Rivermen at Adventures On the Gorge Has Something for Everyone Since 1980, our goal at Rivermen has been to provide the ultimate West Virginia outdoor adventure experience for families, couples and singles, groups of friends and other adventure seekers. Our popular adventures, from whitewater rafting to rock climbing, mountain biking to zip lining and everything in between always balance safety with excitement, high performance with fun and learning with achievement. We consistently achieve these goals at Rivermen because we expect more from ourselves than many other adventure companies and because we truly love what we do. The origin of the Rivermen was our founding family's (the Campbells) wild desire to explore, to discover adventure, to share camaraderie and to experience the awesome beauty of nature. Long before American rivers saw inflatable rafts full of fun-seekers, they were navigated by rugged groups of journeymen who, like us, valued the river as a way of life.
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- Our popular adventures, from whitewater rafting to rock climbing, mountain biking to zip lining and everything in between always balance safety with excitement, high performance with fun and learning with achievement. We consistently achieve these goals at Rivermen because we expect more from ourselves than many other adventure companies and because we truly love what we do.
Johns Creek, Ga.
I rode that raft like it ain't nobody's business. For serious. John C was our guide and he's a real stand-up guy who knows what's what. I can still hear him yelling "GO GO GO!" in my dreams as we cruise down Pure Screaming Hell (the last rapids of the Middle/Lower Gauley - Class V) and into the Hell Hole. I was right at the front of my raft and looked into the Hell Hole with my eyes just about as wide as the hole itself. We caught a surf, rotated 180 degrees, and then literally flipped vertically, I flew overboard, got kicked around under the raft, and found myself a good ways away from everything when all was said and done. Hope the fish had a camera, though, cuz I was still smiling the entire time. Now THAT'S what I signed up for.
As far as gear for this time of the year goes (late September), I'd recommend both the wetsuit and a splash jacket, which are available for rent when you get there. I was really comfortable, but some of the not-so-insulated folks in my group were still a little chilly, so if you have a fleece jacket, you may want that to wear under the splash jacket as well. As Katie Y recommended to me, you should try to bring some actual old tennis shoes to wear with some fast-drying socks (e.g., smartwool). They served us hot lunch and had a number of great selections - hamburgers, chicken, Polish-type sausages as well as a vegetarian mushroom option.
We also went to the Half Bad Bluegrass Band hoedown Saturday night and I got to whip out my polka skillz as well as any bit of Southern two-stepping and knee-slapping, foot-stomping I had left in me from when I lived in Texas. The band was sizzlin' and the dance floor was packed with people getting down. Some of the best dancing I've had in a LOOOOONG time.
Camping was good too and taking Katie Y's advice I brought some earplugs. That was a majorly good choice because you always get the bros up until the late night. Don't count on too much good kindling (e.g., small/medium-sized sticks) at your campsite plot, though, for starting a fire. It seemed pretty well picked over when we got there.
Rivermen, I'm told, is the company you should go with if you want a "bang for your buck." There's also Class VI - apparently more for business people etc - and some other companies out there, but I'm definitely all about Rivermen for when I do Upper Gauley next year! Fish, ready your flashes.