Expedition: Alps 2019

We had such an outstanding trip to France this year for Expedition Alps. Team Paddler Trevor Croft had 1 week to make it happen and he pulled off 6 days of back to back boating out there. Follow along with his adventure as he enjoys some amazing french whitewater.

Soul Rafter - Slab Creek

A relatively unknown run, the Slab Creek run of the American River is difficult to catch with water. Mostly kept below runnable levels by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the section is a showcase of Californian features. Located just outside of Coloma California, upstream of the very popular South Fork American Chili Bar and Gorge sections, Slab Creek contains large boulders, clear waters, and pool drop characteristics.

The Trail Less Traveled: Karl Karlstrom

Recorded on location at the bottom of The Grand Canyon with Dr. Karl Karlstrom, professor of Geology in the department of earth & planetary sciences at The University of New Mexico. Karl is a professional climber who has been working in the Grand Canyon for over three decades. Karl was directly involved with the creation of the Grand Canyon South Rim's "Trail of Time". Karl has been featured on numerous films TV shows featuring the Grand Canyon.

Soul Rafter - Antelope Creek

Most people only know Red Bluff, California for its Roundup rodeo, but just outside of town sits a fun class IV section of whitewater. Antelope Creek is a hidden wonder of the Central Valley. Not often runnable, this Sasquatch-esk beast is the dream of many Cali rafters. Ninth 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 - Molle Pouches

Some Personal Flotation Devices just don’t have the real estate for storing all of the gear rafters need. Having rescue equipment close at hand in a river environment is a huge benefit when you are out on the water. In this edition of the Gear Shed we are taking a look at Molle II Flash Grenade Pouches and how you can incorporate these awesome little bags into your kit for easier access to equipment when you need it most.

The Evolution of Rafting in Russia

16 years ago, I moved to the Caucasus Mountains, a region with an abundance of rivers. I had decided to stop combining military service with boating, but at that time if you told ordinary people that you wanted to invite them rafting they wouldn't understand you. Almost no one knew what rafting was. There was not one commercial company in my region that offered river rafting, so I decided to be the first.

Soul Rafter - North Yuba River

Sometimes you have good luck, sometimes you have bad, but Melissa is always lucky. And as soon as she decided to sit out one rapid on the Yuba, I should have questioned my decision to run it.. Eighth 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 Trail Less Traveled: Glenn Goodrich

This episode in particular was recorded on the edge of the Colorado River at Pipe Springs, where the Bright Angel Trail meets the Colorado River. I sat with my main river guide mentor, Glenn Goodrich, to talk to him about running over 445 rivers of the world since 1977. Glenn has been guiding since 1977 & when he is not guiding on the river... he is thoughtfully running rivers all over the world just for fun! Glenn has made multiple first descents around the world and doesn't have any plans for slowing down. Glenn's personal goal is to run 500 rivers before he retires.

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.