While on the river, you need little other than your river attire. There is limited space available in a water-resistant bag for additional items, such as rain gear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only during the lunch stop and at camp.
Pets, expensive watch or jewelry, cell phone, or camera without water protection. Space is limited on the boat. Please note that storage of keys, wallets, and other valuables is the participant's responsibility.
#1 Personal experience on Class IV - V rivers, such as the Kaweah, North Fork of the Stanislaus, North Fork American, the Main Tuolumne, and the Cal Salmon. Or water sport experience such as surfing, boogie boarding, or whitewater canoeing.
#2 The physical condition needed for a demanding day of rafting, hiking, and boulder scrambling.
#3 Presence of mind in moving water and the ability to swim back to raft or to shore.
#4 The ability to take guide instruction seriously and implement it when necessary.
#5 Comfort in team-work both on and off the water.
#6 Presence of mind in intense and demanding situations.
#7 Proper respect for rivers and the power of moving water.
#8 An ability to balance the serious demands of class V rafting with a desire to have a great time and enjoy a beautiful canyon.