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Nites 08-17-2012 12:26 AM

Rafting
 
I'm going Rafting next week. It will be my first time.

Anyone here have any experience?

jeffb 08-17-2012 12:36 AM

Haaahhh, wasn't there someone here that didn't want to go to camp a couple summers ago because they didn't want to go rafting?

I want to say pzabby or 3answer? :th_1zyajyt:

pzabby 08-17-2012 12:41 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 678452)
Haaahhh, wasn't there someone here that didn't want to go to camp a couple summers ago because they didn't want to go rafting?

I want to say pzabby or 3answer? :th_1zyajyt:

wasn't me, I wasn't on the board a couple summers ago.. :reporter:

jeffb 08-17-2012 01:12 AM

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Originally Posted by pzabby (Post 678453)
wasn't me, I wasn't on the board a couple summers ago.. :reporter:

You joined in May of of 2010. :confused2:

pzabby 08-17-2012 01:23 AM

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Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 678457)
You joined in May of of 2010. :confused2:

yeah but didn't really start posting until mid season in january of 2011.

fancylad 08-17-2012 09:19 AM

I've been rafting once. It's completely awesome.

Here's hoping the river will be out of control raging for you.

have fun!

Shadowfax 08-17-2012 12:40 PM

ran Ottawa and ran the Zambezi back in 89...we started just below Victoria Falls...that river was a fucking beast !

had an absolute blast doing it :bowdown:...enjoy your run :)

Nites 08-17-2012 08:07 PM

I'll be going to the Fraser Canyon. I've been in the area before and I've seen the river.

DSWC 08-18-2012 12:30 AM

It's tons of fun. I've done it a few times.

As long as you're a decent swimmer, you'll be fine.

Also - listen to every option that your river guide gives you. If you end up in calm water, and he says you can hop out and swim beside the raft... do it! If he says that there's a spot where you can get out and cliff jump...do it! Just take advantage of all that the trip has to offer. Most of the river guides are good people. and will be able to answer any questions that you have.

Nites 08-18-2012 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by DSWC (Post 678600)
It's tons of fun. I've done it a few times.

As long as you're a decent swimmer, you'll be fine.

Also - listen to every option that your river guide gives you. If you end up in calm water, and he says you can hop out and swim beside the raft... do it! If he says that there's a spot where you can get out and cliff jump...do it! Just take advantage of all that the trip has to offer. Most of the river guides are good people. and will be able to answer any questions that you have.

I'm a pretty good swimmer.

What kind of clothing did you wear when you were rafting?

Toby 08-18-2012 04:55 PM

yah buddy, rafting's the shit.

Claudius 08-18-2012 05:35 PM

I've been rafting a number of times. Absolute blast. DWSC said it best, listen to your guide.

If it's rained a lot on the river or near it in the past few months the rapids are even better. You'll get like spring like rapids which are faster and more choppy. Usually in August the rapids are pretty tame. But no matter what just enjoy yourself.

fancylad 08-20-2012 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Nites (Post 678610)
I'm a pretty good swimmer.

What kind of clothing did you wear when you were rafting?

wear swimming shorts and any old tshirt.

You're going to get wet.

I remember when i went, there were a few times where it was encouraged that you got in the water.

Nites 08-22-2012 02:13 AM

Money well spent. We got some big waves and rapids that got the raft way up in the air. What I didn't know that there was a 15 minute hike to a waterfall which had a 20-25 foot cliff beside it which I a few of us jumped off.

Also, like Fancy said we got a chance to jump in the river. Funny thing was that even though the current looked calm it was pushing us forward to the point were we barely even made it back to the boat because we almost gassed and ran out of energy.

fancylad 08-22-2012 10:29 AM

nice one nites.

I bet the rafting is pretty awesome in BC compared to that in Ontario (although what do i know). This makes me want to do the experience again. When i did i was a kid (12 or something) on the madawaska river by good old Barry's Bay Ontario.

dfunkie1 08-22-2012 10:54 AM

any buddy take a dump into the water?

our guide had us sitting princess and basically making the raft go 90 degrees. we'd go flying, it was so awesome.

Nites 08-22-2012 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Jackson Filth (Post 679058)
any buddy take a dump into the water?

our guide had us sitting princess and basically making the raft go 90 degrees. we'd go flying, it was so awesome.

No one fell off lol. We didn't do paddle rafting. We did this:

http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/to...xpeditions.jpg

The scene you see in the picture is exactly the same thing we went through. It was a 4 hour ride in the river with breaks in between to stop and look at scenery.

thought 08-23-2012 12:50 AM

I've been rafting on the Ottawa River three times, twice this summer and once last summer. The water level was low this year and high last year so even though the rapids we hit were the same, the experience was completely different. I was never thrown off - the first time I was pretty scared but this year I was basically looking to get thrown off and it never happened. I had a blast, it's generally a great day for both the thrill and just being in the middle of nature.

The water in the Ottawa River is balmy in a lot of places, but the rapids aren't as good as they are out West. I hear the water is cold as fuck in BC but the rapids are more intense.

pzabby 08-23-2012 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by thought (Post 679138)
I've been rafting on the Ottawa River three times, twice this summer and once last summer. The water level was low this year and high last year so even though the rapids we hit were the same, the experience was completely different. I was never thrown off - the first time I was pretty scared but this year I was basically looking to get thrown off and it never happened. I had a blast, it's generally a great day for both the thrill and just being in the middle of nature.

The water in the Ottawa River is balmy in a lot of places, but the rapids aren't as good as they are out West. I hear the water is cold as fuck in BC but the rapids are more intense.

makes sense considering the altitude most of the water comes down from

Nites 08-23-2012 01:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thought (Post 679138)
I've been rafting on the Ottawa River three times, twice this summer and once last summer. The water level was low this year and high last year so even though the rapids we hit were the same, the experience was completely different. I was never thrown off - the first time I was pretty scared but this year I was basically looking to get thrown off and it never happened. I had a blast, it's generally a great day for both the thrill and just being in the middle of nature.

The water in the Ottawa River is balmy in a lot of places, but the rapids aren't as good as they are out West. I hear the water is cold as fuck in BC but the rapids are more intense.

The water for sure is cold as fuck but we had a sunny and warm day on Tuesday so we were able to warm up within 5 minutes before we got drenched by some more rapids.

Our guide was trying to get through most of the river before the sun hid behind the mountains.


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