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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.

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.

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.

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.

There and Packraft Again: A Hiker's Tail

River running can be an intimidating prospect and getting into the sport is admittedly daunting. A great way to get your feet wet is pack rafting. With unparalleled accessibility these boats can get you started in lakes and easy rivers. Girl on a Hike shares her experience getting into pack rafting and how she has fallen in love with boating.

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.

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.

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.

Trip Report - San Juan River

In February, I received an email letting me know I had scored a permit for the San Juan River for May 6-8, 2017 from Sand Island to Mexican Hat. Every overnight float I’ve ever been on has been a life changing experience and I hope to share that experience with as many people as I can.

The Ubaye River - Gem of the French Alps

Nestled in the southern alps of France lies the incredible Ubaye Valley and one of France’s premiere rafting destinations. The Ubaye River is located just 4 hours from the Marseille and makes an excellent getaway from the summer heat of the French Riviera. The town of Le Lauzet-Ubaye in the Alpes de Haute Provence hosts all of the major rafting companies on the Ubaye river

April on the Middle Cosumnes

The Middle fork of the Cosumnes River is one of the coolest free flowing rivers in California. The team Got out to paddle this awesome stretch on a rainy April day. While access issues generally plague this river, however the Middle Fork is one of the easier parts of the watershed to access. 

River Of Healing

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.