West Virginia Wild Weekend
Explorer Chick Wild is an inspiring weekend in West Virginia dedicated to that inner “wild” residing in all women! While New River Gorge camping and whitewater rafting, you’ll gather with dozens of rad chicks for a women’s weekend of outdoor activities, a female outdoor adventurer keynote speaker, endless adventures, and plenty of she-nanigans!
Thursday: Welcome Dinner – 80’s Rock Party!
We kick off the weekend on Thursday with check-in’s, taking time to set up your camp, and commencing Wild with a Welcome Dinner.
This year we’re shaking it up with a Thursday Throwback. It’s the Bitchin’ 80’s, baby! So get that bodacious bod decked out for dinner in your loudest make-up, funkiest outfit, and biggest hair. We’ll kick start the Weekend SHE-nanigans with totally tubular contests, games, an ice breakers. And you betcha there will be a campfire dance party with Madonna, the King of Pop, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Prince, Tina, A-Ha, and more.
And don’t you worry: The 5th annual Explorer Chick Cribs is on. Our Explorer Chick Team will tour our Basecamp looking for the most decked-out camp set up to proclaim this year’s champion!
Friday: Guided Outdoor Activity Options
Friday is your Free Day! You’ll have the option to add Half Day and Full Day guided adventures. Choose from rock climbing, kayaking, SUP, boating, an aerial course, and ziplining. Got your own gear and expertise? Then meet up with other Explorer Chicks to embark on your own adventures in the New River Gorge!
New for 2021 is the Aerial Ropes Course and the Bridge Walk – a daring walk across the catwalk 25′ below the New River Gorge Bridge.
Friday Evening: Keynote Speaker – Khadijah Diggs
On Friday evening we will have the inspiring Khadijah Diggs sharing her story with you while we chow down on dinner. Khadijah is a Mother, Project Manager and a Team USA and Silver Ironman All-World Triathlete. She’s also is the first African-American Woman to be a member of the U.S. Long Course Triathlon Team and the first Hijabi to represent the U.S. in any Multisport event. Her MISSION? To Promote a Positive Image of Muslim Women and Islam in General through Sport.
“Training and racing started off as my therapy to recover from a failing marriage and the loss of loved ones to cancer. It has remained that but has also become how I express myself and share who I am as Muslim, a Mother and a Woman.”
Her GOAL is to open dialogue and connect women of all backgrounds on a personal level by sharing common experiences, joys and struggles through healthy living, group training and healthy competition. “I have learned traveling all over the country and the World to race, that at the core, we are more the same than different. The struggles of motherhood and just being female are universal and it binds us as women.”
She is also the creator, mentor and coach of the Diversity Inclusion Syndicate (Disk) with the goal of diversifying the landscape of Triathlon. Through the program she intends to change the world one race at a time. By coaching 3-4 athletes per year with minimal cost, she is expanding on that mission as her athletes continue to pay it forward.
She’ll share and spark conversations about being Muslim in the sports space, being a mother, the pressure for women to give and give, and that as women we all share a common thread.
Wanna sneak peak? Hear her chat with Sarah on the Tough Girl Podcast.
Saturday: Whitewater Rafting
On Saturday morning Explorer Chicks take to the New River for an adrenaline pumping full day whitewater rafting adventure! The New River won’t know what hit it when boats loaded full of Explorer Chicks go head to head with up to Stage 5 Rapids! Bring it on!
We’ll share our final meal together on Saturday night to watch our rafting movie (starring you!) and reliving our rafting adventure!
Sunday is the saddest day of the weekend: departure day. We’ll pack up camp, share hugs, and say our “See you later!”s.
New River Gorge Camping – Beginner Friendly!
It all goes down at the exclusive Explorer Chick Mountaintop Camp on the ACE Adventure Resort property. You’ll bring your camping gear to share a space with perfect strangers (but not for long!).
- Never been camping?
- A little nervous?
- No idea how to set up your tent?
- Don’t own a tent?
Perfect! You’re not alone. That’s why our Explorer Chick guides will be at camp helping with set up. We’re like you’re personal tent poppin’ pit crew. If you don’t own a tent or can’t find one to borrow, you’ll have the option to rent a 4 person Tent with 4 Sleeping pads for $35 at booking. And, we’re car camping. This means you’ll be camping steps away from your vehicle all night long. You’ll also receive a Travel Guide at booking that includes a detailed packing list to get your started.
It’s just a short drive from Explorer Chick Camp to limitless adventure in the New River Gorge National Park including lakes, rivers, rock faces, hiking, and mountain bike trails. ACE Adventure Resort is home to miles of hiking and mountain biking trails for you to explore.
Each night you’ll retell stories around a raging bonfire with your newest friends! (S’mores included!)
Tent and slumber rentals and other lodging options are available. Please see details below.
