What is the Best Footwear for Whitewater Rafting?

Mar
21

What is the Best Footwear for Whitewater Rafting?

Best Footwear for Whitewater Rafting 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 still popular today. Brands such as Teva are especially popular for sandals with straps…

Feb
02

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 to bring and wear on the river based on the predicted forecast. So what to…

Aug
15

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 common misconception that big whitewater always occur in cold water.  At Crab Apple Whitewater we are fortunate that all of our…

Jul
24

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. In both Maine and Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater uses Hyside and Northwest River Supply self-bailing…

Jul
10

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 Apple Whitewater’s rafting trips. In Massachusetts, Crab Apple Whitewater offers both half and full day…

May
17

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 their trip. One of these measures is to bring sunscreen and proper clothing to protect…

Apr
24

Tips for Using A GoPro on a One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip

Tips for Using A GoPro on a One-Day Whitewater Rafting Trip Adventure activities such as Whitewater Rafting are perfect for GoPro footage. There are non-stop photo and video opportunities. You can great action and still shots of friends and family, the spectacular surroundings and the awesome rapids. If bringing your GoPro for your next river trip ask an important question – will we be paddling (hands busy) or holding on…

Apr
10

Adventures At Jamaica State Park & West River In Vermont

Adventure Activities in Vermont State Parks The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers schedules two water releases each year from Ball Mountain Dam for whitewater paddling on the West River. The dam release results in Class 2-4 whitewater paddling for kayaks, canoes and rafts. The center of activity during the whitewater release weekends is Jamaica State Park. Paddlers flock to Jamaica State Park for the whitewater weekends that usually fall on…

Mar
15

Measuring the Streamflow of River Water for Whitewater Rafting

Questions that river guides hear all the time: How much water is going down the river on a rafting trip? How is it measured? River rafters often hear their river rafting guides throwing out numbers before or during a rafting trip… “the river is awesome today – it is at 6.4 feet” or “the river is at an average Summer flow of 1,000cfs”. What do these numbers mean? Where do…

Aug
18

End Your Summer Whitewater Rafting with Crab Apple

So… Summer’s nearly over, school’s about to start and you haven’t taken your annual family trip together. Don’t fret! Crab Apple Whitewater has met many families “in the same boat” as you. It’s not too late to tackle your favorite white water rafting trip with your favorite people, as well as some new boatmates and a fun and highly skilled guide. We always work with our guests to come up…