Outdoor Program Attends Whitewater Rafting Festival

Jessica Branks, News Writer • jsbranks16@ehc.edu

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Courtesy of the E&H Outdoor Program

On September 14, members of the Emory & Henry Outdoor Program travelled to Summersville, West Virginia, to participate in a rafting competition known as Gauley Fest.

Gauley Fest is hosted annually as a fundraiser by and for American Whitewater (AW), and has been since 1983. According to their website, “American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization… with a mission to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to use them safely.”

Gauley Fest hosts many of the most prominent watersports vendors, who promote and sell their gear. This year, the Emory & Henry Outdoor Program had their own booth promoting the college and the program through the weekend.


Sophomore Layne Hubble, as well as an Out-door Program trip leader, attended the event and shared her experience.

She said, “The cool thing about Gauley Fest is that you wake up in the morning, and the whole point of being at Gauley Fest is the river, so the campground is dead [and] you wake up at 6 AM packing stuff up, making breakfast and everyone’s out.”

When describing her experience on the river, Hubble said, “the natural features were insane… [and she] would say we’re definitely going back.”

In addition to promoting itself at the festival, the Outdoor Program also made an appearance in a post about Gauley Fest on the Blue Ridge Outdoors (BRO)Magazine website.

This is not the first time Emory & Henry College has been mentioned on the site because of the E&H Outdoor Program.


In 2016, the College narrowly lost the Top Adventure College Competition; one which BRO puts on every year.

Despite being beaten by Western Carolina University, Emory & Henry is still on the list of the best outdoor colleges in the region.

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