Ohiopyle rafting buzz was in the air yesterday.. as the first rafting trip of the year hit the Youghiogheny River.
Wilderness Voyageurs hosted a college group from Illinois on spring break who were working on a Habitat for Humanity project. Kudos to them for their community involvement and volunteerism. What a great way to kick off our celebration of being the oldest whitewater rafting outfitter east of the Mississippi; Launching the first whitewater rafting trip in the US of 2014!! That has us really fired up.
Every rafting trip starts off with a safety and orientation talk. Today we were focused on how to keep every one warm. If you fall in, you need to be proactive about getting back to the raft and out of the water ASAP. Here the trip leader Brian T. explains the proper way to sit in a raft and how to efficiently paddle together as a team.
The Yough River was running 6.9 on the Ohiopyle Gauge and the water was a bit on the chilly side, about 40 degrees. This water level dictates that we use a bit larger of a raft than during average summer flows. Today was 8 man rafts, with a guide at the helm.
The lucky Ohiopyle raft guides that got to kick off this memorable year were Zane R., Adam aka Sherpa, Adam aka Grizz, and Brian T. Check out their “Blue Angel Formation” as they approach Cucumber Rapid. These guys are true professionals, you would never know this is the inaugural trip of the year. Although it is the first raft trip of the year, everyone has been out kayaking creeks and playing on the loop all winter. As a side note, if this sounds awesome and this lifestyle is screaming your name, think about joining our whitewater guide training program this spring.
Well the reason why you come rafting.. to get wet. Hope everyone had their wetsuits and paddling jackets zipped up. To check out more pictures from this trip, head on over to our whitewater rafting photo gallery on Google +.
These guys and gals have got game.. Look at these big cheesers, note the snow on the banks of the Yough. Well they did score the first trip of the year,, but you can still get in on the early fun. Our official Rafting Season Kick-off event is April 5th & 6th. Come experience the Yough River and the Cheat River, get fed good food at the Falls City Pub, and dance to Rising Regina. An Ohiopyle party to not be missed. Come on out and have some fun with us.
Downstream is where the fun is!
We have mentioned Ohiopyle a lot,, not sure where or what that is?? Ohiopyle is a town and the largest state park in Pennsylvania. Read about Ohiopyle. Check out all the other outdoor fun that Wilderness Voyageurs has to offer: Ohiopyle outdoor adventures.
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