Paddling begins at 1:24.

The Merced River has been a forbidden fruit among kayakers–until now. Kayaking was just legalized in the park after advocacy groups like American Whitewater fought to open certain stretches including the Merced. This 6-part webseries documents the journey of Steve Fisher and Pat Keller as they train, prepare, and navigate their way down impressive whitewater in the iconic Yosemite National Park.

Episode three covers a steep creek training run down the Southeast’s Toxaway River. Check out all the episodes here as they are released.

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