JUMP! Swimming Holes with Big Splashes

first_imgBY GRAHAM AVERILL & JEDD FERRISA plunge into a swimming hole should be a part of everyone’s summer. Relish the complete sense of surrender as your feet leave the rock, your body meets gravity, and everything goes silent as you fall toward the pool of water beneath you. The world disappears, and all you can see, all you can think of, is the calm depths beneath your feet.BRO has found the best swimming hole jumps in the Southeast. Some of them are tried-and-true classics, others are further off the radar. Some send you leaping from great heights, others are more scenic than death-defying. Regardless of their height or popularity, they’re all out there waiting for you to surrender to the jump.WHITEOAK CANYONCEDAR RUN, VA.Height: 20-40 FeetWhiteoak and Cedar Run are connecting Shenandoah classics. The central section of the national park has long been a hiker’s delight for the abundance of waterfalls found on this popular circuit hike. Ledges for jumping from various heights are ready for the taking along the cool pools that sit beneath falls found on the Whiteoak Canyon and Cedar Run Trails. A long favorite option is Cedar’s natural waterslide with a pool 40 feet below.Dangers: The high ledge at Cedar Run requires a little distance in the jump or it could mean disaster; not recommended for the timid. Be mindful of water levels.Access: From Charlottesville, Va., drive north on US 29 for 26 miles until you reach SR 231. Head north until you reach SR 670, where you proceed to Syria. Turn right on SR 643/600 and drive to the White Oak Canyon trailhead. It’s a 1.5-mile hike to the pools.Nearby: If you’re looking to spend a little more time in the park, hike on to Skyline Drive and grab a site (advanced reservations often necessary) at Big Meadows. The campground has a lodge where you can grab food and supplies.SUMMERSVILLECLIFFS, W.VA.Height: 30-100 FeetIf you don’t think we have any legitimate cliff jumping in the South, just head out to the big ledges and stunning views around central West Virginia’s Summersville Lake. Try the varying heights at Long Point, Waterfall, and Whipporwill cliffs (a popular spot for bolted deep water solo climbing routes), easily reached from Rt. 19, where you can spend the day yelling cowabunga at the top of your lungs as you plunge into the deep clear water.Dangers: The water is nice and deep in Summersville Lake, but landing a 50-foot-plus jump in an awkward position could easily result in some cracked ribs. Some jumpers recommended bringing a life vest to throw into the water before you jump in-just in case you get one of those pesky leg cramps or need a breather before you swim to shore.Access: From Fayetteville head north on Rt. 19. Whipporwill Road is on the left just before the Gauley River bridge. For Waterfall cross the bridge and turn right into a dirt parking area. A half-mile hike on the jeep trail will then lead to the cove and jumping area of Waterfall Cliffs. To reach Long Point continue north on 19 for a mile and turn left on Long Point Access Road. Follow this through the Summersville Lake recreation area until you reach a gate. Park here and follow the hiking trail for 1.5 miles to the overlook.Nearby: While you’re in the area stick around and take a whitewater rafting trip on the New. If you’re looking for post-jump chow, head to Pies and Pints in Fayetteville for tasty gourmet pizza.SWALLOW FALLSSTATE PARK, MD.Height: 10-30 FeetSwallow Falls State Park sits in the rugged Allegheny country of Maryland’s western peninisula. It borders the tumbling rapids of the Youghigeny River and also holds Maryland’s highest waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek Falls, as well as the park’s namesake cascade. Both waterfalls flow into sets of refreshing natural swimming pools, bordered by craggy outcroppings for cannonball glory.Dangers: The rocks along the side of the swimming holes get slippery, so watch your footing or wear some water shoes. Watch out for glass and other trash that often comes with state park disrespect.Access: From Cumberland take I-68 west to US 219 and head south to Oakland. Then pick up Rt. 20 in Oakland and head nine miles northwest to the park.Nearby: The park has a number of set-back wooded campsites and a network of well-maintained trails to satiate a needed singetrack fix. If you need more nighttime action, head toward Deep Creek Lake and get some Mexican at Santa Fe Grille. They pour a shot of Patron big enough to drop a horse.Mill’s CreekWaterfall, S.C.Height: 20+ FeetThe jump itself is impressive, but what really gets people going at Mill’s Creek is the setting. The creek drops into Lake Jocassee, forming a 30-foot waterfall tucked deep inside a lush, green cove. All of it comes together for a tropical setting unrivaled in the Southeast. You’ll have to keep reminding yourself you’re in South Carolina, not the Caribbean.Dangers: The logistics. The only