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How to Dress for a River Trip + River Fashion

/ Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wearing comfortable, functional clothing is important in a wild environment, but dressing fashionably (AKA, looking "steezy") is also important. stee·zy adj. 1. a combination of style and ease 2. wearing appropriate clothing for a frolic in the woods and looking proper 3. dressing fashionably for a wilderness adventure without much effort v. steezing, -ify [example: "Ryan looks steezy wearing that pataguch hoody"] On the River: Base Layers First we’ll start with the functional part of your wardrobe. Your very first layer could be a swimsuit or...

The Futaleufu: The Story of the First Rafting Expedition

/ Saturday, October 17, 2015

Up until last year, I had run the Futaleufú River exactly once. A whole lot of people know a lot more about it than I do. But there are only a small group of us who knew the Futaleufú before it became THE Futaleufú. As part of the crew on the first raft expedition on the river in 1985, I had the good fortune to make its acquaintance when it was just a beautiful blue river disappearing into deep mountain gorges, near a town of the...

Mining projects threaten Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon

/ Wednesday, September 16, 2015

For many, the rugged swath of Idaho contained within the 2.37 million acre Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness is the embodiment of what the Wilderness Act of 1964 hoped to achieve. It is a place where in the space of seasons, free flowing rivers swell and dwindle, wildlife migrates across ranges of untrammeled peaks, and humanity’s trace is limited to a brief echo in a landscape left to exist as it always has. Yet even now as the Frank Church Wilderness stands as...

A Week Spent on the Middle Fork of the Salmon

/ Monday, September 14, 2015

At the end of August, I was able to join the last Middle Fork of the Salmon trip of the year. It was my first time down this river that I have heard so much about. It was an incredible trip that I will never forget. I left my house near Hood River, Oregon early on Tuesday morning. I headed East towards the Boise Airport to pick up ECHO co-founder and Idaho Whitewater-legend, Joe Daly. We slowly wound up the steep mountain roads, straight into the...