Monday, September 19, 2011
This weekend, Team East joined thousands of whitewater enthusiasts at the Gauleyfest in Summersville, WV, presented by Subaru and American Whitewater. Paddlers from all over the country came out to take on the rapids of the Gauley River, which boasts some of the best white water in the country. With blue skies and white water, the paddlers were pumped to get on the river and enjoy the wet and wild adventure.
Team East set up an educational booth in the marketplace, where all of the paddlers enjoyed live music, screaming deals on outdoor gear, and had some fun learning about proper disposal of human waste while on the river. Yep, that's right, we challenged all of the paddlers to leave no trace by playing Wag-go Baggo. The goal was to toss three Go Anywhere Bags, formerly known as WAG bags, into a portable toilet. If they made it in the bowl, they took home their very own Go Anywhere Bag to use on their next paddling adventure!
The excitement was so high that Bigfoot came out to join in on the fun and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace. He tested out a few Dagger Kayaks, hung out with his friends at Subaru, and even signed up to win a pair of Chaco Sandals. Although he did not win a pair of Chacos (he wasn't even sure if they had one in his size), he was so excited to see that Chaco donated a pair of shoes as a membership promotion to anyone who joined Leave No Trace as an individual member at the event! Thanks Chaco!
If you are a paddler and love the rush of whitewater, be sure to check out Gauleyfest next year.
Explore Responsibly...Kate and Tracy