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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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Mexico 2013 Part I: Welcome To Mexico!

Below: Matt Beauchamp, Rio Minas Viejas, photo by Adam Goshorn From my house in Mentone, Alabama it is almost exactly a 27-hour drive to the take-out for the Cascadas Micos section of the Rio Valles in San Luis PotosiMexico.  For the eighth time in the last nine years, friends trickled into my house the night …

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Hurry Up and Wait: CO Quickie 2013

Below: Source of the SlateRiver, photo by Adam Goshorn Below: Adam Goshorn OBJ Rock Sledding, photo by Matt Jones Flashback to June 2013… I was in my last week of work before a much needed and much anticipated two-week paddling trip to California.  Despite the fact that California was experiencing another low water year, my …

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Lookout Mountain Living

I consider myself lucky to call Lookout Mountain home.  This is a little video shot here on the mountain shot during the very wet spring of 2013.  Good times with good friends on good runs all close to home… it doesn’t get much better than that. Until next time you can keep up with my …

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Spring Flings 2013

Below: Adam Goshorn on Little River Falls, photos by Pat Smith Sure, spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20th, but the seasonal rotation in my life doesn’t exactly follow the official guidelines.  This year, my winter was composed of back to back trips, first another raft-supported trip on the Grand Canyon and then down to …

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Mexico 2012 Part IV: The Upper Jalacingo

If you’re wondering if there are still new rivers out there waiting to be discovered, consider the fact that paddlers only started exploring sections of the Rio Jalacingo in 2008 and a full top to bottom descent wasn’t done until 2010.  This is even more telling when you consider that the Jalacingo flows into the …

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Mexico 2012 Part III: Zapotitlan

Below: Adam Goshorn in one of the many canyon sections, photo by Matt Beauchamp Our third full day in Mexico was spent running a nine-mile section of the Upper Rio Bobos, putting in near Zapotitlan (If you missed the first two parts of this trip report, you can find Part I HERE and part II …

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Mexico 2012 Part II: The Big Banana

Below: Namesake, photo by Adam Goshorn After spending out first full day in Mexico paddling the Roadside section of the Rio Alseseca (see pictures and video HERE) we returned to Aventurec and ended up spending the evening drinking a few beers with German paddler Julian Schafer and Canadian paddlers Mikkel St. Jean-Ducan and Lianne Germaine, …

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Mexico 2012 Part 1: The Roadside Alseseca

Below: Matt Beauchamp walking to the put-in, photo by Adam Goshorn                       Below: Matt Beauchamp on one of the more vertical drops, photo by Adam Goshorn For seven out of the last eight winters I have been lucky enough to make the annual drive south …

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Grand Canyon Round IV: Media Dump

Below: The daily commute, by Julia Fore For the forth time in as many years, on November 27, 2012 I found myself back at Lees Ferry Arizona launching once again into the waters of the Colorado River to float through the magical landscape of the Grand Canyon. My most recent previous trip had been a speedy, seven-day, self-support …

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Fusions in Hells Canyon!

Here is a little edit from our 4-day/3-night, self-support run down Hells Canyon of the Snake River in Idaho in late June 2012.  If you missed the write-up and photos, they can be seen HERE. John was paddling the Medium Fusion on this trip while I was paddling the Large. Both performed awesome in big …

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