way to reach Mill’s Creek waterfall is by boat. No trails or roads reach this corner of the lake, which is surrounded by federally designated Wilderness. The only way to reach the falls is by a half-day paddle or boat shuttle. (See below).Access: You can paddle a sea kayak for three to five hours across Lake Jocassee or arrange for a boat shuttle with the Jocassee Outdoor Center. Either way, check with the JOC for maps, a guide service, or info on alternative jumps along the lake. www.jocasseeoutdoorcenter.com.Nearby: Foothills Trail. The 80+ mile footpath skirts the northern edge of Lake Jocassee for miles, offering hikers a chance for a variety of day trips. The Jocassee Outdoor Center runs hiker shuttles for those who want to jump off a waterfall and catch a dayhike all in the same excursion.Directions: From Greenville: Take Hwy 25 north to Hwy 11. Go south of Hwy 11 and turn right on Jocassee Lake Road to Devil’s Fork State Park, the only public boat access on the lake.WILDCAT FALLS, N.C.Height: 15 FeetThis is more of a rock jump than a cliff jump. At 15 feet, it’s a great way to introduce someone to the art of cliff jumping. And everyone will enjoy the hike into the Wilderness and the scenery surrounding the falls.Dangers: Shallow rock shelf directly beneath the jump. Jump out away from boulder and you’ll clear any rocks hiding beneath the water. The pool at the bottom is only five feet deep, so tuck your legs in as you hit the water.Access: Easiest way is to hike the Big Fat Trail for three miles from Big Fat Trailhead. But it’s steep and is a heck of a climb out of the wilderness after a day of rock jumping. The more scenic route would be to hike seven miles along the Slickrock Creek Trail from Hwy 129. You’ll follow the river the entire way and cross the creek multiple times.Nearby: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Some of the biggest, fattest trees in the South are just around the corner. Cheoah River. Miles of constant class IV big water sits at the edge of this Wilderness area. Sweetwater BBQ. Robbinsville isn’t a bustling metropolis, but they have good Q. 828-479-6862.Directions: From Robbinsville, N.C. follow 129 west for 13 miles. Turn left at the unmarked bridge that crosses the Cheoah and follow Forest Road 62. In .2 miles, take a hard right on FS 62 and follow it as it climbs for six miles to the Big Fat Gap Trailhead. For the Slickrock Creek Trail trailhead, stay on 129 to the Cheoah Dam and look for the dirt road and parking area on your left.BOWATER HOLE, TENN.Height: 18 FeetLocals call this the “Blue Hole,” out of towners call it Bowater Hole. Whatever you name it, it’s a classic Tennessee jump that’s popular during summer weekends. The massive boulder sits in the middle of the North Chickamauga River surrounded by a small but scenic rock gorge. The boulder itself is perfect for sunbathing and the tallest end protrudes over the deepest section of the river, as if Mother Nature herself wanted us to jump into its depths.Dangers: Broken glass. The jump itself is safe as can be, but watch out for broken beer bottles on the rocky shore leading up to the boulder. The spot is popular with college kids who obviously have no concept of Leave No Trace.Access: The jump is located within the Bowater North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness. Follow the unmarked trail at the lower end of the parking lot across the river and continue upstream for one mile.Nearby: Cumberland Trail. Twenty miles of the C.T. traverses the North Chick gorge, perfect for backpacking or scenic day hikes. Park and Play. The two-mile run from the Bowater parking lot to route 27 on the North Chick is solid class III-IV water with boucoup park-and-play potential. Clumpies Ice Cream Company. Fresh ice cream hand-made at the shop with a variety of hip flavors like Chai sorbet. 423-267-5425.Directions: From Chattanooga, head north on 27 to Montlake Road. Go west on Montlake Road for 1.1 miles to the Bowater North Chickamauga Pocket Wilderness sign on your left and take the gravel road down to the parking lot.JACK’S RIVER FALLS, GA.Height: 20 FeetJack’s River Falls is hardly a secret, but the narrow gorge that houses the 60-foot waterfall is so remote and picturesque, you won’t mind waiting in line to jump. The falls is so popular, the Forest Service has recently banned overnight camping along the river to help cut down on use. Regardless, it’s a jump that can’t be ignored. Jacks comes down in two dramatic tiers within a narrow rock canyon, and an imposing 20-foot tall rock chimney protrudes over the deep pool at the bottom of the last waterfall.Dangers: The current. The falls is so powerful, it can either suck you back beneath its falling waters or push you quickly toward a rocky shelf beneath the water. After you come up from the plunge, be prepared to swim immediately to shallow water.Access: The falls resides inside the Cohutta Wilderness. Take the 3.5-mile Jack’s River Trail for an easy walk along an old railroad bed.Nearby: Cohutta Wilderness. The Cohutta has 95 miles of hiking trails. Check out the 13-mile Conasauga River Trail, which crosses the river 38 times. Edna’s Restaurant in Chatsworth offers classic meat-and-three style dishes. 