This week we had a discussion about safety basics which mostly focused on on throw bags and solo boating.
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
This week Dougie, Dan, Aaron and Zach talk about international paddling tips. They also answered some viewer mail about inflatable kayaks.
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
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.
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)
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)
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
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 email@example.com.
We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!