9. October 2012 21:49
As expected, the sunset paddle was amazing! Talk about a perfect evening for a paddle, temp in the mid-70, not a cloud in the sky and the river basically to ourselves. [More]
25. September 2012 20:55
Starting out on this trip I was feeling a little nervous and excited. I think what I felt is normal for most people when they are about to try something new. I didn’t know how my body would handle kayaking everyday but was looking forward to a challenge, I had never been camping in the backcountry, but was ready to step out of my comfort zone, and I was worried about how the dynamics of the group would work. [More]
13. April 2012 20:13
What is a Cataraft? – Catarafts, commonly referred to as cats, are a specific type of raft that is used for fishing, white-water rafting and floating. Catarafts were made popular by the Russians, who used them on crazy outdoor adventures. Cats fit less people then on a raft of similar size and there is less freedom to move around – you are confined to the chair all day on the river. However, they are commonly used as a fishing platform and are great for rafting over rougher water.
How does it work? – Unlike a raft, there is no rubber floor that is pushed by waves or gets sucked into holes. Instead, there is the frame in between two tubes. What this means for you as a boater, is that you will have a harder time flipping your raft. Cats can be designed for a number of different functions and many cat owners have designed their cat themselves.
When should I use it? – When you should choose a cataraft over a normal raft is going to be up to your personal preferences. Depending on the type of water you will be encountering, the number of people or gear you want to carry or even how long your trip is, will determine the type of boat you should use. I would recommend doing some personal research on what is out there.
Where can you get it? –The ORC has catarafts available for rent. We have 2 available, and it costs $108 to rent for the weekend!
6. October 2011 16:26
Learn the tricks of the trade from people who are out in the wilderness. These simple tips will help you become a more proficient and skilled backpacker, climber, skier, and more.
It is always hard to keep a smile on a rainy day when hiking, paddling, or mountaineering. Before leaving for a long trip, I typically try to write myself a note of inspiration and find a sweet candy treat (one that will not melt) and hide them in my rain jacket. Most times, once the I have forgotten I put a small zip lock bag of goodies in my pack and I am pleasantly surprised. It is a nice way to start a rainy day.
14. September 2011 17:55
If you are interested in spending a day near the Snake and looking at rock art, try going to Buffalo Eddy. Want to be more adventurous? Take a raft, canoe, kayak, or inflatable kayak and paddle across the river to see more petroglyphs!