Each rappel team must have people at the bottom of the rappel to monitor the rope and know how to bottom belay. The Bottom Pass is not for those people rappelling. Anyone at the bottom (i.e., beneath the Bridge near the ropes) on Bridge Day not rappelling must have a Bottom Pass. You must be a member of a team. Bottom pass individuals need to complete an online application September 1-20.
Bridge Day History
On the third Saturday in October, the Fayette County Plateau Chamber of Commerce hosts Bridge Day to commemorate the October, 1977 completion of the New River Gorge Bridge. The first official Bridge Day was celebrated in 1980. The New River Gorge Bridge is the world’s third longest steel arch bridge with a main span of 1,700 feet. At 876 feet above the New River, the New River Gorge Bridge is the third highest bridge in the United States and the thirteenth highest bridge in the world.
Bridge Day is unique in that it is the only day visitors may walk across the bridge. Purchasing the Bottom Pass allows you to be underneath the bridge as a spectator while participants rappel. Individuals underneath the bridge without a pass will not be permitted to stand or spectate in that area.