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Whitewater Rafting: A Summertime Adventure

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2018-05-09 07:03:00

If you think about ways to include more fun and adventure in your summer plans, whitewater rafting  is might be one of the first things that comes to mind. A perfect activity to get the adrenaline going and enjoy the outdoors, whitewater rafting is a popular summer pastime in upstate New York, where nature has graced us with plenty of rivers to run. There are many popular rivers to choose from: the Moose River, Hudson River, and Sacandaga River, in the Adirondacks; the Salmon River, near Pulaski; the Black River, in Watertown; western New York’s  Cattagaugus River; the Catskills’  Upper Delaware River, and more.

Typically, whitewater trips on the start in May and run until September each summer. With gear and guides to assure the proper equipment and expertise are in order for each trip, outfitters  typically provide gear, wetsuits if you need them, rafts, paddles and lifejackets, and usually a small snack to refuel with along the way. Some rafting trips take place in the typical rafts you’ve probably seen before, which might hold 8 people; sometimes, depending on conditions, they’ll be swapped with two-person ‘duckies’, which look like inflatable kayaks. Because the guides have the expertise you’ll need to enjoy a day on the water, all you have to do is listen to them and paddle along to try this experience for yourself.

As a general rule of thumb, conditions vary throughout the season based on weather, rainfall, and other factors. Earlier in the season, the water is cold enough to require a wetsuit, the rivers are higher thanks to snowmelt, and the rapids are rougher—so spring trips are better for those with experience, and not so well-suited for kids. But more family-friendly trips can be taken as the summer warms up; when the sun is shining, the temperatures are rising and the summer season is in full swing, some trips can be taken in a t-shirt and shorts, bathing suit, and sneakers, and the rapids are less forceful, making it a better bet for beginners and families.

Either way, you should always participate in this awesome activity by using a professional whitewater company with trained guides, tell them what level of experience you have, and talk to them about any concerns you have before you get on the water. That way, even if it’s your first time, you’ll be able to focus on enjoying the adrenaline rush, taking in the scenery, and having one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll find all year. Need to find an outfitter? Discover Upstate New York has a full list to choose from, in every corner of the state!

Photo credits:
-Top photo, Make Lemons
-Middle photo, Rupert Taylor-Price
-Bottom photo, Leonardo Dasilva

posted at: 2018-05-09 07:03:00, last updated: 2018-10-28 15:37:13

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