White Water Super Challenge - The Class 5 Upper Gauley, WV - Via Ferrata Combo ! - and new - 12 Stage Zip Line / Canopy Tour
Friday, September 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 9:00 PM (EDT)
White Water Super Challenge
The Class 5 Upper Gauley, WV !
Plus Via Ferrata !
Or 12 Stage Zip Line / Canopy Tour ! - New
Itinerary & General Trip Details:
Friday - Depart from NYC between 3pm and 6pm - Transportation provided (Dinner on the road)
- Accommodations: 1 night hotel (A) 1 night in Log Cabins w/ Porch, AC, fire place and Jacuzzi
- 2 Breakfasts provided plus lunch on the river Sunday
Saturday - Open Day - Variation of Optional Activities:
Via Ferrata** or try the new: 12 Stage Zip Line / Canopy Tour**
Upon request: Rock Climbing, Horseback, Caving, Hiking, or just relax...
Sunday 7.30 am - Check-in and Rafting of the Class 5 Upper Gauley
- Lunch provided by the River People
$395 - Early Bird Special - Make your deposit Wednesday, August 1
$415 - Regular Price - Make your deposit by Wednesday, September 1
$435 - Last minute sign up / if space still available
Optional Activities and Adventures:
$25 - Extra for H.A.R. - 6 Person Adventure Rafts (Regular Capacity 8 Persons)
$50 - Extra for H.A.R. - 4 Person High Adventure Rafts
$75 - Via Ferrata**
$85 - 12 Stage Zip Line / Canopy Tour**
Capacity: 20 participants
Questions / RSVP: email@example.com
Hotel Valley Inn:
Deluxe Continental Breakfast
Free Wireless High Speed Internet
Outdoor Pool; 27" Flat Screen TV; Cable / HBO / ESPN
Cabins w/ Porch, AC, fire place, huge kitchen, and Jacuzzi
Round trip transport from Manhattan (NJ pick-up also possible)
Accommodations in Country CabinS and Hotel
All Gear - paddle, life vests, helmets - provided
One Certified Guide per raft
For you to bring: (or rent) wet suits, water shoes, or old sneakers (no flip flops)
Lunch & Dinner on Saturday
All Optional Activities**
Via Ferrata - The Iron Way**
A via ferrata (Italian for "iron road") is a mountain route which is equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges.
The use of these allows otherwise isolated routes to be joined to create longer routes which are accessible to people with a wide range of climbing abilities. Walkers and climbers can follow via ferratas without needing to use their own ropes and belays, and without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing.
They are found in a number of European countries, including Italy, Germany, England, France, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, and Poland.
The first via ferratas were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy during the First World War, to aid the movement of mountain infantry.
The world's highest via ferrata, at 3,800 metres, is located at Mount Kinabalu in the state of Sabah, Malaysia.
12 Stage Zip Line / Canopy Tour**
The terms zip lines (wires) and canopy tour are heard and seen a lot these days. The Canopy Tour is modeled after canopy tours found throughout Central America and the Caribbean. While there is a certain level of thrill involved, the 4-hour experience is designed to give participants ample exposure to the natural features.
You will be properly fitted with a seat and chest harness and a helmet. Your safety gear will also include a double pulley trolley system for the zip lines and a Y-lanyard system for the platforms and bridges. The first stage of the experience is a one-mile ride with spectacular views throughout the journey. We will gain just over 600 feet in elevation by the time we reach the starting point of the Canopy Tour.
The tour starts with a short hike to the practice zip line. Here we will demonstrate how to properly zip, brake and, should the situation warrant, how to properly rescue yourself along a zip line.
What should you anticipate as you approach the first zip line? You will be standing on a platform just a couple feet above the ground; however, off to your left, the hillside drops away very steeply as you prepare to zip across the upper portion of a natural bowl. While you are starting near the ground you will be nearly 30 feet in the air as you ride over the middle of the bowl and approach the second platform on the other side.
The zip lines get progressively longer and higher as you “switchback” your way down the upper bowl. At each platform you will have ample opportunity to catch your breath and enjoy the spectacular views of the valley. Guides will point out significant natural features unique to each platform and will try to answer any questions you might have concerning your surroundings.
12 zip lines
3 sky bridges
40 foot rappel
Nearly a mile of zip lines from 150 – 680 feet in length
Heights up to 80 feet above the forest floor
70 – 250 pounds weight requirement
Rafting of the Class 5 Upper Gauley
Wild and Wonderful
The 25 miles of free-flowing Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River pass through scenic gorges and valleys containing a wide variety of natural and cultural features. The Gauley River contains several class V+ rapids, making it one of the most adventurous white water boating rivers in the east.
The Gauley River National Recreation Area is managed by New River Gorge National River. For more information about National Park Service lands and facilities in the area, visit the New River Gorge National River web site.
Gauley River Whitewater
Dropping more than 668 feet through 28 miles of rugged terrain, the Gauley River's complex stretch of whitewater features more than 100 rapids with a steep gradient, technical runs, an incredible volume of water and huge waves. Its vigorous rapids, scenic quality and inaccessibility combine to make Gauley River one of the premier whitewater runs in the world.
Comments & Feedback
Just wanted to let you know I had an AMAZING time at the Gauley trip! Zip lining was great, although I dont think I ever want to walk over a sky bridge again! LOL The rafting was awesome. If you have facebook, add me and you'll be able to see the video I purchased uploaded there tomorrow most likely.
Thank you for putting together such a great trip! I hope you do it every year because this is something I would continue to do! I'm actually hoping to plan an outing myself at those cabins we stayed at on Saturday.
Thank you again, and hope to see you soon.
Jessica & Joshua - Gauley 2011
Igor, GREAT job leading us over the weekend ;)
Simon and I had a great time and it is definitely an experience to remember. We hope to see you soon, if not doing yoga in the Gunks, maybe a bike ride in Croatia?
Whitney - Gauley 2011
Deposit & Cancelations:
$100 down to hold your spot - Balance due one month before departure
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $100
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% of total trip cost refunded
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% of total trip cost refunded
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% of total trip cost refunded
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
Should we have to cancel this event from our end, you will receive a full refund!
We are an energetic and friendly club dedicated to offering the best outdoor adventures. All of our events are designed to ensure that everyone is involved and has a great time. Whether it is hiking in a lush forest, canoeing down a crystal clear river or galloping on horseback along the sandy beaches, we offer a personalized approach so that you gain the most out of each trip. Our goal is to provide a simple, convenient way to escape the concrete jungle for a day of fresh air, fantastic views and memorable interaction with other like minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors.