We’ll provide a waterproof bag (16″ diameter by 32″ high) for the majority of your things that you will not need to get to until we reach camp each evening, such as your clothes and sleeping bag, Each guest will also receive a smaller waterproof dry-bag for day-use items including your camera, hiking shoes, sunscreen, fleece, raincoat, etc. that you can easily get to during the day as we float downstream. The raft cargo boxes can accommodate extra overflow items such as a video camera or liquor.
We’ll also provide roomy 2-person tents (we assume couples or siblings will share, and single folks will prefer a private tent to themselves. Let us know if it’s not obvious how many tents to bring for you or your group), 2″ thick sleeping pads, camp chairs, souvenir water bottles, type V rafting lifejackets / helmets / wetsuits for rafters and inflatable kayakers (hard shell kayakers and whitewater canoeists will need to bring their own paddling wear/gear such as drysuit/top, helmet, PFD, skirt, paddle, etc).
To accommodate space and weight constraints, we ask that you limit your baggage weight to 35 lbs. per person, and pack your things into duffel bags or soft packs; no suitcases, external frame packs, or wheeled luggage.
*Gratuities For Guides: Tips for guides are at your discretion, but always appreciated. During your time on the river, your guides serve many roles: river professional, chef, historian, naturalist, hiking guide, the storyteller….the list goes on, and these folks work long and hard each day to provide you with an exceptional experience. If you feel your crew did an outstanding job and you wish to thank them, a gratuity between $200-$250 per guest is customary and given to your Trip Leader to be split evenly amongst your guides. For example, a family of 4 might tip between $800-$1000 in total.
KAYAKERS and CANOEISTS- need to bring all of your personal paddling equipment, including helmet, PFD, spray skirt, paddle, throw bag (optional) and rescue equipment (optional). A dry top or paddle jacket and synthetic sweaters are usually all you need for warmth during July and August. Dry-suits or Dry-tops/bottoms are recommended for June and September trips. CANYONS provides a spare paddle for the group. Our kayaks are equipped with stern airbag(s), adjustable hip pads, and adjustable foot braces. All canoes have airbags, thigh straps, painters and knee pads that are glued down. We bring along spray adhesive and mini-cell foam for custom outfitting if needed.
CASCADE RIVER GEAR (Boise): 1-800-223-RAFT (7238); www.cascaderivergear.com
IDAHO RIVER SPORTS (Boise): 1- 800-936-4844; www.idahoriversports.com
RIVERWEAR (Stanley): 1-208-774-3592; www.riverwear.com
ADVENTURE TRAVEL SUPPLY (web): www.adventuretravelsupply.com