Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Down the Wild Cape FearA River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602073

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469608129_Gerard

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 19 September 2021



(p.37) 3
Down the Wild Cape Fear

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the expedition's stop—a long one—at Lanier Falls, just above Raven Rock. They pull in above the falls, run the chute over and over, and surf the hydraulic in Ethan's unloaded canoe. Lanier is formed by a ledge that crosses the whole channel, with white-water chutes on either side. Ethan is an expert, and the author runs the left-hand chute with him, then body-surfs it with only a life vest on, feet up to avoid getting them trapped in underwater crevices between or under rocks. The author then spends a good long time relaxing in the cold whirlpool bath formed in the eddy of the chute against the downstream rocks. The sensation is refreshing and quite wonderful, the cool water boiling around him, leaving him semi-weightless, nudged into the slick curve of rock at his back, his ears full of the music of fast-running water.

Keywords:   expedition, Lanier Falls, Raven Rock, unloaded canoe, whirlpool bath

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .