As an intern for ROW Adventures, I was excited to hear that part of the learning experience would be getting out on the river and going on trips to “understand” the product. How could I complain? Spending time on the water, enjoying nature, and building friendships with guides and guests alike is what I love best.
It's that time of year when we make lists of resolutions to improve ourselves and our lives in the new year. River life teaches us a lot about living. Below are a handful of river-inspired lessons for my 2016 resolutions. Take 'em or leave 'em, but at the very least I hope you enjoy 'em. Happy 2016!1. To experience the world as I move through it.
With Idaho's snowpack at about 130% so far this year, all signs are pointing to a great rafting season for the Northwest. Plus, big snowpack means great spring rafting - whether it's bigger rapids or being able to access rivers that are sometimes too low to raft in low snowpack years, big snowpack means a lot of spring fun.
For some river guides, the move to river season is as simple as driving their car with the few belongings they have to the warehouse. For the ones that have a semi-permanent residence in the winter, this process can be a bit more complicated. Either way, river guides get excited when their season comes around! Here's how we prepare to head back to our summertime homes.
In the middle of the 19th century, it became very clear that our natural landscape was changing dramatically, for the worst. We weren't taking care of our rivers, and it was very apparent; rivers were being dammed, modified, eroded and polluted faster than we could understand.
You booked your trip this last Winter, and the time to depart is at hand! You could just go out there and wing it, or you could try out these easy, at home exercises to get ready for your big adventure!
I love it when I hear guests say “Well, this was NOT what I expected!” because they are always pleasantly surprised at how fun a multi-day river trip can be. I decided to compile my most commonly-heard misconceptions about multi-day whitewater trips from guests and explain them here. Enjoy!