Overview

Adventure Over the Cliffside

It’s hard to beat rappelling for a quick hit of adrenaline and some of the finest views in Appalachia! The epicenter for rappelling in the New River Gorge is located along the cliff band of sandstone that forms a section called Endless Wall. Here, the routes range from dead vertical to severely overhanging, presenting the opportunity for epic, 100-foot rappels over 800 feet above the New River.

Your guide will lead you to either Bridge Buttress or the aptly-named Beauty Mountain. Bridge Buttress offers postcard-worthy views of the New River Gorge Bridge, while Beauty Mountain has a bird’s-eye view of infamous rapids–you might even spot some Adventures on the Gorge rafts!

Rappelling is an unforgettable adventure and a confidence booster for all ages. Your guide will be next to you with instruction and encouragement, but it’s up to you to take that first step backward over the cliff and to control how quickly you slide down the rope. You’ll be safely rigged with multi-point anchors and multiple fail safes in place.

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What’s Included

We’ll provide all the safety gear you need, like your helmet, harness, and gloves. You are welcome to use your own gear (at the discretion of our guides) if you have an appropriate harness and/or helmet that fits you better than our equipment. There are many different types of rappelling devices, however, and we only use “tube-style” devices on our trips.

What to Wear and Bring

Closed-toed shoes are required. You may want to bring water and appropriate clothing based on the weather forecast (sunglasses, brimmed hats, rain or wind jackets, long or short pants). Phones and cameras are allowed but must be secured to your person–you may not wear a backpack while rappelling.

Reservations

Reservations are encouraged for this adventure. Climbing and rappelling areas are heavily regulated by the National Park Service, so group sizes are limited in any given area. Large groups may be separated for this reason.

Rainstorms occur occasionally and are often brief enough that you can just take shelter under an overhang while the storm passes. Heavy downpours may soak ropes enough that they’re not possible to rappel on, and lightning storms require a trip cancellation.

Requirements and Limits

The minimum age for this adventure is eight years old. Participants must weigh between 70 and 260 pounds. Maximum group size is 12 participants, with no more than four participants per guide. Guides will provide all belaying unless the trip leader determines otherwise. Trip locations may change depending on the weather, the presence of other climbing groups, or at the guide’s discretion. Participants with medical conditions should consult their physician, as this is a high-adrenaline adventure with a short, rope-assisted scramble to the top of the Bridge Buttress rappel site.

Safety

There’s no way around it–rappelling can be dangerous. Our rigging system incorporates guide-controlled backups for your rappel that significantly exceed safety standards for recreational mountaineering. Every guide is also extensively trained in first aid, belaying, and vertical rescue techniques.

Make sure to wear your helmet at all times. This includes during your wait at the bottom of the rappel, which is when you’re most exposed to pebbles that may fall from the clifftop. Finally, listen to your guide! The best way to have fun and avoid minor slips and scrapes while stepping over the edge is to follow their instructions. It sounds counterintuitive, but you’re much safer and in control when you lean back over the cliff and fully weight your rope than when you’re huddled on the edge and hesitating to step off.

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