New River Trip ’06

Posted by Spalding Hurst

October 9, 2006

McCreery to Stone Cliff
5.5ft and 5500cfs

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First of all there is no alcohol allowed at Stone Cliff. Any drinking of alcohol at Stone Cliff is in violation of the law. The Bardstown Boaters had no trouble with this rule because we follow all rules and regulations. I’m just saying it to warn others who might think they can out wit the park ranger. So according to the signs at Stone Clif, there are bears and there is no drinking of alcohol.

We had a great run on this class II+ section the of New River in West Virginia. The club had a large group that included, myself, Jennifer, Jay, Sarah, Kenny, Shirl, Bill, Michael, Johnny, Tim and Toby.

The weather was too great on Saturday, just our luck I guess, but once on the water and paddling through the rapids it was hardly a concern. The water was actually warmer than the air temperature.

We moved pretty fast down the river. I believe it only took us 3 ½ hours to make the trip to Stone Cliff where we camped. The water was higher than last year so that moved us along faster as well.

The highlight for everyone was the Ledges. It was the biggest rapid since Silo was washed out and just more of a wave train than anything else. Everyone aced the big rapids. Bill stepped his game up and is quickly becoming a full fledged white water boater. He’ll have the fever soon, if not already.

It really was a great trip. I can’t wait to do it again sometime soon. Next time we camp out of our boats though. Alcohol allowed.

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