Get Ready for Winter Boating

by Zachary Collier

I'm getting ready for my first day of winter boating on Washington's Wind River. Every November when the rain begins I dust off my cataraft and piece it together after a few months of neglect.

Initiation Rapid on the Wind River

Initiation Rapid on the Wind River

A Few Pre-season Reminders

I also went through my minimalist safety and repair kit to make sure everything is there and nothing is moldy or rusty. This is what I bring for day runs like the Wind River where road access is fairly close.

Near flip on the Wind River

Near flip on the Wind River

Lean and Mean Safety and Repair Kit

Finally, I also took some time to restock my first aid kit.

Typical First Aid Restock

Personal First Aid Kit

Personal First Aid Kit

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Zachary Collier

Owner of Northwest Rafting Company, Zach Collier combines international guiding experience in places like Siberia, Bhutan, and Chile with a natural business acumen for systems and logistics. Whether he’s on big water or in the back office, Zach strives to ensure NWRC offers exceptional whitewater and wilderness experiences for guests and guides alike.

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