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COVID Comfort & Safety at Crab Apple Whitewater

Now approaching a year into the Worldwide Pandemic, we all have many unanswered questions about COVID Science, Studies, new strains, vaccines, etc. etc. However, we have all had plenty of time to figure out what activities are safe and comfortable during these unprecedented times. If you think about it – what parts of our day … Continued

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How Does A Wetsuit Work for Whitewater Rafting

Some whitewater rafting trips happen during cool weather and on rivers with cold water. In order to keep warm, rafters wear wetsuits that help insulate the body so that rafting is still enjoyable even when the air and/or water temperature are not ideal. How Do Wetsuits Keep You Warm? Wetsuits function similarly to warm clothes … Continued

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Do Rafting Trips Ever Get Cancelled for “Flooding?”

When finalizing your upcoming commercial rafting adventure, make sure to ask about the Outfitter’s cancellation and refund policy. Outfitters that have been in business for many years have established clear policies based on safety first, good business practices and knowledge of the rivers that they are rafting. High-quality outfitters have been running rafting trips for … Continued

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Cool Grandparents: Three Generations of White Water Rafting

Times certainly have changed. My Grandparents seemed old and sedentary – Grandma knitted, gave handwritten mail to the Mailman and baked delicious pies. Grandpa read the paper, rocked in his chair and napped. We never “did” much together outside of visiting at the Holidays, celebrating a birthday or an event such as a Graduation. Grandparents … Continued

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The Top 5 Things To Do In Maine In The Summer

Maine is a fantastic place to visit in the summer. With lots of outdoor adventures at every level, there is something for everyone. Maine offers white water rafting, waterfalls, hiking, art and everything else you could ever want to do outside.  Crab Apple Whitewater guests often ask what else there is to do during their … Continued

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Whitewater Rafting is the Best Day Trip in New England for Summer Fun!

Let’s go whitewater rafting! We are all looking for something fun, safe and thrilling for this summer. What can we do to get away from the screens and into a natural setting that is beautiful and challenging? Let’s go WHITEWATER RAFTING!! Let’s consider the alternatives: Amusement parks – been there. Stood in lines for hours … Continued

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Things to Do in Western Massachusetts this Summer

This Summer Visit Western Mass for Great Things to Do! Visiting the Berkshire Hills of Western Mass this summer? Here are some suggestions on things to do in the area – get outside and active with whitewater rafting, kayaking or hiking. Spend a rainy day in a renowned museum or head to a theatre for … Continued

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High Volume & Low Volume Whitewater Rafting Rivers & Rapids

Primary Differences & Examples of High Volume & Low Volume Whitewater Rafting Rivers When researching or preparing for a rafting trip people often see the terms “high volume” or “low volume” whitewater in the descriptions of the rivers and rapids. Both types offer unique and similar features. Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting is fortunate that we … Continued

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A Memory of Rafting With Dad

My Dad passed away this winter. He made it to 83 and we had 51 years together – a great run for both of us! Of course, reminiscing with family about great times together has filled lots of my time over the past few months. While I help run a rafting company and rafting was … Continued

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Rich Shares 34 Years of Camaraderie on the River with Family & Friends

Rafting with Crab Apple is all about family – the Peabody & Mooney families and my family. I first rafted at age 40 in August 1984 on the Kennebec River and it was the last time I ever made the drive to do just one trip down the river. Subsequent trips always included two or … Continued

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