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Packrafting the Franklin River

  • Post last modified:August 29, 2023
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Me and My packraft 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…

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Online Whitewater Resources

  • Post last modified:May 29, 2022
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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

  • Post last modified:February 8, 2024
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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, International and Instruction. Western Whitewater Guidebook Great descriptions on the classic rafting runs of the west.   California Less in-depth than California Whitewater but covers way more runs. Thorough descriptions of classic California rivers 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

  • Post last modified:April 14, 2024
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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…

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Sunscreens Mobile Table

  • Post last modified:June 21, 2022
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Cream and Lotion Sunscreens Badger Sunscreen Cream SPF 40 Minimal ingredients, reef friendly, water resistant 80 minutes, unscented. Note: Badger uses a "clear" zinc that is non-nanoIngredients: 22.5% Uncoated Zinc Oxide, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Beeswax, Sunflower Vitamin ECost: $15.29 for 2.9 ounces; $5.30/ounce Thinksport SPF 50 Budget friendly, reef friendly, water resistant 80 minutesMany chemicals, only 20% zincIngredients: 20% non-nano Zinc, caprylic triglyceride, polyglycery-4, isosterate, cetyl dimethicone, hexyl laurate, glycerin, hycrogenated methyl, pinewood resin, epsom salt, caprylhdroxamic acid, glyceryl caprylate, sorbitan sesquioleate, currant fruit, sunflower oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol, olive fruit oil, hyalurounic acid, grapefruitCost: $18 for 6 ounces; $3/ounce Reef Repair Sunscreen SPF 50…

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