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Swiss, WV - Lower Gauley Take-out
This is a weekend, multi-skill level (intermediate/advanced) paddling trip to the Gauley River and “Not Swiss Fest” (the relocated version what local VA paddlers once called “Swiss Fest” that used to take place at the Swiss takeout on the first release weekend every year until the NPS bought the takeout and outlawed camping.) The Swiss Fest refugees have now relocated to a quasi-secret location.
So right now I’m planning on leaving Saturday morning, not really sure when I am going to come back, but there should be enough people to coordinate rides.
The crowd at “NOT Swiss Fest” will have a diverse skill set, and trips on all segments of the Gauley (and maybe the New River) will likely go out Saturday & Sunday.
Upper Gauley: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2378/
Lower New: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2418/
These sections are meant for intermediate/advanced boaters. You should at least be an intermediate paddler with previous class III-IV experience with a reliable combat roll. If you are unsure if you have the skill set to paddle any of these sections, read over the descriptions and feel free to contact me with questions. I’ll be asking you to list paddling experience when signing up for this trip so that I can screen skill level before adding you to the list.
The club no longer reimburses for food, so plan on packing lunches and snacks for the weekend (we will also have time to stop at gas stations/local shops to get food) and possibly eating out for breakfasts and dinners. This should be the only cost of the trip –but should not be paid to me so I’m not listing it as a fee. I’m estimating $30 for the weekend, but plan to bring more if you think its necessary.
“Not Swiss Fest” will not not be at: http://tawneyfarm.com/ Camping fees will be covered by the club. If you need any camping gear (tents/sleeping bags/sleeping pads) please indicate when signing up.
Not sure, should be chill though
CLUB PROVIDES: Boats & Gear if you need them, camping gear if you need it, gas and lodging $.
YOU PROVIDE: Any paddling and camping gear you already have, sunblock, water, lunch/snacks, food $, river apparel, warm layers because the nights do get very chilly!
I am NOT “leading” any river trips, I am only coordinating some transportation and logistics. YOU are responsible for your own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on this trip. Additionally, all participants must have read and must agree to abide by the American Whitewater Safety Codehttp://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Wiki/safety:start? for the duration of the trip.
All who participate on this trip agree to participate as “Common Adventurers”.