HUMM Appalachians 2018

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness
Appalachians - Sep 14-16, 2018

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness Appalachians 2017.The HUMM is a unique 2-day, off-road motorcycle orienteering/geo-caching event in and around Canaan Valley State Park in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets and enjoy the fabulous riding. The trails and roads are amazing, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful - so gather your team and join us!

For those of you who would like to bring along your non-riding spouse / significant other, Canaan Valley Resort offers golfing, entertainment, spa, multiple restaurants and much more! The surrounding area boasts numerous activities including hiking, white water rafting, horseback riding and more!

If a picture is worth 1000 words, how much is a video worth?! Check out the official HUMM event trailer, then read on!

Thanks to Molly Stack, our awesome video editor, and to Ken Delathouwer, Ilija Perić, Patrick Trahan, David Hodgson, & Ashley Moule for video clips!

What is it?

Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is an off-road, competitive, motorcycle navigation challenge for teams of 2-4 bikes. For 2018, we plan events in the USA Granite Mountain in Arizona, the Canadian Monashees in British Columbia and the Appalachians in West Virginia. Events are 2 full-days of riding, and the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-)

"The best day's riding ever!"
"Ranks among the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences!"
"The best 48 hours of my life! (apologies to wife!)

Riders into woods. Photo by Nick Zacker.

Choose one of FOUR challenge classes for your team to participate!

  1. MAP SINGLES - Single-cylinder bikes navigating with a compass (no GPS);
  2. MAP MULTIS: Multi-cylinder bikes navigating with a compass (no GPS);
  3. GPS SINGLES: Single-cylinder bikes navigating with a GPS or satnav;
  4. GPS MULTIS: Multi-cylinder bikes navigating with a GPS or satnav.

Does your team have a combination of singles and multis? Choose the ONE challenge class your team will ride in and experience the unique pros and cons of each bike type.

Rocks galore at HUMM Appalachians!

Bikes need not be dedicated off-road specials but need to have a vague predilection for the dirt. So GS Adventure yes, Electric Glide in Blue, no. Knobbly tires a plus but by no means essential.

HUMM Appalachians - Riders coming over hill.

Each team gets the same map and a checkpoint booklet on Day 1. Each checkpoint gets its own page with a clear description of its location and a map reference. Crucially, the booklet is not a roadbook. No two teams ever take the same routes, there is no course as such. So you're never following a string of riders down the same dusty course!

Rider at HUMM Morocco.

The FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

More detailed answers to your questions that have come in over the years.

HUMM Appalachians 2018 Event Schedule

Day Zero - Sep 14, 2018

  • Arrive on site at the Canaan Valley Resort Hotel
  • Check in with event HQ. Room assignment. Check-in will be open from 12:00 to 18:00
  • Enjoy dinner at one of Canaan Valley's three restaurants (not included)
  • 19:00 - Check in reopens for late arrivals
  • 20:00 - Event briefing and questions answered

Day 1 and 2 - Sep 15-16, 2018

  • Maps and Booklets with all the check points will be handed out to you at 08:00 on Day 1! You can ride from 08:30-17:30 on Day 1 if you want, or use some time planning your route and preparing your bike. There is loads of room to do your planning.
  • Start / Finish Riding Time: 08:30-17:30 every day.
  • The score sheets are collected after each day's ride, and the team scores are posted.
  • On Day 2 at 18:00 the score sheets are collected for the final time, points totalled and the winners announced and trophies handed out at the HUMM Awards Dinner. A very congenial evening follows!
HUMM Morocco 2015 Awards Dinner.

The HUMM Event Fee includes:

  • 2 full days of 100% pure off-road adventure riding in the Appalachians! No stunts, no gimmicks!
  • A "HUMM-dinger" of a chance to test your navigation strategies!
  • HUMM Rockies team map and points sheets.

  • An exclusive HUMM technical t-shirt

HUMM Rockies synthetic, sweat-wicking t-shirt.

  • Team Map and HUMM Points Book
  • ALL First, Second and Third place Team Members in each class get a keeper Trophy!

HUMM Trophies.

  • One Spot satellite tracker rental for your team

HUMM team Spot trackers plus books.

