Modern whitewater rafting as we know it dates back to 1842 when Lieutenant John Fremont began exploring Colorado’s Platte River. During this time, he and inventor Horace H. Day created a rubber raft featuring four rubber cloth tubes and a wrap-around floor to help survey the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains areas.
What is the history of whitewater rafting?
Whitewater rafting can be traced back to 1811, when the first recorded trip on the Snake River was planned. Lack of training, experience, and equipment led to the decision that the river was too dangerous to navigate. The Snake River was appropriately nicknamed “The Mad River”.
What is Class 3 rafting?
Class 3: Whitewater, in that the water does appear white due to all the bubbles, small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. This class may require significant maneuvering in the raft. Experienced and strong paddling skills are needed at this level.
What is 2nd rafting?
Class II Whitewater
Straightforward rapids with wide, clear channels which are evident without scouting. Occasional maneuvering may be required, but rocks and medium-sized waves are easily missed.
What is the highest class in rapids?
- Class 1 and 2 are float trips.
- Class 3 is a typical beginner level for rafting.
- Class 4 is intermediate to advanced and good for adventure rafters.
- Class 5 is advanced and recommended only for experienced rafters.
- Class 6 is unrunnable by most people and presents an extreme level of danger.
Which features are unsafe on rivers?
Certain features on rivers are inherently unsafe and have remained consistently so despite the passage of time. These would include fallen trees, dams, rocks and high waterfalls. Rafting with experienced guides is the safest way to avoid such features.