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High Water on its way…….finally??

June 2nd, 2010 Malina

It doesn’t take a genius with a degree in meteorology or geophysics or whatever to see that this spring the weather has been WHACK!  Hail, windstorms, humidity, rain, blazing sunshine, huge puffy clouds, grey haze and freezing nights.  We’ve been seeing it all.  And the weeds are LOVING it.  Bumper crop of furry-burries, star thistle […]

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Good Night Merced, Goodnight Redbud Rafting

July 13th, 2009 Malina

And we’re out.  We’ve gathered gear near and far, emptied the trash, and rolled the sleeping bags:  no more Merced River rafting in 2009.   They powered through high water, extended trips,  and had a flip here and there, but the Mer-Men and Mer-Maids are now off to new assignments on the South and Middle Forks of the […]

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Merced River Rafting: The Extended Version!

July 1st, 2009 Malina

Word on the street around here is that the Merced River is going to have a slightly extended season.  It’s hot now, but the cool beginning to the summer means that the snowpack lasted a little longer than we’d usually expect. Sooooo……if you thought you’d missed your chance for a little rafting on the Mighty […]

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Warm Temps = Higher water on California Rivers

May 12th, 2009 Malina

Good news for spring rafters!  The strong snowpack from winter 2009, combined with this week’s warming trend, mean water levels are rising on springtime rafting trips.  This might mean free-flowing rivers like the Merced will have slightly shorter seasons, but conditions are wonderful right now.   It’s really an even trade in the end–especially if you’re […]

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Merced River: Fare thee well until next year!

July 3rd, 2008 Malina

Well kids, it’s time to pack up your sleeping bag, brush the cookie crumbs out of your tent, and head on home–the Merced River is officially out of commission until next spring when its rolling waves trains will reverberate with the happy hollering of soaked-to-the-bone whitewater rafters once more.  Until then, if you need a fix of […]

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Merced River Update: Quarter Mile now in the House!

June 22nd, 2008 Malina

The Mighty Mer is a fickle river, with a character as inconstant as the moon depending on flows.  Until recently, we’ve had flows of around 2200-2000 cfs.  This amount of water creates the huge rolling wave trains that make the Merced such a fun whitewater river, but it also makes it inappropriate to run the lower section […]

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