White water river rafting

  • shyguysport

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    Apr 16, 2008 6:49 AM GMT
    I wanted to see if anyone could recommend a company that
    runs a great rafting company. I am mainly interested in
    the CA - Sacremento area. However, I would also consider any
    other outfits in the western states. Thanks.


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    Apr 16, 2008 5:05 PM GMT
    I live 100 miles north of Boise. The snow pack here this year should keep the rapids at a solid class four nearly into August. I know a guy who guides week long trips here in the summer on the Salmon River and guides the Grand Canyon in the off season when he's not guiding snow cat skiing here in the winter (Sweet life, huh? And yep, I hate him). He's also gay, if that matters.

    If your interested I could have him get in touch w/you.

    He's also mentioned to me that some interest has been expressed in doing an all gay rafting trip. That'd be cool. Maybe if there's enough interest w/RJer's something could be set up.
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    Apr 16, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    this is the company i've used several times. i've had nothing but good experiences with them. it's an amazing time and they do all the forks of the american river.

    www.arrafting.com

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    Apr 16, 2008 7:04 PM GMT

    Well I'm out east, so cannot help much, but wanted to wish you good luck and a great time !!! Be sure to tell us about how things went when you get back !!! If ever East there is a great place called Interstate Breaks State Park, with wonderful rafting on a river that is the state line between Virginia, and West Virginia. the place is nicknamed 'GRAND CANION OF THE SOUTH"
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    Apr 17, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Sorry, but if you ever get east, the upper Gauley river in the fall is fantastic. I suggest "Drift a Bit" outfitters, they treat you right.
    When I was stationed at Fort Carson some guys in my Troop went on a trip in Idaho and said it was nice. I didn't get to go though so I can't say anymore about it. I hear it's "nice". Good luck, hang on to your paddle.

    The Breaks? realifedad are you in the Grundy area?
    I have a ton of relatives on the other side of the Big Sandy in Kentucky.



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    Apr 17, 2008 6:15 AM GMT
    I'd hit up mtnmonkey on his recommendation. The rivers in Idaho are phenomenal for white water rafting, the Salmon in particular as was mentioned (and, of course, the rest of the scenery is almost unparalleled in the West in its pristine beauty).
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    Apr 17, 2008 6:45 AM GMT
    How can one mention whitewater rafting and not mention the Grand Canyon? I had a great experience with this company: http://www.azraft.com/

    Definitely still falls in the range of Western state. I did a trip that did both rafting and hiking; you're definitely missing out if all you've ever done is hiked about near the top rim.

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    Apr 17, 2008 2:38 PM GMT
    I'm in Oregon and can recommend several companies here if you are interested. A great Spring river is the White Salmon has a great mix of Class IV and V and you don't need a permit.
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    Apr 17, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidI'd hit up mtnmonkey on his recommendation. The rivers in Idaho are phenomenal for white water rafting, the Salmon in particular as was mentioned (and, of course, the rest of the scenery is almost unparalleled in the West in its pristine beauty).


    I loved the Salmon - did the Middle Fork float several years ago - although you do have to watch the water levels so you aren't rock hopping. My all-time favorite though is the Rogue - some great technical water with scenery that is spectacular! Just watch-out for the bears... Another good float to consider is the Minam - a bit out of the way but worth it.
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    Apr 18, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    John43620 saidSorry, but if you ever get east, the upper Gauley river in the fall is fantastic. I suggest "Drift a Bit" outfitters, they treat you right.
    When I was stationed at Fort Carson some guys in my Troop went on a trip in Idaho and said it was nice. I didn't get to go though so I can't say anymore about it. I hear it's "nice". Good luck, hang on to your paddle.

    The Breaks? realifedad are you in the Grundy area?
    I have a ton of relatives on the other side of the Big Sandy in Kentucky.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John -- I live about an hour and a half south west of Grundy, I'm just minutes north of the tennessee state line at Kingsport, or a little further at Bristol,TN/VA, the Breaks is around a two hour drive from where I live. Beautiful country up where your family is from !!!

  • shyguysport

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    Apr 22, 2008 12:02 AM GMT
    I guess I should have mentioned that this would be my first time rafting. Does that change any of the recommendations? Thanks for all the input.
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    Apr 22, 2008 11:56 PM GMT
    I assume you're doing American cuz it's the closest? I haven't done it yet though I really want to, after having done the Grand Canyon.


    I only rafted twice before Colorado River, on the Youghiogheny in Ohio, so I was practically a beginner. I still highly recommend the Arizona Raft Adventures. I think you do anywhere from 6 to 14 day trips, so perhaps for a first time that may be a little much, but hey, what better way than to do your first time of whitewater rafting right the first time! The Colorado River is special cuz they have their own rapids rating system (usually it's 1-6, but Colorado River uses 1-10 specially for itself).
  • HotCoach

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    Aug 01, 2008 3:38 AM GMT
    Middle Fork of the Salmon last 2 yrs on Father's day with my sons. Incredible!

    Kurt Selish runs the tour. True mountain man. Love the guy!

    Middle Fork River Tours. Hailey, Idaho!