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So I’ve been pretty amazed with the way that this Noccalula Falls descent has exploded in the media. If you’re not familiar with the waterfall, check out my recent blog post in Blue Ridge Outdoors for the footage and ensuing media coverage.
But yesterday, I received an email thread that made me roll on the ground laughing. It includes my dad, Mike Gragtmans, my uncle, John Z, and one of the guys who got me into paddling, John M. Read on for the real story of the true Noccalula Falls first D…
Holy crap batman! Did you get a note from your mother? Let me know when the video is available so I can buy a copy. Taking my boat to Mexico on Friday for a week to do some ocean surfing. Pretty tame compared to this! Be safe.
Hey John, pretty fricking ridiculous huh! What they don’t show on the video is that John Z. and I ran the waterfall before Pat went. We ran it at the same time just to put in a little more challenge into our runs. The Super Sport and Pirouette did awesome. If you look real carefully at the video you will see John and I sitting on the riverbank as Pat went down. We are celebrating with a drink and a smoke. John took the case of beer down with him and I took down the cigars.
What a bunch of rookies!!
Glad you pointed it out to me. I can just make out you and John Z smoking a monte cristo and having a sifter of fine port. I agree, what a bunch of rookies
…yes, I don’t usually brag, but. Here’s another incredible factoid about this secret first descent of Mike Gragtmans followed by myself. I know Mike prides himself on his physical condition, so the best medical professionals hooked him up to state of the art equipment to monitor his physiological reaction the strain. They still can’t understand how his heart rate did not rise at all; it was equal to sitting in an easy chair reading a good novel!
My apologies, I said Mike ran it first… we did do it simultaneously but the Super Sport surged ahead on willpower and sheer athletic prowess to win by a nose due to the paddling machine otherwise known as Michael Gragtmans. He was actually paddling furiously as he went down the waterfall to really giv’er. And that’s how the other 3 were inspired to in fact give it a run and take the credit. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
This is why my family is awesome. Hope everyone is out there enjoying the rain!
Well, it has been quite a whirlwind adventure across the country. Bryan and I drove over 3,000 miles in six days, and hung out with some awesome people along the way.
The first two stops on our trip were the Ottawa River and the North and South Fork of the Payette Rivers in Idaho. A full picture update is available over on the Immersion Research blog, but here is the video from those adventures. Hope you enjoy!
Please see below for an epic compilation of kayaking and other bails! I’ve had all of these excellent crashes eating up space on my hard drive, and I figured it was time to entertain the internet world a bit.
Hope you enjoy!