The 'River Tales (Near Truths and Canyon Nights)' Category Archive

Kayaking helpful for rafting? A Case Study on the South Yuba

I’ve heard many kayakers utter the following words: “Kayaking improves your water-reading skills for rafting because you learn to respond to smaller and subtler currents.” Well this winter, I have had a lot of opportunity to test that theory. Here […]

  Published March 5th, 2008

Rafting the Smith River, Presidents Day Weekend

Last weekend, ten All Outdoors guides met up in (very far) Northern California for a weekend of whitewater rafting on the Smith River. The Smith is one of the only un-dammed drainages remaining in California, beginning its course high in […]

  Published February 23rd, 2008

Some Favorite River and Water Quotations

I’m feeling a little bit sappy today. Which, by the way, I just learned can also be expressed by saying: I’m feeling a little bit schmaltzy today. (Gotta love those Thesaurus tools in Word). Anyway, I’ve been reading a really […]

  Published July 6th, 2007

Backpacking In the Middle Fork American River Canyon

About a month ago, when the water was still extremely high and the weather a little bit wetter, Kevin Elardi decided to spend a weekend exploring the Middle Fork American River Canyon during a time of year in which it’s […]

  Published June 14th, 2006

Women’s Rugby Team Proves Rowdier Than College Fraternities!

The theme on the Kaweah River these past few weekends has been all about team bonding and brotherhood. With two fraternities doing trips (one from UCLA and one from USC), and then a masters women’s rugby team joining us this […]

  Published May 25th, 2006

Strange Animals, Lead Feet and Contagious Tents- Our First Weekend Back on the Kaweah

On Friday night, it took hours to get any food or service at our favorite restaurant in town, and strange animals started making noises at three in the morning. Then on Saturday, Brook “Lead Foot” Johnson found herself hiding from […]

  Published April 25th, 2006

The Shortest Swim Ever

This last Saturday, Randy and Scott Armstrong organized a fun guides trip down the North Fork of the American River. The point was mainly to have a good time, but also to see what the river behaved like at around […]

  Published April 19th, 2006

High Water in the South Fork Gorge

The slightly skewed deductive reasoning skills of a raft guide: It is cold, pounding rain, and there are flood warnings on the radio telling people to stay on higher ground. Therefore… It is the perfect time to put a small […]

  Published April 17th, 2006

AO Guides Overnight It in the New River Gorge

Background Info on the New River: California’s New River is a tributary to the better-known Trinity River, flowing out of the majestic Trinity Alps and dropping in to the Trinity at the end of a popularly-boated section called Burnt Ranch […]

  Published April 4th, 2006

What, Really, Constitutes a “Wrap”?

OK so I have this “friend” – we’ll call her Sudds – who was guiding a boat down the North Fork of the Smith River this weekend at fairly low water. The day went really well all the way through […]

  Published February 21st, 2006

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