Category Archives: Gauley River Rafting

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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I find a very serious defending R-1 champ Brad Atkins prepping his boat away from the crowds, and pauses long enough to tell me that he is more interested in staying upright during the race this rather than solely focused on the goal of winning. I think this is a smart line of thought as this year the water level was a competitor in it’s own right. 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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Like I said, we have experienced 8-9 raft trips—certainly not enough to be anywhere near experts but enough to know what to do and what to expect. Of course, each trip is different even if it is the same river. I have to say, that this past weekend (Sept 7 & 8) we experienced a very unique trip! 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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Known as the “modern wool”, fleece is actually made from plastic (sometimes even recycled soda bottles). Available in a variety of weights, colors, styles and price ranges, most everyone is bound to have some fleece in their closet. A fleece pullover (again snug fitting) is ideal for a day on the Gauley River. Continue reading

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Have you ever wondered how it feels after your first Gauley River trip? Below are direct quotes from a first-time ACE guest- Bob H. of Rhode Island. Bob visited ACE on the last Gauley day of the year (October 21st in 2012) . Historically this is one of our favorite… Continue reading

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Sunday I had a “moment of being” while paddling on the Gauley River. You know, one of those moments where all your senses are engaged and you just feel completely “in” the moment? Continue reading

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So, with confidence in my voice I said, “I do”. I couldn’t tell you much about our lines that day, but I can tell you I remember a few key things about my first day on the Gauley River: Continue reading

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Bottom line: Comfort breeds fun, so gear yourself up right for your West Virginia rafting trip, or wherever you may be, and you’ll be smiling all the way down the river. Continue reading

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