  • Access to support and recovery services in case of breakdown or accident out on the trail or on the road. Our support and recovery team can provide first aid and transport to the nearest suitable facility as well as basic field repairs and motorcycle recovery. This service is provided on a 'best efforts' basis. See Registration Terms and Conditions for limitations.
  • Friday and Saturday evening Receptions (beer plus snacks) and Sunday evening Awards Dinner

PRE-HUMM OFF-ROAD SKILLS TRAINING (Sep 13-14, 2018)
- Registration open now!

Sign up for either 1 day or 2 days of training with Zacker Adventures at a special low price of $150 per day! Training takes place from 08:00 – 17:00 each day.

It's time to regain your riding legs. Maybe you've been brushing up on your map-and-compass skills, or indulged in some (friendly!) trash-talking with other teams, or recently got introduced to new team members. Getting excited?

Now, what if you could get an extra confidence boost by taking one or two days of off-road skills training just before doing the HUMM? Todd Zacker, of Zacker Adventures, is leading rider training. Put freshly-honed skills into immediate practice during the HUMM!

Zacker Adventures is an adventure motorcycle riding and training school, and the Event Partners for HUMM Appalachians 2017.

Who are these guys?

Zacker Adventures is an adventure motorcycle riding and training school for riders interested in improving their technique and skills.

"Our mission is to bring value to the ADV motorcycle community through knowledge, experience and instruction and to build a community of the 5% who use their bike for it's intended purpose and introduce the opportunity to at least 5% more."

Zacker Adventures is headed by Todd Zacker, who is an accomplished rider with 35+ years of off-road experience and 27+ years of on-road experience. He's raced AMA Pro Motocross and Supercross, AMA Pro Superbike and Supersport, and IJSBA Modified. Todd Zacker has instructed for Motorcycle Safety classes, Motocross Racing, Motorcycle Roadracing, and is First Aid CPR/AED certified.

Todd Zacker of Zacker Adventures.

 

Nick Zacker, the mastermind-to-be, is a young rider with many different styles of riding under his belt. He has 12 years of off-road experience riding an 85cc two stroke all the way to a 450cc four stroke. He made his transition to road at the age of 16 riding older sport bikes and getting right into big adventure bikes. He uses his skills learned from Todd over the years to control his big bike like someone who has been riding for 25-30 years.

Nick Zacker of Zacker Adventures.

What's covered?

Sep 13 - LEVEL 1: Slow-speed maneuvers. Key fundamentals for newer off-road riders and excellent tips for more experienced riders, and prepares all riders for the more advanced skills in Level 2.

Sep 14 - LEVEL 2: Intermediate-to-advanced maneuvers. For intermediate and advanced riders, and for those who took Level 1 training on Sep 13th. ​ ​

Class size is very limited to provide a high level of attention to each rider. This ensures a better training experience for all! Registration closes when we're full. For changes, please reply to your confirmation email. These classes do sell out quickly, so please reserve your spot early.

Zacker Adventures training video. Zacker Adventures Training Video.

All classes:

MANDATORY RIDING GEAR IS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. You'll receive more info about required gear after registration and well before the day, but assume good protective gear, and the bike must be road-legal and insured. For changes, please reply to your confirmation email.


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Rules of the HUMM:

  1. You must ride in a team of 2, to a maximum of 4 people, (minimum 2 bikes) so be sure to put together your team before registering as we need the names of all team members. If you cannot find someone to team with, go ahead and register for the event, note that you do not have a team partner, and we will match you with someone with a similar bike and riding skill level as best we can. Several past winners were matched up by us!
  2. Team Wilderness Wheels at HUMM Morocco 2015.

  3. Prizes will be awarded in 4 classes (subject to sufficient entrants):
    • Map Class
      • Singles
      • Multis
    • GPS Class
      • Singles
      • Multis

    Mixed off-road teams have the good and bad of each class to deal with, so can choose which class to be in.

