Saturday is Bridge Day! Weekend Update for October 17-18, 2009

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The 30th Annual Bridge Day celebration is Saturday.  This is the largest one day festival in West Virginia, attracting huge crowds to the New River Gorge bridge to watch base jumpers launch themselves into the gorge with the peaking fall colors as a back drop.  If you have never checked it out, come on out; it is a blast!

The bridge will be closed to all traffic at 7 in the morning so, climbers, make sure you are on the side of your choosing.  Check out Ethan’s article below which lays out the Bridge Day climbing beta.

Here is our recommended plan for checking out the jumpers and making the most of the day.  First, be sure to wear really good walking shoes–you will log some miles on the concrete before the day is done.  Start by heading out onto the bridge, wending your way past the funnel cake booths and all the rest of that cheesy stuff.  If you are hungry, keep an eye out for local caterer Joy Marr’s fajita booth–best food available.  Half way out the bridge you’ll see the jump platform.  Elbow your way up to the parapet and get a look at the craziness.  When the crowds begin to get on your nerves head down into the gorge via Fayette Station Rd.  It is a 3 mile walk down the north side and 4 miles down the south side.  Bring a bike!  Be sure to load up your pack with snacks, beverages, and your Crazy Creek chair and head for the landing zone.  No crowds down there!  So hunker down, watch them jump, fly and land yards away.  This is where you can best catch a contact buzz from this amped-beyond-belief group of base jumping maniacs.  

Wrap up your day in Fayetteville.  First check out Water Stone’s annual Bridge Day Sale.  The entire shop (excluding climbing shoes and gear) will be 20% off with select items 30% off.  The entire sale rack will be 50% off.  After your score a bargain check out the cool event Fayetteville’s Convention and Visitor Bureau is hosting:  the First Annual Chili Cook-off.  We really need you guys to show up because Kenny and Ethan have entered and will need your vote.  This is serious business!  Water Stone aims to win.  Look for our team–they will be decked out in matching cowboy hats and fu-manchus…i know, very scary.  The Davisson Brothers, a hip and fun indie band, will be playing outside.  The streets will be closed and believe it or not, the town has okayed a beer garden!  Crazy!  Beer drinking in the streets of Fayetteville.  What next?

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