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Season Number Thirty Three --- It's a Wrap

One of my favorite quotes is from the director of '90s movies Slacker and Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater.

In an interview he was quoted as having said, "I'm just trying to live nobly in an ignoble culture."

It is the least each of us can attempt to do in our angst-ridden, money-corrupted, ethics-averse society. No matter what, add positively to the fabric of our existence. As I look back on this season, seasons past and those of you who have traipsed through the Orion Commons, that is all I see. People trying to live nobly in our ignoble culture. People trying to contribute. Trying to make a difference. Folks trying to choose the path less traveled and doing good along the way.

I think about this now because, in many respects, I feel as if I have fallen down on the job of living nobly. Sacrificing purpose on the altar of expediency. Sacrificing community for monetary needs. Sacrificing nobility for the quick buck.

I can assure you it was not intenti…

Deadman's Drop?

Perhaps the City of Cashmere did not want to inadvertently promote drinking by calling the rapid a couple of miles upstream of town by the name almost every river rafting guide and river recreationist uses --- Drunkard's Drop --- who knows?

As for Boulder Garden, I am assuming that is in reference to Boulder Bend, aka Hobo Gulch, just downstream of Leavenworth, but, where is the recognition for this stretch of the Wenatchee's climax --- Granny's and the notorious Granny's Wave (and, these days, the occasionally disruptive Suffocator)?

In any event, the stretch of the Wenatchee that begins in Leavenworth and concludes in Cashmere is Class III. Although admittedly, during spring runoff conditions, the high, cold, fast-moving river deserves river rafters' and, in particular, novice kayakers', respect.

http://orionexp.comin reference to: City of Cashmere (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sauk River Rafting Campgrounds

Excellent rendition of all the available camping spots along the Mountain Loop Highway and near the Wild and Scenic Sauk River and the Stillaguamish River.

No particular river rafting outfitter is mentioned as offering trips on the Sauk River and so I thought it would be appropriate to list the four commercial outfitters authorized to run the Whitechuck to Darrington stretch of this well-kept whitewater secret.

North Cascades River Runners, Downstream River Runners, Alpine and Orion River Rafting

The Sauk River lost some of its cachet over the last decade because of massive flooding that destroyed the bridge at the launch site and graveled in all of the rapids. But it is slowly healing and the punch of the whitewater is coming back.

It's best whitewater shows up during June and July. However, every now and then, due to the glacial melt, it can be very good during the first two weeks of August as reference to: Washington State - Camping Along the Mountai…

Memories of St. Helens --- Thirty Years Later

Like Mike M, I was on the Wenatchee River the day St. Helens unleashed a cloud of ash that blanketed much of the western half of Washington. Orion River Rafting was busy with two large commercial rafting trips headed down the river.

In the morning, as we were prepping rafts at our launch site off U.S. 2, we heard what we assumed was a detonation by a highway crew doing road work, or avalanche control, or a peal of thunder from high in the Stuart Range. The day was cloudless, sunny and warm, and with everything else going on, we thought nothing of the one-shot rumble.

I led the first wave of rafts because I was scheduled to appear on a KIRO radio show that evening in Seattle and needed to get off the river as early as possible. As the rafts approached our take-out in Cashmere, I recall noting thunderclouds massing to the east and seemingly headed up the Valley.

I remember thinking how odd that weather was approaching us from the east. I also remember thinking how s…

Orion River Rafting's Guide's Backeddy

Chumstick Country Club the evening of May 15th. Group Dinner planned. Slideshow from stand-in photographers --- hopefully. Keg. Non-Guidelings (aka Orion Guides) please contact the office if you are planning on attending.

Many launch times will be later this season in order to cater to the Seattle metropolitan crowd that party's hardy on Friday night and wants to dodge the traffic headed east out of town.

What does that mean to you --- our fearful guides? Well, our Noon and 1pm Meeting Times on the Wenatchee do NOT include a meal which means you will need to eat a humongous breakfast or come prepared with a carbohydrate rich snack to get you through to 6pm.

You might have heard that I gave away the farm to this Groupon thing. Maybe so, but the Good News to you is that we are bursting at the seams with guide days on the Wenatchee and some of it is spilling over onto other rivers. Starting after the Memor…

River Rafting Safety Tips?

I clicked on this article because it just so happens that the subject "Safety Tips for Families Rafting with Small Kids" is a subject that I was considering submitting to an E-zine. I figured I might get some ideas or learn something I had not considered since I do not have any small children of my own.

