Ep. 75: Talking Creature Crafts with Brandon Steele

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Ep. 75: Talking Creature Crafts with Brandon Steele
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In this episode of Creaturecast Zach and Aaron talk with Brandon Steele about everyone’s favorite topic – Creature Crafts!

Brandon running a Creature Craft down Sunset Falls
Brandon running a Creature Craft down Sunset Falls

News of the Week

  • BLM River Access and Campgrounds for the Owyhee River are now closed

Gear of the Week

Ep. 74: The Bill Geiman Episode

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Ep. 74: The Bill Geiman Episode
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It’s on like Donkey Kong! This week we talk with Bill Geiman from Crazy Bill TV about boating, Creature Crafts, and his recent trip on the Alsek River.

Bill Geiman
Bill Geiman

News of the Week

  • River trips on the Grand Canyon are cancelled until May 21st
  • Many National Parks including Yosemite and Dinosaur are closing

Gear of the Week

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

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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

Gear of the Weeek

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

No. 53: Do Creature Crafts Require Skill?

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No. 53: Do Creature Crafts Require Skill?
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In this episode Zach talks with Aaron Cavagnolo and Aaron Babcock about creature crafts.

Gear of the Week

No. 46: High Water Paddling and Wood in Rivers

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No. 46: High Water Paddling and Wood in Rivers
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This week we had some great discussions about paddling rivers at high water and issues with trees in rivers.

News of the Week

Raft Flip at the Northwest Creeking Competition
Raft Flip at the Northwest Creeking Competition

Gear of the Week

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

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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:

Gear of the Week

Wing Raft on Oregon's Hood River
Wing Raft on Oregon’s Hood River

No. 36: Aaron Babcock Interview

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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

No. 28: Matt Cronin Interview

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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

No. 24: Best Multi-Day River Trips

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No. 24: Best Multi-Day River Trips







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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)

Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Rafting and Kayaking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River

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)

Rafting Oregon's Illinois River
Rafting Oregon’s Illinois River

No. 7: Creature Crafts Revisited + Bombproof Roll

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No. 7: Creature Crafts Revisited + Bombproof Roll







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Here are a few things we talked about:

Creature Craft on the North Fork of the Smith River
Creature Craft on the North Fork of the Smith River