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Loss of Rock Could Change Gauley Ride

Ken Thomas
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A whitewater industry expert says a rock formation change could give experienced rafters a different ride through one of the Gauley River's most challenging rapids.

ACE Adventure Resort chief of staff David Bassage tells The Register-Herald that a car-size rock at the Class V Heaven Help You rapid on the Lower Gauley is gone. He says the rock apparently broke off.

The rock was one of two located about 10 feet apart just before a pour-over.

Bassage says there's no indication that the change will pose a bigger risk or hazard.

He says the last significant rapid formation change of this magnitude occurred in 1985 when a flood rearranged rivers in northern West Virginia.

The Gauley River rafting season is scheduled to begin Sept. 11.

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