The second of the promised five tips derailed me. Honestly? A 'life rope' connecting your child to the raft while on moving water? This is dumbest idea imaginable --- and I am being kind.

NEVER attach yourself, your child, your dog or your worst enemy to a boat in moving water. You are setting yourself up for disaster. Lines and moving water do not mix well. Entanglement issues are the first thing that comes to mind. And, if the child has a line attached to them, and they are tethered to the raft, it isn't only the child who is at risk of an errant line in the event the raft capsizes, or if the child falls overboard on the side of the raft opposite where th…

River Rafting Guide Training

In less than a month, Orion River Rafting's one-of-a-kind guide training will commence along the banks of the Deschutes River in north central Oregon. This season marks Orion's 33rd season of teaching complete novices the wonders of being on the river. Kenneth Grahame said it best in a much-loved quote from Wind in the Willows, "There is nothing--absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

Our seven day spring river trip serves multiple purposes. Newcomers to river rafting are immersed in the trappings of what it means to be 'messing about in boats.' Instead of merely getting repetitions on one stretch of river, they are getting exposed to a new stretch of water every day. They are introduced to the whole wide realm of river rafting: rigging, camp craft, a diverse set of knots, rowing an oar boat, environmental stewardship, expedition travel, gear management, cooking for groups and cooking with Dutch Ovens and wildern…

River Rafting Safety --- No Guarantees

The President of the Kashmir Rafting Operators Association oversteps his bounds by pronouncing --- in the press no less --- that tourists can enjoy a river trip in Kashmir "without any fear of injury". Basically, he is guaranteeing tourists who visit Kashmir and choose to go rafting with one of the KROA outfitters that there is no chance they will come to harm.

Even if they were only rafting Class I rivers, he would be misrepresenting the industry he is working to promote. I can appreciate that he is working hard to assure readers of the Daily Kashmir that the imported Nepalese guides are well-trained and safety precautions are being emphasized, but he would be better advised to refrain from making public promises he has no way of keeping.

http://orionexp.comin reference to: "“We provide life jacket and helmet to the tourists and they enjoy it without any fear of any injury."
- Rising Kashmir, Daily Newspaper, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir - Kashmir’s rafting industry …

Cheat River Rafting Fatality

"Regular rafter" Charlie Walbridge does not come close to describing who Charlie Walbridge is. Charlie Walbridge is the author of River Safety Anthology, a compendium of nationwide river running (kayaking, rafting and canoeing) incidents and fatalities and a recitation of choices boaters make that ultimately leads to their difficulties on the river.

Mr. Walbridge has been recreating on rivers for decades and is one of the river industry's preeminent experts on river safety. You would think that he would deserve, at the very least, a descriptive term like "professional safety expert" preceding his name in this new story.
http://orionexp.comin reference to: "Regular rafter Charles Walbridge"
- Pa. man drowns on Cheat River rafting trip - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio - (view on Google Sidewiki)

River Rafting Inventor

Mr. Dvorak may have been the first commercially permitted river rafter in the state of Colorado, but I am confident he is not the inventor of river rafting, since Georgie White was running 'triple-rigs' (inflatable bridge pontoons strapped together) down the Grand Canyon in the '50s. And there were other Grand Canyon permittees that pre-dated her offering river raft trips.

It is equally ludicrous to attribute Mr. Dvorak with the being the one to first conceive of the idea of having guides lead raft trips. Bill Dvorak has been rafting for a very long time but 1969 still makes him a 'pup' among some river rafting outfitters. http://orionexp.comin reference to: "The person generally credited with inventing river rafting is Bill Dvorak"
- River Rafting An Overview (view on Google Sidewiki)

Leavenworth Washington River Rafting

The blog post about "Ten outdoor destinations with everything" did not include "Leavenworth, Washington" --- which is now accessible by rail and Amtrak right out of Seattle! In fact, Leavenworth is a mere 113 miles from metropolitan Seattle, so you can easily visit for the day, plan for an extended stay and contact one of the dozens of lodges, rentals, inns or retreats.

Leavenworth has the ideal weather conditions throughout the year for all kinds of outdoor adventures --- river rafting on the Wenatchee River, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, road-biking, innertubing, paragliding, kayaking and trail running. You are able to be outdoor active all year long in Leavenworth. http://orionexp.comin reference to: "Ten outdoor destinations with everything!"
- Ten outdoor destinations with everything! | (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wise River Rafters

Virginia Outdoor Center should be applauded for their patience, common sense and white water safety first attitude. They should be rewarded for their attention to public safety and their willingness to "Just Say No" to those who are hankering to get out on the high water and are no doubt needling them to break their own good sense.

