“The Gauley River is one of the top five whitewater rivers in the world,” said Julie Sutton, 43, a Colorado-based raft guide who has led boats on the water for two decades and raced whitewater for half that time. Each fall for the past ten years she has ventured east to West Virginia to guide the Upper and Lower during the six-week period of rowdy rapids, pictured here (I’m swallowed but breathing.) From Labor Day to October, the Army Corps of Engineers controls 22 flow releases of the Summersville Dam, which creates one of the most consistent, continuous stretches of runnable whitewater—26 miles of Class III-V rapids—in the country if not worldwide. Irony would have it, I met Sutton via my trip with @onthegorge to experience this frothy rollercoaster. I learned how radical and grand Gauley adventures truly are, but equally if not more important, learned about Sutton’s work to lead an upward trajectory of women in the sport of whitewater racing. Link to the @tetongravity story in profile 👆🏻If you haven’t seen it, also scope out the beautiful short (url above), by @thelonious.step, that spotlights Julie guiding the Gauley.
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