  4. Two-up teams are ok, but there must be another vehicle in your team. We don't want solo bikes out alone.
  5. Team mates must ride together at all times! If you separate for any reason other than one bike is broken down and stopped or one rider is injured, and the other rider is going for help, you will be disqualified.
  6. No GPS allowed in the Map Class! You will be given a set of Event Map(s) and an Event Points Book. You may carry a smartphone, but are NOT allowed to use the GPS function. You may carry a GPS with map data of the area for emergency use only. It will be sealed in a tamper-proof plastic bag before you check out to ride. If the bag is opened for non-emergency purposes before returning to HUMM base, your team is disqualified. No other paper or digital map(s) of the event area other than those provided by HUMM organizers. Except for your GPS device (for emergency only), no laptops, tablets, or other digital devices that are capable of storing other map information.
  7. Special Rules for GPS Class! GPS or smart phones with GPS capabilities are allowed in this class, but we aren't supplying GPX co-ordinates, since we don't want it to be too easy. ;-) As with the MAP class, you will be given a set of Event Map(s) and an Event Points Book. No other paper or digital map(s) of the event area other than:
    a) paper maps provided by HUMM organizers, and
    b) electronic maps already loaded onto your GPS or GPS-enabled smartphone. No laptops, tablets, or similar devices.
  8. Start / Finish Time: 08:30-17:30 every day. You must check out and check in. Late returns lose points - really late returns lose lots of points! All team members must return together.
  9. Each checkpoint has a points value based on how far it is from the hotel combined with the degree of difficulty. The HUMM is all about spending several days navigating your way around the mountains and seeing as much great scenery as possible.
  10. Obtaining checkpoint info from another team is grounds for disqualification. In the event of a dispute or challenge, a photo at a checkpoint that matches the photo in the HUMM book will be required to verify the team has been to the checkpoint.

Facilities for a Fantastic Event

HUMM Appalachians 2018 will be based at the Canaan Valley Resort State Park in West Virginia. Canaan Valley Resort features a golf course, chairlift rides, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, large game room, exercise area, hiking trails, outdoor bonfire pit for group usage, tennis courts, bicycle rentals, Horseback Riding, Café, Dining Room, basketball courts, Laurel Lounge, geocaching, Quenchers Pub and clay sport shooting range... just to name a few things awaiting you.

Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

Lodge facilities include spacious guestrooms, kings and doubles. All guestrooms have incredible views of the valley and the mountains with small refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, and complimentary WI-FI in every room.

We have negotiated a discounted rate for accommodation at the resort. Camping is also available. Limited numbers of rooms are available at this rate, so do not delay - book directly with Canaan Valley Resort on 800-622-4121 and quote Horizons Unlimited.

Mark Carrera at Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

Accommodation at Canaan Valley Resort

Lodge Rooms - $109.00 Fri/Sat, $89 Sun (+ TAX 12% + $9 Resort Fee)

Each comfortably furnished room and suite includes:

  • Complimentary high-speed internet
  • 37-inch flat screen television
  • Refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot
  • Fully renovated bathrooms with granite countertops
  • Individual climate control
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Fireplace, balcony, and separate living and sleeping rooms (only in 1-bedroom suites)

Please note: no pets or smoking are allowed in lodge rooms.

Hotel room at Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

Family Cabins 2-4 BR - $147 - $181 per night (+ TAX 12% + $9 Resort Fee)

Immerse yourself in beautiful natural surroundings when you stay in our cabins and cottages. You'll love the rustic charm of our two-, three-, and four-bedroom family cabins, located only a half-mile from the main lodge. No matter which one you choose, you'll have mountains in your backyard and outdoor adventures to take advantage of year-round.

All cabins include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, toaster, and microwave
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Wood paneling
  • Baseboard heat
  • Telephone
  • Internet service
  • Flat screen television (Cable service is out at this time. Feel free to bring a HDMI cable along with your game station, dvd players, roku or other devices for television access).
  • Deck with charcoal grill, fire pit ring, and picnic table
  • Linen exchange (available at the main lodge's front desk)
  • *Bundled firewood and bonfire supplies are available for purchase at the main lodge's front desk and gift shop

Two-bedroom layouts sleep up to four and offer a room with one full-size bed and a room with two twin beds. Three-bedroom cabins sleep up to six and provide a room with one full-size bed and two rooms with two twin beds. Each four-bedroom cabin sleeps up to eight and features two bedrooms with one full-size bed and two bedrooms with two twin beds.

Please note: All cabins and cottages are smoke-free. If you're bringing pets, please let us know at time of booking. Call (800) 622-4121 to reserve a pet-friendly room after reviewing our pet policy.

