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Why a Middle Fork 2-day trip ROCKS!

August 31st, 2011 Jeremy

Let me start this with a qualifying statement: if you have yet to raft the Middle Fork American at all…you’ve got a problem that needs fixing. The Middle Fork is one of our most popular runs for a reason. Awesome class III and IV rapids intertwined through a long, hot, fun day in a beautiful […]

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MF rapids part III: Chunder!

August 24th, 2011 Jeremy

After the long stretch of calm whitewater on the Middle Fork of the American River,  and a delicious, freshly-prepared lunch, you will finally get to some more big rapids. And the first one you get to won’t let you off easy. It’s called Chunder, and it will drop you about five feet straight down through a […]

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MF rapids part II: Kanaka!

August 24th, 2011 Jeremy

Don’t worry. After Tunnel Chute, the fun is definitely not over on the Middle Fork American. After another Class III stretch and one small class IV, you come to the last rapid before a lengthy calm section in the middle of the day. One of my favorite rapids on any river in California looms ahead. […]

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MF Rapids 101: Tunnel Chute!

August 23rd, 2011 Jeremy

The thrilling ride that is the Middle Fork of the American River cannot be fully appreciated without starting the conversation with Tunnel Chute. The rapid is famous for its ridiculous 80-foot chute that ends with a six-foot drop before a victory float through a majestic 90-foot rock tunnel. In the late 1800’s, gold miners blasted […]

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Middle Fork American Open for Biznass!

July 11th, 2011 Malina

Been a long time coming (we don’t even remember the last time it took so long to get out on the Middle Fork) but the Middle Fork of the American is open for rafting at long last!   Barring some other weird weather phenomenon that comes out of the clear blue sky, our anticipation is that flows […]

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What happened to the Middle Fork of the American River?

July 1st, 2011 Malina

You may have noticed the Middle Fork of the American river has been getting a seriously cold shoulder from us so far in 2011.  What gives?  Well, high snow pack and warm weather may be a magic combo for many California rivers, but for the Middle Fork, it means taking an extended Spring Break.  When […]

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And then there was one.

October 12th, 2010 Malina

Well, it’s happened.  You’ve seen another California rafting season wear down to brass tacks.  The Middle Fork has joined its bretheren at the river retirement home and now only the brave South Fork of the American soldiers on. We admit it–there’s nothing like a summer rafting trip with blazing temps and sunburned kids running all over […]

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(Another) Last Chance for Middle Fork Rafting

October 5th, 2010 Malina

We’re down to our second Middle Fork deadline of the season–first we were told we’d be done on Oct 3rd, then we got a little extension to the 1oth.  As far as we know, this is the real deadline, so this weekend is your last chance for class IV white water rafting in 2010!

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Middle Fork American: Last-minute Extension!

September 30th, 2010 Malina

‘Ain’t that just how it always goes–you announce a deadline, you make plans to pack up and move on down the road, and then wha-bam, the situation changes. Not that we’re complaining…………we just got word that the season on the Middle Fork of the American River has been extended by a week!  Our last trips […]

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Last Chance for Middle Fork Rafting Trip

September 28th, 2010 Malina

It’s just about curtains for the Middle Fork of the American river this year.  After this weekend, the powers that be will reduce flows on the Middle Fork so they’re high enough for fish and deer and possums, but way too low for whitewater rafting.  It would be more like “low water walking.” An interesting […]

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