706-695-4951.After you check out these jumps, use our Swimmers’ Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway to find your next swimming adventure!last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Badgers advance in Big Ten tourney with win over Rutgers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team moves on to the next round of the Big Ten Tournament after defeating Rutgers 61-55 Wednesday.UW took advantage of a sluggish first half from the Scarlet Knights in which they only mustered 13 points. Rutgers was 3-28 in the first half from the field and as a result, the Badgers took a 27-13 lead into the locker room at halftime.UW almost squandered the first half advantage however, as they were outscored 23-21 in the third quarter and 19-13 in the fourth. Rutgers got within six with 35 seconds remaining but they would get no closer as UW did enough to hold off the second half comeback.Football: Camp Randall to celebrate 100 years in 2017The University of Wisconsin’s historic Camp Randall stadium will celebrate its 100th birthday with several special events throughout the year, UW officials Read…Avyanna Young had another excellent game for the Badgers as she had 21 points on 5-7 shooting from the field. Marsha Howard was the only other Badger who scored in double digits as she pitched in 12 points of her own.The Badgers once again struggled in the turnover department but the offense did just enough to push them into the next round.Rutgers was led by Shrita Parker who has been the Scarlet Knights’ main offensive threat the whole season. Parker had 22 points on 7-19 shooting with three 3-pointers.Two other Scarlet Knights scored in double figures, Khadaizha Sanders had 11 and Victoria Harris had 10. Another three players in double figures were offset by the fact that the four bench players who entered the game did not score.UW was able to significantly impact the fluidity of the Rutgers’ offense as they contained Parker and forced the rest of the team to beat them. Overall, Rutgers finished 18-67 from the field with 15 of those buckets coming in the second half.The Badgers shot 50 percent from the field and while they took far less shots than Rutgers, they were able to cash in on a lot more of their opportunities and hold on for their ninth win of the season.Women’s hockey: Badgers look to take home WCHA’s ‘Wilma’ for third year straightThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will head to the Land of 10,000 Lakes compete in the Western Collegiate Read…Another interesting stat was the turnover line. Rutgers (11) had half the amount of the Badgers (22). The cold shooting from the Scarlet Knights bailed the Badgers out and prevented another loss caused by excessive turnovers and sloppy plays.The 14-seeded Badgers will move onto the next round of the tournament and will take on the 6-seeded Michigan State Spartans. The game will be on BTN 25 minutes after the conclusion of 7-seeded Penn State and 10-seeded Minnesota Thursday.last_img read more

Lakers find loss to Bulls a bit irritating; Steve Nash leaves with injury

first_img“He said he wanted to play through it,” D’Antoni said. “In retrospect, it might have been better to just come on out.”Nash’s setback also contributed to the team’s never-ending injured list that includes Kobe Bryant (fractured left knee), Pau Gasol (strained right groin), Xavier Henry (bone bruise in right knee), Jodie Meeks (sprained right ankle) and Jordan Farmar (left hamstring). None are expected to return until sometime after next week’s All-Star break.Nash has played only nine games this season, leaving it possible that the Lakers could benefit financially from his absence. If an NBA-appointed official determines Nash couldn’t play another game, the Lakers wouldn’t have the final year of Nash’s contract counted against their cap. But neither Nash nor the Lakers are thinking that way.The Lakers (18-33) still had a chance to ensure a three-game winning streak. Chicago also remained shorthanded without Derrick Rose (right knee) and Carlos Boozer (left calf). Seldom-used center Chris Kaman remained two points of matching his career-high, posting 27 points on 13-of-23 shooting and 10 rebounds. Jordan Hill (15 points) and Kendall Marshall (13 points) also cracked double figures.The Lakers also trailed only 88-84 with 48.9 seconds left after Wesley Johnson’s fast-break dunk. On the next possession, Lakers guard Steve Blake ran a pick-and-roll with Kaman and tried threading the needle with a bounce pass. D.J. Augustin swiped the ball and converted on a one-and-one. “Steve (Blake) is a great player and does a great job for us,” Kaman said. “It was just one play, but it happened to be at the important time of the game there.”Kaman found no solace with his play either, even if it could open up more playing time. Though D’Antoni described Kaman as “very good offensively” and rated his defense as “okay,” he said giving playing to Kaman once Gasol returns will be “tough.”