A while back I saw a National Geographic special on a few guys building a homemade raft and taking it down the Yukon River in Alaska, and I would like to take a similar trip this summer somewhere in western United States. So far I have a couple friends who are interested and a few rivers that I think might work but I am interested in hearing from anyone about ideas, tips, success stories, horror stories, or if you are interested in participating. Plus, I live in Las Vegas, Nevada…so if you are in the area and need a good conversation, a couch to sleep, or a home cooked meal…I offer it in exchange for a spot on your couch if I am ever in your area. Thanks!
Maybe not on the same level as the Yukon, but every summer I make a trip or two down to West Water outside of Moab. I'm usually in a kayak and have the living piss scared out of me for a good 1/2 day, but the the other day and 1/2 is spent laying back on a raft (with my kayak tied to it) drinking copious amounts of beer in the sun while floating through God's country.
By the way, I saw a similar special about 4 guys who did the same thing with a homemade raft down the Amazon. Didn't turn out so well for them though!
A few years ago a group of us organized a whitewater rafting trip with a company just north of Montreal. We had just finished navigating a rapid called the "Hamburger Maker", which looked innocent enough, when lo and behold along comes a raft that didn't belong to the rafting company.
Suddenly, all the guides from the rafting company started yelling at the people in the raft to navigate around the rapids. But the people in the raft had no clue what to do - they kinda spun in circles and ended up smack in the middle of the rapid. The raft ended up folding itself in two, smacking the people in the back into the people in the front. They all came away with cuts on their heads and arms and some nasty head bumps.
So - get to know your river a little first.
Hey, sounds like something id love to do. I have experience on the water as i was in an outrigger canoe club for over a year in England, actually competed in the first ever one man race in the UK that my club organized. great swimmer and love adventure. keep me informed.