Note: Maid service is available for an additional fee.

Camping (including RVs) at Canaan Valley Resort State Park

Choose from our 34 beautiful and affordable campsites, and get up-close and personal with your natural surroundings—while still having access to luxurious resort amenities. CVR State Park Map (PDF)

Canaan Valley Resort State Park sign.

Campsite amenities

  • Paved, wooded access with full hookups
  • Comfort station with laundry and shower facilities
  • Discharge station for self-contained units
  • Ice and firewood available for purchase
  • Leashed pets permitted
  • Sites hold 20' to 35' campers

Camping rates - $40 per site for first night, $34 per site for additional nights
+ TAX 12% & $9.00 Resort Fee

Call (800) 622-4121 for more information or to reserve your campsite.

Campground Map and Campground Information

Restaurants

With multiple on-site restaurants, you'll find dining options that suit any appetite at Canaan Valley Resort. Grab a quick bite before heading out for the day, or sit down with the family for a full meal. No matter what you're craving, satisfy it here.

Hickory Dining Room

Our main dining room offers daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner options every day throughout the year—as well as traditional holiday buffets. The glass-walled room features a panoramic view of the valley and a fireplace in the center, so every seat is the best one in the house.

Hickory Dining Room, Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

Laurel Lounge

Unwind from the day's activities at our full-service bar. The lounge offers appetizers, wings, made-to-order pizza, and much more—including live entertainment throughout the year!

Seasons Cafe

Looking for lighter fare? The Seasons Cafe has a full menu of healthy options that are sure to satisfy. Fresh, made-to-order breakfast and sandwiches will fill you up and give you the energy to keep exploring. (But there's always room for dessert, so top off your meal with a handmade milkshake!)

Beech Club Pool & Fitness Center

Start your day with a swim or indulge in a relaxing sauna session. Our Beech Club Pool & Fitness Center includes:

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Whirlpool spa
  • Sauna
  • Fitness center

*Please note: The is amenity is free to lodge, cabin, and cottage guests. Campground guests and members of the public may gain access for $7 per day. Pool passes include access to the outdoor pool when in season (Memorial Day—Labor Day).

Canaan Valley Resort Beech Club Pool, West Virginia.

The Spa at Canaan Valley Resort

Treat your body and mind to a rejuvenating session at The Spa at Canaan Valley Resort. Pamper yourself with a wide variety of services specific to women and men of all ages:

•Massages
•Soothing Skin Care Facials
•Spa Day Packages
•Spa Specials

Golf Course

Practice your swing while surrounded by breathtaking views of the West Virginia countryside. Our 18-hole, par 72 golf course features 65 sand bunkers and eight water hazards, providing the perfect amount of challenge for experienced and novice golfers alike.

Golf course at Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

Outdoor Pool

Swim in our outdoor pool or take swimming lessons from one of our experienced instructors. Either way, you'll be surrounded by beautiful mountain vistas and take in plenty of sun. Lifeguards are on duty during pool hours, and we have towels, locker rooms, and vending machines available on site. Note: The pool is free to resort guests. 

Turtle Slide Tube Ride

Climbing Wall & Eurobungy

Reach new heights on the climbing wall at Canaan Valley Resort. Three climbers can scale the climbing wall at one time, so you can race your friends to the top! 

Don't feel like climbing? See how high you can jump on the Eurobungy—and, if you're feeling adventurous, try doing a few flips.

Geocaching (for the non-riders!)

Scenic Chairlift

Get a breathtaking bird's eye view of the valley and Allegheny Mountains from our chairlift. The picturesque landscape becomes even more so in the fall as the leaves change and surround you in a sea of color. It's the best seat in the house.

Ride the lift both ways, or get off at the top and hike the two miles back to base camp. Whichever you choose, you won't be disappointed. Please note: Guests are required to wear close-toed shoes on the lift.

Hiking and Biking

Explore 18 miles of marked trails that take you through the region's best scenery. No matter which section or season you choose, you'll see woodlands, streams, meadows, and wildlife when you hike or bike on our trails. Many of them are linked with the million-acre Monongahela National Forest, too, so each adventure gives you a different view of the best that West Virginia has to offer. Trail Map (PDF - 6.4 MB)

Mark Carrera at Canaan Valley Resort, West Virginia.

