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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.

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?”

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.

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.

The Myth Of The Line

Any discussion about the river will inevitably evoke the most common river term “the line”. If you are new to boating the line is most often described as the path a boat takes through a rapid. Unfortunately there is no real empirical standard on why a guide selects a line since lines are so subjective. Thus I advocate for the option principal.

How defining your ability level is essential to better boating

Your skill may encompass a wide range, but it is defined by what you can do consistently. Saying you are Class IV or Class V boater is an oversimplification. As an athlete’s skill increases so too do the degrees of specificity needed to define everything you interact with. Your skill level is a spectrum. That spectrum covers a broad range however there are some things you run consistently and some things you run inconsistently.

6 Ways to Make Every Guest Feel Valued

So what distinguishes that paddler in the front left from 1/6 of your guide wages plus a $20 tip and a real person who has thoughts, dreams, and desires? How do you show everyone in your boat that you truly value their time and who they are? Here are 6 tips that can help elevate your interactions and help prevent guests from feeling alienated in such an intimate setting.

The Gear Shed - Throw Bags

Rafting Magazine's Gear Shed Series takes a look inside the gear and breaks down the equipment commonly used by rafters in the field. Our expedition team discusses and analyzes some of the theories of the equipment we have all come to trust on the river. In this episode we take a look at the throwbag and what you should consider before you head out on the water with one.