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Want to get away for a weekend of fast-paced whitewater action followed by relaxing evenings under the clear, West Virginia skies, and a full-blown Brazilian Jiu Jitsu seminar all rolled into one? Well, look no more as this is the perfect training camp for you! YoloBJJ is jamming a ton of good stuff into this camp to make for one of the biggest bang-for-the-buck getaways you could ever possibly have! Come and enjoy this adventure with them.
During the camp, you will be bunking down in modern, clean “bunk-style” cabins. both Friday and Saturday nights. Each cabin has four bunks that can accommodate up to eight people and has electricity, ceiling fans, and a covered porch. You will be sharing your cabin with seven like-minded, adventure seeking Jiu-Jiteros just like yourself.
You will need to bring your sleeping bag and a pillow for the bunks as linens are not included. The cabins are really nice as bunks go, but they are not luxurious.
In this camp, a seminar will be lead by Professor Dustin that has been a "rock" in the mid-west Jiu Jitsu scene since in the mid-1990's. The seminar will take place at a nearby "Lookout Lodge" conference center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Just like Jiu-Jitsu, this camp is for everyone. There's no concern about belt rank on the mats, everyone from brand new to coral belt are welcome.
The Gauley River is possibly the single best whitewater rafting experience in the entire United States! With rapids running the gamut from class I to class V, you will have two days of whitewater rafting to rival any in the world! If you have ever thought about your "bucket-list", well, this is one to fill it!
With class V rapids with names like "Pure Screaming Hell", you get a pretty good idea of the sort of adventure that awaits! The dates of this camp have been specially planned around the US Army Corp of Engineers scheduled dam openings or water releases into the Gauley River basin. This annual release lasts for several hours each day and releases a massive 2800 cubic feet per second of water into the river!
On the first day of rafting, you will set into the Lower Gauley river for a day full of class III and IV rapids with a final run through the class V rapid "Pure Screaming Hell", just to give us a taste of what we can expect on day two.
Day two brings you to the top of the Upper Gauley River. Many rafters consider the Upper Gauley the “End All” of white water in the USA. You're going to run it! In your boat, with seven of the fellow Jiu-Jiteros you just met two nights before (or maybe with your own crew), you are going to charge face first into one of the most aggressive Class V whitewater rivers in the world!
The Upper Gauley has no less than "five class V" rapids that will get your pulse up and your lungs pumping! The trip should only take four to six hours.
Kindly note that this camp is rated adults extreme, only for those who's over 18 years old. Due to extreme action, extreme sports, and extreme adrenaline, it is not for the squeamish or faint of heart.
This camp will take place in the beautiful New River gorge! September is possibly the best time to come and visit this natural wonder often called the "Grand Canyon" of the east. With the trees beginning to change color the 70,000 square acre National park becomes a visual masterpiece and a relaxing haven away from the noise, heat, and rat-race of the city.
The longest and deepest gorge in the Appalachian mountains, the New River gorge is not only one of the top whitewater rafting spots in the world, but also home to crystal clear skies, quiet solitude, and a view of the night sky's constellations unlike any you have ever seen.
While food is not the focus of this adventure, YoloBJJ thought that they would throw some in for good measure because you’re going to need it to fuel up between rafting.
On Friday night, you will have an old-fashioned "hot dog roast" around the campfire just outside of the cabins. They will be supplying the hot dogs, buns, chips, non-alcoholic beverages (feel free to bring a cooler of whatever drinks you would like), and sides to make up your “last supper” before taking the plunge the following morning.
In the morning, a light, continental style breakfast is on the menu with, bread, fruit jams, bagels, and fruit to get you a bit of last minute energy while also keeping your stomach light for the six hours of high-adrenaline adventure coming up!
Each day during your raft trips, you will stop at a scenic spot along the river where your guides will grill up a delicious, fresh “shore lunch” before finishing up the second half of the day’s rafting.
Back at camp, on Saturday evening, you will be heading to the nearby mountain resort for a dinner among your new-found comrades-in-oars at one of a choice of restaurants including "Chetty’s Pub' (pub fare), "Smokey’s on the Gorge" a gourmet buffet with a killer gorge-side view and “all-you-can-eat”, and “Buffler’s barbecue” (Picnic-style barbecue).
Saturday night dinner is at your own expense. You can opt to stay in the cabins and grill up some food over the fire. They have extra charcoal just for you to do that and you can bring coolers of whatever you want.
It is always an option to head to the Rendezvous Lounge for some live music and draft beers after dinner. Otherwise, you can head back to the cabin to sit around the fire or hit the bunk early.
Vegetarian options are available for the campfire cookout and at the resort restaurants. Just let YoloBJJ know so they can prepare it for you. Vegan options are not available.