I've already registered - I just want to pay!

HUMM APPALACHIANS 2018 PRICING

Includes Map and Event Book for each team; Certificate of Completion, Commemorative T-shirt and Support Package as above for each Rider and Pillion (Passenger); Awards Dinner included for all attendees including Non-Riders. Accommodation and all other meals not included. All prices are in USD $.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Rider

Pillion (Passenger)

Awards Dinner Guest

June 30, 2018

$299

$129

$49

Aug 14, 2018

$349

$149

$49

Late registration prices AFTER AUG 13, 2018

$399

$169

$49

NOTE: There is no 'On the Day' pricing - you must pre-register to enter!



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Local Organizer

Mark Carrera is the lead organizer of HUMM Appalachians 2018. We are grateful to Mark for bringing this event to West Virginia, and for all his hard work!

Mark Carrera, HUMM Appalachians Organizer.

Supported by ZACKER ADVENTURES

Zacker Adventures is the event partner for HUMM Appalachians 2017.

HUMM Appalachians is supported by Todd and Nick Zacker of Zacker Adventures.

Zacker Adventures will also be offering 2 days of rider training prior to HUMM Appalachians - sign up here!

Articles about the HUMM

HUMM-ONGOUS FUN IN THE APPALACHIANS

ADVMOTO 2017 Event Report by Jim Cowgill and Lukas Eddy

HUMM Appalachians article in ADVMoto Magazine.

"The diversity of bikes was refreshing, from two-up riders on a big KTM, to a barely legal two-stroke and everything in between - riders of all kinds showed up for the fun. There's actually no 'best' bike for this event, because the varied terrain lets riders experience the merits and drawbacks of whatever equipment they have. Regardless of your skill or ride, anyone can have fun competing in a HUMM!"

ADVMoto, March/April 2018 issue is on the newstands now! Read the HUMM article here.


ROCKY MOUNTAIN MADNESS WITH HORIZONS UNLIMITED

Motorcycle Mojo review of HUMM Rockies, by Emily Roberts

Motorcycle Mojo June 2017 article on HUMM Rockies.

"Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) is geared toward the regular motorcyclist wanting to challenge his or her navigational and riding skills. The challenge features different classifications for riders based on single- and multi-cylinder engines, and GPS or map and compass categories.

Extreme scenery and challenging riding make this competition a must for any experienced trail rider.

Overall, this event was absolutely incredible and well organized. A large variety of rider groups and skill levels had participated. We saw everything from XT250s from the '80s to brand-new 1190 Adventures and even a Moto Guzzi Stelvio. Some riders were competitive, while others were there just for the experience."

Motorcycle Mojo June 2017 issue can be purchased from the magazine here. Read the HUMM article here.

Comments about the HUMM:

"The best 48 hours of my life!"

"The trails we took were jaw droppingly beautiful. The overall location was amazing."

"Good atmosphere, shared knowledge and a great chance to develop skills old and new."

"Thanks for the event guys great work. The riding was great & it came with fantastic scenery."

"Thanks for organising the HUMM. I had such a good time and made friendships which are set to last a long time."

"You are to be congratulated on creating and running such a brilliant and unique event. Surely ranks amongst the top ten 'best fun' biking experiences I've had the pleasure to be involved in."

"Beautiful scenery, good mix of easy/challenging terrain, aircon garage for bikes/spannering, great mix of people, well organised."

"We had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves, so from us a massive thank you, and we are looking forward to next year."

"We'll be back! I can't believe all the trails and how good they are - it's just amazing! WELL worth the trip down!"

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download a poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your bike club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in PDF format (1.4 Mb):

HUMM Appalachians 2018 Poster.

Postcard in PDF format (0.5 Mb):

HUMM Appalachians 2018 Postcard.

Postcard 4-up in PDF format (0.7 MB)

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Thanks! Danke! Merci! Gracias! Obrigado!

HUMM Appalachians Venue Location

Canaan Valley Resort State Park
230 Main Lodge Road
Davis, WV 26260 USA
North 39 degrees 01.450'
West 079 degrees 27.889'
(304) 866-4121


Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center

Located in the Allegheny Mountains of north central West Virginia at an elevation of 3,300 feet. The resort is surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and is adjacent to the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge as well as the Dolly Sods Wilderness area.

