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Westham Gauge
Gauge Height: 5.76'
Flow: 7370 cfps
Above 5' life jacket required

Trail Conditions: Richmond

James River Park System trails are ready for your two wheels
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 3:48am
Low Tide: 11:06am

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Coming Soon: Downtown RVA Osprey Cam

Yesterday was an exciting day on the river for RichmondOutside.com. For a couple of years now we’ve batted around the idea of putting a camera on an osprey or eagle …

By Andy Thompson | February 21, 2017 | Posted In: Climbing, James River, Paddling, Uncategorized

Caving in RVA?

First, let’s discuss common misconceptions about Caves in VA There are no caves in RVA Sad but true! Richmond is home to one of the nation’s oldest caving groups, though, …

By Jason Hart | July 23, 2015 | Posted In: Climbing

Destination Nepal – Before & After the Earthquake

  In 2011, I spent over three months in Nepal traveling and kayaking in various remote areas.  During that time I developed a strong connection and marvel for a country …

By Patrick Griffin | June 10, 2015 | Posted In: Climbing, Features, Hiking, Paddling, Upcoming Events

Outdoors “Stupidity” Explored at Green Life

EDITORS NOTE: Due to the inclement weather forecast for Thursday evening, this event has been postponed. Check back for a makeup date.   Green Life Adventure Sports and Peak Experiences Indoor Rock …

By Andy Thompson | March 3, 2015 | Posted In: Climbing, Environment

Trekking the Himalayas: The local view from the top of the world

Could a return to Nepal compare with our technical climbing and mountaineering success there in 2000? Knowing that a real mountaineering route would be harder fourteen years later, could we …

By Harvey Lankford and Remi Sojka | January 12, 2015 | Posted In: Climbing, Features

American Alpine Club seeks to energize RVA’s climbing community

Of the many great outdoor activities for which Richmond is known, climbing may not top the list. However, if you look closely, you will find a community of dedicated climbers …

By Rick De Jarnette | December 7, 2014 | Posted In: Climbing

‘Friends’ report: JRPS usage dwarfs other area attractions

If you’re a James River Park System user, you might already know about the Friends of the James River Park and the regular newsletter they send out. It’s full of valuable information …

By Andy Thompson | December 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Trail Running

Counters show sky-high James River Park usage

Back in late May, I reported on the installation of counters — vehicle and infrared — at seven different units of the James River Park. The counters were made possible …

By Andy Thompson | September 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Running, Trail Running

‘America’s Footpath,’ a plane crash, and first ascents in the Blue Ridge

The land, seas, and skies have been crossed time and time again, but there are still mountains we have yet to summit. Climbers will battle earth and ice for years …

By Kevin Surmacewicz | June 30, 2014 | Posted In: Climbing, Features

Chesterfield champions the outdoors

If you haven’t noticed, Richmond’s outdoor scene is getting a lot of national attention lately. In 2012 Richmond was named “Best River Town” by Outside Magazine. Dominion Riverrock has grown …

By Lorne Field | June 18, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Features, Hiking, James River, Paddling

Amazing aerial footage of Riverrock 2014

Brandon Montijo can do some really cool things with a drone. The local multimedia producer, and owner of Tijo Media, will, from time to time, put short, outdoors-focused videos he’s …

By Andy Thompson | May 28, 2014 | Posted In: Climbing, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Running, Trail Running

Riverrock starts today

There’s some great Riverrock coverage in today’s Times-Dispatch. If you plan on heading down sometime this weekend, here’s your schedule of events. This is Riverrock’s fifth year and every year they …

By Andy Thompson | May 17, 2013 | Posted In: Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddling

Dominion Riverrock on the horizon

Dominion Riverrock, Richmond’s riverlife celebration starts this Friday and runs through Sunday. Last year over 65,000 people attended the event over the three days. And the weather looks to be …

By Andy Thompson | May 14, 2013 | Posted In: Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Road Biking

Tree climbing competition arrives for Arbor Day

Bill Lohmann has a nice piece on the front of the Metro section of today’s Times-Dispatch on the tree-climbing competition coming to Richmond next weekend. The 2013 Mid-Atlantic Chapter International …

By Andy Thompson | April 1, 2013 | Posted In: Climbing

Richmond leads early “Best Town Ever” voting

In today’s T-D I offer my take on what it could mean for Richmond to win Outside Magazine’s “Best Town Ever” contest. This year the focus of the contest is …

By Andy Thompson | June 15, 2012 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Road Biking

2012 Riverrock draws record crowds

The crowds were huge; the competitions were epic; the weather was perfect. If you didn’t make it down to Dominion Riverrock this past weekend. You missed one heck of a …

By Andy Thompson | May 21, 2012 | Posted In: Climbing, Mountain Biking, Paddling

Riverrock to add day, new events

The Sports Backers announced today that they’ll be enlarging their footprint, adding a day and three events to Dominion Riverrock — the popular festival and celebration of river-centric recreation. The 4th …

By Andy Thompson | December 13, 2011 | Posted In: Climbing, Mountain Biking, Paddling
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