White water rapids in Maine

Winter Survival Guide for the White Water Rafting Enthusiast

Winter Survival Guide for the White Water Rafting Enthusiast If there is one negative aspect to white water rafting in Maine, it is that rafting in winter is not a possibility. Yes, we agree that it’s a major bummer, but over the years we have developed several strategies to make the absence of white water … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Whitewater Rafting the “Zoar Gap” in Massachusetts

Deerfield River – Zoar Gap Rapid Technical Data:Mile 5 below Fife Brook Dam Length:1500 feet Classification Levels:500cfs – 2,500cfs Class III – III+2,500+cfs Class IV Zoar Gap opens up as rafters pass the last turn below Negus Mountain on river left. A landscaped hillside on river right also comes into view where state agencies and … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

3 Steps to the Ultimate Outdoor Bachelor Party in Maine

3 Steps to the Ultimate Outdoor Bachelor Party in Maine Your best friend is getting married and you want to give him the best outdoor bachelor party Maine has ever seen. After all, he’s been there for you whenever you needed him, so now it’s your turn to return the favor. To say his outdoor … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

How Much Should I Tip My Whitewater River Guide?

What Makes a Good Whitewater River Guide? Whitewater rafting trips are often enhanced by great river guides. River guides are often quite adept at handling the rapids on their rivers, but the great ones add so much more. When running the rapids, the skill of a top notch guide determines whether you have a thrilling … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Whitewater Rapid Classifications in New England

Whitewater Rafting in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont: Whitewater Rapid Classifications Thanks to the Safety Code of American Whitewater for this outline of the International Scale of River Difficulty. Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting and many of our individual white water staff and river rafting guides are members of American Whitewater, “a national non-profit organization with a mission … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Off-Season Hypalon Raft Storage

At Crab Apple, each fall we carefully evaluate and store our fleet of hypalon rafts for the off-season. A crew of 3-4 workers take roughly one week to clean, dry, make repairs and store the whitewater rafts for the winter. A detailed inventory and repair history is made for each raft. A crew works at … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

History of Crab Apple Whitewater & Original Whitewater Rafting Guides

Our History Crab Apple Whitewater was founded by Chuck and Sharyn Peabody in 1983. The Peabody’s first left Hingham on the south shore of Boston to find adventure in Maine in 1981. Chuck left steady work as a foreman in a rubber factory in Brockton and Sharyn gave up homemaking to relocate in The Forks. In … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

The Best Questions We’ve Ever Been Asked While White Water Rafting

The Best Questions We’ve Been Asked Getting to go white water rafting every day is the coolest job in the world as far as we are concerned. Each day brings a new adventure, and with every group of rafters comes questions. Lots and lots of questions. While some of them we get—like what to wear … Continued


Family of 4 on a river raft

What to Bring on a Whitewater Rafting Trip

What to Bring If you are joining a commercial outfitter for a rafting trip, you have a shorter list of “to bring” items than if you are on a private trip. Typically, the outfitter will provide food and drink, all rafting equipment, etc., that you may need during your trip. On a commercial trip, think … Continued


Group of rafters about to fall out of their raft.

“Dump Truck” Maneuver: Rafting Tips

The “Dump Truck” Maneuver A “dump truck” in rafting occurs when all of the passengers in a raft are “dumped” out during a rapid. There are a few points to consider in determining what constitutes an actual “dump truck”, the main factor being whether all of the paddlers fall out of the raft. If even … Continued


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