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      Rafting Trips

      GAMES YOU CAN PLAY WHILE ON A RAFTING TRIP

      On any multi-day whitewater rafting trip, you’re sure to experience some highs and lows. The first few days, the exhilaration of river travel might keep you more than occupied. But once your muscles get used to rowing for hours a day and you’ve figured out the tricks to drying off faster at the end of the day, you might need something to fill your time. Fortunately, Killgore Adventures knows how to keep a river trip fun on and off the water. Check out some of our favorite games to play while white water rafting down the Snake River!

      HUNKER DOWN

      If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to be in your raft, it’s rope and old ammo cans. You can play plenty of games with these items. An easy one to play and really get into is Hunker down. Set up two ammo cans about 15 feet apart from each other. Run a length of rope between them, and have someone stand on each of the ammo cans. On the count of three, the two competitors will pull in as much rope as they can. The goal is to pull your opponent off of their ammo can. For players with a good sense of balance, this may quickly become a game of tug of war.

      KUBB

      This popular Swedish lawn game is as much at home on a sandy beach somewhere in Hells Canyon as it is in an IKEA store. It’s best described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes. Two teams of two players compete on a small rectangular field. Each side of the field has 5 rectangular blocks that players try to knock over. In the middle of the field is the “King” block that players are also trying to knock over. Blocks that are knocked over by one team are then thrown by the other team back onto the other side of the field by the other team. Wherever it lands is where the next team can throw from. The game goes back and forth until one side knocks over all of the opposing team’s kubb blocks and the king in one turn.

      PICK UP BOX

      Take a tall cardboard box, like the ones that soda or beer comes in, and tear off both the top and bottom. Take the rectangular hollow box, and stick it in the sand. Players have to balance on one foot with their hands behind their back and bend over to pick up the box with their teeth. After everyone has picked up the box, tear an inch off the top and start again. Keep going until no one can pick up the box anymore. Make sure you clean up all the cardboard scraps and pack them out with you.

      SKIPPING STONES

      A longtime favorite for river rats and new rafters alike, skipping stones is a classic game. Start by having everyone throw one stone and counting the skips. See who’s stone skips the most or makes it the farthest, and then compete to beat the record. You can also compete to see who can skip a rock completely across the river. This can be challenging on some sections of the Snake, as the river can get quite wide!

      HUMAN PRETZELS

      Have everyone stand in a circle. Have players join hands with whoever is directly across from them. Players then take their remaining free hand and join hands with another player. The goal from here is to try and untangle the giant human knot without anyone letting go of anyone else’s hand. This game can be quite challenging, and is a great way to work on your teambuilding and communication skills!

      CARD GAMES

      If nothing else, a deck of cards can be endlessly entertaining while on the river. From poker and blackjack to Egyptian rat slap and B.S., there are a million card games you can play. Cards are easy to slip into a dry bag and don’t take up much space. Just make sure you bring a deck of waterproof cards, as soggy cards are about as fun as playing 52 pick-up.

      There’s no end to the fun to be had while exploring the whitewater rapids of the Snake River. Killgore Adventures can take you on a multi-day rafting excursion through the amazing Hells Canyon. Book your expedition today!

      PACKING FOR A RAFTING TRIP

      There’s something that feels distinctly timeless about a multi-day rafting trip down a river. Maybe because it conjures up visions of explorers rowing and paddling down the same rivers hundreds of years prior. Or perhaps it’s the mirrored imagery of time slipping by as the water courses around your raft. Whatever it is, a river rafting trip down the Snake River in Idaho is something that everyone should experience once in their life. But if you’re new to rafting, what should you bring with you on a multi-day trip? Don’t worry, Killgore Adventures has the answers.

      WHAT’S ON YOUR FEET?

      When it comes to rafting trips, you might think about packing your wetsuit first, but it’s always good to consider your footwear as well. The right footwear can be worn in and out of the raft and will keep you from slipping on slick rocks that are along the river’s edge. Look for a sturdy shoe with good tread. If you don’t want to get a specialty shoe, bring along an old pair of sneakers instead. Just don’t plan on using them after you get home. They’re gonna smell more than a little funky.

      SUNSCREEN AND LOTION

      Despite being surrounded by, and immersed in, water all day, your skin is going to dry out really quickly. Bring this combo of skin care products to ensure that you don’t look like a piece of dried leather by the end of your rafting trip. Make sure to apply the sunscreen liberally throughout the day, as that will keep your skin from burning and drying out. Then, at the end of each day, make sure to apply lotions to high use areas like your hands and feet. Lotion also does a great job of making patches of sunburned skin a little more tolerable. Plus, for those who are averse to the smells of river water, a scented lotion can help you mask those scents.

      SACRED SOCKS

      A universal constant for every experienced backpacker, sacred socks are a vital addition to your sleeping system while traveling on the river for multiple days. These socks are only worn in your sleeping bag and nowhere else. These sacred socks are like gentle hugs for your feet at the end of each long day of rowing. Your feet will enjoy the extra warmth at night, as sometimes sleeping alongside a river can be a chilly affair.

