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2015 End of Season

We are done running trips for the 2015 season.  It was a great year of whitewater!  We would like to thank everyone who joined us for a trip this summer.  Please come back and visit next year.

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Guide Training

Guide flip training

Guide flip training

We spent a morning doing some beginning of season senior guide training to get the cob webs out after winter.  We worked on emergency scenarios, throw bagging, swimming, and flip drills.  The safety kayaker did some swimmer tow rescue practice through Smelter.

Our guides are experienced, confident and well practiced.  Get out on the water with them today!

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Safety kayaker towing a swimmer during guide training

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Upper Animas Wilderness First Aid Course

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4 Corners Whitewater will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course this spring on the Upper Animas River. We have teamed up with Cypress Creek EMS to provide world-class medical training and whitewater workplace scenarios.

This Wilderness First Aid Course curriculum is brought you by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). We will be utilizing the text book, Wilderness First Aid, Emergency Care in Remote Locations, Fourth Edition from AAOS. In addition to the WFA certification course we will also provide Heartsaver CPR Certification through the American Heart Association and provide ‘on-river’ scenarios and training to reinforce principals and guidelines of the course.

Dates: May 24-25

Includes: WFA/CPR Cert, 2 day Upper Animas Raft Adventure, food on the overnight trip

Contact us to sign up!

Pacific Southwest-Baker’s Box in September

Baker's Box-Animas RiverAfter 5 years without a fall boating season in Durango, we were treated to 3 weeks of uninterrupted kayaking in September. Although most days were spent deciding on whether to go Valle or Bakers, 2nd gorge of lime and Crazy Women missions went down. Here’s some Gopro action of Joel and Myself enjoying Bakers at a juicy 1200 CFS.

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Rockwood Box Video

Now that water has dropped on the Animas, we now have the opportunity to run trips down Rockwood Box Gorge. Here is a video we put together from a trip on June 21, 2013. Thanks to our awesome crew that joined us this day.

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Which Whitewater Experience is Right for you?

Whitewater activities are an experience of a lifetime. They create an environment of excitement that gets your adrenaline pumping. If you have never ventured out of your comfort zone to get into the water, this summer is the perfect opportunity. How do you decide which whitewater experience is right for you?

Rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddling are some of the most popular and trendy water sports. All of the types are different and require different types of skills, so sometimes it’s best to get a feel for each one
to learn what best suits you.

Rafting can involve water with rough and large rapids, or calmer water with minimal rapids. This is a great adventure if you have a good amount of people that want to participate. Guides are there to help you enjoy the experience and learn how to properly paddle. They can also make your trip challenging or relaxing with just with a few different strokes of a paddle.

Kayaking is great for getting a good view of the area around you. You can kayak single or in tandem, exploring different waters. This can be relaxing or exhilarating, depending on the type of water course you choose to take. Kayaking is the most popular form of canoeing.

Stand-up paddling is an emerging sport that comes from the Hawaiian heritage. It began as a way for surfing instructors to manage large groups while teaching them how to surf. Today it is more of a hobby and a sport, generating a great workout at the same time. This requires a lot of balance and core skills and you can stand-up paddle with quite a few people. An instructor will be able to help you figure out when to stand up and how to get yourself going.

Canoeing is another whitewater experience that is easy to enjoy. It requires the skills necessary to raft as it engages every part of your body. It requires a single-bladed paddle, and is quite similar to kayaking. Canoeing can be made an easy sport on a calm river, or a difficult one if you paddle down extreme expeditions. Canoeing is gaining more popularity because it has a higher difficult level requiring more technical skill.

Those are four of the most popular water sports that people experience over the hot summer months. Starting off simple and gaining a better education for each sport will benefit you greatly as you grow as a whitewater enthusiast. All of these provide you with an adventure unlike other sports while providing you with a great body work out.

About the Author:
Rolling Thunder River Company is pleased to bring you this article on which whitewater activity is best for you. Rolling Thunder specializes in Nantahala rafting and Ocoee rafting, and offer a wide variety of water sports. If you are interested, check out their website today.

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