“The whole season has been a frustrating year for me personally,” Kaman said. “Part of that is having injuries. Part of that is a lot of guys are on one-year deals not knowing what they want to do and not knowing where they’re supposed to be. The more time we have together as a unit out there, the better it is. But with guys getting hurt and guys being in and out, it’s not easy.”With Nash joining that list again, the Lakers’ job just became more difficult.See box score | Follow Mark Medina’s Inside the Lakers blog Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a gut feeling. It wasn’t like I broke it again,” said Nash, who finished with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting and two assists in 21 minutes. “I just kind of irritated the nerve. I’m pretty hopeful all the stuff I’ve been doing can overcome the irritation. It’s kind of transient. Hopefully when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll feel better.”Nash had displayed encouraging signs during his two-game stint last week, including a 19-point effort on 8-of-15 shooting and five assists in the Lakers’ win Friday in Philadelphia.But Nash showed discomfort after committing a turnover with nine minutes left in the third quarter, however he didn’t leave until nearly four minutes later.“I wanted to play. Especially when you’re losing, you want to fight through it,” Nash said. “I’ve been through that before and I know where it goes. I didn’t want to risk it and honestly let the guys that were able to carry the load. I think it was the smartest decision to come back and not have a major setback.”D’Antoni wondered if that should’ve happened sooner.center_img LOS ANGELES >> A familiar image emerged surrounding Steve Nash, and it didn’t involve the dazzling passes he recaptured recently after staying sidelined for nearly three months.Instead, the Lakers’ 92-86 loss Sunday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center provided an awfully familiar storyline that never seems to end. Nash left midway through the third quarter after a collision with Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich sparked nerve irritation in his leg. Nash suffered the same damage last season when he fractured his left leg Oct. 31, 2012 against Portland, an injury that sidelined him for 24 games. The subsequent nerve issues eventually affected his back and hamstrings, keeping him out for eight games, including two playoff appearances.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni also said Nash’s back tightened up. Yet, Nash expressed optimism he could still play Tuesday against the Utah Jazz, insistent that the nerve damage in his back that sidelined him for all but eight games this season won’t suddenly emerge.last_img read more

Roma eyeing January deal for Stoke winger

first_imgRoma are keen on a January deal for Stoke City winger Ibrahim Afellay.The Dutchman only moved to the Britannia Stadium in the summer after his contract with Barcelona expired.However, since making the switch, the 29-year-old has failed to establish himself as a regular under Mark Hughes.And that, according to Corriere dello Sport, has ignited interest from Roma as the January transfer window draws ever closer.The Italian club wanted Afellay in the summer but missed out to Stoke after holding talks with the player.However, Roma now believe the former PSV star could be persuaded to make a u-turn and head to the Italian capital this January in search of first-team football. Ibrahim Afellay 1last_img

Smart farming fights climate change

first_imgThe Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. (Image: Darling Tourism Via Media Club South Africa)A collaboration between the University of Cape Town and two provincial government department seeks to develop long-term resistance methods to climate change.Western Cape agriculture plays an important role in South Africa’s economy in terms of job creation and socio-economic development, even while it is vulnerable to climate change.The university and the departments of agriculture, and environmental affairs and development planning recognised that a strategic and co-ordinated approach was needed to develop long-term resilience to climate change. This could be done through climate-smart agriculture and by placing the sector on a clear pathway towards a green economy.Their collaboration has brought about the Smart Agriculture for Climate Resilience programme. It is the first provincial climate change policy for agriculture in South Africa, and specifically focuses on food security. It promotes climate-smart agriculture.SMART AGRICULTUREThe