Tag archives for rafting

Utah by Dirt: The Lure of the Wild River

As the river carried us strong and gentle through this labyrinth of sandstone in Ruby-Horsethief Canyon—past beautiful beaches occupied solely by shifting cottonwoods and slot canyons only accessible via a float down the Colorado or a 30-mile hike across the stark desert plateau above—the unique beauty of this place comes to light. Of course the…

Utah by Dirt: River Life on the Colorado

For Utah by Dirt, four friends find as much Utah adventure as possible accessed by dirt roads. Follow their story on The Adventurists blog. As the sun settled behind the canyon walls, I stared around at the surrounding desert, bobbing along the Colorado River in my packraft, legs sticking out with a beer can nestled between my thighs.…

Utah by Dirt: The Ultimate Adventure Road Trip

Follow along as we chase dirt trails, ride the red-water rapids of the Colorado River, and explore hidden canyons in Escalante on our Utah by Dirt adventure. Follow along with the hashtag #UTbyDirt. The looming sandstone towers obscured the entire northern skyline from where we had parked and were now setting up camp. We found…

Rafting Wild Whitewater at the Lochsa Rendezvous, Idaho

The light, warm spring rain blanketed the world in a soft veil of sound as we walked among the towering stand of old growth firs. The time had come to exit the Jerry Johnson hot springs, a series rock pools filled with hot water dribbling out of the hillside. Barefoot and soaked through, we made…

Alaska’s Lost Coast by Bike and Packraft: Gear Packing List

In late July, writer-photographer-adventurer Cameron Lawson and a near stranger will use fat-tired bikes and packrafts to travel approximately 350 miles along Alaska’s Lost Coast. Getting from Yakutat to Juneau will take 14 to 17 days. The majority of this adventure is highly isolated and void of civilization and will entail lots of beach riding,…

Alaska’s Lost Coast by Bike and Packraft: The Adventure Begins

In late July, writer-photographer-adventurer Cameron Lawson and a new friend will use fat-tired bikes and packrafts to travel approximately 350 miles along Alaska’s Lost Coast. Getting from Yakutat to Juneau will take 14 to 17 days. The majority of this adventure is highly isolated and void of civilization and will entail lots of beach riding,…

Rafting Utah’s Desolation Canyon in Search of Ancient Secrets

So you’ve run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on a private trip, after waiting a decade for a permit, then jockeying with the hordes of other rafters for prime campsites. Or you’ve done the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Or maybe the Chattooga, as you fantasized about the fate of the four Georgia…

Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Perfect Retreat for the Work Weary

Last summer I took time off. Really took time off—how a European takes time off.  I didn’t intend to be gone so long, but it just turned into five weeks.  And I needed it. I hadn’t had a real vacation in years … you know, the kind where you actually turn off your computer and…

Grand Canyon Float #1: Adventurers on Vacation

When I think of classic adventure here at home in the U.S., I think of climbing El Cap and rafting the Grand Canyon. They’re accessible and doable to many, but they are still pure adventure to the core—the kind of experience most all of us are looking for. This is the first live post from…

Best American Adventures: Paddle 340 Miles of the Mighty Missouri—Nonstop

We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a new,…