90 Second Escape: The Gorilla

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: The Gorilla

I’ve been working on the whitewater section of a book I’m writing on adventure sports in the Carolinas (tentatively titled “Adventure Carolinas,” scheduled for publication by UNC Press in Spring 2014 — provided I finish it by the 15th of this month), when I came across this video from early summer. I was on a hike into the Narrows section of the Green River south of Asheville when we discovered a legion of whitewater kayakers attempting what I have since learned, from the Benners Bob and David in their “A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Carolinas,” “is generally considered the most bodacious rapid every run by the elite eastern hair-heads. It is a runnable, legitimate Class VI rapid.”

Class VI, btw, is the hardest there is and is usually considered unrunnable. Until someone runs it.

Anyway, I was re-wowed by the clip and thought I would share it again. Enjoy.

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