Tuesday was a great day of rafting for the Middlers and Seniors at camp, including the mini session girls who arrived last weekend. We offered everyone either a day trip or an overnight trip that included staying at our Nantahala outpost. This meant sending one group down the river in the morning, and the second in the afternoon, with the afternoon group spending the night.
Rockbrook is fortunate to be one of only two summer camps that have a US Forest Service permit to raft the Nantahala River. This means we adhere to the same standards as professional rafting companies in the Gorge, and it allows us to hire our own guides, use our own top-notch equipment and schedule these trips when we need them.
A trip down the Nantahala is an excellent introduction to whitewater rafting. The guides first introduce paddling techniques, and explain what to do while going down the river. The entire trip is 8 miles long and takes a little more than 2 hours. There’s a nice rhythm of rapids (with names like Delbar’s Rock, the Bump, Patton’s Run, and the Ledges) and calm sections to keep everything exciting. The highlight is the final rapid, a class 3 drop called the “Nantahala Falls” or “Lesser Wesser.”
Check the photo gallery soon to see more pictures!