No. 40: Emerald LaFortune and The Redside Foundation

No. 40: Emerald LaFortune and The Redside Foundation

 
 
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This week we talked with Emerald LaFortune, the Executive Director of Redside Foundation. The Redside Foundation supports the health and vitality of Idaho’s guiding community.

News of the Week

BoatSmith is just 2 weeks away
– Waterway Access Legislation – AW’s Bill (HB 2835) & OSMB Bill (SB 47)
Multi-Day River Permit Season is almost over

Rafting Oregon Hole Gorge on California's Smith River

Rafting Oregon Hole Gorge on California’s Smith River

Gear of the Week

Mavic 2 Pro Flying Camera
SDG Oar Holder (Erik)
Orchestra Provisions (Emerald)

No. 39: Blown Gaskets, Big Trucks, and the Disappearance of Paddle Boating

No. 39: Blown Gaskets, Big Trucks, and the Disappearance of Paddle Boating

 
 
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This week Aaron Cavagnolo joins us to talk about the dangers of blown neck gaskets, trucks and trailers, and the end of paddle boating in the west.

Links to a few things discussed

American Whitewater dry suit accident report on the Illinois River
Creature Crafts on the Illinois River at High Water

Gear of the Week

Satellite Texting Devices (Aaron)
New Wing Raft Fabric (Zach)

Wing Raft on Oregon's Hood River

Wing Raft on Oregon’s Hood River

No. 38: Inflatable Kayaks: Stiletto, Thrillseeker, Cronin and More

No. 38: Inflatable Kayaks: Stiletto, Thrillseeker, Cronin and More

 
 
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This week we responded to mail about inflatable kayaks and Jacob Cruser joined us to discuss inflatable kayak design and what types of IKs work best in what settings. We talked quite a bit about the legendary Stiletto kayak, IK design, and kayak stability.

Relevant Links

Gear of the Week

Recently updated AIRE BakRaft Expedition (Zach)
– Zero degree offset paddles (Priscilla)
– Buy good oars (Erik)

No. 37: Clean Line Principle

No. 37: Clean Line Principle

 
 
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This week talked about Rafting Magazine’s recent article about the Clean Line Principle written by Mark Hirst.

News of the Week

Kayak starting line at the Upper Wind Whitewater Festival

Kayak starting line at the Upper Wind Whitewater Festival

Gear of the Week

No. 36: Aaron Babcock Interview

No. 36: Aaron Babcock Interview

 
 
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This week we talked with Aaron Babcock from the Siskiyou Mountain Club.

Aaron Babcock running a Creature Craft on the North Fork of the Smith River

Some links to things we talked about:

Gear of the Week

Follow up Questions answered by Mark Hirst (Ep. 34)

One of our listeners had some follow up question from Episode 34 and Mark Hirst was kind enough to answer them.

What is the syllabus?  

On each Guide assessment each candidate will need to demonstrate a competence in the following skill. The assessment needs to take place on the classification of water that matches the award level eg, Class 4 water for a level 4 award, Class 3 for a level 3 award.Provide a predeparture safety demonstration / safety talk

  • Demonstrate raft guiding ability , crew interaction and management,  river running awareness
  • Demonstrate personal whitewater swimming skills including swimming through features, making ferry glides, & eddies
  • Ropework assessment. Be able to construct a 3:1 mechanical advantage system using your own equipment inside 5 Mins.
  • Throwbag Assessment. Two throws must  be made using the same throw  bag to rescue 2 swimmers inside a 90 second period.
  • Pass the standard IRF multiple choice  written test with a score of 80%
  • Pass the standard IRF flip drill on Flat water.

Once this assessment is passed the student must provide a valid first aid certificate that includes CPR & a valid logbook  The candidate must the pay the $60.00 IRF admin fee.

What skills make someone a class 4 boater?  

In My personal opinion a class 4 boater should have the following skill set in place to regularly run class 4.

  • Personal judgement skills & maturity to make a “ run or not to run” decision based on river conditions & group dynamic.
  • Personal craft skills that allow them to take any line, or make any move on class 4 rapids
  • Experience &  training to lead or assist  in a rescue situation on class 4 water.

What are some skills the even experienced river guides often lack?

I find it depends on the grade & style of river they are working on.

  • Big Volume guides are normally missing rope work & throwbag skills 
  • Technical river guides normally struggle with bigger water features & re flipping flipped rafts
  • Guides working on class 2 rivers normally have very slow reaction skills 

What are some regional stylistic differences in approaches to rafting?

Eastern & Northern  Europe = Lets drink lots and go rafting whilst drunk or with a hangover. (Day trips)

Central Europe = raft racing with not so much focus on safety

Africa = Warm big volume= flip happy

International Rafting Federation Guide Training and Award Program (PDF)

No. 35: Peter Fox Interview Part 1

No. 35: Peter Fox Interview Part 1

 
 
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This week we talk to Peter Fox about his first raft descents of the Stikine and Futaleufu Rivers as well his the book he’s writing about whitewater rowing.

First Raft Descent of the Stikine

Gear of the Week

No. 34: Mark Hirst and International Rafting Federation Training

No. 34: Mark Hirst and International Rafting Federation Training

 
 
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Today we chatted with Mark Hirst of Lapin Koskikolu and the International Rafting Federation (IRF). Most of the discussion was about IRF raft guide training, but at the end we talked a bit about throw bags.

Northwest Rafting Company is offering an IRF guide, trip leader, and instructor course with Mark in March 2019.

Mark suggested checking out the WWTc Rescue Rope if you’re looking for a great throw bag.

Gear of the Week

No. 33: Effects of Fire on Recreation

No. 33: Effects of Fire on Recreation

 
 

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This week discussed Priscilla’s trip to Washington D.C. and the effects of wildfires on recreation.

Guide Mike Slagle hauls fuel downriver for Wildland Firefighters on the Big Windy Fire on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon.

Gear of the Week

Bedrock Sandals
Super Guide Throwbags
Tyvek Tape for inflatable boat repair

No. 32: Social Media and Paddling

No. 32: Social Media and Paddling

 
 

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This week Zach and Erik talk about a variety of random topics including the effects of social media on paddling habits.

Zach introduced the Kalmiopsis Guides Association and encouraged paddlers to join.

Zach playing on his phone

Zach playing on his phone

Gear of the Week

Sawyer MX-G Oars
Bogs Boots