      SIT PAD OR FOLDING CHAIR

      While you might spend a lot of your day sitting while rowing your raft, you’ll definitely want to sit back and relax after a long day on the river. While you might find a particularly smooth rock to sit on, having some padding between you and the earth does wonders for your back and butt. You can use a piece of sleeping pad foam or even a small folding chair. Plus, it also keeps you off the cold ground, meaning you don’t have to pull on a parka on those long summer nights on the river.

      GRAB A GROUND TARP

      A ground tarp comes in handy while traveling on the river. It keeps the sand out of your food while cooking. It can be used as an impromptu shelter in a pinch. At the end of the day, you can set your sleeping pad on top of it to keep dirt and sticks from poking holes in your pad and bag. You can also use it as a place to store your clothes while they dry. A piece of Tyvek or even a rubberized sheet works great for this purpose.

      DRY BAGS ARE YOUR FRIENDS

      This should go without saying, but you’ll want to keep your belongings dry while on your Snake River excursion. You can get dry bags in a variety of sizes to make sure that water stays in the river and not at the bottom of your backpack. We suggest having a large one for all of your clothes and non-essentials and then having a smaller one that you can stash “must-have” items like sunscreen, snacks, cameras, and maps in. You can keep the smaller bag near you throughout the day.

      Sign up for your own Snake River adventure with Killgore Adventures! We offer half-day and three-to-four day river excursions that take you through some of the most exciting parts of Hells Canyon. Book your trip today!

      WHAT TO LEAVE BEHIND ON YOUR RIVER TRIP

      When it comes to exploring the backcountry, there are few ways more luxurious than rafting. Unlike backpacking, where every ounce counts, having a raft allows you to haul extra items with you, like camping chairs, coolers full of fresh food, and all the clean underwear you could ever want. But just because you can bring it with you, doesn’t mean you always should. When you’re floating through Hells Canyon on a multi-day whitewater rafting trip with Killgore Adventures, here are the things you should leave at home.

      COTTON SOCKS

      Perhaps rather dramatically, outdoorsy types often espouse the sentiment that “cotton kills.” This histrionic turn of phrase is about how cotton absorbs, and more importantly, retains water. Once cotton gets wet, it’s going to stay wet for a long time. While that may seem like a non-issue when it comes to socks, it’s more important than you realize. If your feet stay wet for long periods of time, it can lead to issues like immersion foot, blisters, and even fungus formations. Leave the cotton socks in the drawer at home, and bring some wool or synthetic socks instead. Your feet will thank you later.

      CHEAP RAIN PONCHOS

      Life on the river is moist, to say the least. Between walls of water dumping into the raft from a wave train and the ever-present threat of rain, you’re gonna get wet while white water rafting in Hells Canyon. Some new rafters think about grabbing a plastic rain poncho to keep themselves dry, but instead, all they’re getting is a headache. Cheap rain ponchos don’t fit well under your personal floatation device and can get snagged on parts of the raft, as well as plants and sticks on shore. Instead, bring a rain jacket. It sits close to your body, making it snag free, while still keeping you warm and (mostly) dry.

      YOUR CELL PHONE

      Look we get it, there’s probably no better opportunity to get a sick selfie than while ripping down a wild wave train on the Snake River. But it’s best to leave your smartphone behind for this adventure. One, the river can be unpredictable, and even with a PopSocket to keep it within your grasp, you might lose your phone to the waves. If nothing else, water and electronics don’t mix, and it’s likely that your phone will get wet while you travel. But if you still bring your phone with you, be prepared for disappointment. As one of the deepest canyons in the world, Hells Canyon isn’t exactly known for its stellar cell coverage. Do yourself a favor and leave the phone in the car.

      GLASS BOTTLES

      A nice cool adult beverage and the gentle rushing of the river are a pair as perfect as peanut butter and jelly or cookies and milk. But broken glass is a really easy way to ruin that perfect combination. Not only does broken glass pose a threat to the integrity of the raft (it’s something akin to a large balloon after all) it is also a threat to your safety as well. A cut from a shard of glass can quickly become contaminated by the sand on the shores, and whatever’s in the water. If you want to drink and raft, make sure you pack in plastic bottles or even aluminum cans. Once you’re done, always, always, always pack out your trash and recycle it responsibly.

      YOUR CARES

      There’s no denying that modern life is stressful. We all work more hours in the week than we should. We all have responsibilities that weigh heavy on our minds right as we’re trying to fall asleep. Car payments, utility bills, grocery store runs, and an endless list of appointments can make even the bravest among us weak in the knees. But your white water rafting trip down Hells Canyon is your chance to leave all that behind you for a few days. Instead of worrying about your job, focus on perfecting your paddle stroke. Rather than getting caught up in the news of the day, listen to the idle chit chat of the birds flying overhead. In lieu of getting lost in the endlessly flickering of your phone screen, stare in awe at the immense beauty of the natural world around you. 

      Pack your bags and get to White Bird, Idaho today to embark on your multi-day white water rafting trip with Killgore Adventures! Book now!