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rafting

  • Boats

    When in doubt, scout it out

    There comes a time in our rowing careers where we find a groove. We've been there and rowed that many times over the course of 10 years or more. That experience level may make us more proficient at rowing trickier water but it can also make us all a bit overconfident which can lead to…

  • Boats

    Low water, big problems

    Refresh. Refresh. Refresh. You’d think I was checking the score for game seven of the World Series, but I wasn’t. Obsessively, I hit refresh on my trusty Riverbrain app no less than 50 times the day before our trip hoping to see the spike go up on our beloved Colorado River. But the flows didn’t…

  • Boats

    Learn to tie the king of boat knots

    Problem was I hadn't used this specific anchor line in quite some time and never with this anchor. When I went to clip the carabiner to said anchor it was far to long and would have dragged in the water at points being both unsafe and really annoying. We needed to loose about 4 to 5 inches inches of length on the set up.

    Last weekend we floated the Arkansas River in between Buena Vista and Salida, Colo. We camped and floated two separate days. The camping was fantastic, company spectacular, weather was great, and the fishing pretty darn good. I brought a brand spanking new Tornado Anchor to test specifically on these floats (more on that later). Problem…

  • Back that trailer up

    It’s a common scenario. You pull up ready for a day on the water and the boat ramp is a circus. Gear, dogs, boats and people everywhere. You’ve done your due diligence and prepared your boat off to the side and are now ready to launch. I’ve had a couple of stressful moments trying to…

  • Boats

    A raft without air?

    How a small leak can mean big problems down the line in·flat·a·ble /inˈflādəb(ə)l/ Inflatable. Pretty simple to infer what it means, but by definition it’s the capability to be inflated with air. It also happens to be one of the most important components for any inflatable raft, kayak or paddle board. A couple weeks ago, after…

  • Learning to row

    There’s no better time to start. Growing up as a Midwestern kid from the suburbs, I didn’t know much about the outdoors. Being from Ohio, we didn’t camp a lot. Rivers were a bit foreign to our family of six. Don’t get me wrong, we fished, swam and rode bikes until the streetlights came on…

  • Boats

    The West is full of great rivers to float

    Didn't draw a lottery permit? No problem It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, I’m not referencing the holiday season in December. I’m talking about river permit season. Most have chosen their dates meticulously with groups of people on rivers like the Smith, the Green, the Yampa, the San Juan and the list…