posted by Zunardo
Good choice - excellent timing! My Lower Gauley trip was same time frame. Pretty chilly, but with great fall foliage. Had never worn a wetsuit before. The guide said, "when go in, the cold water will take your breath away, but then your body heat warms up the water trapped in the suit, and you'll be comfortable until you get out of the water". Boy, was he right!
Make sure you buy the action photo and video if offered. My 8x10 of that first trip is one of my favorite mementos.
On a more sober note, pleeeeeease be careful, follow the instructions, and wear a helmet. I lost a dear colleague at work because of a rafting accident, first time she'd ever gone. They didn't find her body for 36 hours. For some reason, the family had an open casket at the viewing, and I wish they hadn't. The damage to her face was awful.
I will absolutely be wearing a helmet and will follow all instructions. I'm not trying to die in West Virginia of all places.