River guiding was my first job out of high school. I started as an intern right here at Triad River Tours, running shuttle and evac routes and cleaning gear; then with training and experience I made the move from intern to guide. Whitewater rafting every weekend while my friends worked office jobs, I learned how to swim rapids and avoid strainers, finding a new perspective on the mountains I’d known my entire life
Here in the PNW—land of rivers and untrammeled nature, birthplace of REI, and home of some of the country’s best whitewater—every adventure is unique. There is nowhere else in the world with our outdoor culture and easy access to rainforests, rivers and glaciers, especially just a few miles outside a world-class city like Seattle. This mix makes for river adventures unlike any other. Our whitewater and our locals both have their quirks, but that’s what makes these trips so memorable—you just can’t get this anywhere else.
The Trail Stewardship Act addresses a serious trail maintenance problem in the Forest Service with community-based solutions, creating a path for those who love the wilderness accessed through USFS infrastructure to give back to the trails and sites that their adventures rely on.
A look into the best campgrounds in the Seattle area. Our river guide staff spends most of our nights of summer sleeping under the stars on the river; here are some of our favorites. On your next overnight camping adventure you won’t be disappointed with one of these great spots.
Whitewater Raft Guiding is above all else an act of public land stewardship. In todays economy and growing population, common resources are become scarce, while fewer wild lands are accessible. Our rafting company inquires on the ethics of public land stewardship in outdoor recreation.
The beloved local rivers of the pacific northwest are some of the most popular places for recreation, for one of the most outdoor centric cities in the US (Seattle). Triad takes a look into the problem of litter in our national parks and forests, as we consider; “what more can we do for the rivers that do so much for us”?
Wearing wetsuits on rafting trips is one of the simplest ways that you can protect yourself while whitewater rafting. We take a look into the possibility of cold shock and hypothermia, and explore a common rescue scenario.
A look into the scientific proof that spending time camping in the mountains is good for your health and quality of life. The next time you take a whitewater rafting trip with Triad River Tours, make sure to include a night of camping in the Cascade Mountains while on your rafting adventure.
Throughout 2018, there have been an estimated 700,000 whitewater paddlers in the United States. Some of these rafters have been paddling for decades and some have just begun this tremendously fun and exhilarating hobby. Rafting difficulty ranges from class 1 whitewater rafting to class 5 whitewater rafting.
The outdoor recreation industry generates approximately $887 billion in consumer sales each year, but many American families stay put throughout the summer and never do any sort of fun-filled outdoor activities. From river rafting trips to hiking adventures, it’s time to experience the outdoors and have some fun.
Among professional whitewater rafting guides, there is an age old question (well, at least since composite oars were invented); why would you choose to run wooden oars in whitewater instead of composite?
Whitewater rafting is one of the most fun things you and your family can do this summer. Currently, there are about 700,000 white water paddlers across the United States. Whether you're planning on rafting for the first time or have been taking river rafting trips for years, it's important to ensure that you're staying as safe as possible.
In 2016 Americans logged an incredible 11 billion outdoor outings, averaging 76.5 outings per participant. These outings can range from small hikes at the local park to week-long whitewater rafting trips. If you’re thinking about taking an adventurous trip at some point this summer, then you should make sure you set yourself up for a fun, safe, and exciting trip.