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. Here are some things I do before before my first winter paddling trip.

Initiation Rapid on the Wind River

Initiation Rapid on the Wind River

A Few General Reminders

Near flip on the Wind River

Near flip on the Wind River

Lean and Mean Safety Kit

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.

The exact contents of your repair kits should depend on your boat, difficulty of rivers you run, and your training.

Lean and Mean Repair Kit

Repair kits are often overlooked and rarely restocked. The exact contents of your kit will depend on your particular raft material, frame, and oars.

You might also want to consider repair materials and tools for your friend's boats too in case they forget.

Typical First Aid Restock

This is a list of items that commonly needs to be restocked in your first aid kit.

Personal First Aid Kit

Personal First Aid Kit

If you have any other suggestions please add them in the comment section below.

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Zachary Collier

As 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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