WHAT DO I WEAR ON THE RIVER AND IN CAMP?
Dressing appropriately is key to your comfort on the river and that applies if it’s cold or hot. Spring trips are colder so lots of fleece thermals on the water covering all exposed skin and summer trips lots of sunscreen covering all exposed skin. Regardless of hot or cold, we suggest you leave the cotton and denim off the river.
We suggest you read our comprehensive list below of what to bring with you depending on the trip you are doing.
- Sleeping Bag – not currently available to rent.
- Tent – available to rent.
- Foam Pad use is complimentary.
- Sheet for very warm nights when it is too hot to get into your sleeping bag.
- Duffle bag or soft pack to carry your gear.
- Tennis shoes to wear on the raft and when swimming. They’ll get wet, so don’t bring your best shoes.
- Or river sandals* or equivalent only. NO flip flops, bare feet or Crocs.
- Swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt* to wear on the rafts.
- Extra tennis shoes or other shoes for something dry to wear around camp.
- Long-sleeved shirt and pants for the evening. In April, May, and September, the nights and early mornings are cool, so bring warmer clothes, i.e., long pants, warm jacket, sweater, etc.
- Folding chair.
- Towel, washcloth, toiletries.
- Wide-brimmed hat*, visor* or cap* (tie-on*).
- Sunglasses with neck strap*, sunscreen*, lip ointment with SPF*. The sun is very hot.
- Plastic or metal water bottle w/strap*.
- Flashlight*. You’ll need this for getting around at night. There are minimal lights on the way to the bathroom.
- Waterproof camera*.
- Fishing equipment including bait suitable for bass and trout.
- Light rain jacket or nylon windbreaker, polar fleece jacket or vest, wool sweater, and wool socks in case it’s overcast.
*Items found in our river store
In addition on spring trips:
- Any garments made of non-cotton, synchilla, wool, fleece, capilene, etc.
- Your personal wetsuit if you have one.
- Hat made of the above materials.
- Heavy pair of wool socks.
- Warm sleeping bag, especially in April and early May.
- Wool or fleece sweater, vests, etc., for nighttime.
- 4-man tent. Inquire before bringing larger tents.
- Wetsuit, booties, jacket, sweater or dry suit. Wetsuits available to rent. (Wetsuit packages included on North Fork trips.)
Please do not bring any cotton items on the river with you if you are concerned about staying warm. (This includes jeans and sweatshirts.) When cotton gets wet it robs your body of heat and is unsuitable for physical activity. Synthetic clothing, such as fleece, poly-pro, or capilene provides the best option for warmth retention.
DO I TAKE A CHANGE OF CLOTHES WITH ME ON THE RAFT?
No. There is no need for a change of clothes on the raft or a towel.
WHAT DO I TAKE ON THE RAFT?
All you need on your raft in addition to the clothes you are wearing:
– Water Bottle
– 1 bottle of sunscreen to share amongst the raft if you all know each other.
– Waterproof camera – something small that can attach to your lifejacket.
– Any medications, inhalers, etc. that you require.