Dash your holiday season with a special treat: A whitewater rafting trip for you, or for your entire family! You read correctly: A winter trip to the river. How can it be done? Read along and prepare yourself for what could become your next adventure.
The River Life
If you live close to a river, you may agree that a city by the river is a world of its own. The potential for fun is endless, and the sounds and sight of the running water infuse the air with beauty and peace. Yet, by far, the favorite activity of all of us river lovers–all year round–is whitewater rafting. Yes. That rushing, energizing and physically engaging activity is prime for making friends and becoming one with nature.
Whitewater rafting is one of the most exhilarating water sports in the world. You get the thrill of a roller coaster ride with the added bonus of fun-seeking rafters, just like you, sharing in the adventure and getting wet from head to toe.
Yet, those unfamiliar with rafting may not know that whitewater sports are open year-round in most locations. This means that you can engage in this cool activity during all four seasons, even winter!
Each rafting location is typically well stocked with a complete selection of products, gear, and equipment made for non-stop fun. For a winter whitewater getaway, you can choose from a selection of wetsuits, protective gear and footwear made specifically to maintain your normal body temperature.
Rafting in the Summer Versus Rafting During Winter.
Rafting in the winter is no different than doing it in the summer. All that changes is the temperature of the water and the potential chill factor with the wind. If you want to raft in the winter, simply wear a windbreaker, eye protection (such as sunglasses or goggles), and use appropriate shoes for your trip. Once on location, prepare yourself as you typically would for regular whitewater rafting, and add a wetsuit with optional synthetic or long underwear for extra protection. Always wear your helmet, and prepare your skin for the elements by wearing sunscreen. Also, as with any high-activity sport, do not eat heavily prior to participating. It is no different than preparing for a wild ride of any kind. I feel, however, that you will enjoy this one a bit more. So, there you have it. Whitewater rafting in the winter is as simple as that!
One of the best experiences that you may get out of whitewater rafting during the winter season is that, since a lot of people do not think of doing it for fear of the cold, you get first dibs to the best equipment and supplies at the rental centers. You may even catch a nice holiday coupon for a group rate! There are great coupons and summer packages available for river rafting in the warmer months as well, however, imagine how much fun it will be to tell your friends that you spent the winter season playing in the water! Give it a try! You will not regret it. Visit your local chamber of commerce and explore which nearby cities participate in river sports such as this one. Also, go online and check out hundred of sites dedicated to rafting. You will get all the information that you need as well as activity calendars, discount coupons, and special events.
This article was written by Leigh Lock for Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting. Rocky Mountain Whitewater Rafting has guided thousands of whitewater rafting trips on Clear Creek and throughout Colorado.