AUTHOR: VTMiller TITLE: Bridge White Water WVU Trip DATE: 9/25/2005 08:14:00 PM ----- BODY:

Dueling Rivers Combo Package: Raft the Lower New on Saturday and watch the base jumpers leap off the 876' high New River Gorge Bridge ! Then, on Sunday raft the Upper or Lower Gauley during this special, final release day of the season! This package is only $199.00 per person and includes a barbeque dinner and music on Saturday evening with breakfast on Sunday morning. Watch video...

Bridge Day Lower/Upper Gauley Package: Raft the Lower Gauley on Saturday and the Upper Gauley on Sunday. This package includes a barbeque dinner and music on Saturday evening with breakfast on Sunday morning for only $199.00 per person .

One of the oldest rivers in North America , the river flows through a rugged canyon up to 1300 feet in depth exposing rocks as old as 330 million years while passing through an area rich in coal mining history. Squeezing down between rugged mountains, the river alternates from Class III-V rapids to pools perfect for swimming. Upper and Lower Railroad, the Keeneys, Miller's Folly and Double Z are among the many rapids that lie in wait.

What to Expect...

This Lower New River raft trip is offered in the 16' Avon Professional self-bailing raft that holds 9 paddlers for each guide and handles well in all conditions. Covering up to 16 miles of the Lower New River takes about six to eight hours from the time of arrival and return to Class VI = s canyon rim facility. The length of the trip will vary with water levels. The bus ride to the put-in takes about 45 minutes while the return ride from the take-out lasts ten minutes.

Upon arrival at Class VI, a staff member greets you at our check-in location. During the check-in process, each participant is required to sign our release form prior to the trip on the Lower New River . Minors unattended by legal guardians must bring a signed Class VI release form. After signing the release form, changing into river wear, and enjoying complimentary hot beverages, juice, and a morning snack, we get a life jacket and helmet, then load up and head for the river.

At the put-in on the river, your trip leader and guide deliver a safety talk covering the fundamentals of rafting and proper use of river equipment. Part way down the river, we pull off for a wholesome, riverside deli-style lunch. At the take-out point, the gear is loaded onto our vehicles and we head back to Class VI to enjoy a complimentary beverage. You can take a hot shower, change into dry clothes, shop at our Canyon Rim Store, take a stroll to our scenic overlook and dine at Smokey?s On The Gorge - all located at Class VI ' s canyon rim facility.

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