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Old 08-21-2014   #1
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Can any one out there in whitewater world recommend some good reading material available for a greenhorn rafter, who wants to expand their knowledge and expertise on boating. Any thoughts on guide schools (around colorado) would help also. Not so much wanting to guide commercially, just expand my horizons in a safer manner. THANKYOU!!

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Old 08-21-2014   #2
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If you can get your hands on a copy of "Western Whitewater" (Cassady, Cross, Calhoun)
or "The Floater's Guide to Colorado" (Wheat, Doug) or "River Running" (Huser, Verne), that will give you a book understanding of river terms, locations, etc.

Highly recommend "The Emerald Mile" by Kevin Fedarko...if you can't put it down, you are hooked...welcome to the river community.

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Old 08-21-2014   #3
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lots of rafting outfitters charge to train and you can always just pay them their fee and be trained. I live up by Mile Hi rafting on clear creek and i think theirs is $500 and its a week on the Arkansas camping out.
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Old 08-22-2014   #4
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The Floater's Guide is a great book. The "Kayak" series by Nealy is out of hand funny but also very informative and illustrated about river hydrology as much as kayaking. I always liked Whitewater!, but google "whitewater" or "rafting" into Amazon and you'll find a bunch. As always, the New Testament should be the first book you own.

Also, many river companies offer a training program during the early season; many of those guides later work out a plan to pay back the cost of the course but i think if you have money and are willing to play then they will let anyone take it. fly guides often do a guide training with some company and then open their own private fly guide tours company. money talks.
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Old 08-22-2014   #6
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These are some I really like.

Anything Worth Doing by outdoor writer Jo Deurbrouck: A true story of adventure & tragedy

Halfway to Halfway & Other River Stories: Bob Volpert, Dick Linford, Mike Burke, John Cassidy, Brian Chaffin, Rick Claussen, Steve Cutright, Joe Daly, Stephanie Ellis, Jerry Hughes, John Hunt, Mark Palmer, Mary Papale, Erin Ridle, Dan Steiner, Will V

I have extra copies of the above brand new if anyone is ordering. I am not very good at Amazon apparently. /spam.

Innocent on the Middle Fork: Eliot Dubois: 9780898861259: Books

The May and June issues of Mountain Gazette usually have some great stories. I only found this one online. Nothing past 2012 and only select issues in Flashback.
May 2012

Being a hard copy reader I am still adjusting to online stuff but this search proved productive and I found a couple I haven't read.

Search Results - Mountain Gazette
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Old 08-22-2014   #7
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Also if you go to the NRS website there is a TON of information under their learn tab. Learn at NRS
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Whether or not you're getting into this for the fishing, this book has a lot of good info on rowing rivers... Float-Fishing Strategies: Tactics and Techniques for Drift Boats, Rafts, and Pontoon Boats by Neale Streeks

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The Guide's Guide by William McGinnis- not sure if its still in print these days.

Lots of great tips on everything from running rapids to dutch oven recipes.
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Old 08-22-2014   #10
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I'm chasing whitewater. And would like to learn how to do that more safely and effectively. Thanks for the info thus far! Keep it coming!

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