Gauley Fest is the largest gathering of whitewater enthusiasts in the world. Every type of whitewater craft shows up to this event; creekboats, playboats, squirt boats, riverrunners, long boats, slalom boats, moving water sea kayaks, C1, OC1, OC2, duckies, creature craft, big rafts, little rafts, oar rigs and the list goes on. If you like whitewater this is the place to be. Many manufacturers show up and show off the latest and greatest gear for the next season, while many local retailers show up to offload the season’s leftover gear, meaning AMAZING deals to be had!
I managed to squeeze in a 3 day trip this year that involved all kinds of good fun with old and new friends which included; creeking the Upper Yough, quality Mexican food in Morgantown, driving an all-electric car, paddling a high water Upper Gauley, watching The Dogg fire up Panther Creek Falls, a fun night hanging at the festival itself, 18 holes of disk golf, Segway riding, moto riding and a fast hilly run in Morgantown. I know I’m missing some stuff, but you get the idea. A long weekend full of all kinds of adventures. Check out the photos below to see some of the awesome for yourself. Hopefully I’ll see you at a future Gauley Fest!
Check out my writeup from the 2012 Festival HERE.