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Awesome Gore article by Willoughby

The kayaking history of Kirschbaum and Gore:

Willoughby: Rapids first in hopefully many tributes - The Denver Post

I had no idea that he had 1st Ds of the Black, Cross, Gore and pieces of Westy, Cataract and the Grand. Also never knew that Blackadar was on the 1st D of Gore rapid. Really cool. I'd vote to name the Glenwood park after him, but that doesn't seem to really be his style. Maybe we should put a fishing pole at Cave Camp with his name on it?

An aside, I've really enjoyed Scott's articles over the years and the Post is lucky to have someone so gifted at writing and adventuring on their staff.


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That's a great piece of history, thanks for sharing it. The Black in the early sixties in a canvas and fiberglass boat is pioneering to say the least.

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Great article. Kirschbaum sounds like an incredible boater. Black canyon solo first D! Hardcore!

Kirschbaum is one of my all time favorite rapids too...
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Good article. Glad to see some of the sport's historical figures getting some recognition. I had often thought over the years about how many people paddling that classic rapid had no clue where the name came from. Be great to see a plaque or some other form of recognition and also more written of the history of the sport. Fletcher Anderson was quite a colorful figure and there were many more who paved the way to where we are today.
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Speaking of first D's, when where some of the the Colorado classics first run? Crystal Gorge? Big South? Lime? Barrell Springs? Yule Creek?
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Fletcher Anderson's account of Walt in Gore is great reading. He reports that Walt smashed the bow of his canvas-decked boat partway through the run (sounds like in Pyrite). He stuffed the boat full of driftwood and taped his paddling jacket over the nose and finished the run! I'd say that defines hardcore.

Fletcher also gave an account in the same book of his (and Lloyd Yandle's) 1973 run at 10,000 cfs, with both barely surviving.

It's not always the most accurate guidebook but it's a great read.
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Dang, that's good stuff!
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It would be interesting to know if any of his four kids paddle.
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You guys should check out Kent Ford's "Call of the River". It's a great history of white water boating. Has a bit on how Kirschbaum and the other Europeans first came to the US to participate in fibArk and ended up staying.

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