Sometimes floating in a pool just isn't enough. You want speed and adventure, but you're not quite ready to jump off a cliff. Luckily, white water rafting is the perfect fix for adrenaline junkies and those wishing to cool off. With different routes ranging from relaxing, to totally extreme, there's guaranteed to be a river trip to fit your style. Here are a few things you should know before enjoying the raging rapids on the Snake River!
Rapids are classified on a system from 1 to 6. Class 1 rapids are fine for everybody, and can be enjoyed with little instruction; class 2 - 5 rapids are rougher and are for experienced rafters, and level 6 rapids should only be attempted by professionals. However, you can have a great time on any level of river rapids, and something like the Snake River in Jackson Hole is perfect for beginners and seasoned rafters alike. The river is a classified 1-3, and a place like this is:
You're going to get wet, and that's part of the enjoyment of rafting through the great outdoors. However, you'll want to be mindful about your clothing so that it doesn't absorb water, stick to your skin, or cause chaffing. The last thing you want is soaking wet clothing weighing you down or negatively affecting your body temperature. Cotton materials will make your colder and is not advised for the river.
For maximum comfort, wear synthetic materials as they will hold less water, and will help to keep your skin protected against wind. Make sure to properly protect your feet by wearing an old pair of tennis shoes or water shoes. Many people think that flip-flops will be comfortable, but they will not protect your feet or keep them warm. Shoes will give you grip to maintain your feet placement, protect your feet if you are ejected from the raft, and rubber-soled shoes will make entering and exiting the raft much easier. Helmets are only issued on the river when there are high water conditions.
Last but not least: you will be required to wear a life-jacket. Even if you're the greatest swimmer in the world, it's required for safety, and life-jackets help your guide by giving them something to hold on to if they need to pull you back into the raft. One last tip: use croakies to secure your sun glasses or prescription glasses so they stay securely on your face.
Now, you may be wondering what you should bring on your adventure. We recommend that you don't bring anything on the raft that you are not ok with losing. You should leave any valuables in your car such as money, wallet, and electronics. You can leave your keys with staff members at the office.
You'll want professional, experienced white water river outfitter to handle the twists and turns of the legendary Snake River. Mad River guides love rafting, and they'll set you up with everything you need to have an amazing time. With their guidance, you'll be rushing through the rapids on one of our famous yellow boats, with a smile on your face! Contact Mad River Boat Trips to book your next whitewater adventure today!