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Gauley Season

August 27, 2015

written by Joshua Yeoman

Ahhhh, whitewater rafting, America’s national past-time! Well…not really, but whitewater rafting has had some of the coolest recreational advancements in the past 200 years. The first recorded whitewater rafting trip happened in 1811 on the Snake River in Wyoming. Use of rubber rafts was documented nearly 30 years later in 1840.  Almost 130 years later in the 1970’s, whitewater rafting really took off and hit mainstream America.

It’s nice and somewhat helpful to know the rich history of whitewater rafting, but you don’t need to know everything about it to fully appreciate Student Activities rafting trips.  Every semester, Student Activities takes a group of students whitewater rafting in West Virginia (cue the banjo)! This September 25-26, we will travel to the Gauley River in WV with 32 students to hit some of the fiercest rapids in the country. The Gauley is consistently rated one of the top 5 WWR spots in the country.  With our experienced guides, we “shred the gnar” on five, class V rapids (Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring, and Sweet’s Falls). This trip is a must-do before you graduate. For $50 you receive, transportation, lodging, rafting, and two meals (retail value $250). Registration will open on Monday, September 14th at noon, but don’t wait too long, because those limited spots fill up quickly. For more information or a list of our upcoming trips click HERE



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