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Walden's Ridge, near Rockwood Tennessee
Andy Bridge, Mike "Louie" Lewis, John Rose, Boone, Tom Windom
From Louie :
I wasn't the first to run Basin Falls. I was the third person to run it,
first in an open boat, maybe the only. Andy Bridge ran it first in a C1,
Bone Brothers second in a girls boat and I was a few minutes later. That
whole story is quite funny but I don't type well enough to relay it all
here. John Rose rented an airplane and scouted it and then we almost ran off
and didn't include him in the first D of it. Tom Windom ran after me and
John was the fifth person to do it."
Ron Stewart, Mike Culberson, Terry Smith, Doug Wellman. Initially attempted by
Ron Stewart on a solo mission but stopped short after a bad pin required that he
cut his spray skirt in order to escape from the subsurface pin.
Terry Smith, Doug Wellman, Ron Stewart
(One group hiked out due to no water after running the rapids)
Cane Creek Falls
First Descent: April 5, 2008
March 1, 1975
From Bob Slayden:
I kept note cards of all my runs. We had heard that a group of paddlers
referred to as the Oak Ridge Bunch had attempted the run a year or two before.
We heard that they broke all their paddles in a big twisty falls near the
beginning and dubbed it Devils Kitchen; and then walked out. We were not sure
if they ever completed the run.
We scouted the run on Feb 15, 1975.
Bob Slayden, Jim Rion, and Mike Long hiked down right bank from Tarkiln Ford to
Clifty Creek. Water level looked perfect for a kayak run.
On March 1, 1975, Bob Slayden organized the trip, with Greg Guinn, and Oswald
Olez. Oswald was an Austrian mountain climber doing research at Vanderbilt.
Oswald had already climbed K2 and many of the highest peaks of the world.
Kayaking was a flat land diversion for him, but his unstoppable courage was
contagious, and challenged our group to try many new runs.
Water level was low, but high enough for a clean run over most drops. We were
all running old 13’-2” Lettman Mark IV knockoffs, homemade out of Kevlar,
polypro, S-glass and epoxy resin, and of course using wood paddles. We all wore
wet suits. Greg and I carried Devils Kitchen, but Oswald ran it. .
--Bob Slayden (account written 8-22-2010. I can’t believe this was more than 35
yrs ago. I remember it clearly.)
was not the first time Cain was put in on in WW craft.
There was a 88' 89 ? group decent of it where almost everything there was
walked. That story had just been reprinted in the TVCC newsletter around
Dec., of 1990.
It was this, (the newsletter story) had Generated Ron's inquisition back in
there to get it all done.
I'm not sure of those exact original (mostly portaged), group members ?
I think Jim Fortune was doing the TVCC newsletter ? Or, Jody Collins maybe ?"
First Descent by Jeff Johnson solo 1991
"I walked at
least 2 of those drops when Scott and Ron bagged all the rest but one on Cain
With elbow guards I ran all but Vortex and Drainpipe. "
From Terry Smith:
It was Ron, Scott, Lone Wolf, Andy and myself that did the first D on
Cain. I'll never forget it. Doug got the first run on Drain Pipe. I
actually named it Drain Pipe. Doug wanted to call it Snake Head but I said
it looked more like a drain pipe. When we first saw Vortex we all said this
is the Vortex ( we use to call V ledge on North Chick Vortex until we saw
the "Vortex") I also remember Lone Wolf getting stuck in the sieve above
10' falls and Andy Turner saving him.
Vortex (right line)
Jonathon Clardy and Mark Cumnock tag teamed Vortex, Mark went first, Jonathon
Clardy holding the back of his boat, then Mark held Jon's boat, Karen Morton
was setting safety. Very minimum water level. The group said they figured out
the rock shelf on the bottom was actually smooth, and the dry boof line was not
Vortex (right line) normal flow: Clay Wright maybe?
First Descent Spring 1991
Mark Cumnock, Doug Wellman, Terry Smith, Ron Stewart, Alex Harvey & Francis
Fire Escape: Howard Tidwell
Spinal Adjustment: Ron Stewart
First Canoe Descent (approx. 1993): Mike"Louie"Lewis
First OC-1 Decent (couple weeks after 1st D) Jim Little
-The Creek was left alone for many years till Jonathon (a.k.a. Lothar) Clardy
and Tom Bowen came
behind 1st D., about 6 years later, at high water. Tom hiked out and Lothar told
him he should have done the same.
I think we got the first descent of Little Clear Creek in the Obed Emory
system. It was in February,1988, Paddlers were: Rocky Garrett, Ben Northcut,
Roger McMillan, Tim Lee, Michele McKinley, Bill McKinley and Randy Pew.
All OC 1's. There may have been someone before us but we never heard of it.
Top to Bottom:1994 - Mark Cumnock, Bailey "Big Water" Johnson (OC-1), Jeff
The falls was run as far back as the mid 1970s by Mark Hall, Patrick McNally,
and Alan Singley. A photo of their run graced the wall of Bruce Hare's Chattooga
Whitewater Shop for many years. The classic picture of Stinging Fork Falls was
of Pat McNally, taken by Singley. Pat, Alan, and Mark Hall were there in the mid
70's in the middle of winter, at REALLY high water. They couldn't run anything
else, so they hiked in to SF. They all ran it multiple times, and Alan even has
a picture of Mark running it backwards, though unintentionally. There is a
not-so-good picture of Alan running it around somewhere.
During the 80's A group form Kentucky hiked in there to shoot video for the
Whitewater bluegrass fest. Robin fractured his back when he, Bobby Gaar, Danny
Tipton and I were there in 1983. Robin landed flat, broke his back, bed ridden
for months. A better write up will probably be in Charlie Walbridge's safety
Waterfall, approx 30 feet in height
Located on Spring Creek
First Descent - Unknown
Picnic Tables to Overlook late 80's - Tom Visnius or Eric Young (circa 1986)
Trailhead to Picnic Tables 1993/4 - Jeff Robinson, ?
Roadprong - Travis Richardson (solo/vision quest)
Skyline Falls - Travis
U-Turn- Chris Young
It was first attempted by Matt "Badfish" who shook his head and hiked out
Later it was cleaned up Mike" Louie" Lewis (OC-1) and Keith Clark (OC-1)
Paddler Matt Saul picture by Gavin Fay on Richland Creek
Richland Creek footage from the paddle out of
from the First D on Henderson Creek
Featuring the late pioneer Ron Stewart.
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instruction before ever attempting even to paddle
flatwater. One of contributors to this web site
has personally helped bury 3 kayaking friends, this
isn't a joke. Whitewater paddling can ruin your
life through accidents and can effect your family
and friends throughout a lifetime.
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are dying on the ridge due to the woolly adelgid
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