Destination: Nepal

Nestled between Tibet and India, you’ll find the narrow country of Nepal. What it lacks in size and greatness it makes up for in notoriety. Once one of the most influential and wealthy countries in Asia, Nepal is now known as the adventure country of the world.

Soul Rafter - The Royal Gorge

The Royal Gorge section of the Arkansas River is a sight to behold. Here we whitewater raft this section at 300 CFS in March 2018. First episode of Soul Rafter's 18 rivers in 2018 series where Rafting Magazine Ambassador Nick Prete attempts to paddle 18 new rivers in 2018.

Welcome to Rafting - Getting In Shape for Boating

Rafting is a highly physical sport at it's core. Weather you are a pro paddler running huge rivers or you are new to rafting and you are going on your first trip with a commercial outfitter, staying in shape is critical to having a great experience out on the river. The expert personal trainers at California Family Fitness share 6 critical exercises to becoming a stronger paddler.

Choosing the Correct Throwbag

A throwbag simply consists of a bag of floating rope to be thrown across a stretch of moving or still water to make a conditional rescue with a swimmer. Like most things in life a product that works for one person may not work for another. The same can be said about throwbags.  In an extreme way of thinking the ability to successfully deploy your throwbag when needed literally could mean life or death!

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

If a crew member falls overboard and everything looks OK – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you alright?”

What does a rafting company provide?

Welcome to Rafting! This is the first part in our series aimed at welcoming new participants to the sport of whitewater rafting. If you are new to rafting, a first timer, or you are getting a group together and don’t know what to expect you probably want to know why would you go with a rafting company and what do they provide?

The easy answer is: Just show up and we take care of the rest. That is the mantra of any good rafting company.

The Gear Shed - Sotar Rafts

Team Paddler Kailee headed up to the Sotar factory in Merlin Oregon to find out what goes into manufacturing a Sotar raft. These guys are hands down one of the best boat builders out there in terms of customization and they offer an incredible range of options to get you into a boat that most closely fits your boating style. From tried and true stock designs to ground up custom builds find out what makes a Sotar such a strong contender for one of the world's best rafts.

Tuolumne River Access Issues

“Private boaters that exit the river on river right at Wards Ferry Bridge are technically trespassing on the Districts’ land because they have received no prior authorization to use the Districts’ lands or to park on the Districts’ property.” – Direct quote filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from Modesto and Turlock Irrigation District February 28, 2018

Lessons From Alcohol's Crippling Effect on Rafting

Rafting is an athletic endeavor and a sport, weather you raft commercially, are a private boater, or race rafts this is true. Our sport and community is filled with opportunities to "let loose" and enjoy a drink. From relaxing after a trip with friends, to entertaining guests on a commercial trip, to beer fines, and even those who chose to drink on the water, there is no end to the prevalence of alcohol in the community. All of that coupled with the fact the bulk of our river community consists of young folks for whom alcohol consumption has not only been normalized, but it is pushed as cool.

The Gear Shed - Raft Design - Cuthbert

We sat down with Team Paddler Daniel Jenkins to chat about the boat design for his custom Sotar raft named Cuthbert, which has shown up in a ton of our videos. Daniel designed this raft for some very specific whitewater in mind. For what it is designed for the boat's performance characteristics are fantastic. There are also some key lessons from the design of this boat which would influence what rivers you might prefer taking this design on. This is Daniel's mark 1 design and a first solid attempt at designing a hard core creek boat. Check out Daniel's design and the lessons we learned from this design!

4 Things to Expect From Your First Rafting Trip

If you haven’t been on the river it’s hard to know what to expect from your trip. Friends will try to convince you to go telling you it’s “hardcore” or super fun, but they rarely elaborate on why they feel that way.  Whitewater rafting can seem like a scary experience for some at first, but beyond the fear and hype of the adrenaline rush, there is a truly world changing experience that rivers and remote canyons have to offer.

6 Critical Skills For Running Holes

It doesn’t matter what craft you choose to enjoy on the water from a raft to a kayak, SUP, or inflatable pizza wedge holes are probably one of the most feared and talked about hazards on the river. While sieves and strainers may harbor the greatest danger on the water it is the ubiquitous hole that is most often faced as a serious challenge to any boater.

Trip Report - Mother Lode Falls

The team has been taking advantage of all of this year's "opportunistic flows" on the South Fork of the American River Below Slab Creek Dam. Deep in the lower gorge is a massive rapid known as Mother Lode Falls. Team paddler Daniel Jenkins has been grabbing the bull by the horns to charge down this beast at several different flows.