kent Wiginton and Russ Kullmar
Mark Cumnock and Brian Collins -Winter 1994
Phil Foti getting a OpenBoat First Descent of Rock Creek
Photo by Mark Cumnock
50-60 FT Waterfall March 9 2011
Nick Murphy nailed it...
From Jeff West
Congrats to Mr. Nick Murphy He stomped one huge and scary first decent in
Chattanooga today. 50-60 footer on Gulf Creek. Never been run before and
most likely will never go again. Impressive to watch.
Warren Creek Falls
07 March 2011-Jeff West
I had never paddled it before. It dropped about 550 feet in just over two
miles. Then confluenced with a larger volume river(Cole City Creek) for a
mile to the takeout. There had been lots of wood, but someone cut most of it
out. It was fun getting on something new!
Jeff West firing it up on the 40+ footer on Warren
First D !
Photo by Bett Adams
First descents were on the AW test flow in May of 1993
Group 1: Kent Wiginton, Nolan Whitesell, Jerry Jascomb, Charles Brewer, and Ron
Group 2: Jim Silavent, Mark Levine, Walter Lynch, Mike Hipsher, and Bill Hester
1st Descent of Oceana:
Kent Wiginton - middle line- thought it looked the safest overall
Descent of Oceana: Jerry
Jascomb - far left line (originally considered a sneak route)
Flood Stage: Kent Wiginton was still on the river when the dam operators thought
everyone was off the river and they dumped the rest of the water. It got really
big down there (nobody exactly knows but it was probably around 2000 cfs (gauge
wasn’t installed yet)
First Descent - (Chattooga
trib.) 1996 / 97
John Leason, Bruce Hair, & Snuffy Hall
Chattaooga at Flood
(approx 9.97 feet according to USGS)
Snuffy, John Lesan, Richard Oldenquist, Kent Wiginton and Russ Kullmar (An ill
prepared rafter died in Dicks Creek Ledge that day)
1989 - Rome boys (Eric Macleod and Matt Jennings)
Location: Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area
First Open Boat
Will Reeves 1996
Top to bottom
all rapids ran
Collins, Justin Howard and Todd Gould-1995
Asleep at the Wheel -
Brian "Cock-O" Collins 1995
Mark Cumnock January 10th 2008
1st Descent: Spring 1989 (flooded) - Mike Camp & Mark Cumnock. After this they
headed to Mill Creek the same day for another 1 descent.
Descent: Spring 1989 (flooded) - Mike Camp & Mark Cumnock. After paddling Holly
Creek in the same day for another 1 decent.
2nd descent Mill Creek Falls Obadiah
Jenkins June 26, 2004