Encouraging visitors to try new outdoor activities, rangers at North Bend State Park this weekend are offering introductory courses in kayaking, rappelling, mountain biking.
Park rangers and activity guides will provide instruction in an affordable group format during the daylong Introduction to Adventure event, according to park superintendent Steve Jones.
Along with skill development, instructors will share information about equipment and how to get started, Jones said.
Sessions are fee-based, and registration is at the front desk at the North Bend Lodge or by calling 304-643-2931. Registration is open until June 9 or June 10 if space is still available.
More information about this weekend event and similar park programs is available at North Bend State Park.
9 a.m., North Bend Base Camp
Mountain Biking basics and skills is a four-hour session that includes instruction on maintenance, adjusting your bike’s fit, peddling cadence, how to get the most out of your gears, controlling your speed, balance, the ready position and simple obstacles. Students will ride on the park’s trails to work on braking techniques, cornering, handling terrain, picking lines and putting it all together and making it flow like surfing through the woods. The class fee is $35 per person and includes equipment. Lunch is not included.
10 a.m., North Bend Lodge
Introduction to belaying and rappelling is a 2.5-hour session designed to introduce you to the sport of rappelling safely. With a six-to-one guest/guide ratio, the course will include introduction, all equipment, safety instruction, and belaying and rappelling techniques. The class is $65 per person and includes necessary equipment. Lunch is not provided.
6 p.m., Cokeley Boathouse
Kayak Basics is a two-hour excursion designed to introduce and improve basic flat water skills while enjoying the natural environment of North Bend State Park from a different perspective. This course includes safety information, balance, basic paddle strokes and all the required equipment. The class is $35 per person.
About North Bend State Park
North Bend State Park is located near Cairo and Harrisville in Ritchie County. Open year-round, the park is popular for its hiking and bird watching. North Bend Lake (305 acres) is home to a large population of red-headed woodpeckers and other watchable wildlife from kayak. To learn more about North Bend State Park, park activities, events and accommodations, visit www.northbendsp.com or call 304-643-2931.