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Riding the Rapids

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mistybleu

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Posted: 2010-03-16 16:43:00   

In an attempt to create some discussion (which is a bit lacking on Globo at present,) I thought it would be nice to add a few articles that I read and has impressed me, and I hope it prompts members to do the same.

A few months ago the Sunday Times (UK newspaper) had a feature – Beyond the Beach, 50 Thrilling Adventures; so in no particular order here is my first instalment.

I have only had two experiences of white water rafting; the first was in New Zealand and the second was on the mighty Zambezi between Zimbabwe and Zambia, with both being Grade 5 rides.

I can’t remember the name of the river in New Zealand, but the flow was controlled and only on weekends was enough water let through to create the Grade 5 rapids. It really is a great experience but more like an introduction to rafting.

I will always describe my trip down the Zambezi as the day I nearly died. But you get to experiences and incredible journey. During the dry season you get to do 25 rapids whilst in the wet season you can only complete 10.

Each rapid has its own unique, yet fear inspiring name like Devil’s toilet bowl, Stairway to Heaven, Gnashing Jaws of Death and the only Grade 6 rapid – Commercial Suicide; which really says it all.

I went with Safari Par Excellence (www.safpar.net) and it was an awesome day out.

Similar rides can be done on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon USA, Pai River – Thailand, Omo River – Ethiopia or right here in the UK Rye Wye - Wales.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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eirekay

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Posted: 2010-03-17 23:45:00   

I have river rafted in several locations in California: Klamath, Tuolumne, Merced and American. All are class III - Class V outtings. We rafted a small portion of the Pai in Thailand but it was Class I-Class III and pretty tame (which is also fine by me).

BioBio Expeditions arranges rafting for my women's back packing group. Although they are in Tahoe, most of their trips are in South America and Africa: http://www.bbxrafting.com/page.php.

The Women's group is going to Costa Rica next - 2/25-3/7/11 and we have included 2 days of Rafting on the Pacuare River!

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Posted: 2011-03-09 00:09:00   

Just got back from Costa Rica and wanted to say that the rafting on the Pacuare was AMAZING! Class III to Class V. It is rated as one of the top 5 rivers in the world for rafting and it deserves the acclaim. We rafted past so many waterfalls that I lost count after the first dozen. The river is stunning visually (as are most) and quite a fine ride!

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