Whitewater rafting is an fun, outdoorsy adventure that just about anyone can participate in at some level. However, there are some frequently asked questions that people have when they are researching their future rafting adventure. Today we have put together a list of some of the most common questions people ask about white water rafting!
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In the summer we see longer days, higher temperatures, and lots of guests – both new and old! One important thing that we always remind our guests, no matter how seasoned, is the importance of staying hydrated throughout your rafting trip. This includes not only your time on the water, but also your time prior to and after rafting.
Water makes up over half of your body weight, so every single part of your body requires water to function. When you are exerting yourself rafting, you sweat. When you sweat, you lose this internal moisture! So, in order to maintain proper health (and activity levels), make sure you drink enough water to keep up. How much should you drink? That depends on lots of factors, but usually 6-8 glasses per day is enough. However, for an exact answer, consult your doctor
Want to know more about the symptoms of dehydration and how to combat them? Keep reading!
Many outdoor enthusiasts are turned off by the idea of stepping foot into cold water of winter and early spring. Contrary to popular belief, paddling in cold weather is doable and even fun. Cool air and water can be overlooked if you dress accordingly, but paying close attention to safety is the most important factor while paddling in cold water. The effects cold water can have on your body if your boat gets capsized are detrimental. Before you try cold water paddling, make yourself aware of the dangers and gauge your skill level before taking your boat out on the water in the frosty air. Read on for tips on how to be prepared and paddle safely in cold water.
In Part 2 of our series on rafting in North Carolina and Tennessee, we are going to explore the French Broad River. This river is the 3rd oldest in the world – only behind the New River and the Nile River. It stretches over 200 miles through Western North Carolina and Tennessee. This river offers something for everyone – with trips as strong as Class IV. So, next time you find yourself around Asheville, North Carolina, be sure to visit and explore the French Broad River.
In this 3-part series we are going to explore a few of the best rafting rivers in North Carolina and Tennessee! The rivers that we are featuring are the Nolichucky, French Broad, and Watauga; all of which begin in one state and travel into another. These rivers have a long history of nurturing the Appalachian Mountains while also providing hours of fun to locals and visitors alike. We hope that next time you find yourself south of wild, wonderful WV and have an urge to raft that you check out one of these rivers!
Part 1 of our series is the…… Nolichucky!
A major part of any white water rafting trip is the paddling. This activity allows the rafters and their guide to safely and successfully navigate down the water. When you show up for your rafting trip, you can arrive with confidence knowing that your experienced guides will show you proper technique for paddling and other essential rafting skills. However, here are a couple of things about paddling for you to think about before you hop into the water with your group and trusty guide!
Weather conditions and temperatures on the river change seasonally, so it is important to dress with the seasons when going on a rafting trip on the New River or Gauley River. Both river and land have qualities that require preparation. While white water rafting it is impossible to dodge water, so it is important to be prepared. While on shore temperatures during the day may get hot, but as the sun sets so do the temperatures. It is very important to dress with the seasons and even times of day while whitewater rafting.
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- Annika Larson says: This summer, my husband and I are hoping to go on...
- Sian says: Agreed!! That's definitely one of our favorite things about being here...
- Jon says: Love rafting in WV! Having both the New and Gauley close...
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- Judy Wilson says: Thanks for posting these water rafting tips. I've always wanted to...