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eckilson's post about Zoar Gap and the obstacle called "Oh Shit! Rock" got me thinking about humorous names for such things. I think half the rocks I've seen which only became visible after I'd committed to a particular path that's hardly wider than my boat probably could have been named the same, but the places I've paddled don't have such tremendous flow volume and the consequences usually aren't any worse than the swearing in my head.
I wonder what similar names other people here know about. I only have a few.
There used to be a "Wrecking Rock" on the upper Buffalo River in Arkansas. I never saw it, but saw quite a few photos of people negotiating it and it looked much more benign than the images conjured up by the name.
I think it was Vic who recently told me about a run he paddled years ago, I would guess in the 70s, because there was a rock there called "Nixon Rock", so named because you can't get to the right of it. Maybe Vic, or whomever it was who mentioned this to me, can add something to that.
There's a rapid on the Wolf River in Wisconsin called "Gilmore's Mistake", and that's a name which sounds pretty cool but apparently it refers to an early surveyor's error, not to anything involving a boater.
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Posted by: Marshall on Feb-04-14 1:39 PM (EST)
on the Hudson Gorge has always stood out in my recollection of where not to take a swim.
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-04-14 2:12 PM (EST)
rocks and rapids|
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-04-14 2:28 PM (EST)
BMF is the name of a rapid |
Posted by: deuce on Feb-04-14 3:43 PM (EST)
on the Cossatot. Hopefully I needn't elaborate. BFR is a general purpose term that is used around here to point out rocks that need no pointing out but should be avoided.
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-04-14 5:42 PM (EST)
Have never run it, and ain't gonna; the rapid known at "Go left and die", on the Green River.
It was originally named|
Posted by: paddlemore on Feb-04-14 8:48 PM (EST)
Go Left or Die
Posted by: zzz on Feb-05-14 12:09 PM (EST)
i got on the green for the first time last summer. a normal release is 8-9" on the stick guage. i was with a friend who lives local and had been paddling it a lot all summer so he was a great guide. we put on in pouring rain at 12-13", which is considered high. then it started rising. fast. by the time we took off, it was 28". i've never been more gripped on a river. walked go left and gorilla, but running the sequence into and through Sunshine will forever be burned in my mind. it was like getting shot through a fire hose off a cliff.
One could wish that paddlers |
Posted by: g2d on Feb-04-14 11:00 PM (EST)
would always try to be original when naming rapids on a "new" river. Some of the rapids on the Chattooga Headwaters have been given recycled names like "Super Corkscrew" and "Harvey Wallbanger" which echo known rapids on other rivers. A newly run rapid is an opportunity. Don't waste it on repetition.
Clearing up Nixon Rock|
Posted by: vic on Feb-05-14 2:26 AM (EST)
Well Eric, it was most definitely NOT a rapid that I ran. Nixon Rock is part of Crystal Rapid in the Grand Canyon. Way, way above my pay grade.
Posted by: daggermat on Feb-05-14 5:40 AM (EST)
The Farmington in ct/ma. . New Boston section has Decoration rock, corkscrew, and bears den. Decoration rock got moved by a flood 2 years back and ain't what it used to be. My first time running it I was lucky. Eddied out and saw total chaos behind me including eckilson. Corkscrew is well named. Bears den my favorite section. Beautiful scenic cl. 3 where initial set up is crucial.
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Feb-05-14 12:19 PM (EST)
I was hoping you'd chime in. I have no recollection of the context of conversation about Nixon Rock. At least I correctly remembered that you were the one who told me about it!
Here's a couple more.|
Posted by: glendorado on Feb-05-14 9:33 AM (EST)
"Almost Always" is a 25' drop on the Lester River in Duluth, MN. Name is because it's almost always portaged.
Target Rock - Appomattox River|
Posted by: booztalkin on Feb-05-14 11:39 AM (EST)
That reminds me.|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Feb-05-14 11:56 AM (EST)
Someone posted a video here a few months back that showed a bunch of people in rental boats all smacking into a rock. I think it was in Britain or somewhere in Europe. Someone suggested painting a bullseye on that rock too.
favorite rapid names|
Posted by: zzz on Feb-05-14 12:20 PM (EST)
I have a rapid named after me|
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Feb-05-14 1:52 PM (EST)
I think it's on the Cold River in New Hampshire: Glenn Dropped In. It's misspelled with one "n" (or used to be) in the AMC Whitewater Guide for New Hampshire and Vermont.
