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


White water rapids in Maine

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


Meet World Champion Skier Paula Moltzan on Your Next Rafting Adventure

Each day raft guides hear the same question – “What do you do in the rafting off-season?” Answers range from local Students who relate their experience at the University of Massachusetts to weekend River Guides that are Engineers, Computer Programmers, and Educators during the week. One Crab Apple guide has a unique answer, “I am … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Country Music Playlist for Your Next Rafting Trip

Headed for a long drive to the river and an exciting rafting trip? You’ll need some river songs to get you amped for a day of fun, sun and paddling. Below is a list of country songs with the word “river” in the title. Lots of options from Willie to Garth and beyond … here … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

What is the Best Footwear for Whitewater Rafting?

Choosing the Best Option! During 35 years of rafting New England rivers at Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting, we have seen guests show up with every type of footwear imaginable. Here are some that we have seen and our thoughts on each type: Open Toe Sandals – at one time the best option for rafters and … Continued


White water rapids in Maine

Whitewater Rafting in the Rain

Rafting in the Rain Rafting outfitters around the globe run commercial whitewater rafting trips in all types of weather – hot & sunny, cool & rainy, and everything in between. Since outfitters cannot control the weather, they are prepared for all kinds of conditions on the river and make recommendations to their guests on what … Continued


Six rafts on the frozen riverside in winter.

Water Temperatures on New England Rivers

Water Temperatures on New England Rivers On any whitewater rafting trip the rafters always are concerned about the temperature of the water. They want to know what to wear and bring on their rafting trip and definitely want to know if the water will be COLD – no one loves cold water. It is a … Continued


Family of 6 with guide in a whitewater raft on a river

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail”

How Inflatable Whitewater Rafts “Self Bail” Guests often ask how the water leaves the boat in a “self bailing” raft. Many rafters assume there is some type of a electric bilge in the rafts, but it so much simpler than that. Self-bailing rafts were introduced in the early 1990’s and have become the industry standard. … Continued


Man cooking steaks on an outdoor grill

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips

Meals on Crab Apple Whitewater’s Rafting Trips Everyone knows whitewater rafting creates a big appetite! After paddling big whitewater all day in the sun or even just floating in tranquility taking in the scenery, stomachs always rumble in anticipation of what is to come. Food is always included in some form on all of Crab … Continued


Group of rafters wearing sunscreen and ready to get on the river.

Sun Protection & Waterproof Sunscreen Tips for Whitewater Rafting

Sun Protection for One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip Safety is always the number one concern on a whitewater rafting adventure. Trust is placed in an outfitter to provide safe equipment, competent river guides and safe transportation to and from the river. There are also measures that the customer can take to add to the safety of … Continued


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