The AllSport pass at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is your ticket to whitewater rafting, but it includes a lot more than that. There’s always been a full day of other activities, such as kayaking and rock climbing and mountain biking, but now they’ve added some NEW things to keep you busy when you’re not out in the rapids.
Canyon crossing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Opening in the spring of 2011, the Canyon Crossing is one of the newest experiences at the USNWC. Traverse across the south ridge gorge as you work your way through the trees on a circuit of sky bridges. Both kids and adults will be thrilled by the challenge of moving from tree platform to tree platform at heights of over 50 feet. Working your way across the canyon is only half the fun — return back across the gorge on a 250-ft zip-line.
I’m not the most comfortable person with heights, but I have to admit, I’m intrigued. This will likely be on my to-do list once it opens.
The newest craze to hit the paddlesports world is now available at the USNWC. Stand-up paddle boarding has become an extremely popular way to enjoy our oceans, rivers and natural waterways. You can now paddle along the Catawba River and take in the natural elements from a completely new perspective.
Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to workout while enjoying the outdoors. No experience is required; you can embrace the natural beauty of the river on your own, or staff guided tours are available.
I’m admittedly a little more cautious about this one… This sounds like WORK, and despite my love of the Whitewater Center, I don’t actually enjoy physical activity. Whitewater rafting has just somehow managed to become the exception to that rule. 😛 And without the thrill of the rapids, I don’t know that this would be very exciting. I tend to get bored when kayaking out on the Catawba River, so I imagine having to stand up the whole time would add nothing to the thrill but lots to the aggravation. I think I’ll pass on this one.
Still, kudos to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for adding new activities to their AllSport Pass line-up. It just makes the visit all that much more appealing to my friends… and once they’re signed up, I can harass them about getting on a raft with me. Hooray!