Ep. 60: Comparing the Middle Fork and the Selway Rivers

This week Zach and Aaron have a friendly debate about whether the Middle Fork or the Selway is the best river trip.

Thinley and Chencho Kayaking in Bhutan

Thinley and Chencho Kayaking in Bhutan

News of the Week

– Senator Wyden organizing Wild and Scenic River forums in Portland and Bend this week.
– Please consider supporting guide training for Bhutanese guides with a donation $5 (or more).

Gear of the Week

– Zinc sunscreen (Aaron)
Miir coffee mugs (Aaron)

Ep. 59: Talking with Jeremiah at SOTAR about new Stealth Kayak

Ep. 59: Talking with Jeremiah at SOTAR about new Stealth Kayak

 
 
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This week Aaron and Zach talk to Jeremiah from SOTAR about their new lightweight inflatable kayak.

SOTAR Stealth Prototype Kayak

SOTAR Stealth Prototype Kayak

News of the Week

America Outdoors Conference in Salt Lake City next week
River permit season is upon us
ARTA River Trips welcomes new CEO Marek Robinson

Gear of the week

GoPro Hero 8 (Zach)
Tyvek Tape for boat repairs (Aaron)

Ep. 58: OSMB Fees & Klamath River Access

Ep. 58: OSMB Fees & Klamath River Access

 
 
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This week Pete from Momentum River Expeditions joins us to talk about the removal of the Klamath River dams and how that affects paddling and river access.

If you’d like to make a comment, read Zach Urness’s article and then send an email to info@klamathrenewal.org.

Caldera Rapid on the Upper Klamath River | Photo Courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

Caldera Rapid on the Upper Klamath River | Photo Courtesy Momentum River Expeditions

News of the Week

– We rehashed the OSMB boater fees that will go into effect on August 20, 2020. These fees are well described by Zach Urness in the Statesman Journal.

Gear of the Week

Four legged ALPS “adventure” chair (Zach)
OONI Portable Pizza Oven (Pete)
– New Polartech Fleece (Priscilla)
Goodr $25 Sunglasses (Erik)

Ep. 57: Mental Heath and Paddling

Ep. 57: Mental Heath and Paddling

 
 
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In this episode we talk about some of the causes of mental issues for whitewater paddlers.

News of the Week

What is the South Kalmiopsis? (Zach)
PDX Kayaker Film Festival

Kayaking Josephine Creek in the South Kalmiopsis

Kayaking Josephine Creek in the South Kalmiopsis

Articles we Discussed

Scott Lindgren Article in Outside Magazine
Nouria Newman is Redefining Whitewater Kayakaing (REI Blog)

Organizations that Support River Guides

Whale Foundation
Redside Foundation

Gear of the Week

GoPro 8 (Zach)
PB Blaster (Priscilla)
Freefly Sun Hoody (Aaron)

Ep. 56: The 7 Worst Whitewater Crafts Article + Swiftwater Safety

Ep. 56: The 7 Worst Whitewater Crafts Article + Swiftwater Safety

 
 
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In this week’s episode Erik and Zach discuss a recent article in Paddling Magazine about the most embarrassing whitewater crafts. They also talk about the difference between swiftwater rescue and swiftwater safety.

News of the Week

– Send your questions and comments to our new email address questions@rivertalkpodcast.com.
Little Colorado threatened by dams again
– 400 people protest the Stibnite mine proposal on the South Fork of the Salmon River

Gear of the Weeek

– Listen to the Waterbound Pocast, a relatively new podcast bout rafting in the Southeast. (Zach)
– Wrapping oar locks (Erik)

Ep. 55: Talking with Pete Rockwell From AIRE

Ep. 55: Talking with Pete Rockwell From AIRE

 
 
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In this episode we talk with Pete Rockwell from AIRE about the company history and some of their new boats.

News of the Week

– American Whitewater has identified Illinois River Tributaries, South Umpqua + Tributaries, North Umpqua Tributaries, Celestial Falls (White River), Williamson River, Blue River, Upper Rogue (MF, SF), Breitenbush River, Quartzville Creek, North Fork Smith Tributaries, South Fork Chetco River, Hunter Creek, and Pistol River as candidates for nomination as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
– Fishing has been shut down on the Clearwater River and Snake River below Asotin.
– Save the Salmon protest in McCall this weekend.

Rough and Ready Creek is an unprotected tributary of the Illinois River

Rough and Ready Creek is an unprotected tributary of the Illinois River

Gear of the Week

Alps Roll Table (Priscilla)
– Non Diminishing Tubed Rafts (Zach)
OCLU Camera (Erik)
Small AIRE Frodo Bag and New Kokatat Hustler PFD (Pete)

Ep 54: Thank You Senator Wyden and River Festival Culture

Ep 54: Thank You Senator Wyden and River Festival Culture

 
 
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In this week’s episode Zach and Priscilla talk about Senator Wyden’s new Wild and Scenic River push as well as river festivals and river festival Culture.

The Tobin Bridges above the North Fork of the Feather River

The Tobin Bridges above the North Fork of the Feather River

Gear of the Week

– Electric Chain Saw (Priscilla)
Makita Cordless Blower (Zach)

No. 52: Petitions and River Access

No. 52: Petitions and River Access

 
 
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In this episode we answer a listener email about the effectiveness of petitions and what paddlers can do to be effective in conservation efforts and improved river access.

Bearfoot Brad has worked hard to get signatures on his petition to protect the South Kalmiopsis from nickel strip mining

Bearfoot Brad has worked hard to get signatures on his petition to protect the South Kalmiopsis from nickel strip mining

During the discussion about river conservation Zach mentioned the Kalmiopsis Guides Association as a group you could join to advocate for the rivers in and round the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.

Gear of the Week
– Priscilla’s chair (Priscilla)
– New 13′ Wing Inflatables Raft (Zach)
Bearing Buddies and Canyon Navigator 150 QT Cooler (Erik)

No. 51: Beatering and Wearing PFDs for River Surfing

No. 51: Beatering and Wearing PFDs for River Surfing

 
 
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In this episode we have discussions about “beatering” and the importance of wearing PFDs while surfing river waves.

News of the Week

Feather Fest Coming up September 27-29

Gear of the Week

Crocs (Zach)
New Astral Rasslers (Priscilla)
Bedrock Sandals and STAR Rafts (Erik)