Gulf Hagas Rafting Expedition

Ask any class V boater who has paddled Gulf Hagas in Maine and I'd bet at least 9 out of 10 will tell you that it is Maine’s best run. It is a beautiful canyon that has been enjoyed by paddlers and hikers for decades now but I had only seen it in books and videos. It has a steep creek flowing through a deep gorge that has some very attractive waterfall drops and challenging rapids with high consequences.

Guide School - Rigging for Flips

We had a great question from our buddy Karch on Instagram about rigging for flips. Specifically we're taking a look at systems and theories for remounting the raft after you flip for your recovery. In this video we're looking at 3 different ideas that we commonly see in the rafting world.

Soul Rafter - Tonto River

Arizona had a good water year, and we had to get on some of the whitewater while we were there. We barely squeezed in the Tonto River but were glad we did. Seventh episode of Soul Rafter's 19 rivers in 2019 campaign where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 19 new rivers in 2019.

One Minute, One Hundred Words - Trip Highlights

After being the youngest woman to raft 556 miles of America's last wild river, Vay O'Brien tackles tough questions on the young woman experience, resilience, building confidence, controlling fear, and finding your flow. Vay O'Brien shares her story in a four-part series: ONE Quest ONE Girl: Told in one picture, one video, and one hundred words.

Guiding Our Future - CFI Youth River Skills Camp

The team packed up and headed out to Moab to join Canyonlands Field Institute's Youth River Skills Camp. The Daily Section of the Colorado provided a perfect backdrop for this awesome training program. We sat down with some of CFI's Youth Leaders to learn why this type of youth education and empowerment program is so important in the river world.

Soul Rafter - Salt River

The Salt River, one often talked about, but rarely run multiday raft trip in Arizona. For the past few years the Salt has had little luck holding and having enough water to whitewater raft. But this year, the projections were holding strong. Sixth episode of Soul Rafter's 19 rivers in 2019 campaign where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 19 new rivers in 2019.

Loicas - 2019 Chilean Open Women's Team

We caught up with Tabata Soto, team captain, of Loicas women’s rafting team from Chile. These hard charging ladies are competing for this year’s WRF World Cup. We wanted to get their perspective on what rafting means to them as they step on to the world stage of rafting.

Soul Rafter - Chamberlain Falls

The North Fork of the American River in Northern California has clear water and beautiful scenery, so it wasn't hard to convince our friends to go boating. Fifth episode of Soul Rafter's 19 rivers in 2019 campaign where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 19 new rivers in 2019.

Soul Rafter - Boat Smith

The first annual BoatSmith Whitewater Festival brought boaters from all over Oregon, California, the Northwest, and all over to Gasquet, California. Fourth episode of Soul Rafter's 19 rivers in 2019 campaign where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 19 new rivers in 2019.

The Gear Shed - CRKT Bear Claw

The Bear Claw from Columbia River Knife and Tool (CRKT) is one of the top contenders for river knives out there. Check out Trevor’s review of this handy and useful river knife. We will break down all of the elements, benefits, and limitations of this knife in this installment of the gear shed.

Guide School - The 4 Basic Parts of a Rapid

In this lesson we will be taking a look at what basic elements you should be looking out for when you are breaking down a rapid in your head. This guide will help you understand some of the basic features of a rapid as well as giving some basic ideas on what to watch out for while you are scouting a rapid.

Paddling the John Wesley Powell Route

On May 24, 1869, John Wesley Powell and nine crewmen in four wooden rowboats set off down the Green River to map the final blank spot on the American map. Three months later, six ragged men in only two boats emerged from the Grand Canyon. And what happened along the rugged 1,000 river miles in between quickly became the stuff of legend. Today, the JWP route offers some of the most adventurous paddling in the United States. Across six southwestern states, paddlers will find a surprising variety of trips. Enjoy flatwater floats through Canyonlands and the Uinta Basin; whitewater kayaking or rafting in Dinosaur National Monument and Cataract Canyon; afternoon paddleboarding on Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Lake Powell; multiday expeditions through Desolation Canyon and the Grand Canyon; and much more, including remarkable hikes and excursions to ancestral ruins, historic sites, museums, and waterfalls.

Soul Rafter - 2018 Recap

2018 has come to a close, and we have to put aside our old resolutions. Ours was to raft 18 rivers in 2018 and we did it! In this video Nick Prete talks about the 2018 season and what the future holds for next season of Soul Rafter.