Rafting the New River

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by Midget King, Mar 6, 2005.

  1. Midget King

    Midget King n00b

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    I'll be taking a trip with a friend to West Virginia this August and was wondering if anybody has had any experience with white water rafting and could suggest an outfitter and campground. Thanks.
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  2. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    I've done it with this outfit a dozen times or so. The rivermen
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  3. Venturer

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    I have kayaked on the New and the Gauley. Class VI River Runners is the premier Outfitter/Guide in the area. They can also tell you where to camp. I recommed the Gauley over the New if it is running. The Gauley has some truly serious whitewater... lots of legitimate class Vs. The New River is also nice, and is by no means a boring run. Have fun.

    Kirk


    Class VI River Runners
    PO Box 78
    Lansing, West Virginia 25862

    Telephone: 800-252-7784
    Telephone: 304-574-0704
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    cvi@800classvi.com
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    http://www.800classvi.com/?source=tent
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  4. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    :scratch I posted this before, but it's not here now.:confused I've used The rivermen quite a few times. Never had a bad experience unless you count that one time we lost a raft and a couple of people had to walk/limp out. :lol3
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  5. norton73

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    I'm a kayak paddler, so you won't find me in a rubber ducky, but here's a link to info in WV; http://www.wvwhitewater.com/.

    If you wait till August, the New River will be really low, and the rafts will be so numerous, you'd be able to walk down the river jumping from raft to raft. Go in May or early June, then the river is more likely to be at a decent level.
    Personally, I like 4-5 ft on the Fayette Station Gauge, that's 10,000 CFS (cubic feet per second, a measure of volume passing a given point), unless it's a rainy summer, August is likely to be 0 to -1 ft, less than 3000 CFS, very boring in a raft, at least in my opinion.

    Any way, have fun :thumb
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  6. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    I've done the Gauley with these guys.
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  7. ImaPoser

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    Allright, what mod is f'n around with this thread?


    I'M NOT CRAZY!!!!
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  8. Jack90210

    Jack90210 quia ego nominor leo

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    All I wanted was a Pepsi ...
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  9. norton73

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    sez who? :rofl
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  10. Omi

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    Your the one who's crazy! Get institutionalized!
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  11. Rad

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    Yur confusion is because there were two identical threads in different forums. You posted on one. Then, you must have come back and opened the other and did not see yur post so you posted again. After that, I combined the two threads. ….See, so simple :lol3
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  12. 2ndSPACE

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    Did the upper and lower Gauley. Awesome, 5 class 5's. Used a company called Drift a Bit. http://www.driftabit.com/
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  13. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    Anybody else thinking what I'm thinking? We need an ADV weekend raft & ride! Perfect place to ride to- and some great fun to be had on the river. I'm thinking May 14th is looking good~ :ear
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  14. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    Sounds like a good idea to me, although that date is too close to the Hot Springs extravaganza for me. July or August would suit my demanding schedule better. :D
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  15. 2ndSPACE

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    September, when they drain the lake.
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  16. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    My schedule is hell- "welcome to management! Now get to work!"... but I'm IN for whenever we pick it- September is a great choice- if we can find a big release weekend on the Gauley, all the better. I rode to the put in for the Gauley trips, right below the dam... and there's a nice little campground right there- surrounded by nice roads. :thumb
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  17. 2ndSPACE

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    It been a few years. The put in at the dam was a class 4. I heard they were going to change the put in because a hydro-electric dam was to be built.

    We had a tail gunner at Drift a Bit which made the trip more fun and challenging. I don't like the center seat rigs as much.
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  18. Jabba

    Jabba "HOLD THE LIGHT!!!"

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    I've only done it with the guide in the stern (not gonna say "rear" on this board~!) I imagine that the experience isn't as good if the guide is doing all the work from the center. There was a hydro station at the dam I was at, IIRC~ and a nice lake above with lots of folks skiing and such~ Lots of river rats milling around- beers in hand. Looked like a nice spot to spend the weekend. Let's go, boys! :thumb I'm sure Twisted and Poonie would be up for it- Steve knows how to swim, doesn't he?! :lol3 Two boats worth would be a real hoot~
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  19. MrE

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    So FreakingRT was talking about a September get together for the East Coasters. Could that = this?
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  20. ImaPoser

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    Count me and No Computer Dave in for a fall ride/raft trip! :thumb


    :scratch ok, I'll buy that. I just hit see new posts, don't bother checking which forum it's in. It's the fact that it was combined so closely after my second post that confused me......
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