A New Adventure Sport – Speed Waterfalling
This past fall season, Scott Socha (co-owner of FootRX Asheville) and Lydia Odell (waterfall tour guide with MotionMap) teamed up to create a new outdoor recreation challenge in western North Carolina. Speed Waterfalling. The idea was to see just how many waterfalls they could visit within an 8 hour workday.
The challenge included stops in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, Gorges State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest and a few private properties. From each parking area, Socha and Odell ran/hiked together while navigating trails, tough terrain, streams, rivers and rocks to bag waterfalls one by one. The two kept record of each waterfall viewed, time viewed and mileage. Total hiking/running mileage for the day was 11.5 miles.
(Above photo is of Scott at the base of Slippery Witch Falls)
Socha and Odell had discussed this idea for at least a year and were ready to set the bar for other outdoor/waterfall enthusiasts who want a new, interesting and different challenge.
According to the duo, the “workday” was fantastic! To be able to spend the day enjoying what Transylvania County has to offer is something everyone should take part in whenever possible.
(Above photo is of Lydia at the base of Cove Creek Falls)
Socha and Odell were prepared with a full tank of gas, cooler of food, plenty of water, first-aid kit, maps, footrx apparel, extra running shoes, wool socks, rain gear and a little cash for a 5:00 pm pint of Dale’s Pale Ale at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard.
How many waterfalls did they see that day? 23! Yes, 23! The bar has been set…Now how many can you find in one workday? Let us know and we will feature you!!!