No. 28: Matt Cronin Interview

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.

Gear of the Week
Aquaseal
Werner 4 piece breakdown paddle

No. 27: Battle Royale – Pins and Clips vs. Oar Locks

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.

Gear of the Week
Super Guide Throw Bags
– Hot Chocolate
Lasers that can measure temperature

No. 26: Self Support Trips + Kayak Videos

This week we talked about the Oregon Wildlands Act, responded to viewer mail, and talked about self-support trips and kayaking videos.

Watch Kavu Day (Zach’s Favorite Kayak Video)
– Learn about the film Habitat about the progression of rafting in the PNW

Priscilla and her partner Jacob’s IK self-support set-up for hiking into the Upper Merced in California.

Habitat

No. 25: Boater Fees for Improved River Access

This week we talked about the Oregon State Marine Board’s proposal to require recreational paddlers with boats over 10 feet pay an annual $17 fee.

News of the Week

Feather Fest this weekend

Gear Corner

Cool CRKT Knife (Zach)
NRS Bills Bags
– Shorty Dry Tops are Rad (Erik)

No. 24: Best Multi-Day River Trips

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.

Best Multi-Day Trips with Friends and Family

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)

Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Best Adventurous Multi-Day Trips (Raftable)

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)

Rafting Oregon's Illinois River

Rafting Oregon’s Illinois River

No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories

News of the Week

– 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

Main Topic: Favorite River Trip Lists

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

Hiking into Oregon's Chetco River

Hiking into Oregon’s Chetco River

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 therivertalkpodcast@gmail.com.

We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!

Gear Corner

– Zach – Super Guide Gear Throw Bags
– Erik – Witt Wear Shorts
– Priscilla – Poweradd Speakers

No. 21: Making Boating Friends and Getting Better

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

Gear of the Week
Strava App
CGEAR Sand Mats
– External Hard Drives

No. 20: Influencing the Next Generation of Paddlers

This week we talk about mentorship for whitewater paddlers.

Whitewater Mentorship

Whitewater Mentorship

News
Meadowcamp Race Tomorrow
– We discuss top river lists including the recent one in Men’s Journal

Gear of the Week
– Zach: Gatorade Bottles
– Priscilla: MSR Free Lite 2 Tent
– Aaron: Astral Shoes