Are Pirate (illegal) Rafting Trips a Big Deal?

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Understand why doing illegal rafting trips might not be worth the risk. The legal ramifications are severe and consiquences of an accident are even worse.

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Types of Whitewater Rafts (& Crafts)

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Understand the three main different types of rafts that are used to run whitewater rafting trips: oar boats, paddle boats, and gear boats.

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Selecting a Rafting Guide School

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How to select a whitewater rafting guide school or rowing clinic. Learn about how courses vary and what questions to ask before selecting a course.

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Whitewater Rafting Commands and Paddle Training

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A strong paddle talk combined with a thorough paddle training will get your crew performing at a high level making it much more fun to guide your raft down the river.

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Tuolumne Rafting Outfitters

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Guide to the four Tuolumne River rafting outfitters. Find the best option for you by learning the strengths of each company and how to contact them.

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Packrafting the Franklin River
Franklin River packrafting at Rock Island

Packrafting the Franklin River

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I can still taste the dread that swaddled me upon our arrival at the boat launch. We had anticipated the Franklin River packrafting trip for months and my sense of eager anticipation only grew during the misty, winding trip into the mountains toward the Collingwood River Bridge. I remember how the joy of seeing more echidnas in that three-hour drive than I had seen in an entire year in mainland Australia was suddenly snatched from my chest and replaced with fizzy, churning anxiety. The catalyst of my fear was an interpretive sign at the boater self-registration kiosk announcing the hazards that lay ahead of us—strainers, class IV+…

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Online Whitewater Resources

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Every website back in the day had a links page which was a great way to find other informational sites. Now that it doesn't help for SEO they all seem to have disappeared. Below is a list of whitewater resources I find helpful. We also have a page with information about raft repair companies. Online Guides Whitewater Guide Book Zach Collier of the Northwest Rafting Company has descriptions to an incredible number of whitewater rivers in the west. Cal Creeks Bill Tuthill's site has been around for decades and is still one of the most comprehensive resources of whitewater information on the web. Bill gets after it…

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Recommended Guidebooks and Reading
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Recommended Guidebooks and Reading

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While the internet is a great resource there is nothing like flipping through a whitewater guidebook while lounging on the couch dreaming of your next boating road trip. Or flipping through it on your extended road trip figuring out how to find put-in when there is no cell service. Scroll to books on California, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Oregon, and Instruction. Western Whitewater Guidebook  - Great descriptions on the classic rafting runs of the west.   California Thorough descriptions of classic California rivers Less in-depth than California Whitewater but covers way more runs. Best New Book on paddling California with a focus on Norcal. Best Field Guide to…

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Whitewater Rafting Guide School Packing List

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Thinking about doing a rafting guide school or rowing clinic. Here is guide school packing list of gear typically provided and required for rafting classes. Expect some variation in requirements depending upon when and where you are taking a course. Equipment Provided by Outfitters Multi-day courses usually provide basic safety gear for introductory courses and food for during the course but check to be sure. Helmets, lifejackets, dry bags, and group rafting gear.The first group meal will be Saturday lunch and the final meal will be the following Saturday lunch. WHAT TO BRING The critical gear for courses is having something that will keep you warm when…

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