Wonderland Water Park
All weekend, you’ll have access to the Wonderland Water Park, ACE’s inflatable water park located on the property. (In one word: Blob! It’s what childhood summer camp dreams are made of!)
To join the party, you’ll need to register for your spot! At check out, you’ll have the option to add guided adventures on Friday to pack more adventure into your weekend. Please keep in mind space is limited on the optional excursions.
- Meet up with Explorer Chicks you traveled with in the past or experience Explorer Chick for the very first time!
- Whitewater raft the Lower New River tackling up to Stage 5 rapids
- Cool off and play like a kid at the Inflatable Water park including the Blob
- Every evening gather with Explorer Chicks for a picnic style community dinner
- Be inspired Friday night by our Outdoors Woman keynote speaker
- Unwind each night around the bonfire roasting marshmallows and sipping, well, whatever!
- Whether traveling solo or in a group, you’ll quickly forge new friendships with outdoor adventurous women!
- Crank up your weekend with optional adventures including Rock climbing, an Aerial Course, SUP, Boating, Kayaking, or Zip lining.
- Explore the New River Gorge on your own or with other Explorer Chicks – Hiking, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Swimming, and more!
- 3 nights of camping at the Exclusive Explorer Chick Mountaintop camp site – Hot showers and Flush Toilets within walking distance
- Full day Lower New River Whitewater Rafting (16′ Raft) including a hot lunch on Saturday – Option to upgrade to 14′ Raft $15
- 3 Dinners: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- 3 day Access to the Wonderland Inflatable Water Park
- Inspiration from an inspiring Outdoors Women during our Friday night dinner (Speaker TBA)
- Commemorative Explorer Chick Shirt
- Tons of new adventurous gal pals and unforgettable stories!
*Packages do NOT include your airfare, airport transportation, alcoholic beverages, or costs for additional activities.
*Packages do not include Tips for your Guides. We recommend $15-30 tip for your Rafting Guide. For optional activities 10-20%. We strongly encourage you to recognize your Guides personally for their hard work and keeping you safe.
*Explorer Chick reserves the option to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, or other unforeseen incidents.
*If you choose not to do a specific activity, it cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Explorer Chick will go on RAIN OR SHINE! This is an outdoor event. Please plan accordingly.
All Half Day Optional Adventures take place on Friday (Morning and Afternoon) and Sunday (Morning).
Upper Gorge Climb/Rappel: A great intro to rock climbing and rappelling for beginners. Located on ACE’s private climbing property.
CHECK IN: Morning Session: 7:30 AM. Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM. TRIP LENGTH: 4.5 HOURS. Capacity: 40. $89
Zip Lining: Tour the treetops of West Virginia with a bird’s eye view of the New River Gorge on a World Record Winning Zipline.
Trips will depart in waves beginning for Morning Sessions at 7:30 AM and Afternoon Sessions at 12:45 PM. You will be notified of your precise start time.
TRIP LENGTH: 3.5 HOURS. Capacity: 15/Wave; Unlimited. Weight requirement: 70-250 lbs. $99
Aerial Adventure Park: Challenge yourself 45′ above the ground on this aerial course. It requires grit, determination, and a little upper body strength. You will be notified of your precise start time.
TRIP LENGTH: 3 HOURS. Capacity: 15/Wave; Unlimited. Weight requirement: 70-250 lbs. $65
SUP 101 on the New River: Learn Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the New River while working your balance, core, and shoulders.
CHECK IN: Morning Session: 7:30 AM. Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM. TRIP LENGTH: 4.5 HOURS. Capacity: 14. $89
Mountain Lake Kayaking: Explore the beautiful sandstone cliffs of Summersville Lake while paddling in a sit-on-top kayak.
CHECK IN: Morning Session: 7:30 AM. Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM. TRIP LENGTH: 4.5 HOURS. Capacity: 15. $89
Bridge Walk: Take the walk of your life across the catwalk 25′ underneath the New River Gorge Bridge. You’ll walk the entire length of the bridge high above the river with plenty of time to snap photos along the way. Throughout the entire time, you’ll have an interpretive guide sharing the history of the bridge and more.
CHECK IN: Morning Session: 8:45 AM. Afternoon Session: 12:45 PM. TRIP LENGTH: 3 HOURS. Capacity: Unlimited. $80. Departs off property approximately 20 minutes away.
Summersville Lake Pontoon Adventure: Spend a full day playing on Summersville Lake with a Pontoon boat. Your boat comes with all the equipment to rock climb, kayak, SUP, and swimming. Your captain will be your guide out on the lake taking you to all the secret spots, waterfalls, and best places to play. Meal included. Pack a swimsuit, towel, and extra snacks and water. Optional: Climbing shoes or water shoes. No alcohol permitted on the boat. Available Friday and Sunday mornings.
