Author Archives: Katie Backus

When you go camping, whether it be in a pop-up tent or cozy cabin at ACE, you tend to eat the same types of food. Hotdogs or a hamburger, whatever is easiest to grill, perhaps beans and s’mores at night. … Continue reading

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What is important to remember about your tarp is that it should be strung tight enough to be sturdy yet still possess enough flexibility to bend with the wind to prevent it from ripping. Continue reading

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Remember that the river is always changing and every time you raft, it’s just as exciting as your first. Plus, after you tell your vacation stories (and they are cooler than everyone else’s) we are positive that your friends and family will want to come along on your next visit. Continue reading

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From the vantage point of your board you can take in the beautiful fall colors and smells, not to mention wildlife, as you paddle gently downstream. What other way to balance out the wild ride the Gauley provides? Continue reading

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You are busy soaring through the trees on the zip line or breaking huge waves on the river, that when you see the majestic wildlife that has made its home in the gorge, you are taken by surprise. We aren’t talking deer and sweet little chipmunks. Continue reading

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Say hello to your new best friend, rafting the Gauley River. I’m sure you’re wondering how you can manage this with a crazy schedule and tight funds being a student. Continue reading

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Flow is the feeling you obtain after accomplishing a high adventure activity. In a sense, it can be related to nirvana or enlightenment. When a guest comes to ACE, they are often doing what they perceive to be a high-risk activity. Continue reading

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The “hits” (hydraulics) you receive on the Lower Gauley do not disappoint. A class 3 or 4 rapid on the Lower Gauley can feel bigger than on the New River. With every rapid, you are reminded that the Gauley is a totally different game and it’s more than exciting. Continue reading

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What does a rapid class really mean anyway? After spending much of my summer at ACE Adventure Resort white water rafting, I have learned to not judge a rapid by its class. If you have ever been rafting, you will … Continue reading

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What kind of adventure can teach team bonding and simultaneously make you look like a mud dwelling creature? None other than the Mud Obstacle course offered here at ACE. Continue reading

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