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California White Water Rafting 101

Jul 15, 2008
Although it is incredibly fun, rafting can provide some risks. This is the very reason why you should plan your trip with a reputable rafting company and be prepared. You can never be too careful when it comes to things like these, so part of planning a good trip will include choosing a reliable company, knowing where to go and knowing what to bring.

You should never risk going with an adventure company that you are not familiar with. Do some background research before signing up with any company. Know how long they have been in the business and how qualified their employees are. Check on equipment to be provided as well.

If you know where to then things will be just at your level; you don't want to end up in rapids that are way too hard for you that it will only scare you. If this is something that you have tried before or you ate a seasoned rafter then it would also be boring to go on something too easy.

Rivers come in different classes for white water rafting. The most basic will belong to class 1 and 2 where which are the easiest; most rivers under these classes will have very small rough areas and need no maneuvering or only basic paddling skills. This can be ideal for families since it is safe.

Are you already a seasoned rafter? Then classes 5 rapids may be more your league. However, you should be cautious when rafting on rivers that are classified under this since there are certainly risks involved. It's good to know what type of river you can take to avoid and mishaps.

Some of the best rivers for white water rafting can be found in California, namely the South Fork American River in California, Kaweah River and Tuolumne River. All these rivers differ in the in classes and adventure. There will surely be something for everyone.

The South Fork American River is the friendliest among the three rivers, which is no wonder why it is the most boated river. The Kaweah River on the other hand runs in the class 4 category and provides an exciting ride. The Tuolumne River will provide both excitement and a scenic view.

It's not just about finding the perfect place and who to go on this adventure with. It's essential to pack the right gear as well. Don't forget your sun block and moisturizer since you will be spending a lot of time under the sun. Also, bring clothes that are light and will dry easily.
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Author Tip: Picking whitewater rafting California outfitter to take you, your friends, family and/or colleagues safely down a river is an important choice. I recommend Adventure Connection at RaftCalifornia.com. They have the California white water rafting experience you are looking for and provide fabulous multiple course meals on all trips.
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