Fall Creek on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee is home to Ozone Falls—a waterfall more than 100 feet tall and known as the "Holy Grail of the Southeast” to kayakers.
A waterfall of this size can be a terrifying prospect for paddlers. And besides its height, Ozone Falls has several additional hazards, including a shallow landing pool. If a descent goes awry, the paddler can break bones or be knocked unconscious in the fall. The result could easily be death.
But after a torrential rainstorm, North Carolina kayaker Pat Keller and friends decided it was time to put fear aside give the drop a shot. Keller’s helmet camera fell off during the descent and was claimed by the waterfall, but his friends got the shot. To read more, check out the original story on Canoe & Kayak.
Hairy as it was, Keller was still a long way off from the world record descent set by Tyler Bradt. In 2007, Bradt plummeted 189 feet down a waterfall and paddled away with just a sprained wrist. Click here for that video.