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Alex Zendel on Cathedral

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Account The rapid above the big diagonal slide looks pretty suicidal, though I heard someone has run it. This is looking into the gorge that contains cathedral and homies slot. It is about .65 miles long and super intense with undercuts and sieves everywhere you look up into this drop when crossing the river to access spence ridge trail The entrance is pretty crazy looking with tight lines on the left wall. This looks to be the heart of the Linville Gorge. There are spots like this absolutely everywhere This is it! This is the most rugged, deep, beautiful and longest wilderness run in the East. Accept no substitutes. This is the pool right below homies slot, one of the more intimidating rapids on the river. This drop has alot of power and a sticky hydraulic. Very little water actually exits the boxed in room here, so you gotta keep it together in there. This is after a recent change to the entrance. Notice the crappy situation that has developed due to the removal of a rock that used to pad out the top of the slab rock. Look at the one below for comparison The water level stated applies to all the following pictures listed below, untill the last one, which is labeled as such in the description box. The level was noted at the end of the day when the water got to the gauge, not the gauge reading during the run further upstream. Best putin anywhere The drop in the picture is a sweet ledge with a sticky pocket against the river right wall. I say Bob Ross gorge b/c this must run class 5 puts you right into this walled in and calm gorge with overhanging walls and a perfectly framed view of Table Rock. All you can see of the river is the horizon line of Dr. Shoosh below. This is the zen spot on Linville. This one is the best of many zen spots. One of the better boofs on the river You can't see the really bad undercuts here You can see the scary Arch rapid in the background. This is the scary stretch of Linville. Its a state of mind. Hawksbill is seen in the background. Table Rock is visible in the background. This is the last of the set of pictures from the level of 2.05 feet in September 2006. The first was labeled "Getting in at Cave" picture taken below Wheelie What a sight for a putin! The left line is a patience move. Drive the wall late and low. Shortoff Mountain is on the left. This is immediately above Linville Falls and is posted with no swimming or entering the water signage. With decent water it can be run, but otherwise its not a bad idea to slide in below. Drive on the right, then stomp. The lower end of this picture is where the horrible pocket is located. Run this ledge far right and take a stroke when you land. This is the launch that is more vertical and has a rock in the landing area. The line is down river right usually. No gettin around this one! Great boof. The hairiest normally run rapid on the run. What you see is what you get. Almost always portaged. Its that good. He just has finished Arch Nemesis, which is right behind him as he enters double undercut. Its important to realize that none of the sickness is visible in this shot. Don't land the first one on your head like Adam did. It got worse after the floods, but with decent water is not that big of a deal. Just stay on the left side of the right channel. Headed down the hallway. The bottom of Cyclops can be seen at the top of the pool in the foreground. Ahh yes. Cave Falls is the highlight, and leads into the prettiest stretch. Great rapid. The pictured line is the more vertical one. There is another center slide and the portage far left. Down the left, one of the best. This drops the fortunate paddler into the Bob Ross Gorge. The big horizon line is Dr. Shoosh. What a feeling. Good clean fun. This one is pretty frenetic, but low stress. You can run left of center, or down the right wall for a nice boof, but a hungry pocket. Run it twice. Right below cave diver is hallway, a fantastic long corridor rapid against the left wall. It is easy, but watch out for wood at the bottom. It can render the rapid unrunnable. Just run it down the middle with a little bit of right drive to avoid any unwanted hits on the left wall. You might want to check it first, but run down the left channel, staying away from the left wall, though anywhere at the edge of the ledge works. You can portage on the left and it is a lot easier than the right to get to Cathedral, but on the left you have to run Cathedral blind. The left is better. A great line on the finale to Cathedral Gorge.
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Author of report
Kirk Eddlemon
Knoxville, TN
River
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01h10m
Reported Level 1.65
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The wall from a distance

Detail Trip Report  The wall from a distance  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(313.06KB .jpeg)

into the gnar

Detail Trip Report  into the gnar  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(307.61KB .jpeg)

The shit

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Cathedral Falls

Detail Trip Report  Cathedral Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(308.32KB .jpeg)

Entrance to Cathedral

Detail Trip Report  Entrance to Cathedral  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(287.98KB .jpeg)

Cathedral from above

Detail Trip Report  Cathedral from above  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(276.07KB .jpeg)

What undercuts?

Detail Trip Report  What undercuts?  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(296.05KB .jpeg)

Only in Gnarth Carolina

Detail Trip Report  Only in Gnarth Carolina  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(427.27KB .jpeg)

What an incredible place!

