We were eight of about a thousand people that descend upon the Gauley River for Gauley Fest, the largest whitewater festival in the entire world.
American Whitewater puts on the event every year, and using purely volunteer efforts does an amazing job. They keep the rivers open for us to paddle, advocating for free flow, safety and fighting harmful dam projects, all while spreading awareness about our awesome sport. If you want, become a member here: www.americanwhitewater.org.
photo by livetheoutdoors, 2012.