For a few calm moments I close my eyes listening to the peace of the canyons and distant crash of the river around the bend. Eventually the soft white noise is broken with laughing children, hooping and hollering adults, and swift oars slicing through the water.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.