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Winter Shopping for Boaters

January 9th, 2007 Robyn Suddeth

I am deeply ashamed to be admitting this, but I recently added myself to the online shopping community, and am now one of those folks going around raving about the deals you can find here on this amazing world wibe web. (Which, by the way, aparently makes me even more behind current trends than this […]

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Why I Love The South Fork

August 15th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

We were having lunch at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park last week, in the middle of an Upper South Fork American rafting trip, when the father of the family on my boat that day asked me, “So is this place kind of boring for you because you also guide on more challenging rivers?” I had […]

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“The 49 Shuffle”, and Other Noteworthy Drives (Pictures Included)

June 20th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

One of the best things about working for All Outdoors is the fact that within just two weekends, you can raft the North Stanislaus, the South Fork of the American, the Kaweah, and the Tuolumne River. You can go from high elevation technical rafting through towering trees and boulders, to the golden rolling hills of […]

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Commentary Is Welcome!

April 26th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

This is not a story, river news, nor guide bio. Just a quick note to say thanks to those of you who have posted comments to different articles on this blog, and an invitation to the rest of you to do the same! This blog is meant to be a place where people can share […]

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“My Favorite Thing ‘Bout Boatin'” – Boof’s Best Forum Topic This Year!

March 16th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

Although sometimes hard to find, there are a few places on the web for California boaters to go and share ideas, latest runs, flows, gear reviews, etc. One of those places is boof.com, whose boater’s forum actually gets posted on almost daily. Reading through threads from this last month, I happened upon one titled: “My […]

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Mavericks Surfing- Is There A Whitewater Rafting Equivalent?

February 10th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

The Wave: Unbelievable power and beauty… surfers face a 40 foot drop after paddling over the lip of this wave, dubbed the most inticing and dangerous of big wave rides. A River To Challenge It?

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Rafting Indoors- “Wild Water Adrenaline” on Play Station 2

January 31st, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

It’s finally here folks! For a long time now we’ve been able to enjoy sports such as football and soccer using only our hands, a controller and a television. They even brought snowboarding and skiing into the comfort of our living-rooms. And now… we finally have a whitewater rafting video game!!

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Art on the Arkansas River

January 26th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I’m not what one would call an artist, nor do I know very much about art in general. I sometimes find it hard to understand the complexity imbedded in a solid line painted next to a circle. So when I first heard about an artist’s plans to cover a major stretch of the Arkansas River […]

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Nalgene Bottle and Coffee Maker in One!

January 19th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

I blame river guiding for my coffee addiction. Sleep gets pushed aside as a non-priority when there’s fun people to sit around doing nothing with at night and gear to do in the morning. At first I was disturbed when I realized that my headaches two mornings in a row were because I didn’t have […]

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Adventure Trips Becomming A Popular Gift

January 18th, 2006 Robyn Suddeth

An article in the Desert Sun written on Dec 9, 2005 titled “Many Decide To Give The Gift of Green” tells of the latest trend in gift-giving towards experiential, rather than tangible gifts. (Link to Article) Toward the end of the article, a marketing consultant is quoted as explaining this phenomenon as a “breakdown of […]

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