High, cold, flooding rivers are not to be taken lightly. Only the best-equipped professionals or professional paddlers should contemplate heading out in those types of conditions. News reports are coming in from various parts of the country where novice boaters are risking their lives --- and the lives of rescuers --- by venturing out onto swollen rivers that are beyond their capabilities.

VOC's reward should be an even more loyal customer base. http://orionexp.comin reference to: - Eyeing river ride? Not yet (view on Google Sidewiki)

White Water River Rafting

Another article patching together what appear to be complete sentences about "The Top Ten Places to Go White Water Rafting" but --- in reality --- its just promoting some company in Maine and a home-based water filter company.

And white water rafting, contrary to the first sentence of this article's second paragraph, has absolutely nothing to do with 'navigating a lake'. But I suspect most people know that already.

I would add the rivers of Maine --- Penobscot, Kennebec and the Dead --- as well as the historic stretches of the Green and Colorado Rivers in Utah to this list of the top ten rivers.

And, the Skykomish River in Washington is one of Washington's white water gems, but the Wild & Scenic Sauk River should certainly not be overlooked.

For other rivers in Washington, check out Orion River Rafting's website. http://orionexp.comin reference to: The Top 10 Places To Enjoy Whitewater Rafting In The Usa (vie…

River Rafting in Washington? Really?

If you want to raft with Outward Bound (hover the mouse over every link), or an outfitter in Maine, or be directed toward two of the least commercially rafted rivers in Washington, and one, the Skagit, that is more mild than wild, than this is the article you are looking for.

If you want a Washington outfitter, go here:

If you want to actually read something useful about river rafting in Washington, go here:

Visit here for an honest blog about river rafting in Washington. That IS the title of the blog after all: reference to: "River Rafting In Washington State"
- River Rafting In Washington State (view on Google Sidewiki)

One Small Step for River Rafting

Commercial river rafting is at the forefront of a Colorado Senator's bill to guarantee rights of river users; however, what is at the core of this engagement is the centuries old dilemma of who should hold the rights to ephemeral, transitory resources and access to those resources?

Water, it would seem to me, is one of the most 'public' of all resources. If a body of water is navigable, land owners should have no rights to restrict the public --- the ultimate 'owners' --- the use of that water. It appears the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee wisely amended the bill to read that "all' users were protected and not just commercial rafters.

This is a small, but critical step to ensure that the trend is toward more openness and more access and away from exclusivity and privatization of a public reference to: "rafters over property owners"
- River Rafting bill floats forward at Capitol - KDVR (view on Google Sidewiki)

River Rafting Nightmare - Humor

I did not wake in a cold sweat. I woke incomprehensibly relieved to discover I was in bed. In my own house, next to my blissfully sleeping wife, dry and warm, and not where I had just dreamed I was.

Which, for a river rafting guide, was the equivalent of Dante's ninth circle of hell.

I was on the bank of a river deep in the bowels of the earth. Upstream and downstream of me were imposing swaths of white water. The white water upstream threatened like it was going to spill over the banks and wash me and all the gear and my boat partner downstream into the hungry turbulence below.

It was formidable white water and I had no recollection as to how I had made it as far as I had.

My raft was old and listless with no kick in the bow or the stern. In my nightmare, it was empty, tethered to something on shore, bobbing slightly in the only calm water that could be seen.

The rapid surging below us reminded me of Ram's Horn on the Wind River, but the terrain --- dark, foreboding, precipit…

Introduction to White Water Rafting

Excellent, thorough, well-written article for novices planning to take a raft trip with a commercial outfitter. The author covers A to Z about white water rafting.

The strength of the article are the questions listed beneath "What makes a good outfitter?" But going over the website with a fine-tooth comb is not going to guarantee a first-class outfitter. Websites, after all, are little more than glossy, slick online brochures that the owner --- in some cases --- has spent advertising money to polish and stuff with hyperbolic statements and flat out falsehoods.

Beware the outfitter that claims to be #1 in anything, or rated the Best of anything, or claims to have more than 40 years of experience (since commercial rafting was not even in its infancy in most states in 1970).

The one thing I would add is that a website surely speaks volumes about the quality of the company, and paying attention to the content of the website, whether or not employees are displayed, and checki…

River Rafting | Ultimate Vacation

More from the internet echo chamber and recycled info, but this article is right on in regards to river rafting being one of the ultimate vacations for relaxation and pleasure. Sign on for a multi-day river rafting trip of almost any length, though the longer, the better, and what you get is an unadulterated period of time where you don't need to reach for your wallet. (This is not to say you haven't shelled out quite a bit in advance.)

