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THESE TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE DURING FALL GAULEY SEASON ONLY, ON SPECIFIED DAM RELEASE DATES.

The Gauley-Athon

The ultimate Upper Gauley challenge, this trip takes on the Beast of the East twice a day for four days in a row – the fourth day is FREE. In addition to eight trips down the craziest stretch of whitewater around, this adventure features three nights of camping on the banks of the river, riverside meals, and more adrenaline than most people will experience in their lifetime all crammed into the most extreme four-day weekend we could dream up. This trip is not for the faint-of-heart, first-time rafters, or anyone not prepared to take on the “Big Five” Class V rapids of the Upper Gauley so many times that you are guaranteed more whitewater action than you ever wished for. 

This trip includes:

  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch, followed by the Upper Gauley again
  • Riverside camping at Mason’s Branch
  • Hike up to Sweet’s Falls
  • BBQ dinner including pulled pork, chicken, pot roast, picnic sides, and dessert
  • Day two breakfast with eggs, bacon, home fries, and more
  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch, followed by the Upper Gauley again
  • Riverside camping at Mason’s Branch
  • BBQ dinner including pulled pork, chicken, pot roast, picnic sides, and dessert
  • Day three breakfast with eggs, bacon, home fries, and more
  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch, followed by the Upper Gauley again
  • Hike up to Sweet’s Falls
  • BBQ dinner including pulled pork, chicken, pot roast, picnic sides, and dessert
  • Day four breakfast with eggs, bacon, home fries, and more
  • The Upper Gauley with riverside lunch, followed by the Upper Gauley again
Minimum Age: 16

 

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.

Gauley Season, taking place in September and October, draws whitewater enthusiasts from across the globe.  Over the course of six weeks, water levels ideal for rafting are released from Summersville Lake to provide thrilling whitewater opportunities on a set release schedule. 

The Gauley is characterized by multiple heavy rapids, requiring tight, technical maneuvering. It is 24 miles long, but is often split into two main sections—the Upper and Lower Gauley.

The Upper Gauley is the cream of the whitewater crop. It is intimidating, and for good reason. This section of the river packs quite a punch, and may be the most high-adventure trip that most rafters will ever attempt. You can expect an adventure you will never forget with one of our experienced guides.

On Class III – IV and harder trips, a guide sits in every raft and provides instruction at each major rapid and throughout the trip.  

Our standard rafts are 16 feet long, comfortably seating 8 guests and a guide. Upgrades to high-adventure smaller rafts are available for experienced rafters for an additional fee. 

This is two full days in the river. Depending on the water level, you’ll spend between 5-7 hours on the water plus shuttle time to and from the river.

We provide transportation from our resort to the river and back again, all rafting equipment (helmet, life jacket, paddle and boat) and a hot riverside lunch. Be assured you will not go hungry!

Bring any medication you need throughout the day, plus sunscreen, sunglasses and a change of clothes to keep at the resort upon your return. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow necessary medications. The average water temperature on the Gauley River in the fall is 50 degrees. You may want to bring a synthetic layer. Wetsuits and splash jackets are available for rent.  

Check out our Gauley River Overnight Checklist for our recommended packing list for this trip.

The minimum age for this trip is 16 years old. Our PFDs (personal flotation devices) have a maximum chest capacity of 58 inches. We recommend that participants have experience with rafting before trying this trip. Participants should be able to swim.

Your guides and leaders will discuss specific safety requirements on site.