Wrapped Rafts
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Wrapped Rafts

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

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, performance is heavily influenced by 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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Grand Canyon Rafting Companies

There are two types of Grand Canyon Rafting Outfitters. The first called licensed commercial rafting outfitters are the 16 companies that take people on trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon. The second are the five Grand Canyon private trip outfitters also called the non-commercial trip support companies. These companies provide food and gear for groups that have won a private permit on the river. Due to the popularity of rafting the Colorado River through Grand Canyon it can be challenging to find space. While there is a rumor that you have to contact companies years in advance, every year there are many spaces that go…

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Yosemite Rafting

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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