Your accommodations, your meals, your itinerary, your transportation and, in many cases, your cocktails and hors douvres are taken care of by a staff of guides and their assistants. Your only job is to let your hair down, cast away your worries and, depending on the river, unwind in a hot spring, or concentrate on your next cast.

Leave your electronics behind because the last thing you want to have happen, in the event cellphone coverage reaches into whatever portion of wilderness you might be floating through, is to hear the tinny or melodic …

River Rafting: Perfect for the Whole Family!?

Not all river trips are "perfect for the whole family". In some cases, it is caveat emptor for the purchaser of any river trip. But there is also an onus on the river trip organizer to be be forthcoming about the group they are signing on to a raft adventure.

The buyer needs to provide the details of the make-up of their group or family when talking to a river outfitter about the best river rafting option available. An organizer of a river trip needs to be completely honest about the ages, abilities and physical condition of their group in order to be matched with the most suitable white water river trip.

Asking the right questions is also key to selecting a river your family or group will enjoy, because if a provider only rafts one river they might be less inclined to dissuade a potential client from making the purchase. A familiarity with the classification of rivers would be helpful, as well as an understanding of when your region experiences high water, when rivers are…

River Rafting in Turkey

In the early 90s a team of paddlers from Orion River Rafting traveled to Turkey to participate in Project RAFT's white water competition and river symposium. We arrived in Istanbul, convened and mingled with the organizers and the dozens of other teams from every continent, and then traveled overland to the Black Sea region.

The white water competition centered on various stretches of the Coruh River. Class II, III and IV rapids, though some of the rapids might have been viewed as Class V considering the remoteness of the river canyon. The Coruh was a pretty, large volume river with turquoise color. The surrounding countryside was stark, very mountainous and devoid of vegetation.

We rafted more than 20 miles of the Coruh over the course of the competition, passing several mountainside villages, but the river ran for hundreds of miles upstream and donwstream --- it emptied into the Black Sea.

For river trips in Turkey, contact Alternatif http://www.alternatif…

River Rafting in the West

Since this is another automated regurgitation of barely coherent keywords and keyword phrases, I will attempt to supply some content to the gibberish.

The best white water rafting companies in the West by reputation, resilience and respect around the industry are: O.A.R.S., Whitewater Voyages, Noahs Rafting, Echo, Ouzel, ROW Adventures, AZRA, ARTA, Canyons, Inc, Grand Canyon Dories and Rocky Mountain River Tours.

Legendary stretches of white water in the West, every river aficionado should want to check off their 'bucket' list include: Westwater Canyon, Cataract Canyon, Grand Canyon, Middle Fork Salmon, Yampa, Royal Gorge of the Arkansas, Taos Box of the Rio Grande, Forks of the Kern, Rogue, Tuolomne, Selway and the Illinois.

The best week long river rafting trip in the world is the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. The best 14 day+ river trip in the world is the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. But, it is always true that the best riv…

Paddling Tumwater Canyon

The description of Tumwater Canyon --- a seven-mile stretch of white water on the Wenatchee River above the town of Leavenworth --- appears to be somewhat understated.

The author of this section glosses over Tumwater's tumultuous rapids and ends the brief paragraph with, "If you want excitement, this is the section for you."

My suggestion would be, if you are an expert river runner with top-of-the-line equipment and you have a partner similarly geared and experienced AND you are unfazed by incredibly powerful waves and hydraulics, you might want the personal challenge of Tumwater Canyon at high water.

It is NOT commonly rafted by commercial rafting companies --- at least, not the stretch from the foot of Exit Drop Rapid and upstream. With the advent of Creature Craft, perhaps some rafting entrepreneur will believe it is commercially viable. Even so, I would not suggest the Tumwater Canyon section of the Wenatchee for anyone other than very experienced river runners. http…

Sauk River Rafting

The stretch of the federally-designated Wild & Scenic Sauk River rafted commercially is between Whitechuck Creek and Bachman County Park. The mileage on this portion of the river is closer to 9 miles, although if you continued all the way to the confluence of the Suiattle River it might be 16 miles.

Even though the white water is predominantly Class III, I would be hesitant to describe the Sauk "ideal for families and beginners". Even the stretch from Darrington to the Suiattle confluence can be congested with logjams and sweepers.

