River Expeditions Announces the Bridge Day Blowout on October 20th, 2012

River Expeditions is pleased to announce their Bridge Day Blowout celebrating West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge Day festival on October 20th, 2012. The Bridge Day Blowout package combines camping, white water rafting and the excitement of Bridge Day with one of the best after parties in the area!Visitors can enjoy West Virginia’s best festival and the final weekend for rafting in 2012. Guest will raft the New River on Saturday and the Gauley River on Sunday, the last opportunity to do so in 2012. This Bridge Day River Expeditions is offering extreme discounts where guests can purchase 1 and 2 day rafting packages on the New and Gauley River starting at $140 per person. The Bridge Day Blowout package includes rafting, 3 nights camping, BBQ cookout after rafting and lite breakfast daily. River Expeditions is including a Bridge Day after-party at The Red Dog River Saloon at their Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV, plus tremendous savings in their Outfitter’s Store. This year, Bridge Day is October 20th, 2102.

“2012 has been a great season for white water rafting. We are expecting around 80,000 people to attend the 2012 Bridge Day to watch the BASE jumpers and rappellers descend from the New River Gorge Bridge, and we’d love to see many of them enjoying our festivities at River Expeditions,” says Rick Johnson of River Expeditions. “Combined with a day of whitewater rafting, the Bridge Day Blowout is a great way to end the season!”

Bridge Day is the only day of the year people are allowed to BASE jump off the bridge into the New River Gorge 876 feet (267 meters) below. It is one of the few exceptions to the general ban on BASE jumping within the U.S. National Park System. The name BASE jumping reflects the four types of objects from which people can jump: Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs). About four hundred BASE jumpers participate in each year’s Bridge Day festival. People are also allowed to rappel from the span on Bridge Day.

The Gauley River is the home of one of the most intense and beautiful rafting trips in the East. This river is a dam-controlled watershed that has scheduled fall release dates that ensures optimum flows for rafting, creating a world class rafting experience. The Gauley River is known to rafters as one of the most intense courses and is ranked seventh best white water courses in the world! Not only is the Gauley River a place to catch thrills, but a place to explore the scenic West Virginia riversides and surroundings. A rafting experience on the Gauley River provides insight to the real wild life of West Virginia. The Gauley River has variety of rafting choices from summer rafting to fall rafting as well as lower, upper and double upper river rafting. Rafting on the Gauley River gives rafters a chance to experience Adventure and World Class trips, a chance to catch maximum thrills and to see breathtaking scenic views.

White water rafting involves navigating a stretch of river on an inflatable raft. Most trips last about 5-7 hours, including lunch. No experience is necessary on the milder sections of the river. Although being able to swim is helpful, many non-swimmers raft with River Expeditions each year since each guest is given all necessary safety equipment: a Coast Guard approved Type V Life Jacket, Paddle and Helmet.