No. 29: International Paddling

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No. 29: International Paddling
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This week Dougie, Dan, Aaron and Zach talk about international paddling tips. They also answered some listener 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

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. 26: Self Support Trips + Kayak Videos

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No. 26: Self Support Trips + Kayak Videos
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This week we talked about the Oregon Wildlands Act, responded to viewer mail, and talked about self-support trips and kayaking videos.

  • Watch Kavu Day (Zach’s Favorite Kayak Video)
  • Learn about the film Habitat about the progression of rafting in the PNW
Priscilla and her partner Jacob’s IK self-support set-up for hiking into the Upper Merced in California.
Habitat

No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories

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No. 23: Selected Favorite Rivers & River Trip Categories
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News of the Week

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

Hiking into Oregon's Chetco River
Hiking into Oregon’s Chetco River

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 – Tumwater 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 therivertalkpodcast@gmail.com.

We’ll cover our favorite classic multi-day trips next week!

Gear Corner

No. 19: Whitewater Boating in National Parks

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No. 19: Whitewater Boating in National Parks
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In this episode we talk about kayaking in National Parks and Le Croix. Priscilla also apologizes for her stereotyping of river guides in episode 17.

No. 11: The Mike Slagle Interview

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No. 11: The Mike Slagle Interview
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This week we interviewed legendary river guide Mike Slagle from Orange Torpedo Trips.

Other topics:

Ian from NRS running Green Wall on the Illinois River
Ian from NRS running Green Wall on the Illinois River
Eric's Hat
Eric’s Hat

No. 10: Kayaking in Oregon State Parks

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No. 10: Kayaking in Oregon State Parks
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A Few Things We Talked about:

Trail Sign in Oregon's Silver Falls State Park
Trail Sign in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park

No. 6: Multi-Day IKs Inflatable Kayaks Part 3

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No. 6: Multi-Day IKs Inflatable Kayaks Part 3
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A few things we talk talked about this episode:

No. 5: Jacob Cruser + Inflatable Kayaks Part 2

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No. 5: Jacob Cruser + Inflatable Kayaks Part 2
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Stilletto Inflatable Kayak on the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River
Stilletto Inflatable Kayak on the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River

Here are some links to things we talked about:

No. 4: High Performance Inflatable Craft aka Inflatable Kayaks Part 1

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No. 4: High Performance Inflatable Craft aka Inflatable Kayaks Part 1
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Orange Torpedo Inflatable Kayak on the first descent of Canyon Creek (Illinois River Watershed)
Orange Torpedo Inflatable Kayak on the first descent of Canyon Creek (Illinois River Watershed)

Some link to things we talked about: