Gauley Marathon, Class V (Fall)
A double treat, starting with high adrenaline rafting on the Gauley River's Class IV/V rapids, including the infamous drop over Sweets Falls! A great trip for those with previous rafting experience who want to take on new challenges at a whole new level with one of our expert guides. Amazing adventure, includes catered lunch, usually with a great view of the other rafts, where you can cheer and witness the good, bad, and ugly attempts over the Falls. After lunch, this continues with a special extended trip down the Lower Gauley, with Class III/IV rapids that most people never see. A true 26 mile rafting marathon!
You will start the day by checking in at our BaseCamp, and meeting the Trip Leader and your Expert Guide. We will answer any questions or concerns you have, and outfit everyone in your party with a paddle, PFD (flotation/lifejacket), and helmet. Fall weather is variable, and wetsuits are available for rent if appropriate. On the bus ride to the river, we will go over safety instructions, get you ready for what to expect, and give you one last chance to back out!
At the river, you will get into the raft with your group, with your Guide, and immediately enter the Gauley River with dam water being actively released. You will immediately paddle and feel that rush of excitement as the trip gets off to a fast start! The river terrain is impressive, with huge boulders, dramatic drops, and quick changes in expanse and elevation.
Although subject to change based on conditions, we typically take lunch just after running Sweets Falls, with prime viewing of other rafts. Cheer their successes, wince at their failures, cheer their recoveries! Lunch is a hearty buffet, including build your own sandwiches, fresh fruit, sides, snacks and dessert. (If you have special dietary needs, please let us know at the time you make your reservation so we can accommodate them.)
After lunch, you will proceed down the Lower Gauley, This trip is filled with history, from the Native Americans, Civil War battles, and the creation of Summersville Dam (including the flooding of the Village of Gad), ending in the quiet rolling countryside, before boarding the bus that takes you back to BaseCamp.