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.

Keep it Clean! – Evolution of the Clean Principle

The Clean Principle began life as the “Clean Line Principle.” This principle advises that any webbing or rope loop on a throwbag is a potential snag hazard. These loops can become snagged in trees or on rocks, creating a serious and possibly fatal entrapment hazard. Rescue instructors often point out that “rope and moving water are a bad mixture.”

One Minute, One Hundred Words - Starting the Journey

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. This is part 2 of Vay’s five-part story: ONE Quest ONE Girl: Told in one picture, one video, and one hundred words.

Soul Rafter - Tullulah River

This is the seventeenth episode of Soul Rafter's 18 rivers in 2018 series where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 18 new rivers in 2018. In this episode Nick is taking on the Big Bad Oceana on the Tullulah River.

The Gear Shed - Drysuit Layering

Heading into Winter, it is important for boaters to review dry gear and advanced layering principles. In this article, we will discuss our layering formula for dry gear, different types of dry gear, and important considerations when using dry gear.

Soul Rafter - Cheoah River

This is the Sixteenth episode of Soul Rafter's 18 rivers in 2018 series where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 18 new rivers in 2018. In this episode we showcase the final 2 miles of the Cheoah with class IV's like Bear Creek Falls and Yard Sale rapid. Big thanks to everyone who helped us run this river and showed us down.

The Gear Shed - Sawyer Canyon X

The Sawyer Canyon X is designed as an all-around whitewater paddle built with a 4 different kinds of wood. Our team put this paddle through its paces to see what she could do. Learn more about how the Canyon X performed and if it is worth the price.

Soul Rafter - Nolichucky

We joined up with some friends and ran the Nolichucky River on the Tennessee/North Carolina border. Taking my chances in an R1 for the first time, and making my fair share of mistakes along the way. Fourteenth episode of Soul Rafter's 18 rivers in 2018 series where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 18 new rivers in 2018.

Destination: Peru

Ben Webb has been a long time champion of the Maranon river in Peru. He offers up an inside look at the incredible rafting opportunities in the Peruvian Andes. Peru has more to offer than just Machu Picchu, there are some truly amazing whitewater rafting experiences to be had in this country.