April 26th - 27th, 2012
New River Gorge, WV
Almost every Explorer’s Club officer (including two rookies) came
4/26 to the New River Gorge for a great weekend of whitewater
rafting, camping, and rock climbing. On Saturday morning we split
the nine of us officers into two rafts. One was guided by
ex-Pittsburgher Don who had to yell at Jack, Fan, and Thatcher for
synchronously paddling backwards upon hearing the command “Forward
hard!” in a class IV rapid. The other raft was guided by the highly
offensive Scott-E-O who unbiasedly made insensitive jokes about
people of a wide range of nationalities (including that of our very
own Felix Devullet), sexual orientations, and disabilities. The
officers in this boat spent most of their time, when not braving
dangerous rapids, finding a happy balance between uncomfortable
forced laughter and uncomfortable silence.
As evening approached
we arrived at the campground where Nate joined us. Around the
campfire, we exchanged stories, ate s’mores, and rested up for a day
of climbing on Sunday.
On the cliffs right above the water that we
had rafted through the day before, we tackled routes of a wide range
of difficulty levels. We climbed all day, and even setup a slackline!
A nut was lodged and stuck into a rock, and only Grandmaster Felix
could remove it after many painstaking attempts. The weather was
splitter as was the company.