Deckers Creek, West Virginia, USA, February, 2022
The last few weeks have seen large amounts of snow and rain throughout the Appalachian Mountains, which consequently filled the beds of creeks and the hearts of many a boater. This winter runoff saw a slow, icy descent down Deckers Creek in Morgantown, West Virginia by Corey Lilly, Quinn Frassetta, Ethan Frangenberg, Mo Edmiston, Tommy Piros, and the mayor of Decker’s Creek, Adam Johnson. Due to the well-below-freezing temperatures, icicles had formed and hung from trees at critical points throughout the run, making scouting a frequent activity and complicating some lines throughout the steep and technical creek. Furthermore, the exposed nature of the run to numerous caves and sieves ensured that lines were hit and problems avoided. Despite this, smiles and stoke persisted as smooth lines were had down Deckers Creek in its stunning white winter attire.
Words: Ethan Frangenberg | Photography: Quinn Frassetta