Documentary: The Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar

Monumental Expeditions Info, Rafting

A recently released documentary entitled “The Arkansas River from Leadville to Lamar” aired on Rocky Mountain PBS last week and is available for viewing on YouTube. Check it out below. The documentary highlights the importance of the Arkansas river in Colorado for recreation and agriculture, and it’s impacts on communities along its banks and tributaries. Whitewater rafting and other river sports and activities are a big part of what the …

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 …

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 …