Competent kayakers and rafters can tackle the Whitechuck to Bachman run, but they should be aware of the possibility of wood in the channel and, if possible, contact outfitters or other boaters who have been on the river after spring flooding.

The Sauk River is a four-star white water river adventure close to metropolitan Seattle and suitable for beginners if they are with a professional or experienced guide. The four companies that provide ri…

Leavenworth Washington River Rafting

"Most popular river trip in the western half of Washington", "rambunctious white water", "ideal beginning rafter and kayaker river", "great family trip in the summer", "best weather you will find river rafting in Washington", "great inner tubing river once the snow melt is gone and the sun high" --- all of these are excellent descriptors of the Wenatchee River out of the tourist destination and Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, Washington.

What makes the Wenatchee River the perfect mini-vacation getaway is the plethora of other activities and amenities available in the Wenatchee Valley. Hiking, wine-tasting. fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking, shopping, beer gardens, amusement centers, etc

Commercial rafting companies include: Orion River Rafting, Wildwater River Tours, North Cascades River Expeditions and dozens more. For inner tubing, check o…

Early Season River Rafting Deals

The massive snowfall back East --- even as recently as a few weeks ago --- augur a spectacular run-off in the rivers around the region and a very long, prosperous river rafting season for commercial outfitters. However, inexpensive trips coupled with rivers exploding out of their banks may also lead to numerous white water safety scenarios if thousands of newcomers jump on the deals and go rafting while the rivers are flooding and frigid.

Eastern outfitters should provide wetsuits for the icebreaker Weekend, but private boaters should definitely wear neoprene in the sort of hypothermic conditions they are certain to encounter. Washington State outfitters have been providing and requiring neoprene on their river trips ever since a company called Whitewater Tuxedo was established in the early 1980s. Whitewater Tuxedo rented wetsuits and boots to the guests of every rafting company operating out of Seattle.

http://orionexp.comin reference to: "Prices for this weekend's day trip…

Wenatchee River Rafting and Kayaking

Nice blog entry on paddling the Wenatchee River and a couple of tributaries but aimed specifically at kayakers. The description of the Wenatchee River from Leavenworth to Cashmere is thorough and informative, and would be a useful reference for novice boaters.

The author seems to take a slightly cavalier attitude about the two more challenging stretches of river mentioned in the posting --- Tumwater and Icicle Creek --- though I am completely aware that not being a kayaker and coming from a more conservative attitude about river running, I might be mis-reading this.

I think I would use a more cautionary framing when suggesting either stretch of white water since anyone who isn't an expert should not come anywhere near those two runs.

Other river rafting outfitters on the Wenatchee, besides Osprey are: Orion River Rafting, Wildwater River Tours, North Cascades River Expeditions reference to: &quo…

Reinventing a River Rafting Business

I always come back to what Jim Fielder, owner of Zig Zag River Runners, told me years ago during the first recession my whitewater rafting company, Orion River Rafting, weathered. He said (and I am paraphrasing), "I read during the Great Depression, when most Americans didn't have two dimes to rub together, rollercoaster rides at state fairs continued to do a booming business. Rafting will have the same resiliency."

And, he was right. Through that recession and the next one. We didn't have to add paintball and donkey rides and perform a musical, or bring in a dance troupe, during lunch.

But, over the decades, Orion River Rafting has had to stay small enough and nimble enough to remain afloat during the tighter economic times. Reinvention, such as adding other kinds of adventure activities, has been an aspect of the business plan, but the economy has never been the driving force behind a desire to change.

Changing just for the sake of maximizing …

Faux River Rafting Blog

You would think that might have some means of 'catching' these faux blog entries, but until they do, I intend to co-opt them for my own purposes. At least this one jumbles together keyword phrases that actually relate to white water river rafting.

However, I love the comment about "wildest estuaries". It has been a long time since my last geography class, but I am thinking that unless we are talking about the St. Lawrence seaway, estuaries can never be described as 'wild', like in wildwater, or whitewater rafting

In any event, when the day comes that the internet implodes, or becomes so clogged it dies an electronic myocardial infarction, remember the billions of web pages generated for no other purpose than to get search engines to pick them reference to: "Whitewater rafting trips require to be carried out within the wildest estuaries"
- The Best Whitewater Rafting Excursion Experience In Colorado | horsemusic

Deschutes River Rafting | Oregon River Rafting

The Deschutes (French for 'cascades') River winds through Bend, Oregon, and after miles of swiftwater melds with Pacific bound Columbia River near Biggs, Oregon. Between Bend and the confluence, the Deschutes River slices through mountain ranges and carves channels through ragged basalt bedrock creating dozens of fun Class III - IV white water rapids.

