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The Gauley Marathon - a One Day trip

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 40 people
Destination: West Virginia  
Category: Whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking outfitters
Specialty: Rafting  
Season: September - October
Min Price: 160 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 360 US Dollar (USD) per person

Although you can split the Upper and Lower Gauley into two separate one day trips in a number of combinations, there are still folks that insist that the way to take on the Gauley is to do it all in one day, hence, the Marathon trip. You challenge 11 miles of the Upper, 17 miles of the Lower in eight hours (or less!) - which means lots of paddling in our 14' Avon Adventurer rafts. The Gauley Marathon trip starts early in the morning on the crest of the flow of water released from the Summersville Dam. This trip is definitely not recommended for the nonadventurous.

Big drops (Class I to V+), complex rapids and excellent scenery characterize the Upper Gauley. Some of the major rapids encountered include 'The Big Five": Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Iron Ring, Lost Paddle, and Devil's Backbone (also known as Sweet's Falls). Because of the challenging nature of the Upper Gauley, we do not recommend this for folks who are intimidated by prior rafting trips, unadventurous or cannot swim.

This daylong Gauley River raft trip is an extreme adventure in the best-made rafts available - Avon by Zodiak of North America. The 14' Avon Adventurer self-bailing raft holds 7 paddlers for each guide and features spirit, agility and stability.

Designated as the Gauley River National Recreation Area in 1988, this entire 28 mile stretch of the Gauley River has well over 100 challenging rapids. Slightly smaller in size than the New River Gorge, the Gauley River canyon is steep, remote, vernal, rugged, and stunning. Mile for mile, the Gauley River offers more tantalizing white water than any other commercially paddled river.

Beginning the first weekend after Labor Day weekend (September 9) and ending six weeks later, the US Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Lake into the Gauley's riverbed for the Fall Gauley Draw Down. .

What to Expect:

Arrive at Class VI to a complimentary reception of Starbuck's coffee and juice in Chetty's Pub. Chetty's offers an assortment of a' la carte breakfast items.

Check-in with your Trip Leader and fill out release forms (minors unattended by legal guardians must bring a signed Class VI release form day of trip).

Change into your river wear, wetsuits and windbreakers are recommended, grab a life jacket and helmet, then load up and head for the river.

Approximate 45 minute bus ride to put-in.

On route or at put-in, your trip leader and guide deliver a safety talk covering the fundamentals of rafting and proper use of river equipment.

Enjoy our deli lunch part way down the river.

At the take-out point, the gear is loaded onto our vehicles and we head back to Class VI while enjoying a complimentary beverage.

Back at Class VI enjoy a hot shower (don't forget your towel), shop at our Canyon Rim Store, take a stroll to our scenic overlook and enjoy a buffet dinner at Smokey's On The Gorge - all located at Class VI's canyon rim facility.

Notes:
Fall Gauley Marathon Whitewater Trip Pricing:

T-8 - $160.00-$215.00
T-6 - $160.00-$235.00

Fall Gauley Marathon Deluxe Package Rates:

T-8 - $188.00-$243.00
T-6 - $188.00-$263.00

Fall Gauley Marathon Camping Package Rates:

T-8 - $207.00-$263.00
T-6 - $207.00-$283.00

Fall Gauley Marathon Hotel Package Starting at Rates:

T-8 - $259.00-$340.00
T-6 - $259.00-$360.00

Supplier Information
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Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2006
Client Request Served: 105

M11271 provides the best in family adventure, New River and Gauley River rafting and all inclusive vacation packages in West Virginia’s, New River Gorge area. Located on the rim of the New River Gorge, overlooking the New River Gorge Bridge and the last rapid on the river, M11271 has been providing guests with...

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