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

No. 31: A Few Safety Basics

No. 31: A Few Safety Basics

 
 

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This week we had a discussion about safety basics which mostly focused on on throw bags and solo boating.

Gear of the Week

Whitewater Worthy Dish Hammock
Downriver Captain’s Bag
Wool Scarves

No. 30: Green River Race, Central Asia, and Skull Caps

No. 30: Green River Race, Central Asia, and Skull Caps

 
 

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This week Priscilla gave us an update on from the Green River Race and the Tallulah River. Zach, Dougie Fresh, and Aaron Lieberman give an update from Central Asia. We apologize for the delay and poor audio quality.

Gear of the Week

– Dougie loves Skull Caps
Sawyer Water Filter
– Google Translate App
– Jack’s Plastic Guide Paco Padd

No. 29: International Paddling

No. 29: International Paddling

 
 

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This week Dougie, Dan, Aaron and Zach talk about international paddling tips. They also answered some viewer mail about inflatable kayaks.

NRS Outlaw Seminole Kayak

NRS Outlaw Seminole Kayak

For lightweight catarafts, check out Go Light Outdoors.

For outfitted trips in foreign countries, Dougie talked about his friends at Selva Whitewater in Costa Rica as a good example.

Gear of the Week

Werner Sherpa 4 Day break down paddle
Astral Hiyak Shoes
Mystery Ranch Duffel Bags

No. 28: Matt Cronin Interview

No. 28: Matt Cronin Interview

 
 

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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