One of the pleasures of the Deschutes River, rarely mentioned, is it is always 'on the move'. Even during its mild stretches, the current is strong and relentlessly headed downstream.

The absolute BEST time to enjoy this unsung multi-day river rafting trip, only hours from Seattle, Portland and Boise, is during the spring months when the grasses are green, the campsites are fresh and no one but the random fisherman is on the river.

The other big positive for the Deschutes River is that it has sufficient flows throughout the year. So, whether your vacation time can be manipulated to enjoy the quiet, h…

White Water Rafting Principles

The author, apparently a novice river rafter, makes a salient point regarding just how much influence guides and rafters have in the midst of crashing waves.

Some of the finest routes taken through the turbulence of Lava Falls Rapids in the Grand Canyon have come from less experienced river runners who did not fight the river's strength so much as just 'going with the flow'.

Occasionally during Orion's river rafting guide training, the instructors take over one raft and proceed to have some fun on the water by either 1) floating through a rapid with everyone's eyes closed EXCEPT for the captain, 2) 'intuitive' guiding where everyone in the raft steers, or 3) after setting up, just allowing the raft go wherever it is going to go.

Granted, these are Class III, maybe Class IV, rapids, and the raft's participants are well-versed in anticipating what the river and the raft will do, but, my point is, the inflatable raft muddles on through …

Methow River Rafting | Washington State

The Methow River meanders more than 30 miles through orchards and sandstone bluffs in north central Washington and is another exceptional multi-day river rafting trip. Float trips launch from Winthrop, Twisp, Carlton and MacFarland Creek.

The best whitewater on the Methow River is downstream of the one-horse community of Methow and would be day 2 or 3 of an overnight river trip. For a 3-day trip, launch in Winthrop, and for a single overnight raft adventure, put-in outside Twisp. The white water rapids early in the trip are easy Class I-II, while the powerful waves and more technical whitewater can be found in the last 8 miles of the trip.

Orion River Rafting offers one-day and overnight river rafting trips on the Methow reference to: "The outfitters usually arrange for accommodations on tours lasting multiple days"
- River Rafting in Washington State | Hiking, Camping, Rafting Gear - Air Matteres Air Beds and More (view on Google Sidewiki)

River Rafting for Families and First Timers in Washington

The 8-mile stretch of the Upper Skagit River
in the North Cascades National Park is the perfect family river rafting trip. The Magic Skagit has Class I-II riffles and one Class III wave train that everyone from your first-grader to your grandmother will enjoy. It is nicknamed 'Magic' due to crystal clear water, fairyland Doug Fir forests and snowy ridges in the background.

Another great river rafting trip in Washington suitable for families is the Wenatchee River out of Leavenworth. If not everyone wants to go rafting, Leavenworth has numerous shops, activities and cultural events to entertain anyone in the family.

For a raft trip on the Skagit or the Wenatchee, contact: http://orionexp.comin reference to: "5 Rafting Trips For Families And Beginners"
- 5 Rafting Trips For Families And Beginners (view on Google Sidewiki)

Best Time for River Rafting in Leavenworth

The ideal time to river raft the Wenatchee River is between May and July.

May is peak, snow-melt runoff, so the water will be cold, the air temperature in the 70s and the water level can be moderate to high.

June is nice because the ambient temperature has risen considerably, while the river levels usually are still good enough to provide some exciting white water.

July is typically low and slow, but the weather is reaching the high 90s, so rafting continues to be fun, but more memorable due to water-fighting and voluntary swims.

Orion River Rafting provides daily, unhurried river trips out of Leavenworth, Washington. Established 1978. http://orionexp.comin reference to: "Spring mountain snowmelt creates excellent rafting conditions in the Wenatchee River."
- Leavenworth, Washington - A Great Place to Visit (view on Google Sidewiki)

Wenatchee and Sauk River Rafting

One of the most popular river trips in Washington is the Wenatchee River flowing between the tourist destination of Leavenworth, Washington, and the home of aplets and cotlets candies, Cashmere, Washington.

The Wenatchee River is the quintessential trip for novices, as well as, avid rafters because it has large, frothy waves that are challenging to paddle, but very 'forgiving'. Sunshine and warm weather in eastern Washington also contribute to the Wenatchee's draw.

Another excellent river trip in the state of Washington is the Wild & Scenic Sauk River outside Darrington, Washington. The Sauk River is an emerald-green, glacier-fed river coming out of the Glacier Peak Wilderness. The whitewater on the Sauk is invigorating and the scenery, on a clear day, is breath-taking.

