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Fall Break Camping Trip

October 2, 2014

written by Mike Ellsworth

FALL BREAK?  More like “Don’t FALL into the river or your new iPhone 6 may BREAK”!  Well, that’s what some students may be thinking during Student Activities canoe camping trip. Yes, it is true; we are going with 14 students on a 3 day, 15 mile kayak trip down the James River during Liberty’s Fall Break. And even though this trip is full, we still want to tell you about it so that you can try to make it with us on one of our next trips.

We will start on Thursday, Oct 9th at the Arcadia boat launch near Buchanan, VA. We will spend all day enjoying the peaceful river and beautiful mountain views as we paddle downstream. This first stretch of 12 miles offers some easy class 1 rapids and several, fun, class 2 waves. We will spend the evening camping along the river near Glasgow, VA. Friday morning, we will start our day with a big breakfast to prepare us for more paddling. During the day, we will maneuver along the 4 mile river section that slices right through the Blue Ridge Mountains. This segment includes a series of small cascades named Balcony Falls. There are a few technical areas, but is chock full of fun water! We will pull out at the James River footbridge and head back towards camp to play in the river. Saturday morning, we may head to Devils Marbleyard for a day of hiking if we still have some energy!

How can we put on such an adventurous trip, you ask? Well, this trip is all a part of the new outdoor recreational opportunities that we rolled out this semester. We are working to bring students better quality trips with a higher sense of adventure. The best part is that we are able to provide for all your needs during the trip. We provide qualified guides, wilderness kayaks and paddles, PFD’s, food, Kelty tents, Eureka! sleeping bags, Coleman stoves, Eno hammocks, and even the dishes for you to eat on! We won’t need the kitchen sink, but you can bet that we considered bringing one along! The only thing students are responsible to bring are the clothes they will be wearing. 

We are extremely excited to offer more trips like this because we want you, the student, to experience God’s green earth. Whether you are an experienced paddler or it’s your first time on the water, we have something here for you. There are so many journeys to take, let us at Student Activities help you get going on one!