Fun on the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour!

I’m still catching up on a few adventures that I’ve had lately but haven’t had time to document.  What makes this even more difficult is that our camera recently died.  So, until we are able to afford a new one, the photos appearing in this blog are either taken by someone else, or taken with someone else’s camera.

Around August 7 or 8, a group of us went out for a fun day in West Virginia.  My dad, Melissa and younger sister Bonnie, younger sister Mary, younger brother Aaron and girlfriend Paige decided we were going to explore a cave and then experience the brand new, just opened North Fork Valley Canopy Tour at the Nelson Rock Outdoor Center.

We first drove to the Sinks of Gandy.  Unlike other caves we’ve been in, this one didn’t require any wriggling through muddy tunnels.  Instead, it required that you wade through an  underground stream that runs through a fairly large cavern.

Not our usual caving attire... Photo by Aaron Zook

Nothing makes caving more fun! (I found it in the cave. It was already empty.) Photo by Aaron Zook.

This is actually a pretty awesome picture. That's Dad in the stream, getting ready to exit the cave. Photo by Aaron Zook.

Cleaning up after this cave was easier than any other cave I've ever been in. Photo by Aaron Zook.

After the cave, it was time for the canopy tour.  Most of us are familiar with the giant ziplines that many ropes courses have.  A canopy tour is kind of like that; but instead of just one zipline, you zip from one platform and end on another, then get on another zipline.  The North Fork Valley Canopy Tour has 12 ziplines ranging in length from about 50 feet to about 300 feet, 3 sky bridges (which look like they are straight out of an Indiana Jones movie), and ends with a 40 foot “rappel” out of a tree.

Cool shades, Mary... Photo by Aaron Zook.

Melissa was very very excited. Photo by Aaron Zook.

Paige was really worried that she wouldn't get the hang of it. She did great though. Photo by Aaron Zook.

Hanging out on a platform.

Fun in the trees! Photo by Aaron Zook.

On approach... Photo by Aaron Zook.

Slip slidin' along. Photo by Aaron Zook.

Bonnie tried to make it seem like she wasn't excited, but this picture shows otherwise. Photo by Aaron Zook.

I'm not sure why Paige looks so distraught... Photo by Aaron Zook.

A different type of outdoor recreation for the Wild GUYde... Photo by Aaron Zook.

I would recommend this to friends.  Check out the website for booking/price details.  Just go to the NROC North Fork Valley Canopy Tour page.  While you’re there, check out the Via Ferrata too.

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About Ethan Zook

I'm 27, and happily married to a pretty girl named Melissa with a little boy named Elijah. From the Shenandoah Valley, currently hanging out in Richmond, VA. I love exploring the wild places around the area. I write two blogs; Mountain Ramblings is about my personal explorations in the mountains and valleys that I live around. In Mountain Rescue Blog, I write about issues faced by rescuers in mountain environments both locally and around the world.
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