Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-16-2012   #81
Oak Creek, CO (noon bell, bitches), Colorado
Paddling Since: 2002
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 83
I was thinking about just "free sleeping". Since we don't go to bed at 7 it will be interesting to see where he ends up within the tent boundaries! He used to sleep so well next to us but now mom and dad= play time. We'll give it a whirl. Thanks for the help!

ritatheraft is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2012   #82
jwithers's Avatar
Billings, Montana
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 74
River Dad here. Just took my 2 year old on her 1st float on Sunday. It was only 3 miles, but she did good. I have a smith permit for this weekend, but the weather looks questionable. The smith is a super easy 59 mile float, but I'm pretty nervous about taking my little girl on a long float. I guided and swam the Upper Gauley for 5 years commercially and didn't think twice about it. I actually liked the carnage (in safe places) and it increased my tips. Completely different story with the kiddo though. Glad to see others are taking there little ones on the river. Safety 1st!

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1146729030.jpg
Views:	208
Size:	461.9 KB
ID:	4703

jwithers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2012   #83
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2
Try it next weekend on the Ark!

Ritatheraft ! We are rolling two packnplays now- the extra gear has somehow not been too bad even at huts. it sure is nice to roll into a beach, pop the rascal in there and set up camp and chilll while they play in the diaper and quickly fall asleep under a sunshade. I am amazed how they never treat this arrangement any different than at home. If it's between 30- 60 F we use a makeshift sleeping bag for night - it is a snow suit with the hood cut off, the arms intact and the legs opened and sewed together like a bag. It has worked out for us. I sleep so sound that i fear squishing my younguns on the rio and i dont share paco's very well. But Yup, we roll with a 6 person tent now too. rad.
telegrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2012   #84
Littleton, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2003
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 12
Originally Posted by RiverMamma View Post
Hey gals, I have been a boater my whole life & reciently became a mom! I have stumbled across a few other boater moms, & would Love to connect with more! It's great to have friends you can connect with on many levels...
Hi Rivermom! I'm also a boater mom. Just delivered my third child this spring. He's now 3.5 months old and it's time momma got out and did some paddling. Have to have the family nearby since I'm nursing, but would love to hang at the lake, go run something, or hang out and play with the kids. Hit me up!
boaterchic610 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2012   #85
welch, Oklahoma
Paddling Since: 1976
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 207
Just came back from a trip to the Nantahala river in N.C with the grand kids and friends . Ready to go to the Ark in Colo over the 4th of july .
We will be there at ruby mt for a week . Any one up for a big get to gether at BV park some evening over the 4th ?? My grand kids will be there and plus lots of other Kids
ranchman44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2012   #86
Conifer, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1986
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 3
So glad I found this forum! I'm a long time river runner and a new momma looking for other families to play on the river with Question: When did you first take your little ones rafting! Mine is 7 months and I'm thinking it's time to get him on the water. Also, any recommendations for infant PFDs? Anyone have a used one they want to sell? Last year rivers were too high here inColorado to float while pregnant, this year it's going to be a challenge to to find any with enough water. Momma needs some river time!
Mountainchick76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-10-2012   #87
RiverMamma's Avatar
ebbing, flowing..., CO, NM
Paddling Since: 1985
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 239
Yay Mountainchick76!!! Welcome to the wonderful world of being a River Mamma!!! So I first took my daughter down stream at 13 months, but I just did a float with a friend & her 5 month old, have also seen some recent pictures of a 7mo old & a ONE month old out on their first float trips!!!!! As far as when & where you take your little one for their first time, I think that just boils down to your gut instinct & your comfort zone. & hey, bare bones low is waaay better than raging high water for the little ones!
Journeys of a River Mamma Blog "Ever onward, ever forward, ever down the River!"- Ed Abbey
RiverMamma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2012   #88
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2
welcome mountainchick76! we are in evergreen and get out quite a bit with kids and without. we've got a 6 month old and a 2.5 year old. give a call or pm!

any approved neoprene pfd with leg strap, head rest, and zipper + buckles does well for us anyway- for example check the connely wakeboard one (CWB neo infant vest). we have found the neoprene is the most tolerated (vs nylon) and having the buckle around the waste in addition to the zipper is huge. i am returning the stolquist nemo - it doesn't float my kids on their back as well as others and comes off to easily - a few weeks ago, on the boat my 2.5 year old reached over and in a second had my sons stolquist nemo pfd completely unzipped and wide open....yikes. no buckle around the chest on that one.
telegrl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2012   #89
lchastai's Avatar
Golden, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1975
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 36
Any of you ladies near Golden?

I am thinking *way* ahead - I would love to raft with some of you ladies and kiddos in the next few years. I have twin 12 year old boys, and I just started rafting about 2 years ago. I've taken my boys on the Arkansas, down Westwater, and this year we all three did the San Juan for a week in May (*fantastic*) (and I am rowing my own boat down the Grand come Sept 13th! Woohoo!)

I'd love for some of use to get together and do a "permit party" this fall. I don't foresee doing much more rafting this summer with the abysmal water flows (besides, I am using all my vacation days on the grand). It is different when you raft with primarily families vs a trip with primarily adults, and then one person brings her kids, you know?

Besides, I'd love to meet up after work with some new ladies anyway! Especially ladies who want to get outside. Many of my friends are my kids' friend's parents, but not many of those ladies are really outside-oriented, you know? And many of my friends from work are guys (I'm a geologist - a pretty male-dominated career) so that can be awkward with my husband. Anyone up for a backpacking weekend?

I am happy to organize something if anyone wants to get together. I live and work in Golden... Anyone interested?
lchastai is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2013   #90
Steamboat springs, Colorado
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 2
Advice is needed

Okay river moms. I'd like to ask for some advice. I am 5 months pregnant and am considering going on a WestWater trip at the end of April. Does anyone have any advice in regards to rafting while pregnant?

I've had a really healthy pregnancy and have remained super active. I've been a guide for 5 years and have rowed WestWater before. I obviously wouldn't be rowing this time and would just be a passenger. My boyfriend would be rowing and he's been a guide for 10 years. I am considering walking around Scull Rapid and maybe Sock-it-to-me, but I almost think the hike would be more difficult. With our current snowpack being as low as it is, I don't think the flows of WestWater will be super high.

The river trip is with the rafting company I work for and there will be three EMT certified guides on the trip.


Kate.Colo is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
DEATH of the river, who's participating, whos river/community is next? Updated Poll! jonas_f Whitewater Kayaking 15 07-10-2008 04:54 PM
Big Thompson River... Sweeper completely arcoss river kayak-kid River Access & Safety Alerts! 0 06-28-2008 10:16 AM
Salt River AZ or Gila River NM multi-day, any Betas? tuckermax Kayaking | Trip Planner 8 03-17-2008 03:06 PM
Crystal River: 2 river wide strainers in Bogans canyon randomnature River Access & Safety Alerts! 3 06-12-2007 07:54 PM

» Classified Ads
Wavesport Project X 56

posted by rendock

Hardly used Wavesport Project X56 kayak $400 obo

2016 Demo SolJah 7'...

posted by 4CRS

Used 2016 SolJah 7' Inflatable River Surfer Stand Up...

Pyranha Burn 3 Large B/G/W

posted by Rendezvous River Sports


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:17 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.