Ep. 86: Klamath Dam Removal and Flow Studies

Ep. 86: Klamath Dam Removal and Flow Studies

 
 
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This week we are joined by Tom O’Keefe and Bill Cross who discuss the Klamath Dam removal and recent flow studies for paddling new sections of the Klamath River.

Relevant Links about Klamath Dam Removal

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Ep. 85: Interview with Lee Baker

Ep. 85: Interview with Lee Baker

 
 
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This week we talk with Lee Baker about South Eugene High School’s Integrated Outdoor Program (IOP) that serve underrepresented youth in Eugene.

News of the Week

Lee Baker
Lee Baker

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Ep. 84: River Guiding and Kayaking with Dave Prothero

Ep. 84: River Guiding and Kayaking with Dave Prothero

 
 
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Prolific kayaker, raft guide, and photographer Dave “Davey” Prothero joins us to chat about whitewater and some of his favorite places to boat. Check out is web site at RaftingLife.ca.

News of the Week

  • COVID is still an issue
  • People are boating
Dave Prothero debriefing an IRF Instructor Course
Dave Prothero debriefing an IRF Instructor Course

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Ep. 83: Talking Rescue PFDs and Throwbags with Mark Hirst

Ep. 83: Talking Rescue PFDs and Throwbags with Mark Hirst

 
 
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News of the Week

    • Commercial rafting has begun
    • The topic of debate in Europe is whether or not guides and guests should wear face masks
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Links From our Discussions

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Astral Rescue PFD

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Ep. 82: More Rapidfire Topics with Aaron #1

Ep. 82: More Rapidfire Topics with Aaron #1

 
 
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In this episode Priscilla, Aaron #1, and Zach discuss various show topics suggestions offered by a listener.

News of the Week

  • Congress may be moving on some legislation this week (Priscilla)
  • Idaho will be in stage 3 in a few days (Aaron #1)

In this episode we gave our thoughts on these suggested topics

  • Update on the Upper Klamath dam removal
  • Whitewater dories – overview and the best use cases
  • International whitewater destinations worth visiting (rafting and kayaking)
  • The Hydro Bronc…
  • Must-have customizations on a raft
  • Russian whitewater carnage
  • Alternative pathways to becoming a solid rafter (beyond guide schools)
  • Motorized or non-motorized raft trips
  • Epic carnage stories from select guests (everyone loves a good crash / teachable moment)
  • Favorite dutch oven recipes
  • Best on-river happy hour set up – apps, beer, cocktails, etc.
  • Stories from Roger Lee’s guide schools…
Paddling in Kyrgyzstan
Paddling in Kyrgyzstan

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Ep. 81: Let’s get an EXPERT opinion don’t you think!?

Ep. 81: Let’s get an EXPERT opinion don’t you think!?

 
 
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In today’s episode Erik and Zach respond to recent listener emails. They pontificate about expert opinions, diminishing tubes, rescue harnesses, and SOTAR vs Wing for 16 rafts.

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16' Wing Raft on the Illinois River
16′ Wing Raft on the Illinois River

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Ep. 80: I’m Using the Sun to Power This Movement

Ep. 80: I’m Using the Sun to Power This Movement

 
 
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This episode is a free for all debate about some of our favorite debate topics. Thank you Aaron #1 for joining us again.

News of the Week

Raft Racing on the Wind River
Raft Racing on the Wind River

This Week’s Debate Topics

  1. To drain or not drain your cooler
  2. Are Oar Rights training wheels or a good thing?
  3. What’s lamer Creature Crafts or Packrafts?
  4. What’s more important for guiding – people skills or technical boating skills?
  5. Google vs. Apple
  6. What are the non-teachable skills required for guiding?
  7. Chinese made PVC boats vs American made
  8. Is there one boat that can both be a paddle boat and a gear boat for overnights?
  9. Manual vs Automatic transmission
  10. Is raft racing lame?
  11. Best way to set up a tarp
  12. How come Covey can only stack 6 boats? That seems like a really low number.
  13. Is whitewater SUP a fad that’s now over?
  14. Safety PFD or not for raft guides?

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Ep. 79: Diminishing Tubed Boat Debate and Other Nonsensical Discussions

Ep. 79: Diminishing Tubed Boat Debate and Other Nonsensical Discussions

 
 
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This week we respond to some listener questions about diminishing tubed boats and Zach ponders whether we should paddling communities that only want “locals.”

News of the Week

  • Recreation in Washington is beginning to open up today. An announcement about recreation in Oregon opening up is likely to come Thursday.
  • The Rogue River will not be open when permit season begins on May 15th.
Sign found near a local put-in
Sign found near a local put-in

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Rogue Gear Works Cataraft Frame
Rogue Gear Works Cataraft Frame

Ep. 78: Talking with Tom O’Keefe from American Whitewater about River Closures and Openings

Ep. 78: Talking with Tom O’Keefe from American Whitewater about River Closures and Openings

 
 
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This week Tom O’Keefe from American Whitewater joins us to talk about river closures and river openings. Tom is the Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director with American Whitewater and a hero for whitewater paddlers who enjoy access to rivers.

News of the week

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We're all looking forward to getting back on the river soon!
We’re all looking forward to getting back on the river soon!

Ep. 77: Paddle or Watch Magnum, P.I. During Stay At Home Orders?

Ep. 77: Paddle or Watch Magnum, P.I. During Stay At Home Orders?

 
 
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In this episode we have a discussion about whether or not it’s a good idea to paddle during the stay at home orders.

Magnum, P.I.
Magnum, P.I.

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