CHECK IN: 8 AM. TRIP LENGTH: 6 HOURS. Capacity: 8. $129
4 Person Tent with 4 Sleeping Pads – $35
Slumber Package with 1 Sleeping Bag and 1 Pillow – $18
Option to upgrade from a 16′ to a 14′ boat. With a shorter boat and fewer people, it can be a more wild ride! $15
*You are responsible for setting your schedule of guided adventures. Arrival times, day, and approximate trip lengths for each is included in the info when purchasing tickets. All trip length durations are approximate. Actual duration may and will vary. Check-in times are subject to change. Spots are limited.
*All guided activities are open to all skill levels.
*Half Day Adventures are curated to be booked back to back if desired (ie. Embark on a morning and afternoon session)
*For full details on all guided adventures, including restrictions and what to bring, please see Ace Adventure Resort’s website.
Explorer Chick Wild is going down at the ACE Adventure Resort.
You will receive a travel guide attached to your booking confirmation with all the information you’ll need to prepare for your epic trip!
1 Concho Road
Minden, WV 25879
Check-in: Thursday, June 18, 2020 3 PM – 6 PM – Late Check-in’s will be redirected to the main office at ACE.
Check out: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 10 am.
Explorer Chick will officially kick off the weekend Thursday at 7pm with our Welcome Dinner.
Traveling by air:
The closest major airport is Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV (CRW). ACE Adventure Resort is located approximately 56 miles and just over an hour from the airport.
It is recommended that you join the Facebook Event page. There you can meet other Explorer Chicks, but also arrange car pools. Don’t be shy! Invite an Explorer Chick to share gas, stories, and road trip music jams!
Camping: Mountaintop camping at the exclusive Explorer Chick Camp is included. It is car camping style so you can drive right up to your spot. Pack your tents and all of your favorite camping essentials to set up your pop up home among your newest friends.
Tent and Slumber Rentals: Flying in and don’t want to check your gear? Don’t yet own camping gear? Then rent it! When you register for Wild you will be able to add a tent rental and a slumber rental to your ticket. Your tent will be set up at the Explorer Chick Camp and assigned when you arrive. Rates are for all three nights and details are below:
Tent $35 – A 4 person tent with four 1″ sleeping pads.
Slumber Package $18 – One sleeping bag and pillow.
Cabins: If you want to camp like a queen in one of ACE’s cabins, contact ACE directly. Ask for Agnes and mention you are an Explorer Chick. 877-787-3982. You will still need to register for the event for full access to Explorer Chick Wild.
RVs and Campers: ACE has limited number of spaces available for RVs and Campers. To reserve a RV spot, please book directly with ACE. Ask for Agnes and mention you are an Explorer Chick. 877-787-3982. You will still need to register for the event for full access to Explorer Chick Wild.
Because food is at the forefront of all Explorer Chick’s minds!
Your Wild Pass includes 4 meals: Thursday Dinner, Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch and Dinner. Vegetarian diets will be accommodated. For other dietary restrictions, please be prepared to supplement the included meals if needed.
For the rest of the weekend, your options are endless!
Pack your food: Yep! We’re camping so pack your camp stove, burner, and cooler to cook your favorite fireside meals. There are no grills at the campsite, so plan accordingly! Ice can be purchased at ACE’s Welcome Center.
Ace Adventure Resort: Ace has 3 restaurants and grills conveniently located on their property.
Local eateries: There are great local eateries located outside of the resort properties. Our favorite is Pies & Pints.
Fuel for your Adventures: However you intend to satiate your appetite at meal time, remember to pack snacks and fuel for your adventures! Trail mix, bars, Gu’s. However you fuel, pack it so you don’t bonk mid-adventure.
Grocery Stores: There are major grocery stores including Kroger and Walmart just 15 minutes from Ace Adventure Resort if you need to stock up.
What in the world do you need to bring to Explorer Chick Wild? Here’s a list to get you started!
- Camping gear
- Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow
- Cookware – Stove, pots, plate, utensils
- Day Pack
- Foldable Chair
- Refillable water bottle or hydration pack
- Fuel for your adventures
- Personal clothing
- Hiking boots/Trail shoes/Gym shoes
- Swimsuit and towel
- Rain gear – jacket, poncho, etc
- Toiletries – Shampoo, soap, bath towel, personal medications, etc
- Headlamp and spare batteries
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Bug spray
- Cash – Souvenirs, Guide Tips, Food, etc
- Adventure Gear – Mountain Bike, Climbing Shoes, Trekking Poles, etc
- Explorer Chick Gear – Check out our Shop!
- Your inner Wild Woman
For Whitewater Rafting:
- Swimsuit and shorts (No towels!)
- Sun block
- River shoes or sandals with straps
- Cotton is not recommended!
- Leave behind your jewelry and wallets locked inside your car
*Please refer to Ace Adventure Resort for any adventure specific gear required.
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