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News Release: June 7, 2017


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Steve Jones, Superintendent, North Bend State Park 304-643-2931 northbendsp@wv.gov

North Bend State Park Introduces Outdoor Adventure, Saturday, June 10, 2017

CAIRO, W.Va. — Encouraging people to try a new outdoor activity or to summon the courage to try again is the goal of North Bend State Park’s Introduction to Adventure event this Saturday, June 10. As part of the park’s “Quest” program, three instructional classes on kayaking, mountain biking and rappelling are planned.

Park rangers and activity guides will provide instruction in an affordable group format. Along with skill development, instructors will be sharing information about equipment and how to get started. Sessions are fee-based and registration is at the North Bend Lodge front desk in person or by calling 304-643-2931. Registration is open until June 9, or if space is still available, June 10. More information about this weekend event and the Quest program is available at www.northbendsp.com.

Course descriptions

MOUNTAIN BIKING – 9 a.m., Base Camp
Mountain Biking basics and skills is a four-hour session that includes instruction on maintenance, adjusting your bike’s fit, peddling cadence, how to get the most out of your gears, controlling your speed, balance, the ready position and simple obstacles. Students will ride on the park’s trails to work on braking techniques, cornering, handling terrain, picking lines and putting it all together and making it flow like surfing through the woods. The class fee is $35 per person and includes equipment. Lunch is not included.

RAPPELLING – 10 a.m., Lodge
Introduction to belaying and rappelling is a 2.5-hour session designed to introduce you to the sport of rappelling safely. With a six-to-one guest/guide ratio, the course will include introduction, all equipment, safety instruction, and belaying and rappelling techniques. The class is $65 per person and includes necessary equipment. Lunch is not provided.

KAYAKING – 6 p.m., Cokeley Boathouse
Kayak Basics is a two-hour excursion designed to introduce and improve basic flat water skills while enjoying the natural environment of North Bend State Park from a different perspective. This course includes safety information, balance, basic paddle strokes and all the required equipment. The class is $35 per person.

North Bend State Park is located near Cairo and Harrisville in Ritchie County. Open year-round, the park is popular for its outdoor pursuits, hiking and bird watching. North Bend Lake is 305 acres and open to the public for licensed fishing. The lake is home to a large population of red-headed woodpeckers and other watchable wildlife via kayak. To learn more about North Bend State Park, park activities, events and accommodations, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Kayaking is one of three skills to be taught at North Bend State Park’s Introduction to Outdoor Adventures event Saturday, June 10, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce Kayaking is one of three skills to be taught at North Bend State Park’s Introduction to Outdoor Adventures event Saturday, June 10, 2017.