Paddle if you dare. Every Fall, thousands of paddlers from almost every state converge on a remote corner of West Virginia for six magical weekends of releases on the mighty Gauley river. The second weekend of releases has traditionally played host to American Whitewater’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Gauley Fest. Legendary for its rowdy on-river antics, as well as its equally (if not more rowdy), post river shenanigans.
All proceeds raised by American Whitewater go right back to securing access and preserving rivers for generations to come. Without AW’s diligent work, paddlers and river enthusiasts across the country would be significantly worse off.
Astral just capped off its 12th consecutive year attending Gauley Fest and raised a total of $750. The Astral crew would like to give a huge shout out to everyone who came out, supported AW and made it another memorable weekend in West Virginia!
If you’re not already a member of American Whitewater, please consider joining today to help American Whitewater continue their great work.