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The ultimate guide to whitewater rafting and river camping / Molly Absolon.
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Falcon, [2018]
Physical Description:
x, 269 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.

Introduction -- Whitewater rafting basics -- Getting on the water -- Rafting skills -- Reading water -- On the river -- Planning a multiday river trip -- Personal camping gear -- Food -- A day on the river -- Rafting with kids -- Leave no trace -- River-specific health and first aid -- Basic river rescue -- Basic repair and maintenance -- Dream trips.


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797.121 ABS Book Adult General Collection

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Winner of the 2018 National Outdoor Book Award for Best Instructional Book The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Rafting and River Camping introduces new rafters to the skills, equipment, and knowledge required to mount a multiday whitewater rafting trip. Rafting equipment, skills, and techniques have changed drastically in recent years, and this book provides the latest information on equipment selection, care, repair, and use; whitewater rafting techniques; reading rivers; hazard evaluation and basic rescue; camping techniques; river cooking and living; and expedition planning. Written in a clear and comprehensive manner by outdoor educator and whitewater veteran Molly Absolon, The Ultimate Guide to Whitewater Rafting and River Camping is a great tool for novices and an excellent resource for experienced rafters.

Author Notes

Molly Absolon has been an outdoor educator and recreational boater since the 1980s and has written over a dozen books on outdoor skills for Globe Pequot Press and FalconGuides. She has been on numerous multiday river trips, including trips through the Grand Canyon, the Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon River, the San Juan River, and the Green River through the Gates of Lodore and Desolation-Gray Canyons. Her favorite thing about river trips is the unique experience of being in the wilderness with people of all ages and abilities, and she hopes this book will open up that experience to more people.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. vi
Chapter 1 Whitewater Rafting Basicsp. 1
Chapter 2 Getting on the Waterp. 19
Chapter 3 Rafting Skillsp. 48
Chapter 4 Reading Waterp. 67
Chapter 5 On the Riverp. 90
Chapter 6 Planning a Multiday River Tripp. 103
Chapter 7 Personal Camping Gearp. 133
Chapter 8 Foodp. 155
Chapter 9 A Day on the Riverp. 176
Chapter 10 Rafting with Kidsp. 187
Chapter 11 Leave no Tracep. 199
Chapter 12 River-Specific Health and First Aidp. 208
Chapter 13 Basic River Rescuep. 220
Chapter 14 Basic Repair and Maintenancep. 243
Chapter 15 Dream Tripsp. 251
Appendix: First Aid and Drug Kit Checklistp. 264
Indexp. 267
About the Authorp. 270