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White water rafting is unique in that it can be both exhilarating and
peaceful at the same time. You can bolt through white water
rapids while enjoying the beautiful scenery of forested canyons around
you. Whether you like to stick to the boat or body surf the
rapids, the thrill is sure to please. From the warm waters of
the Deschutes River in Central Oregon to the frigid currents of
Washington's White Salmon River, this site will assist you in finding
the type of adventure that suits you. Here you can
see photos from our trips, read our inside scoop on what awaits you,
or find the right guide for you.
White Water Rafting Difficulty
You have almost certainly heard by
now of white water trips referred to as "Class III" or "Class IV".
You may have asked yourself, "What does that mean?", or "Which level
is right for me?". Listed below are the difficulty ratings as
set by the American Whitewater Association.
moving water with riffles and small waves. few obstructions, all
obvious and easily missed with little training. risk to swimmers is
slight; self-rescue is easy.
straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident
without scouting. occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks
and medium sized waves are easily missed by trained paddlers. swimmers
are seldom injured and group assistance, while helpful, is seldom
needed. rapids that are at the upper end of this difficulty range are
designated "class ii+".
rapids with moderate, irregular waves which may be difficult to avoid
and which can swamp an open canoe. complex maneuvers in fast current
and good boat control in tight passages or around ledges are often
required; large waves or strainers may be present but are easily
avoided. strong eddies and powerful current effects can be found,
particularly on large-volume rivers. scouting is advisable for
inexperienced parties. injuries while swimming are rare; self-rescue
is usually easy but group assistance may be required to avoid long
swims. rapids that are at the lower or upper end of this difficulty
range are designated "class iii-" or "class iii+" respectively.
intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat
handling in turbulent water. depending on the character of the river,
it may feature large, unavoidable waves and holes or constricted
passages demanding fast maneuvers under pressure. a fast, reliable
eddy turn may be needed to initiate maneuvers, scout rapids, or rest.
rapids may require ômust'' moves above dangerous hazards. scouting may
be necessary the first time down. risk of injury to swimmers is
moderate to high, and water conditions may make self-rescue difficult.
group assistance for rescue is often essential but requires practiced
skills. a strong Eskimo roll is highly recommended. rapids that are at
the upper end of this difficulty range are designated "class iv-" or
"class iv+" respectively.
Expert. extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which
expose a paddler to added risk. drops may contain
large, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with
complex, demanding routes. rapids may continue for long distances
between pools, demanding a high level of fitness. what eddies exist
may be small, turbulent, or difficult to reach. at the high end of the
scale, several of these factors may be combined. scouting is
recommended but may be difficult. swims are dangerous, and rescue is
often difficult even for experts. a very reliable Eskimo roll, proper
equipment, extensive experience, and practiced rescue skills are
essential. because of the large range of difficulty that exists beyond
class iv, class 5 is an open ended, multiple level scale designated by
class 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, etc... each of these levels is an order of
magnitude more difficult than the last. example: increasing difficulty
from class 5.0 to class 5.1 is a similar order of magnitude as
increasing from class iv to class 5.0.
Extreme and Exploratory.
these runs have almost never been attempted and often exemplify the
extremes of difficulty, unpredictability and danger. the consequences
of errors are very severe and rescue may be impossible. for teams of
experts only, at favorable water levels, after close personal
inspection and taking all precautions. after a class vi rapids has
been run many times, it's rating may be changed to an appropriate
class 5.x rating.
the links in the table below, you can find more information about
rafting rivers that we haven't ridden yet.