Back in the 1970’s, the idea of running waterfalls appeared to many as a reckless and self-destructive stunt of the sensation-crazed. But to those who partake of the forbidden fruit (and to those who write about it), hucking waterfalls had become the ultimate in river running.

Check out the full story above in the February 1979 issue from the vault. And read original author Wick Walker’s reflection on this iconic storyin C&K’s March 2013 40th Anniversary Issue.

Also check out the 1984 story on Verlen Kruger and Steve Landick’s 28,000-mile canoe journey.