For reservations contact: http://orionexp.comin reference to: "Popular River Rafting Trips"
- A Review Of Popular River Rafting Trips And Services (view on Google Sidewiki)

River Rafting Threatens Property Rights

First of all, I'd like to say, follow the money.

These issues always comes down to who stands to lose value or money --- usually only hypothetically speaking, and rarely in reality.

But what are we to expect from the state that brought us The Sagebrush Rebellion during the Reagan Years? A Western state where water is like gold and everyone jockeys to claim the right to a resource that even a small child could tell you ought to belong to "the people" and not individuals on a willy-nilly, first-come/first-served basis.

Note that no one wants to consider some kind of compromise. Landowners claim inalienable rights and claim the moral high ground, even though, in a moral universe, that water would belong to the citizens of the entire country --- as a public resource --- and could not be restricted by one individual or entity.

After all, you can not step into the same river twice, so, technically, claiming the water as their "property", is impossible.


Washington State River Rafting

Lois Friedland does a fantastic job writing about Adventure Travel for, but, every now and then, Washington State gets overlooked when it comes to white water rafting trips and its outfitters.

The Columbia Gorge offers several scintillating river rafting trips within an easy drive of Portland and three of them are in Washington --- the White Salmon, the Wind and the Klickitat. Contact Wet Planet for trips on these rivers.

The Olympic Peninsula offers some of the most scenic river trips in Washington through gorgeous, moss laden rain forests. In the Olympics, you may encounter an elk herd and you will certainly be floating on a crystal clear, emerald green river. Contact Olympic Raft & Kayak .

The North Cascades from I-90 north has a half-dozen dynamic and adventurous river trips suitable for novices to experts. The best family river rafting trip is the Skagit River along the North Cascades Highway. The most scenic 'wilderness' whitewater can be found on the Sa…

White Water Rafting Rivers Makes More Sense

Strange, awkward title, Even for keyword reasons. Ought to be "White Water River Rafting Rivers in the state of Washington".

The information, however, is excellent, and certainly not automated gobbledygook.

Green River Gorge

Three Doors Rapid just below the Nozzle can be a big surprise when the river is cruising above 2,500 cfs. It is highly unlikely the Green will run in 2010.

Cispus River

Watch for sweepers and logjams on the Cispus. Contact someone who rafts the river on a somewhat regular basis before attempting it. Or hire an outfitter.

Skykomish River

Actually, Snohomish County is the managing agency that requires helmets, and the Wind River in the Columbia Gorge is much more challenging.

Boulder Drop Rapids, though much easier than it once was with non-self-bailing rafts, is sometimes considered to be Class V. The main reason being that rescue at Boulder Drop can be very difficult at higher water levels.

Sauk and Suiattle Rivers

I have no idea why the Sauk River gets su…

River Rafting on the Methow River

Terrific, informative article about the "hidden gem of the Cascades" --- the Methow River Valley. The re-invention of the town of Winthrop, the strong sense of community throughout the valley and the rise of sustainable businesses up and down the North Cascades Highway have made the Methow Valley a stellar destination whether during the summer or winter seasons.

As for river rafting on the Methow River, there was a time when hundreds if not thousands of white water enthusiasts from the Puget Sound region would make the 4 hour trek to revel in the monstrous breaking waves the spring run-off would create on the Methow River between Carlton and Pateros.

Rapids like Black Canyon, Staircase, Zero Hour, Shoshone Hole, Another Roadside Attraction and Jolly Green Giant would drench rafting participants and, literally, leave them aching for more. Other than the notable rapids named above, the Methow River, when blessed with water from bank to bank, also boasts numerous standalone b…

White Water Rafting in Washington State

More gibberish posted online apparently as a means to draw attention to casinos or bingo? Hard to tell.

But whitewater rafting "is an exterior activity most people try at least once in their chronicle", say what? Word bot got confused.

Here are three REAL white water rafting safety tips: 1) always wear a life jacket in conditions where you are likely or could possibly take a swim, and ALWAYS wear a life jacket if you are a novice on moving water 2) do not challenge whitewater under the influence of recreational drugs, and 3) dress for success. Cotton clothing is anathema to cold water rafting. (The use of the word "anathema" proves this is not a bot-generated response!)

Another tip? Boat with pros, like Orion River Rafting reference to: "Whitewater rafting"
- Whitewater Rafting – Safety Tips | Senam Online Bingo (view on Google Sidewiki)

River Rafting in Washington State

Please note that the this article never gets around to telling the reader which are the "5 Must Knows for the Best the Utah White Water Rafting Adventure".

