How To Talk Like A Raft Guide

Jessica Lewis Info, Rafting, Uncategorized

Have you ever been on a river and heard your guide throw around the words sleeper, wrap, hole, eddy, pour-over and been instinctively aware that they weren’t actually talking about that yummy chicken spinach wrap you have waiting in your car, but something else entirely? Well kudos to you for picking up on the strange nomenclature of the river. We, as guides, have names for everything. It allows us to keep detailed mental …

What You Need to Know About High Water Rafting

Jessica Lewis Uncategorized

I am sitting on my porch watching the river go from a murky brown to a deep muddy red. It rises, not by centimeters, but by inches. This week the great exodus of snow has begun and water is rushing off the high peaks and barreling down into the Arkansas River taking our gentle mountain river and transforming it into a torrent of frothy whitewater. Sounds kinda epic. Maybe even …

Making Sense of Rapid Classifications

Monumental Expeditions Info, Rafting

In this post we hope to improve ones understanding of the various rapid classifications, and how they can change with different water levels (CFS). The six point ratings scale used on the Arkansas River is common throughout the world. The higher the class the more difficult the section or rapids. Moving water, riffles, small waves. Easy rapids, waves, clear channels. Large waves, obstacles, narrow passages. Long rapids, unavoidable waves, many …

Why Monumental?

Monumental Expeditions Rafting

As you scour the internet to try and find that rafting company that is going to take you and your family or friends down the river, you might have noticed there are a LOT of rafting companies on the Arkansas river headwaters. 47 commercial permits to be exact. There are huge companies, medium sized companies, and then there are the few small companies, like Monumental Expeditions. We like to say …