Detail Trip Report  What an incredible place!  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(277.26KB .jpeg)

Pool below Homies Slot

Detail Trip Report  Pool below Homies Slot  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(425.43KB .jpeg)

The slot

Detail Trip Report  The slot  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(288.67KB .jpeg)

Jailhouse has changed

Detail Trip Report  Jailhouse has changed  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1012.55KB .bmp)

Getting in at Cave

Detail Trip Report  Getting in at Cave  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(395.81KB .jpeg)

Adam Secrest in the groove

Detail Trip Report  Adam Secrest in the groove  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(423.89KB .jpeg)

Puting in at the Falls

Detail Trip Report  Puting in at the Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(379.86KB .jpeg)

Tony on Babel

Detail Trip Report  Tony on Babel  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(415.89KB .jpeg)

Tony below Wheelie looking into the Cali gorge

Detail Trip Report  Tony below Wheelie looking into the Cali gorge  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(436.29KB .jpeg)

No thanks

Detail Trip Report  No thanks  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(424.76KB .jpeg)

Death Penalty

Detail Trip Report  Death Penalty  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(430.46KB .jpeg)

A few reasons to not run Death Penalty

Detail Trip Report  A few reasons to not run Death Penalty  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(420.66KB .jpeg)

Looking out towards Double Undercut

Detail Trip Report  Looking out towards Double Undercut  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(408.14KB .jpeg)

Looking upstream from low water portage rapid

Detail Trip Report  Looking upstream from low water portage rapid  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(403.24KB .jpeg)

River of Dreams

Detail Trip Report  River of Dreams  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(403.56KB .jpeg)

Tony sliding in at Cave

Detail Trip Report  Tony sliding in at Cave  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(410.77KB .jpeg)

Tony boofing into the groove

Detail Trip Report  Tony boofing into the groove  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(414.76KB .jpeg)

Entrance to the Bob Ross gorge

Detail Trip Report  Entrance to the Bob Ross gorge  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(411.16KB .jpeg)

Looking up at the clapper rapid below Cave Falls

Detail Trip Report  Looking up at the clapper rapid below Cave Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(403.12KB .jpeg)

Looking into the gorge below Drunk Tank

Detail Trip Report  Looking into the gorge below Drunk Tank  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(413.21KB .jpeg)

Gangsta Boof

Detail Trip Report  Gangsta Boof  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(704.67KB .jpeg)

Adam landing the boof at Double Undercut

Detail Trip Report  Adam landing the boof at Double Undercut  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(716.77KB .jpeg)

Jacob entering Double Undercut

Detail Trip Report  Jacob entering Double Undercut  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(735.40KB .jpeg)

Kirk and Adam at the bottom of the rapid right above Jailhouse

Detail Trip Report  Kirk and Adam at the bottom of the rapid right above Jailhouse  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(705.19KB .jpeg)

Its more than whitewater

Detail Trip Report  Its more than whitewater  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.17MB .jpeg)

Checking out Jailhouse

Detail Trip Report  Checking out Jailhouse  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.59MB .jpeg)

Cave Falls from river right

Detail Trip Report  Cave Falls from river right  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.59MB .jpeg)

Best of the must run rapids

Detail Trip Report  Best of the must run rapids  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.43MB .jpeg)

Bob Ross Gorge (last of 2.05 feet pics)

Detail Trip Report  Bob Ross Gorge (last of 2.05 feet pics)  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.26MB .jpeg)

Linville Gorge

Detail Trip Report  Linville Gorge  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(48.13KB .jpeg)

Puting in at the Falls

Detail Trip Report  Puting in at the Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(27.46KB .jpeg)

Babel Tower left line

Detail Trip Report  Babel Tower left line  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(36.58KB .jpeg)

Big pool at Conley Cove

Detail Trip Report  Big pool at Conley Cove  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(31.47KB .jpeg)

View south from Table Rock

Detail Trip Report  View south from Table Rock  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(417.26KB .jpeg)

View of Hawks Bill from Table Rock

Detail Trip Report  View of Hawks Bill from Table Rock  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(353.51KB .jpeg)

Off Limits Falls

Detail Trip Report  Off Limits Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(395.40KB .jpeg)

Entrance to Jailhouse

Detail Trip Report  Entrance to Jailhouse  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(713.39KB .jpeg)

