In Octo­ber of 1982 four kayak­ers from across the nation tempt­ed fate and plunged through the Nia­gara Riv­er Gorge, home to some of the largest white­wa­ter in North Amer­i­ca. After the Nia­gara Riv­er launch­es 167 feet over the most mas­sive water­fall in the world, the riv­er dri­ves with a fury for over six miles before mel­low­ing. With­in that six-mile stretch the rapids are so large, pow­er­ful, and dan­ger­ous that they are closed to boat­ing. In this spe­cial case, how­ev­er, these four kayak­ers were allowed to make the run for an episode of Amer­i­can Sportsmen.