The weather is beautiful here in Virginia and Spring is right around the corner. Make some plans to dust off your gear and get outside with us this Spring! Our Introductory Clinics are back this Spring in Caving, Rock Climbing and White Water Kayaking. Looking for more challenge? Check out our Intermediate Level Skill Clinics. These are new this Spring and designed for those who have been on the Introductory Clinic and want to learn more or have had a similar experience with the activity. We are offering the Intermediate Clinics in the following skill areas: caving, rock climbing, and white water kayaking.
WAEL will provide all equipment, instruction, and transportation from our base camp in New Castle to activity sites (where needed). Trips run from 9am-5pm unless otherwise stated. The only things you need to bring are appropriate clothing and a bagged lunch! Price for each day is $50 per person and is due in full upon reservation. If you are looking into doing both trips for the weekend (for example intro and intermediate caving) we can offer camping on our property for Saturday night for $15! Check out the dates and information below!
Introduction to Caving: Saturday, April 7th–This trip is a great start to someone who has an interest in caving, but does not know where to begin. Participants will meet at WAEL at 9:00am and will travel to Island Ford Cave near Covington, VA with a WAEL staff member. There we will talk about gear needed for the cave for both safety and comfort, cave regulations, wildlife, safety, and explore the cave. No experience is necessary and you should wear clothing and shoes that are OK to get dirty and muddy.
Intermediate Caving: Sunday, April 8th-Have you been in a cave before? Then this is the trip for you! If you have participated on one of our introduction to caving trips or a similar experience, take it to the next level with our Intermediate Caving trip! We will meet at WAEL at 9:00am and travel to Tawney’s Cave to push the boundaries! This trip will focus on more complex moves like tight squeezes, mental mapping, and participants will get to explore a more complex cave than on the introductory trip. Participants must have experienced a “wild cave” prior to this trip (tourist caves such as Dixie Caverns and Luray Caverns do not count) and be OK with small spaces and some exploration on own. Please wear clothing and shoes that are OK to get muddy and dirty.
Introduction to Rock Climbing: Saturday, April 21st–Ever wanted to learn how to Rock Climb? Sign up for the Introduction to Rock Climbing! Participants will meet at WAEL at 9:00am and start at our 50′ climbing wall. Here we will start from scratch with basics of gear, ropes, knots, and general climbing technique. Participants will also learn how to belay. After lunch, we will head to a local climbing site called Blue Springs to get on some real rock! This trip is a beginner trip and no experience is necessary. Please wear comfortalble clothing and bring a light jacket, even if the weather is warm, as the climb site is about 10 degreees colder year round. This trip will be run by an AMGA Single Pitch Intructor.
Intermediate Rock Climbing: Sunday, April 22nd-Been climbing before and want to learn more about skills and setup? Check out the Intermediate Rock Climbing! This trip meets at WAEL at 7:30am or at the Rich Creek IGA parking lot on US 460 at 9:00am. We will travel to Bozoo, WV, a well known local site, to work on anchor setups, advanced technique, and maybe even some mock-lead climbing. This trip is a true intermediate trip and participants should have climbed before on real rock and be comfortable on belaying. Please wear comfortable clothing and prepare for a full day. We will get back in the evening from this trip. This trip will be run by an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor.
Introduction to White Water Kayaking: Saturday, May 5th–Love water and want to learn how to kayak? This trip is for you! The Introduction to White Water Kayaking meets at WAEL at 9:00am and starts out in our pond. Here we will talk about the different types of kayaks, gear, and basic kayaking knowledge. We then get fitted and head to the pond to work on basic boat control, wet exits, t-rescues, and learning how to roll. After lunch, we head to Craig Creek which borders our property to get on some moving water. No experience is necessary. Please wear a bathing suit and clothing that can get wet and will protect you from the sun. Sandals with a heel strap or shoes that can get wet are required.
Intermediate White Water Kayaking: Sunday, May 6th-Take me to the river! If you have gone to a roll class and done wet exits and attempted rolls you might be up for this full river day! This trip meets at WAEL at 7:30am or at the old Wade’s Store on US 460 near the Celanese Plant at 9:00am. We will set shuttle from here and get ready to paddle the New River from Ripplemead to Bluff City. This Class 1-2 run offers 8 miles of scenic views, several great surf spots, and a great chance to work on some more advanced skills such as catching eddies, ferrying, surfing, and rolling. You do not need to have a roll, but should be comfortable with a wet exit for this trip. Please wear a bathing suit and clothing that can get wet and will protect you from the sun. Sandals or heel strap shoes that can get wet are required. We will return in the evening to WAEL from this trip.
Call today to make a reservation or visit our Adult Skill Clinics page for more information!