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Whitewater Rafting

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"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2

Experience the excitement of paddling world-class rivers with certified guides who draw spiritual applications from the adventure of whitewater rafting. With over 30 years of rafting experience, Alpine's desire is to provide a safe, fun, impacting adventure. Raft with the only licensed Christian rafting company on the New and Gauley Rivers!

Rating Chart

A variety of trips are available from mild to wild. Understand the thrill of the rapids by using the Rating Chart or view the International Scale of River Difficulties.
Rafting is included in each of our Adventure Packages.

Raft the New River

Enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the New River Gorge. Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," the New River offers some of the best whitewater in the nation. Extreme whitewater rapids, unbelievable scenery, calm pools, and challenges from God’s Word add up to a day full of fun and impact. Available late March-October.

Upper New

The Upper New River is an enjoyable paddle along God’s scenic river. This is a great trip for those wanting a mild experience. Want more adventure? Try a two-person inflatable kayak (duckie) that you paddle while guides accompany the trip.

Rating: Class I-III

Age: minimum 8 years old
Duckie: minimum 12 years old

Rating Chart Cost: Prices include equipment, transportation, and picnic lunch during the trip.
  • Weekday $70
  • Saturday $80

Lower New

The Lower New River is one of the most popular whitewater trips in the country; it is enjoyed by first timers and experienced rafters alike. Exciting rapids in God’s majestic gorge make this a trip of a lifetime!

Rating: Class I-V

Age: minimum 13 years old

Cost: Prices include equipment, transportation, and picnic lunch during the trip.
  • Monday Mania $70
  • Weekday $80
  • Express* $65
  • Saturday $90
  • Sat. Express* $70
*Lower New Express Trips are available April-May and Sep-Oct. This is a half-day trip that does not include lunch or play-time on the river.

Raft the Gauley River

This river is ranked among the top ten best whitewater rivers in the world! With over 100 rapids, including 10 rapids that are class V or V+ rapids, it’s no wonder the Gauley is called “The Beast of the East.” On select dates in the fall, guaranteed ideal water flows are released from Summersville Dam, thus providing "Gauley Season." Available select weekends in September and October. Gauley Schedule

Lower Gauley

The Lower Gauley River is comparable to the Lower New River; this is BIG water adventure! The Lower Gauley has unique beauty and heart-pounding excitement, with thirteen miles of several class IV & V rapids.

Rating: Class I-V

Age: minimum 14 years old

Cost: Prices include equipment, transportation, and picnic lunch during the trip.
  • Monday $90
  • Friday $95
  • Saturday $105

Upper Gauley

The Upper Gauley River is the ultimate thrill with fourteen miles of excitement! Includes numerous Class III-IV rapids and five Class V-V+ rapids. Previous rafting experience is strongly recommended.

Rating: Class III-V+

Age: minimum 16 years old

Cost: Prices include equipment, transportation, and picnic lunch during the trip.
  • Monday $110
  • Friday $115
  • Saturday $135

Reverse Traverse

Enjoy the entire Gauley over a two-day period. Raft the Lower Gauley on Friday and the Upper Gauley on Saturday. Trip includes Friday night's lodging. Previous rafting experience strongly recommended.

Rating: Class I-V+

Age: minimum 16 years old

Cost:
  • Bunkhouse Cabin $225
  • Alpine Lodge $233

Gauley Marathon

Raft both sections of the Gauley and enjoy 26 miles of heart-pumping adventure all in one day! Previous rafting experience strongly recommended.

Rating: Class I-V+

Age: minimum 16 years old

Cost: Prices include equipment, transportation, and picnic lunch during the trip.
  • Monday $190
  • Friday $195
  • Saturday $225

Plan Ahead

Review the following information to be sure you are properly prepared to tackle the river. If your in charge, be sure to download the Leader's Checklist.

What to Wear

Warm Weather:

  • Men: modest trunk style swim suit. Long pants are discouraged and pose a safety hazard.
  • Ladies: modest one-piece swim suit. No bikinis. Ladies should wear modest shorts over swimsuit. Long pants, skirts, or culottes are discouraged and pose a safety hazard.
  • Sunscreen is recommended.
  • Inexpensive sunglasses with strap. Safety strap for regular glasses.
  • Water sandals or shoes for water recreation. Flip-flops, Crocs, and shoes without backs are not acceptable and may be a safety hazard.

Cool Weather:
(Use the above list with the following additions)

  • Avoid wearing cotton as much as possible (e.g. t-shirts or regular socks). Wool or fleece sweater and socks. Synthetic fleece or other polyester garment underneath a light rain jacket.
  • Wetsuit and/or splash jacket with water gloves if available for rent. Modest shorts must be worn over wetsuit. (Alpine Adventures has a limited number of wetsuits and splash jackets available.)

You Should Know

Participation in whitewater rafting and other adventure activities is physically challenging and involves inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others.

