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Planning Your Whitewater Rafting Trip

 June 30, 2014  /  Comments Off on Planning Your Whitewater Rafting Trip

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Whitewater rafting is an incredible adventure, but if you’ve never experienced it before, it can be quite intimidating. The key to enjoying the trip is to have a reasonable idea of what’s going to happen and the proper things packed to take with you ahead of time. Along with the items you should bring, there are items that you should leave at home too.

Planning Your Whitewater Rafting Trip

What to Expect

The most obvious thing you can expect on your whitewater rafting trip is to get wet. This means that you’ll need to pack appropriately. You can expect that the location has certain requirements. Every river has different challenges, and your river guide should be able to answer most of your questions when you call him or her regarding the specific location. The water can be very cold in some rivers. Talk to the guide about whether you’ll need a wetsuit to protect against the frigid waters.

Where to Go

Often, everyone will meet the guide or outfitter in a certain location away from the river. There might not be parking available for cars near the river. Expect to take a shuttle bus or other transportation to the river. You might expect to have to hike to the river itself. The bus may only be able to get you as close as the nearest road. That means hiking. That’s another thing to consider when packing.

What to Bring on the Trip

Some of these provisions could change depending on the answers given by the outfitter who is the person who knows the river best. If the water will be cold, bring a wetsuit or plan to rent one from the guide. Make this decision ahead of time, so if you decide to purchase your own, you’ll have time to shop.

Pack warm socks, underwear and gloves. Windbreakers are great at warding off chilly winds. If it’s warm but the water is chilling, which can happen in the mountains, bring a bathing suit or t-shirt and shorts for changing before and after the raft itself. You’ll need sunblock and sunglasses for the sun. It can be surprising to get a sunburn after being out in the chilly air, but it’s definitely a possibility.

You’ll need towels for drying after the trip, and small, dry bags for wet clothes. Take a few bags that can be zipped to protect your phone or camera. You may decide to leave the phone at home and purchase a waterproof camera for the trip too. Bring a snack and drinks for the bus ride and also for the rafting trip. You’ll be on the water for hours and will need the energy.

What to Bring in the Raft

Not everything you’ve brought can be brought into the raft. There is limited room in the raft, and nothing can be left on the bottom near your feet. The raft will be pitching and rolling in the river causing anything in the raft to fly in the air. Leave anything that can’t be carried on your body back on the shore. Have your camera with you along with your phone in its locked baggie.

Don’t forget your food and drinks. Energy bars are portable, light and filling. They’ll give you the calories and energy you need.

Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting was founded by Ron Raudelunas, a rafting guide with over 15 years experience, in 2009. Ron and his team have guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.

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  • Published: 3 years ago on June 30, 2014
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