Today we interviewed Matt Cronin of Cronin Inflatables. His boat, the “Ugly Ducky” is an innovative inflatable kayak.
The video below shows the Stiletto and Cronin Ugly Ducky running Punchbowl Falls on the West Fork of the Hood River.
This week we talked about fingerless gloves, face cages, recreational immunity, pins and clips, and oar locks.
Bruce sent us a follow up email from last week’s discussion with a YouTube video showing danger ropes across the thwarts.
This week we discussed the best multi-day trips. We came up with lists of the best summer trip to do with your friends and the best multi-day trips if season and skill aren’t an issue.
Even though they are numbered, these are not in any particular except we thought the first 3 were the best.
1. Middle Fork of the Salmon River (Idaho)
2. Rogue River (Oregon)
3. Main Salmon (Idaho)
4. Green River – Gates of Lodore (Colorado & Utah)
5. Klamath River (California)
6. Rio Grande (Texas)
7. Colorado River – Cataract Canyon (Utah)
8. Owyhee River (Oregon)
Again, not in any particular order
1. Middle Fork of the Feather (California)
2. Illinois River (Oregon)
3. South Fork of the Salmon (Idaho)
4. Jarbidge and Bruneau Rivers (Idaho)
5. Colorado River – Grand Canyon (Arizona)
6. Tatshenshini/Alsek Rivers (Alaska and Canada)
7. Selway River (Idaho)
8. Tuolumne River (California)
9. Kern River – Forks of the Kern (California)
– Adam and Susan’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Book – Paddling America: Discover and Explore Our 50 Greatest Wild and Scenic Rivers
– Check out the Jackson Kayak Antix
We talked about The River Gypsies’ Guide to North America: A Whitewater Travel Guide to 294 of the Continent’s Best Rivers which lists the best rivers around the United States.
Our Top 5 Adventurous(*) Runs that Most People Can Handle List
1. Chetco River (Oregon)
2. Big Creek (Idaho)
3. Bridge and Wooley Creek (California)
4. Middle Fork Flathead (Montana)
5. Escalante (Utah)
(*) Adventurous runs have difficult access and limited beta
Our Top 10 Reasonably Hard Classic Whitewater Runs with Reliable Water Flows
1. Upper Tuolumne – Cherry Creek (California)
2. Upper Gauley (West Virginia)
3. Upper Upper Cispus (Washington)
4. White Salmon – Green Truss (Washington)
5. Little White Salmon (Washington)
6. Green Narrows (North Carolina)
7. Colorado – Gore Canyon (Colorado)
8. North Fork of the Payette (Idaho)
9. Chattooga – Section Four (Georgia and South Carolina Border)
10. Wenatchee – Tumbwater Canyon (Washington)
We struggled trying to define these lists and if you have any suggestions to make our lists better and/or come up with better criteria please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!
This week we responded to an email from a listener who asked about how to make boating friends and improve your skills.
Here are some links to things we talked about:
– Meadowcamp Race facebook page
– Stay clear of Salmon Redds (article)
– Northwest Rafting Company Rowing Schools
– Canyon River Instruction
– The Complete Whitewater Rafter by Jeff Bennett
In this episode we talk about kayaking in National Parks and Le Croix. Priscilla also apologizes for her stereotyping of river guides in episode 17.