Trips are done rain or shine. Alpine reserves the right to change any trip, raft size, or number of guests per raft due to weather, water conditions or the physical condition of participants.

Prices include equipment, transportation, and lunch during the trip. (No lunch on express trips.) Each guest must submit a Release Form before going on an activity. Spring trips during the months of April and May usually run during high water times. Extremely high water levels may result in changing to a different river section. Wetsuits are recommended for spring and fall rafting trips.

WV Whitewater Responsibilities Act

Special Notes

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).
  • Participants may also want to have insect repellent on trips.
  • Guests that wear contact lenses may want to consider wearing glasses on trips or carry a travel size solution kit for activities.

Rappelling

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"Trust in the LORD with all thy heart, and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Leaning backward over the edge of a 120’ cliff, participants experience faith like never before. Rappelling, a controlled descent down a rope, is a powerful, unforgettable activity that challenges participants to “lean not on their own understanding.” This adventure will stretch the mental and physical limits of your group. Stepping off the edge takes faith that is founded on the fact that the rappel system is trustworthy and safe. Many participants come to grips with what true Christian faith looks like while rappelling on the spectacular cliffs of the New River Gorge.

Rappelling is a full day activity and includes a packed lunch and all necessary equipment.

Age:

Minimum Age: 12 years old

Availability:

March–November

Cost:

$52 per person

What to Wear:

Closed toe shoes with backs (no Crocs please!) are required for rappelling. Comfortable, modest clothing that is not restricting or binding is encouraged. Shorts should be at least fingertip length so that a seat harness may be worn comfortably. Long hair may not be worn loose--it must be tied back or pulled up. An outer layer such as a light jacket or sweatshirt is always a good idea!

You Should Know:

Participation in rappelling and other adventure activities is physically challenging and involves inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others.

Trips are done rain or shine. Alpine reserves the right to change any activity due to weather conditions or the physical condition of participants.

Special Notes:

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).
  • Participants may also want to have insect repellent on trips.

Hiking

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"He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake." Psalm 23:3

Take a Hike! With miles of beautiful and unique trails conveniently located in the New River Gorge National Park, our guides are sure to select a hike that is ideal for your group. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll, a strenuous climb, breathtaking vistas, or relaxing swimming holes, Alpine offers a variety of guided day-hike options tailored to fit your group's specific needs. Explore the beauty of God's creation in the mountains of West Virginia!

Hiking

Age:

Minimum age: 6 years old

Availability:

Year-round

Cost:

$22 per person
Hiking is a full day activity and includes a picnic lunch.

What to Wear:

Modest, comfortable clothing, layers are always a good idea in the unpredictable WV weather. Shoes with backs are required (no Crocs please!). You may wish to bring sunscreen and bug spray. For creek hikes, bring clothes that can get wet, water shoes, and a towel.

You Should Know:

Participation in guided hiking trips and other adventure activities can be physically challenging and may involve inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others. Trips are done rain or shine. Alpine reserves the right to change any activity due to weather conditions or the physical condition of participants.

Special Notes:

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).
  • Participants may also want to have insect repellent on trips.

Paintball

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"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds."
2 Corinthians 10:4

Navigate life's challenges through paintball adventures that generate creative conflict with biblical application. Our experienced facilitators guide you through heart-pounding games and challenges on our large, rugged paintball course. At Alpine, paintball is not just a game; it is a life-changing adventure. The thrills of an intense paintball game remind the participant that he or she is engaged in a spiritual war, and must rely on God as Commander in order to have victory. This program is ideal for evangelism, teambuilding, and spiritual growth.

Paintball may be a full or half day activity; a full day includes a packed lunch, paintball gear, and 400 paintballs. A half day includes paintball gear and 200 paintballs. More paintballs can be purchased on site.

Paintball

Age:

Minimum Age: 12 years old

Availability:

March–November

Cost:

$45 per person
Additional paint: $6 per 100

What to Wear:

Wear long pants or coveralls, sturdy closed-toe shoes with backs, and a long sleeve sweatshirt or jacket. Caps and gloves may also provide additional protection. Layered clothing provides cushion and prepares for changes in weather.

You Should Know:

Participation in paintball and other adventure activities is physically challenging and involves inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others.

Paintball trips are done rain or shine, with the exception of thunderstorms. Alpine reserves the right to change any activity due to weather or the physical condition of participants.

Use of personal paintball equipment is not permitted.

Special Notes:

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).
  • Participants may also want to have insect repellent on trips.

Team Building

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"And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." Hebrews 10:24

Partner Together on a journey of challenging, problem solving adventure! Whether weaving through a giant spider web, balancing a hovercraft or crossing a putrid peanut butter pit, your group will learn how to combine their diverse abilities and work together to accomplish a goal. Experience the fun of activities that teach communication, cooperation, compassion, Christ-likeness, trust, and leadership skills. A great choice for leadership training and teambuilding with mission teams, youth groups, and leadership staff.

