I hit the Gauley last fall too. It was a blast! Want to see amazing carnage? Follow a boat full of guides, preferably while listening to the Benny Hill theme song. I lost count of how many times we flipped our boat (13 at least, including several epic end over end flips). I was actually having trouble pulling myself back into the raft by the time we nearing the takeout. Pillow and Sweet's Falls are amazing, but short. However, some of the other biggies are pretty darn long. Don't swim at Lost Paddle, I think it's about a quarter mile long and there are undercuts everywhere.
I guided on the Lower Youghiogheny last summer, which was fun. Sure it's small potatoes, but great for learning to kayak. The Upper Yough is amazing, though. Consider running it this summer. It's a lot different from the Gauley, but still really exciting. The Gauley is all about big volume and huge, powerful rapids -- bigger than anything on the Yough. But the Upper Yough is tighter, really technical at times, much steeper, and more continuously intense than the Gauley. Between the named rapids, it's usually Class III-ish boogie water and small ledge drops instead of calm pools. Try not to swim much, because you'll probably end up swimming more than one rapid.
Last edited by stillz; 03-01-2010 at 09:40 PM.