How To Gear Up For Rafting Season, Part 2
March is almost a memory and with April just around the corner, it's time to think rafting. April is a time for the hardy paddlers to take advantage of normally high river levels and typically lower trip costs. Before you come here to “get your raft on” there are a few things you need to think about that can help make your trip more enjoyable. We've compiled a short list for you:
Get the Right Gear
If you're a wily rafting veteran, you've probably already learned a few things about what to bring on a trip. But if you've never been rafting in the spring or you're a rookie to the sport, there are many little things you should consider for this time of year and this type of rafting:
- Wear synthetic or wool clothing; stay away from cotton. If you wear fleece or other synthetic material clothing, you'll stay warmer when you get wet (and yes, you're going to get wet). Wool is also a good choice because it has the ability to keep you warm when wet. Sweaters, long underwear, socks, gloves and a beanie will all go a long way towards making your trip more comfortable.
- Consider wearing waterproof clothing. Even if you have great under layers or wear a wetsuit, you will still want to have something to keep the splash off .
- Don't forget your sun protection. Spring is when you have the potential to get burned without realizing it. The air and water keep you cool all day, but the sun's rays are blazing. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat will help diminish the sun's effects and you won't go home beet red.
A little bit of planning goes a long way. This is especially true when it comes to rafting. There are a few things that you can do in preparation for a trip that will make a big difference.
- Get to know area outfitters. Rafting companies are all different, and some offer great deals this time of year. Many of them have specials that include lodging, dinner, and even free cold weather clothing rentals to entice rafters to take the plunge in the spring.
- Know your limits. If you've never been rafting before or you're not the bravest when it comes to water, you may want to spend an extra bit of time finding a trip that matches your comfort level.
- Get ready by getting moving. Spring time rafting can be quite exerting, so try and get some exercise in prior to your trip. Walk, stretch, jog - any of these activities will prep you for a big day on the water.
Have you already made plans for your spring rafting trip?