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Here's a trip report from a fun trip this summer.
Yesterday I finished a speical trip down Oregon's Wenaha River. This beautiful stream is a tributary to Grande Ronde River that flows through the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. This river is only paddled a handful of times each year since it's only accessible by trail. Everything for the trip must be carried in by foot. Day 1 We began at the Elk Flat Trailhead and packed our gear 5 miles down to the South Fork of the Wenaha River. When we arrived th...
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Our new first timer's guide for the Wild Rogue River.
The Rogue River is a southern Oregon gem, and classic multi-day river trip. The Rogue attracts many new boaters each year because of its Class II-III rapids, great weather, camps, and side hikes. There is so much to do while floating the Wild and Scenic Rogue River. Hiking opportunities are endless. Here are a handful of hints, helpful land marks, and things not to miss to get ready for your first Rogue adventure. Grave Creek Bridge This is a pop...
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This was a special trip down a unique creek in Southern Oregon.
Rough and Ready Creek is a tributary of the upper Illinois River. I fell in love with it after my initial visit in 2011 and subsequently returned three more times to paddle this uniquely special creek. My most recent expedition with NWRC guides Nate Wilson and Ryan Saevitz involved carrying our gear for a day and a half to paddle it’s remote upper reaches. The most challenging part of running this upper section is being there when the conditions ...
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As I loaded my truck for another adventure, my anticipation and excitement grew and I started to think about the many firsts in my life. The first time riding my bike without training wheels, the first time I saw a mountain, and my first rafting trip down the Arkansas River in Colorado. Many of those firsts are from experiences I have had in the wilderness around the world. With adventure on my mind, my truck loaded, I hit the road, for another f...
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Fashion tips for multi-day river trips! #rafting  
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Read about what a week on the Middle Fork of the Salmon is like through this write-up on our last trip of the season. #middleforkmonday  
A Week Spent on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. — Emily Bozeman / Monday, September 14, 2015. At the end of August, I was able to join the last Middle Fork of the Salmon trip of the year. It was my first time down this river that I have heard so much about. It was an incredible trip that I will ...
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Cataraft testing on the Upper Clackamas River.
Earlier this month I attended the Upper Clackamas Whiteater Festival. If you for some crazy reason have never been, you should go next year. It has the relaxed friendly atmosphere of a county fair with lots of competitions on the water and a great community of dedicated boaters. One of the best features for rafters is the fleets of demo boats brought by the manufacturers. A supremely helpful crew of volunteers drive boats on flat bed trailers to ...
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Read Chrissy's article about our recent exploration of Oregon's Josephine Creek. #kalmiopsisrivers
Located just to the south of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, Josephine Creek is a remote and stunning tributary to the Illinois River. Paddling this creek has been an alluring, yet challenging goal, pieced together over the last few years by several motivated individuals. I am fortunate to have been part of this story by enjoying a sunny first descent of the 2.6 miles above previously ran sections. Although Southern Oregon is home to several kayakers ...
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Learn about Bhutan's Divine Madman. #bhutan
Drukpa Kunley (pronounced "Drook-Pa Coon-Lee") was a Bhutanese yogi and poet popularly known as "the Divine Madman" who renounced the ascetic life of a monk for a more lighthearted and fun lifestyle. He is legendary for drinking wine, being promiscuous, and using his "Flaming Thunderbolt of Wisdom" (the nickname for his penis) to strike down and subdue evil demons. The Buddha advocated for the "middle road" between a self-indulgent, materialistic...
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Read Peter Fox's account of the first rafting trip down the Futaleufu River.
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Learn more about the current threats to Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon.
Mining projects threaten Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon. — Nate / Wednesday, September 16, 2015. For many, the rugged swath of Idaho contained within the 2.37 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is the embodiment of what the Wilderness Act of 1964 hoped to ...
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We’re an award-winning group of professional, well-trained guides that lead people down the most beautiful rivers in the world.
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Northwest Rafting Company is owned and operated by three men with a passion for the Northwest and the amazing rivers that run through it. Zach Collier brings the vigor and youth of the operation, while Joe Daly and Dick Linford contribute the sage business perspective they've achieved from outfitting rafting trips since 1972. The three have learned to not only run quality river trips, but also to share their passion for the outdoors with everyone they meet. With these three at the helm, you can rest assured that you'll have a memorable river trip in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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913 Oak St Hood River, OR 97031