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Cheat Fest - Narrows or similar Class II/III river

  • 05/04/2013
  • 05/05/2013
  • Cheat Narrows
Cheat Narrows or similar Class II/III river
Saurday-Sunday, May 4-5
Once again we will be heading down to West Virginia for the Annual Cheat River Festival, but this year we will be looking to paddle Class 3 + whitewater. This could include the Cheat Canyon, Little Sandy / Upper Big Sandy, the Dry Fork or even the Lower Yough. Water levels in the area will determine our final destination.
We will meet and camp at Cheat Canyon Campground Approx. 1/2 mile down Rt. 26 from the festival. (304)329-6522. It is a large open field by the river with flush toilets and pay-per-use showers. $15/per adult for the entire weekend. No pets. For more information about the festival log on at: http://cheat.org/festival You can camp in your vehicle or in a tent/bivy.
Our goal on the morning of Saturday May 4 will be to get moving by 8:30 a.m.. The breakfast plan in past years was to head to a local restaurant for buckwheat pancakes. But, unless you desire a dingy, badly lit location in which to get a good start on a very long novel , it is not a good idea and will not be ours. There is a McDonalds in the nearby town of Kingswood, but my recommendation would be to pack your breakfast. The campground offers a limited breakfast and coffee. Either way, we are heading to the river at 8:30 a.m.. This is early May and you should be prepared for chilly temps on and off the water. If you have questions about suitable river gear contact me. As always, NO COTTON.
Contact me with questions if you are interested or for more information and directions.
Chris Russell (614-486-4868 home) (614-374-0431 cell) or crusselloh@earthlink.net


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