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Chattooga Rafting 1 - Move on to Chattooga Rafting 2

The Chattooga River gained fame with the 1972 movie, "Deliverance" starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ned Beatty. The Chattooga flows between north Georgia and South Carolina. In the summer of 2003, Alan, Ryan, Heather, Sue and I rafted Section 4, the most challenging of the Chattooga river's 4 sections, with several Category 4 and 5 rapids. Record rains in Georgia had the river at its highest level in over 30 years and the rapids were very challenging, such that extra guides were posted along the route with safety ropes and life preservers. Alan flipped right out of our raft on one of the rapids and was quickly hauled in to safety. Luckily, the Nantahala Outdoor Center has conducted commercial rafting trips since 1972 with no loss of life. However, many lives have been lost during unguided trips during the worst of river conditions.

Our trip started uneventful as we learned to navigate the easier Category 3 rapids.

The water flowed fast through the narrow chutes we navigated.

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