A River Guide's New Year's Resolutions

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 resolutions. Take 'em or leave 'em, but at the very least I hope you enjoy 'em. Happy New Year!

The "Unraftables," or Bucket List Rivers, Open for Spring Rafting

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.

#ExploreDeeper: What is the "Wild & Scenic Rivers System"?

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.

10 Reasons You Should Book a Trip on the Moyie

Have you even been rafting down the Moyie River? Have you ever even heard of this spectacular river? The Moyie is Idaho's hidden whitewater rafting gem. While relatively unknown, the Moyie is an exciting early-season (May to June) whitewater rafting day trip in North Idaho.

Newsletter: Lochsa Opens May 23rd!

If you are not updated with exclusive offers, special announcements and new trip introductions - please sign up for our newsletter!  Below you'll find the newsletter we sent out on April 30th, 2015.

#RiverLife: How a River Guide Gets Ready for Rafting Season

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.

#Causes: The Primary Source - Running the Río Marañón

I was sick; really sick. The kind of sick many people experience when traveling overseas, where your guts feel like there is something living inside them. Tom and I were on an eight hour van ride from Huaraz to Puente Copuma with two other class V kayakers to run the Upper and Inner Gorges of the Río Marañón in Perú, possibly the biggest whitewater I had ever seen.

Common Misconceptions About Rafting Trips

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!

The River

Running rivers makes you feel that every time you have a clean run, it is by the grace of a more powerful force and at anytime, something different could happen and surprise you.