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Adam Goshorn

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Name: Adam Goshorn
Date registered: January 3, 2012


I started paddling at a young age in the front of a tandem canoe (with my dad in the stern) on class II streams in my home state of Virginia, USA. I always loved being on the river and that interest was further solidified by attending a summer camp program that taught whitewater canoeing and specifically focused on multi-day canoe tripping. The highlight of each summer for me was when we would spend 5-day and 4-nights paddling down the James River and camping along the way. In high school I started to be able to paddle more often as my friends and I were able to drive ourselves to the river and my focus turned more towards wanting to progress at whitewater paddling. In pursuit of that goal I eventually switched to a kayak in 2000 while in college at Radford University where I majored in Outdoor Recreation. Kayaking quickly became my driving passion and I have been paddling around 150 days a year ever since. I am currently the director of an outdoor experiential education center on Lookout Mountain in the northeast corner of Alabama. The location provides excellent local paddling for much of the year and the job schedule allows time for trips elsewhere in the winter and summer. I have been paddling for Pyranha since 2006 and Immersion Research since 2008.

Latest posts

  1. Review: Pyranha 9R II Large — January 30, 2020
  2. Dominican December — April 6, 2018
  3. San Luis Potosi, Mexico — January 26, 2018
  4. Dominican Republic – Part IV: Staircase Section of the Rio Jimenoa — February 22, 2016
  5. Dominican Republic – Part III: Upper Rio Jimenoa — February 15, 2016

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Spring Flings 2015

Below: Adam Goshorn running the low water line on the first drop of Cable Falls on one of several snowy days on Little River Canyon early in the spring.  Photo by Shannon Goshorn. The spring of 2015 was not a high water year in and around north Alabama, but luckily for those of us who …

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A Grand Canyon Christmas

For the fifth time in six years, in December 2014 I found myself climbing into a Pyranha boat and sliding into the waters of the Colorado River at Lees Ferry, Arizona.  Previously I’ve paddled the Grand Canyon with raft-support in an Everest, Burn II, and Shiva; and one self-support trip in the Fusion.  This time …

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Winter on the Mountain with the XL Burn III

  Below: Adam Goshorn on Short Creek, photo by Shannon Goshorn Fresh off a winter Grand Canyon trip, I probably should be working on sorting pictures and video from that trip.  However, ever since I arrived back to my home the opportunities for great boating have kept me happily distracted!  The XL Burn III was …

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Western Wanderings 2014

Below: Jenny relaxing in one of the hot springs early in the trip.  Photo by Adam Goshorn. Below: A compilation of footage from paddling in ID and CO during June and July of 2014.  Video by Adam Goshorn After years of unsuccessful lottery applications for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (MFS) in Idaho, …

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Alabama 2014: Winter and Spring Wrap-Up

Below, Adam Goshorn takes flight off his favorite boof in Little River Canyon, photo by Joey Jarrell   I know… I know… it is fall and yet, here I am finally putting up the last of my media from the winter and spring, but better late than never.  Unlike the spring of 2013, which was …

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This is the LRC

With a large watershed and a stream bed that channelizes well at lower levels, Little River Canyon (LRC) can have enough water for paddling after local rain any time of the year.  However, it is almost always above the minimum water level (for at least some section of the canyon) from Dec-May, making it a …

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Exploring McWhorter Gulf

Photos by Ben Trister Below: Adam Goshorn on the last of the bedrock slides before the streambed changed to boulders and the bottom dropped out! McWhorter Gulf and its watershed are contained entirely within the boundaries of Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area and speaking in terms of geographic place-names, it flows southeast off of Pigeon …

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Mexico 2013 Part IV: Back to SLP

Below: Matt Beauchamp on the El Salto Section of the Rio Valles, photo by Adam Goshorn We had been enjoying our time in Veracruz (see Mexico 2013 Part III HERE), but water levels continued to be too high for many of runs we would have been paddling in a normal year. There were a few …

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Mexico 2013 Part III: Veracruz

Below: Must be going the right way, photo by Evan Alfano Below: Adam Goshorn on the Rio Alseseca , photo by Shannon Goshorn The day after we paddled the second canyon of the Rio Verde with Team Previa (see: Mexico 2013 part II HERE); we woke up early and broke down our camp at Aldea …

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Mexico 2013 Part II: Team Previa

Below: Matt Beauchamp running Puerta del Salto in the second canyon of the Rio Verde, photos by Adam Goshorn   Just after dark on the day we ran the Rio Minas Viajas (see Mexico 2013 Part I HERE), we were driving down the narrow driveway into the Aldea Huesteca campground when we met a van …

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