This is because this 'blog' was generated by a computer and its purpose is merely to increase the visibility of "rafting in U-T-A-H" and, more specifically, drive traffic to the rafting company that paid the bot to spew this drivel and choke the internet with useless, nonsensical blather.

Even so, the 5 Must Knows for rafting in the Southwest is that the water is likely to be muddy, there tends to be a fair amount of floating, sunscreen is key, bring bottled water and prepare yourself for some gorgeous canyon scenes.

The river rafting in Washington State is delightful from May through September. See you there! reference to: "5 Must Knows For The Best The Utah White Water Rafting Adventure"
- 5 Must Knows For The Best The Utah White Water Rafting Adventure | neweventticket (

River Rafting in Washington State

River rafting in Washington state peaks during the month of July, in terms of the number of people getting out and white water rafting. However, every season, regardless of the depth of Washington state's snowpack, the peak flows happen much earlier.

I have been organizing, leading and rafting rivers in the state of Washington since 1975. I have seen every imaginable description of the snowpack. I have been rafting for so long in the Pacific Northwest, I remember when they changed (read: downgraded) the definition of 'average' snowpack in the Cascades because the snowpack was no longer accumulating to the extent it once did in earlier part of the 20th century.

I have also been guiding and rafting for long enough in the Northwest to report that, no matter what the snowpack is in February, or March, you would be presumptuous to state that the white water rafting season is doomed to bad water level conditions. This is because the spring could be colder than normal, drier th…

River Rafting Rescue and Guide Training

Perhaps this river rafting rescue in the Grand Canyon required the use of helicopters, motorized Zodiacs and 14 Park Rangers, but there is a chance it did not.

The best place to learn how to deal with river rescue scenarios is by taking a white water river rafting rescue course with one of the dozens of commercial outfitters who offer training courses. (

Our company, Orion Expeditions, offers an outstanding course each spring but I would also recommend Whitewater Voyages ( --- their owner, Bill McGinnis, wrote the books on Whitewater Rafting, and OARS (, a well-respected river company that has been on the water for decades.

Accidents, like the one related in this post, happen. Much of the time, however, with the right training, a simple rescue, without the technology, will reference to: "quick-and…


When I am promoting my river rafting business, I prefer to avoid the use of hyberbole like referring to my employees as "the most experienced guides." I prefer something a little more understated as in "friendly, personable and professional"

Or as Leavenworth Outfitters describes their employees on this same page, as "enthusiastic and licensed".

Hyperbole is for selling soft drinks and useless products no one really needs. I would be wary of anyone in the river rafting adventure travel industry making unsupportable claims and utilizing qualifiers such as 'best', 'most' and "rated #1".in reference to: "Raft the best rivers around with the most experienced guides."
- Allred Escape Vacation Rental Condo (view on Google Sidewiki)

Cold Water White Water Rafting

Cold water is the bane of white water rafting in Washington and Alaska. It is the reason we wear wetsuits through June, and have our customers wear them nearly all of the time. It is the reason some guides and outfitters swear by drysuits, even when the air temperature is climbing into the 90s.

It is remarkable Washington's white water outfitters and guides have as good of track record as they do. The state's records of water-related fatalities show that nearly one hundred per cent of the victims were either a) not wearing a lifejacket b) improperly wearing a lifejacket c) inebriated or had alcohol in their system or d) both. The fact that commercial outfitters in the state have their customers wear life jackets all of the time and do not encourage on river drinking and provide neoprene goes a very long way toward stacking the odds in our favor.

Not wearing a lifejacket on moving water, especially in moving water where there is the opportunity for an unscheduled swim, is ins…

River News

In the state of Colorado, the issue of whether a landowner who owns the land adjacent to a river can prevent boaters from floating a river continues to be a flash point. Apparently, in Colorado, property owners believe they hold the rights all the way out to midstream. This, in spite of a Colorado law, clearly stating that river users have the right to navigate a stream as long as they don't trespass by stepping on the bank. Even so, some landowners have erected fences across waterways or strung neck-high wires, hired lawyers and, in some extreme cases, brandished weapons threatening river users who ignore the 'boundaries'.

A Colorado representative has introduced legislation that would amend the existing law to allow boaters to not only navigate waterways without fear of reprisal but step on the bank if necessary for safety reasons or utilitarian reasons. River runners everywhere should be interested in the development of this story because, it is conce…