Monthly Archives: February 2012

360 Degree View From The Summit

Check out the West Virginia Department of Commerce’s website! Click on “360 Tour of Nelson Rocks”. Pretty cool, huh?

Tourism Day at the Legislature

Gatan and Kellee Waddell, managers of NROC, spent this past Monday in the beautiful Capitol Building in Charleston, WV attending the Tourism Day at the Legislature. There were over 80 vendor booths set up, displaying the marvelous variety of attractions, historical sites, adventure opportunities, and lodging options available to travelers and locals alike across the Mountain State. Representatives from the counties’ Convention & Visitors Bureaus as well as from the State parks and forests also attended with colorful displays showing what’s available in their areas.
One of the highlights pertaining to NROC’s neighborhood was the announcement of a new 90-mile excursion train loop scheduled to run through the rugged mountains east of Elkins, approximately an hour west of NROC. The new route will offer folks another exciting way to enjoy the scenic highlands of West Virginia. It will also create 30 addition miles of rail trail to be enjoyed by hikers and bikers. Read the full story in The Charleston Gazette by clicking here!

Full Moon Via Ferrata Climb Review

We found this wonderful review of the Full Moon Via Ferrata climb on Yelp reviews! Check it out!

I’ve been here twice.  Once, many years ago before I got into climbing and a second time this summer, after the new management took over.  Paul G. does a fantastic job of describing the climb for first time climbers.  I can’t add much more on that front.

And so my review is specifically for the Full Moon Via Ferrata climb.  I was privileged and honored to be part of the first commercial night climb.  My friend and I found out that you could do the climb at night, by moonlight, from NROC’s Facebook page.  We thought it was an amazing idea and booked right away thinking it might sell out.  We were shocked to arrive and find out we were the only two.

The Full Moon trip cost $150 per person, and included an amazing dinner catered by Seneca Caverns (roasted chicken, fresh homemade biscuits, gravy, roasted vegetable orzo, watermelon, tea, coffee, and even at my request, huge birthday cupcakes for my friend complete with a candle!), a stay in the NROC rustic cabins, and the climb itself.  The rustic cabins are extremely well maintained, the grounds have a great firepit stocked with firewood, each cabin had fresh water and grills, and the portapotties were the cleanest ones I’ve ever seen.  We also saw that they are in the process of putting in a bathhouse.

Dinner was served at 6:30 pm and we were able to settle in, eat, throw up our hammocks and relax a bit before our guide Jason came back to pick us up to head down to the trailhead. He made it clear in advance that since it was just the two of us, we could take whatever pace we wanted and tried to time our climb so we hit the notch right as the moon was rising.  We were a little early, so we just hung out in the notch, chatting, and generally enjoying being the only people on the entire system. When the moon did rise, it was stunning.  It was so bright it cast shadows across to the other fin.

Jason let us keep the cooler that came with the food overnight so we could stash our breakfast and beers.  We were back at the cabins, with beer in hand by 12:30 or 1:00 am.

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