Posted by: cycle003 on Feb-05-14 2:19 PM (EST)
This is a great topic! Thanks for sharing.
One of my...|
Posted by: al_a on Feb-05-14 3:14 PM (EST)
favorite names for a rapid is "The Kitchen Sink" on the Madison River in Beartrap Canyon (a nice name itself) in Montana. It's the worst rapid in the canyon, and is named because it throws everything at you, including the kitchen sink.
Housatonic river has a few|
Posted by: daggermat on Feb-05-14 4:10 PM (EST)
one called "Rattlesnake", which is beyond me in an open boat. It's a rapid maybe 1/2 mile long, just below a several hundred foot high power company reservoir. I scouted it at no-flow level one day, and it scared me. Undercut boulders, egg shaped house sized boulder, funnel shaped rocks. A friend runs this whenever it's up, and his son gave his life there rescuing a classmate who got stuck in a hole while swimming.
Seem to remember|
Posted by: paddledad on Feb-05-14 4:20 PM (EST)
Hall's Bay was the one by Riverton?
Hall's Bay Chute|
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-05-14 5:43 PM (EST)
Hall's Bay is about 3/10 of a mile downstream of Boze Mill, and upstream of Riverton. Back in the early 80s, you could run either left or right at Hall's Bay. You sometimes had to eddy out real quick if you went left, because of strainers. The left side is pretty well clogged now.
Posted by: pblanc on Feb-05-14 5:45 PM (EST)
Hall's Bay Shoals or Hall's Bay Chute. What is this about it being bypassed?
Posted by: thebob.com on Feb-05-14 10:00 PM (EST)
What you know as Hall's Bay Chute hasn't been bypassed.
Posted by: eckilson on Feb-05-14 5:14 PM (EST)
on the Sugar River in NH - looks like a tooth. The Tville section of the Farmington in CT had Car Rock and Aircraft Carrier - pieces of the breeched Spoonville dam that looked like... a car and an aircraft carrier (sort of). They are gone now with the removal of the Spoonville Dam. Boof Rock on the West River in VT - guess what you do there. Can't think of any others at the moment.
so sad to hear of that|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-09-14 7:50 AM (EST)
though I think it was Aircraft Carrier that actually took lives under its ledge. I remember a little kid that shouldn't have been near the river getting caught under it.
lots of interesting names out there,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Feb-05-14 8:32 PM (EST)
many for holes- on the cheat in wv, coliseum rapid features a particle accelerator, and recyclotron.
Joe Baroni rock plaque, Housatonic?|
Posted by: g2d on Feb-05-14 11:32 PM (EST)
hey gary I enjoyed your flicker pics,|
Posted by: tdaniel on Feb-06-14 10:47 PM (EST)
you really get around, there's just so many great places you can go paddling around the country and it looks like you have checked a lot of them out, I've got not idea about the plaque on the housatonic but really enjoy thumbing through your pics
I tried again to google joe baroni, |
Posted by: g2d on Feb-06-14 11:40 PM (EST)
but failed. If I were up in that locale, I imagine lots of people would know.
Posted by: ppine on Feb-10-14 11:04 AM (EST)
There are several unnamed rapids in the lower Grand Canyon. For the last 4 smaller ones we came up with:
The Dumplings and Initiation|
Posted by: eckilson on Feb-09-14 6:58 AM (EST)
on the West River in VT. On release days, the river can be a mob scene
Middle Chestatee in Georgia has two |
Posted by: g2d on Feb-10-14 3:36 PM (EST)
"name" rapids. The first is Coppermine, just below the highway put-in, and near a huge cavern excavated for copper mining.
Posted by: dougd on Feb-10-14 7:06 PM (EST)
on a small stream in Maine! No one is ever gonna go there unless they are as stupid as we were but that was my name for this bugger that cost me a pair of chotas, leather gloves, and a wetsuit! If I were to ever go back there it would be with a few sticks of dynomite a fat cigar to light it and an evil grin on my face!
How could I forget Joe's Rock|
Posted by: eckilson on Feb-11-14 5:12 AM (EST)
Just below Bear's Den in the new Boston Section of the Farmington.
Flipper and the Recyclotron|
Posted by: willowleaf on Feb-11-14 12:56 PM (EST)
Posted by: pikabike on Feb-11-14 3:12 PM (EST)
My favorite name, because it instantly conjures up something vicious and grabby.