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Old 01-04-2014   #1
Anchorage, Alaska
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Advice on place to live to develope rafting skills

Hello my wife and I are new members to Mnt. Buzz.
We are looking for some advice. Currently living in Whistler BC for the ski season and are looking at moving south for the spring/summer/fall. Growing up in Vt and NH I rafted and kayaked into my 30's. Now at 50+ looking to get back into the sport. As an airline pilot I need to be within 2 hr's of an airport with descent service as I am based in Anc Ak. Hood River for PDX,Coloma Ca 45 min of Sac. seem like good choices for commuting to work.
We want to start with some river courses to get our boat handling skills to a safe level including the swift river rescue course. Current boat of choice is the Aire Super Duper Puma with a fishing frame.Drifting the Kenai AK for salmon in the fall. The Amer. Fork seems like it might have more options then the area around Hood River, but this is where I need some advice also weight in on my boat of chioce. Two people and a dog, overnight trips on occasion, novice paddlers and fisherman.
Happy New Year
David and Trish Ferguson

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Old 01-04-2014   #2
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I'd recommend Glenwood Springs, Colorado .......if you can afford it.

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Old 01-04-2014   #3
Anchorage, Alaska
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Thanks, I use to live in Silverthorne Summit County area and loved it. I will look into it
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Old 01-04-2014   #4
Denver, Colorado
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Coloma, CA is great but TINY as far as a town goes. If you want a bit more of a life but are interested in the foothills of the Sierra, try Auburn (still SAC airport) or Truckee (close to Reno and not much further from SAC than Coloma).
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Old 01-04-2014   #5
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Idaho is the best state for rafting. Hood is best place to creek boat.
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Old 01-04-2014   #6
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If you stick to the western us, you'll most likely have a short season and only a handful of rivers...and then if they are pay to play permitted rivers, you wont be doing much rafting at all.

I live by the green and yampa...but I have to drive down to the Colorado to raft 90% of the time.

Move to the east coast if you want some freedom to raft when and where you please.

I suggest charleston, wv area anywhere up to Pittsburgh.
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Old 01-04-2014   #7
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Dont judge the west by Colorado alone - there's a lot of water in Idaho, Oregon and Washington all year. Colorado is one of the drier spots out here. Also, as the above poster found out, if you want to raft don't move to northwestern Colorado.
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Old 01-04-2014   #8
Duluth, Minnesota
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Seattle puts you within an +/- 1hr from class II-V, 365 days/year.
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Salida,CO is the best of the best. But keep it a secret.
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