Bridge Day 2021
Saturday October 16, 2021
Individual Registration Open Now!
Hello Bridge Day Rappelers!
With Bridge Day a few weeks away, I wanted to take a moment to update you with the latest information about our event and the current environment that we find ourselves in. As I believe most are aware, Bridge Day was cancelled last year due to COVID. This week the Bridge Day Commission held a vote on whether Bridge Day 2021 should continue as planned. As of this time, Bridge Day 2021 is still on. The Bridge Day Commission will be continuing to meet weekly up until the week of the event. These meetings will be used to ensure that no factors have changed that would cause Bridge Day to be cancelled and to work through options to help make the event run as smoothly as possible.
One point of concern has been voiced from the medical community has been the lack of available beds in the hospital system – both nearby and in the surrounding areas. Obviously, we cannot exactly predict what the state of the hospitals will be in the future. However, one condition of Rappelling / Highlines proceeding on Bridge Day would be that there would be available medical support for the rappelers if it were to be needed.
There will be specific requirements for Bridge Day attendees. Please note that these may change:
Masks will be required for all activities associated with the event. This includes:
* Friday Evening Meeting
* Throughout Bridge Day including:
* Morning Security Check,
* Walking to and from Bridge
* On the Catwalk
* In the Gorge on Bottom Belay
* On the Buses
* Masks will be optional for individuals when on rope and actively rappelling or ascending
* Masks may be removed when socially distanced to eat and drink. Please refrain from walking while eating and drinking and your mask is removed.
In summary – Bridge Day 2021 is currently still on! However, there will be specific requirements for attendees related to masks. Please note that it is possible that these requirements could change as the event draws closer. The Bridge Day Commission and State and Federal Organizations will continue to monitor the situation and update the requirements as needed and ensure it is possible to have a safe Bridge Day. If anyone has any specific questions, please let me know.
Personally, I always look forward to Bridge Day. While I understand there are differing opinions on the current pandemic, I would ask that everyone be respectful of each other and plan on following the requirements so everyone can enjoy the event and reconnect with folks we haven’t seen in several years. Please stay safe, and I hope to enjoy a great event with you in a few weeks.
Bridge Day is held annually on the third Saturday in October to commemorate the October 1977 completion of the New River Gorge Bridge. The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere; 3rd longest in the world. The Bridge is the 3rd highest bridge in the United States and the 13th highest bridge in the world. The New River Gorge Bridge is the 2nd highest vehicle-carrying bridge in the United States; the 5th in the world. The New River Gorge Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The New River Gorge Bridge is 876’ above the New River, the 2nd oldest river in the world. The New River is a National River, so designated by the National Parks Service in 1978. Bridge Day is one of the top 100 festivals in North America, and West Virginia’s largest one day festival. It is estimated that Bridge Day brings more than 3,000,000+ into the southern West Virginia economy each year.
Bridge Day is BASE jumpers, rappellers, high line riders, vendors, photographers, and the opportunity to walk across the New River Gorge Bridge.