programme is tied to the Western Cape’s five-year provincial strategic plan and the strategic goals of the provincial department of agriculture. One of the key goals is to optimise the sustainable use of water and land resources to increase climate-smart agricultural production.Collaborative planning and action within and between public and private sectors includes players such as organised agriculture and industry associations, farmers, agri-processors and agri-business, labour and civil society, and research and academic institutions.According to the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), the project has achieved an understanding of expected climate risks as well as effects on and vulnerabilities in agriculture. It has established important linkages between resource sectors, water, energy and agricultural production. It has also shown that vulnerability is high across the sector.The project’s framework to battle the harsh impact of climate change has been its biggest success so far. It has identified regions that have a milder climate and where climate change will not be as dramatic.These may become the future centres of food production.ADAPTING TO A CHANGING CLIMATEThe province has already shown it has the capacity to adapt, with local companies already providing energy-saving low-carbon solutions to farms and agri-businesses. Leading wine estates have installed energy-saving measures and systems for renewable energy generation.The Fruit Look Project is a prime example of how the province is adapting. The project uses satellite images to help fruit farmers increase their irrigation efficiency. These solutions must be harnessed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation.It takes a strong spatial approach, and has created 23 spatial zones. This is because the risks and effects of climate change differ widely across the province. It is all dependent on climate, soils, vegetation and farming systems.Through this project the western marginal grain zones such as the Rooi Karoo-Aurora, are expected to shift to livestock production. This zone will become hotter and drier. Some zones could benefit from mild warming and wetting, for example the southern GrootBrak-Plett zone.According to the ACDI, the project proposes a focus on four strategic areas, with the aim to:Promote a climate-resilient low-carbon production system that is productive, competitive, equitable and ecologically sustainable.Strengthen effective climate disaster risk-reduction and management for agriculture.Strengthen monitoring, data and knowledge management and sharing, and lead strategic research for climate change and agriculture.Ensure good co-operative governance and joint planning for effective climate change response implementation for agriculture.Public and private partnerships are helping to make South Africa’s food security mission a success. Play your Part too; and send us your story.last_img read more

‘Innie’ Windows or ‘Outie’ Windows?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members UPDATED on April 3, 2016Builders in northern states and Canada often specify exterior wall foam for new construction as well as for residing jobs on existing houses. Installing rigid foam on exterior walls reduces thermal bridging through studs and (as long as the foam is thick enough) greatly reduces the chances of condensation in wall cavities. Current trends favor thicker and thicker foam; many cold-climate builders now routinely install 4 or 6 inches of EPS, XPS, or polyiso on exterior walls.Builders installing thick exterior wall foam can install windows two ways: with the window flanges in the same plane as the back of the siding — so called “outie” windows — or with the window flanges in the same plane as the OSB wall sheathing — so-called “innie” windows. Either way will work.Let’s consider a wall with 2×4 studs, OSB sheathing, 4 inches of exterior foam, 3/4-in.-thick vertical strapping, and fiber-cement lap siding. How should the windows be installed?A builder who prefers “outie” windows would do it this way:On the other hand, a builder who prefers “innie” windows would do it this way:The innie vs. outie debate has been going on for decades. Back in 1984, here’s what builder John Hughes of Edmonton, Alberta, had to say about the debate: “It’s possible to locate windows and doors anywhere on these broad sills, but most people like to keep windows flush with the new exterior wall. This creates a wide sill inside the house, looks good on the outside, and eliminates the necessity of installing a broad, weather-resistant exterior sill.” (The quote is from Hughes’ article, “Retrofit Superinsulation,” published in the April/May 1984 issue of Fine Homebuilding.)Both innie and outie windows have strong advocates. When Energy Design Update reported on the innie-versus-outie controversy in July 2002, building scientist Joe Lstiburek… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more