Teambuilding may be a full day or half day activity; the full day includes a packed lunch.

Teambuilding

Age:

Minimum: 8 years old

Availability:

Learn to work together during any season.

Cost:

$18 per person

What to Wear:

  • Comfortable clothing - clothing which is too loose or baggy may be dangerous. Modest shorts (at least mid-thigh length) and t-shirts are appropriate.
  • Layers of clothing such as a sweatshirt over a t-shirt are recommended for changing weather conditions.
  • Wear comfortable hiking or athletic shoes with good tread. No open toed shoes, flip-flops, or Crocs.
  • Those with long hair must wear their hair pulled back for safety.
  • Safety strap for regular glasses. Inexpensive sunglasses with safety strap.
  • Sunscreen is recommended.

You Should Know:

Participation in group teambuilding and other adventure activities can be physically challenging may involve inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to refuse anyone.

Trips are done rain or shine, with the exception of thunderstorms. Alpine reserves the right to change any activity due to weather or the physical condition of participants.

Caving

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"For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness." 2 Samuel 22:29

Experience God's wonder and beauty in the world of caves. Alpine uses "wild caves" - you will not find lighted walkways or stairs. Equipped with a helmet and headlamp, guests will walk, scramble, climb, roll, and crawl through a dark, dirty wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. This unique environment of tight, twisting passageways and massive formation rooms provides many object lessons that can be applied to spiritual truths. See how dark total darkness really is as you explore God's creation like never before! From the Gospel of Matthew through Revelation, we find numerous references to Jesus Christ as "the light of Life." A trip through the cave with Alpine Adventures will challenge participants to draw many parallels between physical light & darkness and spiritual light & darkness.

Caving is a full day activity and includes a packed lunch and all necessary equipment.

Caving Group

Age:

Minimum age: 12 years old

Availability:

Year-round

Cost:

$55 per person

What to Wear:

  • Crawling through our caves will get your clothes more dirty than they have ever been. Wear a pair of shorts and a t-shirt under your caving attire, so that the outer layer can be removed after caving. You will get very dirty!
  • Long pants are required and long sleeves are recommended. Layered clothing is best due to the temperature of the cave – about 56 degrees year-round. Old rugged clothing such as jeans and sweatshirt or old work bibs (long) or coveralls are great.
  • Boots or shoes with good tread for hiking and walking in muddy areas are best; no open-toed shoes or Crocs. These shoes will get dirty and cannot be used for gym activities. Take an extra pair of shoes to wear after caving.
  • Kneepads and/or elbow pads are recommended for crawling. Old gloves may also be worn.
  • The wearing of contact lenses is not recommended for this activity.

You Should Know:

Participation in caving and other adventure activities is physically challenging and involves inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others. Trips are done rain or shine. Alpine reserves the right to change any trip, group size, or number of guests per trip due to weather conditions or the physical condition of participants.

Special Notes:

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).
  • Participants may also want to have insect repellent on trips.
  • Guests that wear contact lenses may want to consider wearing glasses on trips or carry a travel size solution kit for activities.

High Ropes Course

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"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 2 Timothy 1:7

Teamwork takes on a whole new meaning at Alpine’s High Ropes Course, where you’ll help your partner climb a Giant Ladder, tackle the Heebie Jeebies, and cross a Swinging Log high above the ground! Our two-level high ropes course has something for everyone, with 28 obstacle challenges ranging from ground level to 35 ft high. No matter the skill level, participants are challenged to step beyond their comfort zone, face their fears, and test their faith in a safe and trusting environment. A full day of High Ropes includes teambuilding activities on the ground, quality instruction, two levels of high angle elements, lunch, and a spiritual challenge that transfers lessons learned on the course to everyday applications.

Age:

Minimum Age: 12 years old

Availability:

March–November

Cost:

$33 per person

What to Wear:

  • Comfortable clothing - clothing which is too loose or baggy may be dangerous. Modest shorts (at least mid-thigh length) and t-shirts are appropriate.
  • Layers of clothing such as a sweatshirt over a t-shirt are recommended for changing weather conditions.
  • Wear comfortable hiking or athletic shoes with good tread. No open toed shoes, flip-flops, or Crocs.
  • Those with long hair must wear their hair pulled back for safety.
  • Safety strap for regular glasses. Inexpensive sunglasses with safety strap.
  • Sunscreen is recommended.

You Should Know:

Participation in the high ropes course and other adventure activities is physically challenging and involves inherent risks. Participants must accept responsibility for these inherent risks and agree to sign a liability waiver prior to participation. All persons under the age of 18 must have their Release Form signed by their parent or court-appointed guardian. Alpine Ministries reserves the right to prohibit participation of individuals based on health or physical limitations for their safety or the safety of others. Alpine reserves the right to change any activity due to weather or the physical condition of participants.

Special Note:

  • All participants should bring any necessary medications with them (e.g. inhalers, required prescriptions, allergy medications, or epi-pen).