Sweet Shoulder Boof

Detail Trip Report  Sweet Shoulder Boof  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(715.27KB .jpeg)

Ledge at bottom of Wheelie

Detail Trip Report  Ledge at bottom of Wheelie  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(696.00KB .jpeg)

More vertical seal launch

Detail Trip Report  More vertical seal launch  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.40MB .jpeg)

Guide to Babel Tower Moat

Detail Trip Report  Guide to Babel Tower Moat  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(103.15KB .jpeg)

Scary Gorge Guide

Detail Trip Report  Scary Gorge Guide  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(100.82KB .jpeg)

Devils Hole/Cave Falls Guide

Detail Trip Report  Devils Hole/Cave Falls Guide  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(99.25KB .jpeg)

Sandy Flats to Spence Ridge Guide

Detail Trip Report  Sandy Flats to Spence Ridge Guide  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(94.90KB .jpeg)

Cathedral Gorge Guide

Detail Trip Report  Cathedral Gorge Guide  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(102.50KB .jpeg)

Below Cathedral to Conley Guide

Detail Trip Report  Below Cathedral to Conley Guide  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(97.03KB .jpeg)

Nowhere to Run

Detail Trip Report  Nowhere to Run  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(37.72KB .jpeg)

Sweet Shoulder Boof

Detail Trip Report  Sweet Shoulder Boof  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(33.01KB .jpeg)

Drunk Tank

Detail Trip Report  Drunk Tank  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(29.44KB .jpeg)

Death Penalty

Detail Trip Report  Death Penalty  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(28.73KB .jpeg)

Smile, you're on "to catch a predator"

Detail Trip Report  Smile, you're on "to catch a predator"  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(22.81KB .jpeg)

Jacob entering Double Undercut

Detail Trip Report  Jacob entering Double Undercut  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(35.05KB .jpeg)

Adam landing the boof at Double Undercut

Detail Trip Report  Adam landing the boof at Double Undercut  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(25.57KB .jpeg)

Tony's Rapid

Detail Trip Report  Tony's Rapid  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(36.14KB .jpeg)

Mr. Sprinkle showing us how.

Detail Trip Report  Mr. Sprinkle showing us how.  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(28.42KB .jpeg)

entrance to Jailhouse

Detail Trip Report  entrance to Jailhouse  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(33.22KB .jpeg)

Jailhouse

Detail Trip Report  Jailhouse  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(33.09KB .jpeg)

pool below Cyclops

Detail Trip Report  pool below Cyclops  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(32.40KB .jpeg)

Boofing into the groove

Detail Trip Report  Boofing into the groove  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(700.40KB .jpeg)

Clapper Falls

Detail Trip Report  Clapper Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(32.71KB .jpeg)

Seal Launch Portage

Detail Trip Report  Seal Launch Portage  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(25.67KB .jpeg)

Welcome to Bob's World

Detail Trip Report  Welcome to Bob's World  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(36.56KB .jpeg)

Bob Ross looking into Dr. Shoosh

Detail Trip Report  Bob Ross looking into Dr. Shoosh  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(21.81KB .jpeg)

Spence Ridge Rumble

Detail Trip Report  Spence Ridge Rumble  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(32.17KB .jpeg)

Cathedral Falls

Detail Trip Report  Cathedral Falls  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(18.31KB .jpeg)

The spout

Detail Trip Report  The spout  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(32.51KB .jpeg)

Twist and Shout

Detail Trip Report  Twist and Shout  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(31.57KB .jpeg)

Diagonal Chaos

Detail Trip Report  Diagonal Chaos  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.43MB .jpeg)

Cyclops

Detail Trip Report  Cyclops  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.63MB .jpeg)

Dr. Shoosh

Detail Trip Report  Dr. Shoosh  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.46MB .jpeg)

Hallway

Detail Trip Report  Hallway  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.58MB .jpeg)

Ribshot

Detail Trip Report  Ribshot  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.42MB .jpeg)

Homies Sneak

Detail Trip Report  Homies Sneak  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.48MB .jpeg)

Entrance to Cathedral (left)

Detail Trip Report  Entrance to Cathedral (left)  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.67MB .jpeg)

Alex Zendel on Cathedral

Detail Trip Report  Alex Zendel on Cathedral  @Linville Linville Falls to Lake James , NC(1.38MB .jpeg)


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October 19 2009 (3011 days ago)
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I see no Damn Devil's Hole ANYWHERE WTF??????Bitch