FALL UPPER-MIDDLE GAULEY
For 6 weekends in a row every year in September and October (a.k.a., Gauley Season), the Army Corps of Engineers lets predictable flows out from Summersville Dam, and whitewater aficionados travel from all over the world the sample whitewater that is consistently ranked in the top 10 on Earth.
They don't call the Upper Gauley the Beast of the East for nothing. This river section is known the world over for bringing the complete package. The Upper G is technical with must-make turns and moves, it's channels are often tight and crowded with rock and it's steep, too, dropping 335 feet in its 10 mile length. To make it even more exciting, during Gauley Season, there's guaranteed big water, which means it'll also be fast, pushy and roaring loud. This is the time of year when the Big 5—five seriously pounding class-V rapids—come out to play.
Another Adventure with my son.
We went with the Rivermen