Driving directions

From the North (Cleveland, OH / Pittsburgh, PA)

Take I-79 S to Morgantown, WV.
From Morgantown, take I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD.
Follow Rt. 42 S until it intersects with Rt. 219 S at McHenry, MD.
Stay on Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD to Thomas, WV.
At Thomas, take Rt. 32 S to Canaan Valley.

From the South (SW Virginia, Carolinas, Southern WV)

I-77 North of Beckley.
Rt. 19 North to I-79.
I-79 North to Weston.
East on Rt. 33 to Harman.
From Harman, take Rt. 32 North to Canaan Valley.

From the East (Metro DC, N. Virginia)

Follow I-66 West to I-81 South
Exit I-81 at US 48/VA55 (Exit #296) and follow west to Wardensville, WV.
In Wardensville, US 48 becomes 4 lanes.
Follow US 48 West to Davis, WV.
Turn left on Rt. 32 South and follow 11 miles to entrance of Canaan Valley Resort.

From Charlottesville, VA / Richmond, VA / Tidewater Region

Take I-64 W to I-81 N.
Stay on I-81 N to Harrisonburg VA.
At Harrisonburg, follow Rt. 33 W to Harman, WV.
At Harman, take Rt. 32 N to Canaan Valley.

From the West (Columbus, OH/Parkersburg, WV)

Rt. 50 East out of Parkersburg, WV to Clarksburg, WV.
From Clarksburg take I-79 South to Exit 99.
Follow Rt. 33 East through Elkins WV to Harman, WV
Turning left on Rt. 32 north to Canaan Valley.

Information about the area (from Canaan Valley Resort website)

No trip to Canaan Valley is complete without a bit of exploration. Rich history and untouched nature await you in the surrounding area.

Blackwater Falls

Witness panoramic views of the half-mile wide canyon, one of West Virginia's most photographed sites. Multiple observation points along the trail lead up to the falls.

Blackwater Falls, West Virginia.

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy 31 miles of hiking, hunting, and fishing opportunities year-round in the refuge's 16,225 acres of protected land. Watch educational exhibits, films, and displays at the visitor center.

Dolly Sods Wilderness Area

Pack a picnic and head to this 10,215-acre property on the Allegheny Plateau, featuring unique plant life, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, and picnic and camping areas. The area is accessible year-round, but visitors should use caution as storms can develop rapidly.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad

Catch a ride—and an eagle sighting—on this diesel-powered, open-window coach train. The 3.5-hour narrated excursion takes you through beautiful scenery in the South Branch of the Potomac River.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad.

Smoke Hole Caverns

See spectacular stalactites, stalagmites, and other natural formations that have been millions of years in the making. Step into the West Virginia underground and be amazed by the dazzling, multi-colored scenery that awaits! Tours are offered throughout the year.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Check out the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully-steerable dish in the world. Take a guided tour through the observatory and learn something new at the hands-on science center.

NROCKS Outdoor Adventures

Climb to the top, or take the zip line down—these thrilling summits offer adventure for everyone and fun for the whole family!

Canopy Tour Zip Line, NROCKS, West Virginia.

Mountain Trail Rides

Ride horseback through Canaan Valley and see the mountains and landscape from a new perspective. A petting zoo and pony rides are available for children.

Blackwater Outdoor Adventures

Raft down West Virginia's whitewater rapids in the mighty Cheat River. The rapids give you an adrenaline rush in the spring, and then turn to family-friendly rafting throughout the summer.

Appalachian Glass

Watch glass blowing demonstrations at one of West Virginia's only remaining glass art studios.

More details on these and other attractions at Canaan Valley Resort's website.

HUMM Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend the HUMM, please let us know so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Please note: Facebook posts and HUBB private messages are very apt to get missed so don't rely on them! Please reply to your confirmation e-mail from us, so it gets to the right person!

Up to 30 days before the event, we will refund all fees in full less a $50 (or €45 or £40) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Within 30 days of the event, there will be NO refunds unless we cancel. Substitutions will be allowed, but the substitute must register online, and comment that they are substituting for you, and you need to confirm it.

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