2-Hour Evening Rappel
Rappelling at Almost 1000' Above the New River
Mentally challenging and exhilarating!
It’s no wonder rock climbing and rappelling are so popular. You’ll take a short hike out to some of the most spectacular areas in the Gorge. Whether you’re at The Bridge Buttress with a breathtaking view of the New River Gorge Bridge or Ram’s Head Rock with 5 major New River rapids in your sights below, the beauty alone will make you glad you came.
Rappelling is on of the most important modes of transportation mountaineers have at their disposal. How else would you get back down after scaling some of the most amazing cliffs on Earth? But while it's a necessary skill for any real climber, it's a just straight-up fun for us on this 2-hour, quick-hit trip. You'll the basics of how to control your descent on a rope and then step over the edge yourself for this amazing experience!
Though rappelling is not physically demanding in and of itself, it is very much a mental game. Many people find that trusting your rope and your belayer as you take that first step over the edge and into the abyss is intimidating and, well, scary. But only a tiny minority of those who try rappelling only do it once. That's how big the reward is for your trust in us, our state of the art equipment and yourself!
What should I bring?
Comfortable shoes (no flip flops), a long sleeve shirt or jacket (for cooler days), long pants or shorts depending on the weather report, rain gear for rainy or windy days, sunglasses (with neck strap), sunscreen, insect repellant (spring through fall), drinking water and a small backpack or fanny pack (optional).
What does Rivermen provide?
We provide certified instructors, of course, but also the equipment you'll need to climb, such as climbing shoes, which are for climbing only, helmets, harnesses, hardware and ropes. You'll need your own shoes while hiking and rappelling.
How many people can you take in one group?
Climbing areas are heavily regulated by the National Park Service, so group sizes are limited in any given area. Therefore large groups may need to be separated. Also, no spectators are allowed, as they add to our total number and affect our instructor to guest ratio. Our apologies for any inconvenience!