River Tours and Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Loud as foghorns, the braying of howler monkeys erupted from the jungle to the right of our pontoon boat. Our eyes whipped across the verdant rainforest jungle. Something moved in the thick verdant wall of trees and vines along the … Continue reading

Rafting British Columbia: A Summer Bucket List Requirement

British Columbia offers amazing, affordable, accessible adventures for river rats, and famed B.C. waterways like the Thompson, Fraser and Chilliwack Rivers are no secret to outdoor enthusiasts. Rafting is one of the few water sports where you’ll actually enjoy paddling … Continue reading

Whitewater Rafting on the River Orchy

Argyll’s peaceful Glen Orchy hides a less than peaceful secret. A gentle secret for most of the year until winter arrives. That’s when it changes to a wild and raging torrent. Known as the “best rafting river in the UK,” … Continue reading

Paddling the French Broad River

The French Broad River is the third oldest stream in the world, the first and second oldest being the Nile and the New River (the latter also begins in North Carolina). So old that it is practically devoid of fossils, … Continue reading

Top 5: World’s Best Rivers for Whitewater Rafting

It is difficult to make a list of the best rivers for whitewater rafting. However, when you are looking for adventure in the outdoors, you need to take into account various factors such as the difficulty grade of the rapids … Continue reading

River Safety: 4 Lessons from Swiftwater Rescue Training

whitewater river with many rocks and obstacles

Having spent my college years as an avid whitewater kayaker and rafter, I considered myself to be reasonably skilled in river safety and self-rescue techniques. My trip leaders were never negligent. We learned to avoid strainers or objects in the … Continue reading

Rafting in the Ice Age: Glacier National Park’s River Adventures

Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Montana’s Glacier National Park is not for the faint of heart. The rivers begin to rage as soon as the snow melt begins its annual flow from the mountain peaks to the valleys below. This … Continue reading

Whitewater Rafting in Hell

On their journey to find the Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark passed through one of the most rugged areas of their trip to the Pacific Ocean when they rode through the rapids of the Snake River.

The days of Lewis … Continue reading

Exercises for Paddlers: Strength Training To Prepare For The Season

The same thing happens to me every spring. The ice leaves the river, and I get so excited that I’m out paddling hard for the whole day. And then I pay for it with sore muscles for a week. Even … Continue reading