After a full and busy season, our staff kicked back and headed to West Virginia for Gauley Fest, a rowdy weekend of whitewater fun!

Gauley Fest began in 1983 as a celebration of the derailment of a hydro-electric project that would have stolen one of the whitewater community’s most precious resources. Today, it remains the American Whitewater Association’s largest fundraising effort.

Although its roots were planted in a noble cause, the internationally renowned Gauley Fest is now mostly regarded for its party-hard nature. But at its heart, it’s still a celebration of not just the Gauley River, but rivers everywhere. And it’s one hell of a good time.