Sunday, July 28, 2013


Planning Phase for Gauley River Whitewater Rafting Trip

Gauley River Whitewater Rafting Trip
Near Summerville, West Virginia (east of Charleston)

Planning a trip to run the Upper Gauley River tentatively September 28, 2013.  The Gauley is big, fast and technical.  Dam controlled release for that weekend is scheduled for 3,200 cfs (cubic feet per second), the
fastest water of the season.

The Upper Gauley is the more severe portion of the river.  The Upper Gauley is a 12-mile run starting at Summerville Dam and consists of 60+ rapids, Class III – V+.  There are five V+ rapids in the run! The river drops 335-ft over the course of the run.

We will be taking either four-man or six-man rafts (smaller the boat the greater the cost but the more technical the run).

Non-stop the river is 10-hours from Memphis, we are planning a three-day weekend leaving Thursday evening, September 26th after work, and driving to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, spend Friday at the caves then on to Gauley in West Virginia, rafting on Saturday. The trip would be three-nights.

Total cost for caves, rafting, gas, and lodging is estimated at around $400 per person.
Must be 18 or older (I've got that covered!) and it is recommended that you have prior Class IV experience, but is not mandatory (physically fit and the ability not to panic under pressure is key).

Contact me with questions.  I will update this site as more information becomes available.
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