NEW GAULEY RIVER
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NEW GAULEY RIVER PRODUCTS
If ever a whitewater river run had the complete package, it’s the Upper Gauley. This world-famous section of river has an intimidating reputation for good reason. It is simultaneously pushy and technical, and even the lesser rapids tend to be unforgiving of overconfident boaters. The water can be tricky to navigate, so if you are looking for a stretch-out-and-relax cruise down the river, this is not the right spot for you. Boaters need to know there are undercuts (lots of undercuts), and sieves. Several rapids can claim any combination of the aforementioned hazards, and some have—gulp—all of them. And at minimum 10 miles long, it ain’t over ‘till it’s over.
Despite the challenges that await, the Gauley’s rapids have an elegance about them that most rivers can only aspire to.
The Upper Gauley drops 335 feet in 10 miles, which may not seem terribly steep, but the “Big 5” rapids nonetheless all have a certain gravitas that makes them forces of nature figuratively, as well as literally. Try to read and run Insignificant (which is anything but) and see where that gets you. Pillow Rock is literally the best 10 seconds in American whitewater. Lost Paddle is a test to see how long you can keep it together. Iron Ring is simple to run, but oh, so steep. And Sweet’s Falls is a Class II wave train... right up until it dumps you unceremoniously into Class V mayhem, the banks of which might very well be lined with spectators hoping for a show.
Though the Lower Gauley still sports 3 Class V rapids—Upper/Lower Mash, Heaven Help You, and Pure Screaming Hell—they all tend to be less serious than their brothers and sisters upstream; however they all still feed copious helpings of scenic eye candy. The Lower is long at 14 miles, and almost all of it is action packed with big waves and fun chutes.