NROCKS Outdoor Adventures an Honest Review
This is an honest review of NROCKS Outdoor Adventures.
TheAdventureTravelers . com climbed the Via Ferrata, the Iron Way in Circleville, West Virginia.
It was easy to get to the destination and was quite beautiful.
We called ahead and made a reservation for our day.
When we got there, we filled out our paperwork and did our safety briefing with our two guides.
Our guides, Bri and Garrett were well-versed in safety and wilderness first aid. Their attention to detail and safety put us at ease. NROCKS uses a double carabiner lanyard system and a robust rung and cable system.
NROCKS also has information on the local area and is a great community resource. They also offer zip lining and partner with another company for caving. They even have a little free slack lining area for beginners through advanced.
We were outfitted with the best gear available on the market.
Our climb started off with a brisk hike up the mountain to the rock face. The climb is challenging and there is about a 1000 foot elevation gain. Midway through the climbing experience, you come to a suspension bridge, which offers a great view and challenges your fear of heights.
If you have a phobia of heights, this may not be the thing for you. However, a good healthy fear of heights is welcomed. Along the route, they do offer two escape routes if you want to end your experience early.
The final push to the pinnacle on the sheer face wall was exciting and rewarding once you reached the summit.
If the climb during the day is not challenging enough for you, they do offer full moon tours as well.
They do have a fresh water spicket available, and we strongly encourage you to bring your own lunch and at least 2 L of water per person.
All of the NROCKS team are very experienced and patient while guiding both beginning and advanced climbers.
Our tour was about four hours, however some tours go as fast as two hours, up to five hours. Ensure you bring plenty of sunscreen.
It was also great that when we were complete with the rock climbing portion, we took a little 4 x 4 ride down the mountain to base camp.
NROCKS Also provides lodging with several cabins nestled in the woods.
We had a great time and give NROCKS Outdoor Adventures a solid and honest thumbs up.
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US Route 250 - Monterey, Va west to the West Virginia State Line
Here is a video I shot the evening of August 5, 2012 starting around 7:30 pm. It was a rainy evening and some of the footage is not crisp. So, I did not do a full production.
This was filmed from my 95 BMW 525i. Trust me, this was a fun ride. Route 250 west of Staunton, VA is a roller coaster.
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Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia
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Spruce Knob Lake Campground, WV 6-14-17
Spruce Knob Lake Campground is located within the Spruce Knob Recreation Area in the Monongahela National Forest, Randolph County, West Virginia. This was our third time camping here and we enjoy it every time. The campground is about 1/3 of a mile from the lake. Thanks for watching!
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Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio - August 7, 2015
Roscoe Village is located in Coshocton, Ohio, United States, is a restored Ohio and Erie Canal town. Roscoe Village, was laid out in 1816, Roscoe was originally named Caldersburgh after its founder James Calder. After going bankrupt, the Coshocton merchant moved across the Muskingum River to some land he had somehow managed to retain. Setting up a store and naming the place after himself, Calder reasoned that the rural farmers would much rather do business in Caldersburgh than pay the twenty-five cents for the ferry over to Coshocton. In 1830, two prominent citizens petitioned the state legislature to rename the village Roscoe in honor of William Roscoe, the famous English author and abolitionist of the time.
The transformation of Roscoe from a small, sleepy community into a thriving port along the Ohio and Erie Canal came with the arrival of the canal and the landing of the first canal boat, the Monticello, on August 21, 1830. The Ohio and Erie Canal, which provided cheap transportation for people and goods, granted great economic development for communities along the waterway. With its status as the fourth largest wheat port on the canal, Roscoe’s prosperity ignited a chain of businesses in the area, including a blacksmith, a cooperage, a hotel, a mill, and several stores. State Route 16, which runs parallel to Roscoe today, is the location of the original Ohio and Erie Canal bed.
Until the great flood of 1913, the canals continued to operate, but the coming of the railroads marked the passing of the canal heyday. Along with the demise of the canal industry came the decline of Roscoe's prosperity, and the once thriving canal port and its beautiful Greek Revival buildings rapidly deteriorated.
In 1960, the idea of historical restoration in Roscoe came to prominence at the presentation of the Canal Days mural the distinguished American artist Dean Cornwell painted for Coshocton's 1961 Sesquicentennial Celebration. Cornwell chose a robust 1850s canal scene from Roscoe Village as the subject of his mural. This beautiful 24-foot-by-8-foot mural hangs today in Bank One of Coshocton while a smaller reproduction graces the lobby of the Roscoe Village Visitor Center.
Fascinated and inspired by the painting, retired Coshocton industrialist Edward E. Montgomery, and his wife, Frances, purchased the 1840 Toll House in August of 1968, thus beginning the restoration of Historic Roscoe Village. Roscoe Village would be, as Mr. Montgomery stated, a living museum so that people of the 20th century and succeeding ones could enjoy a visit back to the 19th century where aged brick buildings, hoop-skirted women, and quaint shops would bring the canal era back to life. Today, Roscoe Village is the result of more than 35 years of dedicated work.
The Foundation also purports to promote education with regard to life along the Ohio and Erie Canal in the mid 19th century. Living history is displayed and there are annual events which attract tourists from all over the country. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in the village, and features decorative arts, pioneer and Native American artifacts and local history displays.
The Elusive Main Entrance to the Sinks of Gandy Cave Near Spruce Knob, West Virginia
Armed with a county road map, a laptop and mapquest, I found this interesting site without too much trouble (my GPS unit was broken). The video begins as I walk toward the main entrance to the cave. I call it the main entrance because it is the opening into which the water is flowing.
The scenery around the cave is quite captivating. Sure, it is pretty much just a cattle field, but it's quite beautiful in its own right, due to the overwhelming greenery, plus with the beautiful scattering of limestone rocks and boulders of all different shapes and sizes littering the area, as well as the surrounding mountains and hilltops.
I had neither wading boots nor a flashlight, so I did not wander too far into either entrance to the cave (look for my other video showing the other entrance to the cave on the opposite side of the knoll as the one I am standing on in this video.)
At the entrance of this video, I stumbled upon a group of butterflies which seemed completely oblivious to my presence near them with a camera. They obviously were more concerned with attracting a mate, and their shenannagans in front of the camera for the world to see were quite amusing. I tried to keep up with them in flight, but, alas, even the butterfly with its completely erratic flight patterns proved to be too fast for me to keep up with my camera.
Also near the entrance to the cave were birds which would gracefully swoop down near the entrance and then back out away in to the distance, making an awesome and graceful parabolic arc upon their approach and reproach. I tried to get them on camera as well.
Both entrances to this cave are on private property. I do not make it a habit to trespass onto private property without a care or concern, and I'd ask that those watching this video do the same. The problem was that the area where this cave is is so sparsely populated that finding another human being proved to be the most difficult task of all. If I had found the property owner, I'd have definitely sought his/ her permission to explore the cave.
The camera I used to record these vids was my old 3.1mp digital. The green fields in real life are much greener than they appear in the video. The camera was having a difficult time picking up the colors, and compensating for the bright sunlight. The view in person is much nicer than my camera could capture! The camera also produced an annoying fluttering sound that can be heard on the video. On the day I visited, it was as quiet as a ghost town, with the only audible sounds being the gentle breezes, the water, and the cows grazing. In scenes of green fields where there is little or no sky visible, the camera was best able to capture the color. I do not know why my camera was making an annoying clicking sound each time it was trying to compensate for different light levels. I guess it is finally time to pitch the old trusty camera as it has now worn out its' usefulness.
Inside the cave, I shouted HELLO to hear the echo. I didn't exactly see anyone there when I was there.
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