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Team Watershed/SRS Member Dan McCain Rafting the Middle Fork of Kings River

June 11th, 2013 No comments

Dan McCain and Jeff Compton are endeavoring to become the first to raft the entire 29 mile stretch of the Middle Fork of the Kings River in California. This feat was first attempted in the 90’s, but the group ended up walking the whole stretch and classified it as “un-raftable.”

Now, close to 20 years later, Dan, Jeff and a group of safety kayakers are making a fresh attempt.

Darin McQuoid, world renowned extreme kayaker, describes the Middle Fork of the King River as the pinnacle of expedition kayaking in the United States. He says, “Everything about this run (from Le Conte Canyon to Yucca Point) is epic. It has an eight hour, one way shuttle, fourteen mile hike over 12000′ Bishop Pass, and forty miles of world class whitewater dropping 7000 vertical feet.”

After a lot of research and planning, Dan and Jeff have coordinated an approximately 5-7 day expedition, assisted on the entrance shuttle by a packhorse or mule, and after running the Garlic Falls section, meet a shuttle at the takeout.

They have outfitted their AIRE raft with a GoPro mounting system to ensure a lot of epic footage and insight into the technical nature of some of the nation’s largest waterfalls, difficult boulder gardens and trickiest whitewater.

This expedition promises to be a heart-pounding, adrenaline filled voyage!!

You can follow the team’s progress via their SPOT tracker link here:

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0Spc4Gpv6QsvJtdbMKMIPYiO8U1nOPqhq

Stay tuned for updates and the forthcoming footage!!

Guest Blog: Zachary Collier from Northwest Rafting Company

March 19th, 2013 No comments

Zach is one of the owners of the Northwest Rafting Company, which is a leader in the Pacific Northwest for epic, well planned, safe and one of a kind trips. NWRC enjoys pushing the limits in both training and just for fun trips. Check out their website here: www.nwrafting.com

Below read about Zach’s adventures with his Watershed bags over the years:

My Watershed Moment

When I began my illustrious career as a river guide I noticed all of the legendary guides used Watershed bags to store their personal gear. Obviously, I had to order one. When it arrived, I was officially in the club of the select few whose dry bags looked different from the dry bags we provided our guests. Beyond looking cool, it opened easily and I didn’t have to dump out the entire bag to find what I needed.
A few seasons later, I had my Watershed bag while teaching a guide school on Oregon’s Rogue River. The weather was terrible, and we had done two major raft repairs which put us behind schedule. On day 3, we had successfully rafted through Mule Creek Canyon and were coming around the corner to the infamous Blossom Bar Rapid. On our approach, we were overcome by an ominous hail storm that set the tone for our run through rapid known as “the most expensive in the West.” Oars, paddles, dry bags, coolers, sunglasses and anything else you can lose on the river routinely finds a resting place at the bottom of Blossom Bar.
We pulled over to scout, discussed our routes, and sent one boat at a time through the roaring whitewater. The second boat through had a student rowing with one of our instructors on board to provide support. Unfortunately, it also had my trusty Watershed bag.
As I’m sure you can guess, this fully loaded 18 foot gear boat pinned in the entrance move. The flow was 5,000 cfs and rising, and it was late in the day. We quickly came up with a plan, set safety, and got to work freeing the raft.
Just as we had set up our anchors, I saw my beloved Watershed bag come loose from the boat and watched her bob gently downstream. I knew my friend Jim Toney was out in the world somewhere shaking his head in disappointment that I was separated from my kit. But I had work to do.
We spent the next hour setting up a rope system that would make any engineer proud and finally pulled the boat off of the rock, sadly flipping it upside down in the struggle. We paddled the boat to the bottom of the rapid where it took the entire group, in a Herculeaneffort of pulling on ropes, to flip it rightside up.
Seeing that all was well, I pushed ahead on what I assumed would be a fruitless search. Much to my surprise, I caught up with my trusty Watershed bag only a few miles downstream. She was enjoying a nice float through Huggins Canyon as I hauled her back into my raft. I immediately opened her up to assess the damages but found everything was intact and bone dry.
15 years later, I’m still using the same bag. We’ve had quite a few adventures together, and I’m now a river outfitter myself. When it came time to decide what kind of dry bags to provide for my guests, I made the easy decision that they will all be using Watershed bags!

Zachary Collier is the owner of Northwest Rafting Company (http://www.nwrafting.com) and an avid river runner.
Our Brews with Views trips pair the spectacular Rogue River with the best beers in the West. Learn more at http://www.nwrafting.com/brews/.
Some photos from Zach:

1. A trip we did in Siberia a few years ago with my trusty Watershed bag in it.
2. The wrap photo is from the wrap in the story. My bag had already come off at this point.
3. A boat full of Watershed bags on the Illinois River.
4. The repair photos is from boat repair first day of the school.

Check out Watershed’s Neighbor: Southern Raft Supply

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Southern Raft Supply is the South East’s premier raft supply store!  Located in Asheville, NC at the Riverside Business Park, Southern Raft Supply is right beside Watershed’s office, and on the French Broad River.

Southern Raft Supply will be offering Watershed’s complete line of products.

Check out the photos below and look for SRS’ flier in the new Mountain Xpress.

Website to be complete by the new year:  www.southernraft.com

Video from Watershed’s Russian Distributor, DKP

December 5th, 2012 No comments

Check out this great video from our distributor in Russia:

Watershed Video from DKP

Here is DKP’s website:  www.drybags.ru

Many thanks for your work and dedication, Dmitriy, and everyone working with DKP!!!

‘Unsponsored’ Blog Post Highlighting Watershed’s Ocoee Perks

November 27th, 2012 No comments

Check out this blog post from ‘Unsponsored’, over in the UK.  There’s some great photos and info.  Plus lots of good stuff on the whole blog.

http://www.unsponsored.co.uk/press/?p=3130#comment-130