Whitewater Life Jacket (PFD) Flotation

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

The most important aspect of rafting life jackets is flotation. This article looks at how flotation impacts the amount of time swimmers spend under water as well as other advantages of high flotation PFDs. If you are not a big fan of reading check out this video discussing the importance of flotation with my friend Zach Collier. There are many reasons why people don't select high float PFDS: how it fits, how it looks, where the pockets are, what color it is, it's easier to move and swim in low float jackets. Yes, these are all considerations when selecting a PFD. However, flotation actually makes it easier…

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Wrapped Rafts
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Wrapped Rafts

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

When I started guiding in the early 1990's we were still using bucket boats. Once those rafts wrapped (and they did so much more often than self-bailers), they were extremely challenging to remove from a rock. Luckily the stiffer hypalon and polyurethane self-bailing rafts don't wrap nearly as often (they flip more!) as the old hypalon bucket rafts. However many people still treat wraps like their rafts are bucket boats. In this article we will review some basics about preventing wraps and simple ways of getting your self-bailing raft off a rock. How to Prevent a Wrap The best way to unwrap a raft is to not…

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Whitewater Raft Materials and Designs

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

There are variables to consider when purchasing a whitewater raft: design, size, cost, materials, and type of usage. People tend to focus on the size (particularly length). However, raft performance depends heavily on raft materials and design. In this post we are going to break down these variables along with what different manufactures offer to help you figure out the right inflatable raft for you. We also have a post on the different types of whitewater crafts. Raft Length People tend to spend the most time considering length which is a good place to start. The length of a raft dictates its width, weight and capacity. 18…

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Yosemite Rafting

  • Post last modified:January 24, 2021

While Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous parks in the world, many people miss out one of its best activities, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

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Types of Whitewater Rafts

  • Post last modified:January 19, 2021

Understand the three main different types of rafts that are used to run whitewater rafting trips: oar boats, paddle boats, and gear boats.

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Online Whitewater Resources

  • Post last modified:December 19, 2020

Every website back in the day had their links page which was a great way to find other informational site. Now that it doesn't help for SEO they all seem to have disappeared. Below is a list of places whitewater resources I find helpful. Online Guides Whitewater Guide Book Zach Collier of the Northwest Rafting Company has descriptions to an incredible number of whitewater rivers in the west. Cal Creeks Bill Tuthill's site has been around for decades and is still one of the most comprehensive resources of whitewater information on the web. Bill gets after it mainly in his inflatable kayak but also does some rafting.…

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