Loss of Rock Could Change Gauley Ride
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.