After spending a few days at our base in Fayetteville, West Virginia, we were on the road again to Northern West Virginia. Three hours north from our base in Fayetteville is the Tygart River. For ten days we are based five minutes from the Tygart in the Frost Run Retreat. It is a beautiful log cabin with a huge kitchen and living space. It also has a wrap around porch that is pretty big, which makes a great place to have classes. The cabin is located on top of a hill with 40 acres of land so it is a nice secluded place for us to relax. It is also close to some rivers other than the Tygart. It is close to a few creek runs and the Cheat River.
The Tygart is a fun class 3-4 river that is usually run in playboats because there is so much good play on it. Usually the play consists of a few holes and catch-on-the-fly waves, but to our surprise we found an amazing wave with eddy access right down the road from our cabin. It is a really fast, green wave that you can throw almost any trick on. We were so lucky to come across this wave.
The other river that we have paddled since we have been here is the Cheat River. We went to Cheat Fest for the first day, which was the down-river race. Hundreds of people showed up to do this race, which started after 5. Conveniently planned so that locals could still participate in the race after work. The mass start with so many people was crazy and amazing to be a part of. Everyone there was so enthusiastic about paddling this river. Some were there to win and some were there just to get out with a group of friends and paddle the river. I was there to paddle a new river for the first time and have a great time doing it. I did exactly that. I had a great time learning the rapids on the Cheat and meeting local paddlers and fellow racers.
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