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By Brandon Gottung
From Moab, UT
Aug 11, 2014
В Екатеринбурге
I'm planning on spending the second half of Oct and first half of November climbing at the Red and New and packrafting sections of the New River. I'm curious, is it better to avoid Bridge Day at the New or is it an event worth attending? Will the area be packed or is it a chill event? Looks like commercial raft trip are virtually over after that event, which would give me the solitude on the river I enjoy, so I'm thinking to show up just after Bridge Day.

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By csproul
From Davis, CA
Aug 11, 2014
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background
I've been climbing a couple of times during bridge day. It wasn't a problem at all. Just keep in mind that you won't be crossing the bridge that day and that there might be some cliffs under the bridge that are either hard to get to or off-limits. Plan accordingly. I never thought that the climbing crowds were any worse, you just need to keep some of the logistics in mind.

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By Dallas Branum
From Charlottesville, Virginia
Aug 11, 2014
Just under Crater Rock for the sunrise.
Bridge Day is all about the base jumping and rafting... which means there are surprisingly fewer climbers out than a lot of other weekends. You can usually get on the routes you want with minimal wait.

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By Mike Nevko
From Currently Charlotte
Aug 11, 2014
Agreed, climbing wise its pretty quiet. However, getting to and from crags could be a nightmare. Also, you are mostly trapped on one-side of the bridge or the other for the day, unless you take the big detour. But go take a raft adventure that day on the new, and watch the base jumpers launch from the bridge from below.

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By Rhett Burroughs
From Valdosta, GA
Aug 13, 2014
Yup
I attended BD last year. The area is a mad house but I'm sure the crags are pretty chill. The event is just on that Saturday. A injury is allowing me not to jump for a year or I would be up there. My 2 cents is that Friday evening and Sat the roads will be slammed and Sunday will be good to go.

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By camhead
From Vandalia, Appalachia
Aug 13, 2014
You stay away from mah pig!
Also, keep in mind that the restaurants and bars in town will obviously be slammed on Saturday night. But yeah, stick to the north side of the bridge, don't have a reason to go into town, and you're fine. That's where all the best climbjng is anyway.

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By Brandon Gottung
From Moab, UT
Aug 18, 2014
В Екатеринбурге
Thanks for the advice. I'll probably just wait til the event is over and avoid the madhouse.

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By Steve Jones
Aug 18, 2014
on belay
Brandon Gottung wrote:
Thanks for the advice. I'll probably just wait til the event is over and avoid the madhouse.

But then you would miss large guys in tutus jumping off the bridge. You can always climb at the Meadow River or Summersville Lake.

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By Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Aug 18, 2014
Me and the offspring walking back to the car after a day of cragging.
Bah! The crags that you can drop top ropes on will be more crowded, but I was there last year, and didn't see another soul at Pirate's Cove and only a few at Endless and Whippoorwill- and wherever the hell else I went. Even at Junkyard, the people that were there gang-toproping stuff were more than happy to pull their ropes on the routes we wanted to lead.

The restaurants and town scene will be a bit more crowded, but I never found the wait anywhere to be unbearable. If you want to avoid crowds climbing you can. It depends on how far you're willing to walk and sometimes how hard you can pull.

I never found it to be that much of an issue, and this will be the third year in a row that I go for Bridge Day. I don't jump- it just works out that way every year for me.

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